Do you now how common it is to skip facial masks in a skincare routine? I’ll be the first to admit that I was never into using facial masks in my skincare regimen. I always thought that my toners, serum, and moisturizers did a pretty good job with maintaining my healthy skin.
I started using facial masks at the beginning of COVID because wearing face masks started breaking me out (I know, the irony 😅). So, I thought, why not try facial masking to combat my breakouts? When my breakouts started clearing up, I knew that facial masks were gonna be a game changer for me and had to be incorporated into my skincare routine.
Why Facial Masks?
Facial masks are great for all skin types. They offer so many benefits that give an extra something to your skincare routine; Just to name a few: they maximize hydration for dry skin, improve skins texture, and unclog congested pores that lead to breakouts. When you apply a mask to your face and let it sit, it gives your skin the opportunity to absorb the ingredients and allows for maximum penetration into the skin.
Are Facial Masks Necessary?
This is probably the most common question, and the simple answer to that question is “no”. Masks are totally optional. As I mentioned previously, I never really used them religiously, but I definitely see a difference since I’ve been using them more often. I highly recommend facial masks for those of you who have reoccurring or stubborn skin issues like breakouts, dry skin, and hyperpigmentation.
Different Types of Masks
Mostly used for hydration purposes, sheet masks with have hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. Using a sheet mask will give you glowing, supple skin. They’re also generally inexpensive compared to the other masks!
Clay absorbs excess oil and draws out impurities, working wonders for those with oily skin. Clay masks have drying agents such as salicylic acid which are great for stubborn breakouts. You can apply them to your entire face, or use them as spot treatments on pimples.
They are great for removing dead skin cells and work for those with acnes scares/ hyperpigmentation. Usually this is this is in the form of a chemical exfoliating mask with ingredients of AHA and BHA, which are common in chemical exfoliators.
Gel masks are known for their hydrating properties. They’re light in texture and offer calming effects to the skin. They work best when they’re kept in the refrigerator to soothe irritated skin.
How To Use Facial Masks
Facial masks should not be used more than 1-3 times a week. Any more than this is unnecessary and can cause irritation to the skin; especially with strong ingredients such as acids. Masks should be used on a clean, freshly washed face so that it is able to penetrate your skin properly. Clay and exfoliating masks are usually left on for 10-30 mins, whereas sheet or gel masks can be left on overnight because of their hydrating and mild ingredients.
I love DIY homemade masks because of the simple, all-natural ingredients. One of my favourite masks are honey masks! Honey is highly underrated for the effects it has on your skin. From hydrating, to clearing breakouts, honey has the power to do it all. I’ve been using these 6 DIY Honey Facial Masks that have helped my skin reach its maximum potential and leave it with a glow.
Hopefully you can incorporate facial masks into your routine after hearing about how powerful and beneficial they are for giving you healthy skin. Let’s get glowing skin together!
As Always, Stay Beautiful,
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