A Beginner’s Guide: Picking the Perfect Face Mask
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!
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Picking the right face mask for your skin type
I’m going to break down these suggestions into four categories:
- Acne Prone
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 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!
What’s your go-to face mask for your skin type? Let me know in the comments!