Masking has become one of the most popular skincare trends. Masking target specific concerns with concentrated ingredients to help you see results faster, or even immediately. With so many options on the market, it’s hard to know what is right for your skin, how often to use it and if your skin is benefitting from the mask. Is picking a face mask complicated? I assure you, it isn’t. Let’s dive right in and discover the perfect face mask for you; you don’t have to stop at just one either!
As we age, our skin starts to lose its elasticity and collagen, so needing a little help to keep your skin looking its best is a no-brainer. Fine lines start creeping in around the areas of expression and then will settle into wrinkles, but we can slow down the process. Look for ingredients like retinol, vitamin c, hydroxyl acids and tea extracts like green and black. Some great antiaging face masks are Fresh-Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, La Mer– Lifting and Firming Mask.
Some seasons are skin is oily and others its dry. Winter is when our skin gets the moisture sucked right out of it. Dryness can be characterized by your skin feeling tight (often confused with that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling), itchy, patchy and flaking. Not fun. Some key ingredients to look for when picking your mask are hyaluronic acid, avocado oil, coconut oil, and any other oil. A great mask to try is Tatcha– Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask, Farmacy– Honey Potion Mask. In the summer our skin can become dehydrated from sun exposure, sunburns, wind, sand, and surf. Doing a hydrating face mask is a benefit no matter the season.
Acne is most often associated with your teen years, an unhealthy diet and going through puberty. Unfortunately, acne can strike anyone at any time and can have a negative effect on our confidence. Spot treatments are an amazing option for tackling blemishes that pop up every now and again. Try the EradiKate by Kate Somerville or Murad- Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment. Often we don’t have enlarged pores or oiliness all over our face, but you can still mask in your t-zone to help control excess oil. Gentle yet effective masks you can try out are Caudalie– Instant Detox Mask or Tata Harper- Resurfacing Mask.
Sometimes our skin goes through a slump, its tried, lacks color and has an overall sallow look. Not the look we are going for, ever. Ingredients like vitamin c, coffee, licorice root, green tea, and sake all help to rejuvenate dull, tired looking skin. Think about the smell of oranges, coffee, and licorice- they just wake your senses up, the same goes for your skin. Masks that will brighten your skin you should try are Saturday Skin– Spotlight Brightening Mask or Boscia- Sake Bright White Mask.
Your face may have more than one skin type present at any time. For example, an oily t-zone, dry cheeks, and enlarged pores. This would mean you would use more than one mask to address each issue. It may seem like a large investment to treat each part of your skin and the concerns individually, but you’ll also use much less of each product.
Face masks should be used on a weekly basis but listen to your skin and mask accordingly. Masks are best done at night, so your skin is able to rest and absorb the full benefit of the ingredients. You’ll wake up refreshed, well rested and so will your skin. So start picking a face mask today!