Perfect skin is one of the biggest goals that people have, and it is also one of the most challenging to achieve. Fortunately, beauty masks are available for that right quick-fix to get you through an important day - such as a date, a special occasion, or a memorable event. Or if you want to just laze around the house au naturelle, they are one of the best accessories that you can turn to.
What makes them so popular, though? And do they even deserve it? Here are some compelling reasons.
Their active ingredients get absorbed by the skin. Okay, first things first; not all beauty masks are equal and everything that you read about one may not entirely be true. For example, if a mask promises to be something like a fruit cocktail for your skin, chances are it will not really be one. But beauty masks come with ingredients, and the most important of these active ingredients are absorbed by the skin. Masks with butylene glycol, in particular, are great at absorbing more of what your skin should as this compound is a delivery agent and a solvent.
They provide a host of benefits. Beauty masks are also primed to deliver a wide range of benefits, depending on what you want for your skin. Some masks, for example, offer whitening properties if you want to get rid of some stubborn dark spots. Others, for their part, have calming effects - which are especially beneficial to those whose faces have been exposed to some harsh weather conditions. The bottom line is: whatever you want a mask to achieve, there is something for it out there.
They help us relax. Finally, beauty masks are staples in me-times! If you have ever wanted to lounge after a hard day at work and just listen to some music, you know that there is no better way to make the experience more special than by packing some of that good stuff onto your face. They have also accompanied many a girl bonding, which makes them great for fortifying relationships.
To make the most out of what a beauty mask can do, however, is dependent upon making the right choice. Your beauty mask should depend on two essential factors: your skin type and your skin goals. Let’s look at these two in depth.
Choosing a Beauty Mask for Your Skin Type
There are three normal main classifications of skin types and they merit differing beauty masks.
If you have dry skin, a hydrating cream-based mask is your best bet. Hydrating, because your skin needs to pack in a lot of moisturizers; and cream-based because it offers a gentle way to introduce moisture to dry skin.
Beauty masks that especially contain hyaluronic acid are best. This ingredient is naturally found within our bodies, which makes it safe for external use; more importantly, it acts as a “lubricant” for the skin, which moisturizes the skin while enhancing its firmness. If your dry skin has spotted wrinkles, dullness, and other signs of aging, look for a hydrating cream-based mask with hyaluronic acid and collagen.
If you wanna do it your own way, opt for a balance between hydration and moisture. Mix a humectant like raw honey with a moisturizing oil like jojoba or extra virgin coconut oil.
For oily skin, clay or mud masks are recommended. These masks do not only soak up all the bad stuff that should not be on your skin - and that is not just oil - they also free up clogged pores which contribute to the accumulation of all that bad stuff, including oil.
There are different kinds of clays that you can choose from for these masks. One of the most popular is bentonite or green clay bentonite, which are great for treating blemishes as well as pampering oily skin. Other clay types include white clay and rhassoul. Additionally, some clay masks come in the form of powdered clay that you can mix with water to achieve your desired consistency.
When it comes to using clay masks, one of the most important debates people get to is whether the mask should dry on the skin or be washed off while it has not set yet. Some people think that letting it sit on your face will be overkill, and may cause issues. The answer is: it depends on you. Just make sure that if you let the mask dry off, you will use a moisturizer after as some gentle TLC.
Choosing a mask for combination skin takes up more work, because there are two issues that need to be addressed. For the dry parts of your face, use a moisturizing mask; for the oily portions, pat on an oil-absorbing mask. If you are not sure which part dries up and which part gets oily, do not hesitate to spend time studying your skin so that you know which intervention is necessary. Remember: multi-masking can do wonders for combination skin but it has to be done properly.
Choosing a Beauty Mask for Your Skin Goals
You can also choose a beauty mask according to a specific skin goal. For example, if you want deep cleaning, mud or clay masks that contain natural ingredients are great for detox. If you want to treat blemishes and acne, use a detox mask that is designed for the T-zone of your face; for the rest, use a hydrating mask. Or if you want to get your skin a mini-revamp, consider an exfoliating mask for skin resurfacing.
Whatever your goal is, make sure that you apply proper care to your skin before and after your beauty mask session. Clean your face free of dirt and other impurities before applying the mask, as an unclean face will get dirt trapped during the session. After, remember to gently pat your skin dry: do not rub it, as rubbing can expose the open pores to environmental contaminants, as well as irritate the skin. And capitalize on the after-effects of the mask by following up with products that are geared for enhanced skincare. Your skin, after a mask, tends to be more absorbent so if you want to add some more goodness, do so.