While facemasks might first bring back the nostalgia of fun-filled slumber parties in middle school, they are still very necessary in your adult years. Every skin type can benefit from a good face mask and the “me” time of actually using the face mask. We're here to help break down which types of face masks are best for each different skin type.
There has certainly been an increase in the attention of face masks since so many people are sharing their success stories with them. With the increase in popularity, so many different styles and combinations have been developed. From gelatin to charcoal and every possible variation you could think of, how is a skin-conscious person to choose? Then there’s the most important question:
“Which face mask is right for my skin type?“
The issue just got a lot more complicated. But before you throw your hands up and abandon your quest for healthy, wrinkle-free skin completely, take a few breaths and let us help.
Treatment for oily skin should not be about stripping off all the excess oil. That only causes more problems because your skin needs some oil to protect itself. Your body is trying to keep moisture from evaporating by covering itself in the natural oils that your skin produces.
The underlying cause of oily skin is often a lack of moisture. A clay mask is a great way to get rid of excess oils without dehydrating it. It’s also great to unclog your pores. Typically, as the clay hardens, it pulls the impurities out of your skin with it. There are many types of different clays you can choose from. Choosing the right mask for you and it’s all about doing the research to find what’s right for you. Some of our favorites are rhassoul clay, rose clay, and green bentonite clay.
Other face mask ingredients that can benefit and help balance oily skin:
- Jojoba is the oil that is closest to the sebum that is found in our skin.
- Tea tree oil helps to calm any irritations the skin might have, it also disinfects the skin
- Glycolic acid will gently exfoliate the skin.
Avoid masks with pore-clogging ingredients like cocoa butter and beeswax.
Dry, Dehydrated Skin
For dry skin sufferers, moisture masks are especially helpful for you! Dry, dehydrated skin is the result of a thin, or nonexistent, protective layer of oil that allows moisture to evaporate off the surface of your skin. The best face masks for dry, dehydrated skin are those that are rich in moisture. Look for a product that is rich in antioxidants and nourishing oils. The antioxidants will eliminate free radicals deep in the skin while the nourishing oils will build up the protective layer to keep moisture where it belongs: in your skin.
Look for face masks that include:
- A humectant (such as hyaluronic acid)
- Jojoba oil has properties that are closest to the sebum found in your skin
- Coconut oil has fatty acids that are the closest to the ones found in our skin
- Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is designed to reverse the damage from free radicals
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals.
Avoid masks with strong astringent ingredients that will strip the skin.
For sensitive skin, less is more. Avoid masks with harsh chemicals and perfumes. You basically want to steer clear of any masks that have ingredients that will irritate your skin enough to cause breakouts, and or rashes. The best choice would be a mask that moisturizes and heals. Look for a mask with:
- Antioxidants to calm redness
- Green tea to relieve inflammation & swelling
- Lavender to refresh
Whatever mask you choose, avoid those with harsh chemicals and alcohol. These ingredients could cause further irritation to your already sensitive skin.
Acne-prone skin is caused by unbalanced moisture and oil levels. Basically, your body is overproducing oils and it’s trying to secrete this out of your skin but because it’s dehydrated, there is usually a layer of flaky, dead skin cells preventing this from happening. The best thing to do with acne prone skin is to start off by using a gentle exfoliant to remove any excess oils. Think back to your grade 8 science class, oil and water don’t mix. Using an oil-based cleanser will help to lift off any of the excess oil sitting on your skin. Lastly, finish off with using a nice moisturizing mask to restore you new deeply cleansed skin. Masks with the following ingredients can help calm acne-prone skin.
- Rose to calm any of your skin’s irritation
- Clay to unclog any clogged pores
- Activated charcoal to draw out any dirt and bacteria from the skin. It also will disinfect it
- Salicylic acid to spot treat blemishes
Make sure that whatever mask you use isn’t too harsh. If you over strip your skin, it actually sends a message to your body to produce even more oils. Our bodies are actually really smart and our skin needs a certain level of oil/ moisture for it to be healthy. If you over strip it your skin, your body will think it’s still not producing enough and start producing more.
Mature skin needs moisture! Fine lines appear as the skin starts to dry out. As their skin becomes drier, the lines start to deepen and become wrinkles. The best way to avoid all of this mayhem is to keep your skin nice and lubricated. Some beneficial ingredients can include:
- Antioxidants to repair the skin
- rosewater or chamomile to calm the skin
- Green tea to combat redness and to calm the skin
- Omega-3 to replenish and/ or maintain the oil levels of the skin
- Lactic acid to gently exfoliate the skin
- Hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin
Normal and Combination Skin
If you have combination skin, you already know that it can be difficult to find the perfect products. There are masks out there that are marketed to be used with combination skin but if you want the best result, we suggest to treat your skin with exactly what it needs. The key here is hydration and balance.
For this skin type, we suggest working with a gentle exfoliant such as the DIY Himalayan salt honey scrub that is from our ‘Say Good-Bye to Dry Skin Video’ Honey is jam-packed with minerals, provides a calming sensation, and helps increase hydration in the skin while the salt provides a gentle exfoliation. Then we would suggest using a clay mask over the oily parts of your face and a moisturizing mask over the dry parts of your face. Finish off with a light moisturizer all over to balance everything out.
With so many choices on face masks on the market, we hope this helps you simplify your search. Not one mask is right for every problem, and the worst thing you can do is use a product that isn’t right for your skin type. So use this guide to choose a mask (or make one) that has ingredients that will help your face look it's very best. Keep in mind that there is a solution to all the complicated and confusing combinations that revolve around skin types and face masks. There may be a little trial and error- but it will all be worth it.
See you next week! xoxo