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A Beginner’s Guide: Picking the Perfect Face Mask

Face Masks for Beginners

Hi there!

If you knew how many face masks I’ve stuffed in my beauty drawer you would think a whole pack of skincare fanatics lived in my little apartment, but you’d be wrong, there’s just little old me!

I’ve never understood those people who can’t leave the house or go to the office without a full face of makeup, but I’ll totally stay up past midnight doing an insanely complicated Korean beauty routine!
My train of thought is that keeping 
a consistent skincare routine gives long-term results as opposed to spending hours painting a temporary look on. That isn’t to say I never get primped up for a night out, I do every once in a while.

It seems like a new bizarre face mask hits the internet every day, we’ve gone from magnetic masks, bubbling formulas, to rubber masks and although they look like a lot of fun it’s hard to tell what will actually be beneficial to your skin type!

How to pick a face mask

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Picking the right face mask for your skin type

I’m going to break down these suggestions into four categories:

  • Dry
  • Combination
  • Acne Prone
  • Sensitive

Combination Skin Face Masks

Let’s start with my skin type which is combination. Instead of applying a mask meant for oily skin everywhere when only your t-zone gets oily you can try multi-masking!

Multi-masking is when you apply different masks on specific areas of your face, for example, I’d use a charcoal mud mask for my oily t-zone and moisturizing collagen mask for my under eyes. Allure wrote a great guide here. It doesn’t hurt to use moisturizing masks all over, but if you’re not oily everywhere it can wreak havoc to use a heavy duty clay mask where it’s not needed. You can also use a mask around another product like an undereye patch.

Face Masks for Acne Prone Skin

I used to have extremely blemish prone skin which is the main reason I got fascinated by the world of skincare so young. Face masks are a great addition to add to your skincare routine to help keep your skin under control!

If you struggle with blackheads, exfoliating masks are going to be your best friend. There are quite a few masks that double moisturizing with exfoliating. Skinfood has an awesome mask that I reviewed here. First, you let the mask sit on the skin 10-15 minutes to take advantage of it’s moisturizing benefits, then you massage it in to exfoliate your skin. Freeman Beauty’s Black Sugar Scrub mask is the bomb as well, the sugar acts as a built-in timer because you just keep scrubbing until it dissolves into your skin 🙂

Oily Face Masks

Clay masks are a godsend for oily skin, one of my favorites is an avocado oatmeal clay mask from Freeman Beauty. Whenever I’m feeling extra shiny I’ll bust this mask out and it’s just the thing to solve my skin woes.

Even if you have oily skin you have to moisturize after using a mask, especially a drying one! I know it seems counterintuitive, but if you leave your skin dry it can actually cause your system to overcompensate and produce extra oil and sebum and leave you worse off than where you started.

Face masks for dummies

Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

If your skin is easily irritated I’d recommend you steer towards cream, gel, and sheet masks. If you notice a certain product irritates your skin, take a look at the main ingredients and keep them in mind the next time you’re shopping around so you can avoid them.

Charcoal is usually touted as a great ingredient for oily skin but I’ve found if there is too much of it in a mask it’s not great for my skin. It boils down to trial and error, but if you keep track of past offenders it becomes easy to avoid problem-child formulas and save yourself unnecessary irritation. 

If you find a serum that you’re loving you can also make a DIY sheet mask to get an extra boost. You can buy dry sheet masks that come compressed into a small tablet, then just add your desired serum and voila! you have a custom-tailored sheet mask just the way you like it!

Dry Skin Face Masks

Moisturizing is the name of the game if you’re battling dry skin. Ingredients like collagen, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid are wonderful to banish dull skin and leave you feeling moisturized. Elizavecca has an awesome collagen mask that has done wonders for my dry skin during the winter, I love using this while taking a long bath. It does have a tendency to drip, so be careful with this one!

How to choose a face mask

What’s your go-to face mask for your skin type? Let me know in the comments!

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13 thoughts on “A Beginner’s Guide: Picking the Perfect Face Mask”

  • I do love a good face mask, although I can’t think of any that I love by name right now. I have a sick obsession with the ones you peel off…not sure why I like that! An exfoliating mask sounds like the type for me. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • I almost don’t want to admit it but I haven’t done a mask since I was a teenager and I’m 35! HA. This is a great guide though. Makes me want to try a mask!

  • I love sheet masks most of all, and have amassed quite a collection too, including Biore Pore Packs. They are so convenient to use, and so moisturising too! My fave is the Black Lifting Mask from My Scheming (which also covers the neck) from Taiwan, but most of my masks are from Korea, like Missha, Etude House, and The Face Shop. I will admit I sometimes buy masks, not because I think they’ll be good for my skin, but because of the cute packaging! 😀

    Have you tried the Pink Clay Mask from Sand & Sky? I’ve heard loads of good things about it, but not sure how genuine the reviews are. I think it’s quite pricey though.

    • I haven’t tried it, but I keep seeing it all over Insta, seems like mostly sponsored reviews. I’d question them a bit too, lol.

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