Behind the mask: getting reacquainted with the feel-good face mask
Ah, our old friend the face mask. We know them, we’ve (most probably) used one, but when it comes to the benefits to your skin, are you sometimes left wondering if they’re, ahem, all they’re cracked up to be? You’re not alone! Time to get reacquainted with the whys, the hows, and the ways to get the most from your mask, to give your skin that feel-good boost.
Time for a refresh on those face mask benefits
First up, they’re a fun way to shake up your skincare routine. When it comes to life’s little luxuries, what could be better than fixing yourself a face mask, cosying up with your latest TV obsession, and letting your stresses melt away? Not only do they make us feel good, they can give our regular skincare routine a little boost too, from moisturising rough patches to getting tough on troublesome T-zones. And the best bit? You don’t have to wait long to see the results, making them your perfect plus-one for that pre-party (or wedding, or date night!) pamper session.
When and how often should you use a face mask?
We know - they feel gooood, right? But for clay masks don’t be tempted to apply more than once or twice a week to avoid stripping away those essential natural oils. When you apply your face mask is up to you. These guys are the masters of multitasking, so you can leave them to work their magic, while you get back to painting your nails. You don’t have to ask us twice!
If you feel you need your daily dose of pampering go ahead with a sheet mask, these moisturising marvels are delicate enough for daily use!
What are the best face mask ingredients to look out for?
Face masks contain a pick and mix of goodies for your skin, but with everything from Aloe Vera to Zinc inside, it gets confusing, we know! Time to say hi to some of the skin-loving face mask ingredients to look out for, and try out some tailor-made tips, to help you and your skin get the most from your mask.
“My skin feels dry and dehydrated.”
Hi to: Glycerin. It helps increase water in skin cells, helping to maintain moisture and keeping skin soft and supple
Try to: Kick back with a sheet mask from time to time. These hydrating face masks are soaked in thirst-quenching ingredients that infuse into the skin, for on-the-spot relief for rough, dull, and flaky skin
“Help me control my shine and spot breakouts.”
Hi to: Kaolin. This natural mineral cleanses and purifies. It also doubles as an exfoliant, buffing away dead skin cells to reveal soft and smooth skin
Try to: Use a mud face mask or clay face mask. They help draw impurities out of the skin, while cleverly absorbing excess oil as they dry - making them one of the best face masks for oily skin
“How can I balance my combination skin?”
Hi to: Chamomile. It not only curbs breakouts, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps to soothe and hydrate dry patches too
Try to: Multi-mask! Break the mould and make your face mask your own. Apply a deep cleansing face mask to your T-zone to balance oily skin, a hydrating peel off face mask for dry skin to soothe and moisturise, and an exfoliating face mask to buff up dull-looking skin
“My sensitive skin needs a little TLC.”
Hi to: Pro-Vitamin B5, Bisabolol, and Seaweed Extract. They have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to calm and soothe sensitive and irritated skin
Try to: Apply a cream-based mask: they’re often the most gentle. The best face masks for sensitive skin will include kind, natural ingredients to keep skin sensitivity at bay
With so many skin-loving benefits and ingredients, it’s easy to see why using a face mask is the perfect treat for a speedy, feel-good boost for you and your skin.