Whether you’re looking for a boost of moisture or need a little brightening assistance, a face mask is a relaxing and fun way to amp up your skin care routine. With the wide variety of masks on the market, we wouldn’t blame you if you feel the urge to stock up on everything from sheet masks to clay masks to masks formulated with your favorite antioxidant. But before you fill up your beauty cabinet with every product in the beauty aisle, let’s take a look at some of the different masks that exist and how each can help your skin look its best.
Kaolin Clay Mask
Masks formulated with kaolin, or cosmetic clay, can help to minimize the appearance of pores and mattify oily skin. Mask that formulated with charcoal extracts to draw out impurities from the skin like a magnet. Use it one to two times a week as a five-minute mask, or let the purifying clay cleanse your pore daily as an everyday cleanser.
Masks made from paper sheets help your skin soak up a moisturizing formula by preventing excess evaporation. Dr. Diane Madfes, Garnier Consulting Dermatologist, confirms that sheet masks are appropriate for all skin types. She suggests looking for a mask formulated with hyaluronic acid or glycerin to help nourish your skin.
Some masks are targeted specifically at the delicate eye area. Similar to a sheet mask, an eye mask is often made from a fibrous sheet soaked in a serum-like formula that helps it adhere to your skin. Eye masks typically target concerns specific to the eye area, such as fine lines and dull skin.
Sheet masks are often formulated with antioxidants and can help target specific skin concerns. Look for a mask formulated with antioxidants such as pomegranate or green tea if you’re looking to help boost the skin’s appearance of brightness and youthfulness. And don’t stop at choosing a targeted mask — once you’ve removed your mask, following up with a moisturizer or sleeping cream can reinforce its benefits.
For oily skin types, a mattifying mask can help lift impurities, balance an uneven complexion, and soothe the skin. Look for masks formulated with ingredients that help mattify skin, such as green tea.