Let's Talk Face Masks

Instore, online and all over Instagram. Face masks have quickly become an essential part of our self-care Sundays (and lives). But as we continue to paste our faces with these products, are we sure they are doing our skin any favours or just a feel-good fad? We decided to unmask the unknown and talk all things face masks.

What are the different types of face masks?

There are many kinds of different masks depending on their ingredient content and method of application. That being said, here are the four most common masks you’re likely to come across:

Clay mask

Clay masks are often used to detox and exfoliate the skin via the power of clay’s natural properties. They sometimes contain small physical exfoliants to remove dead skin cells and debris from the skin too.

Peel-off mask

Do you remember the countless videos of people trying to remove *that* black charcoal mask whilst almost peeling off half of their faces in the process? Us too, ouch. But don’t let that put you off. When used appropriately and often only on target areas, these masks can be great at extracting blackheads.

Sheet masks

Sheet masks consist of facial sheets that are soaked in a skin-loving serum. These masks are fantastic for leaving the skin feeling nourished due to their constant product reapplication whilst wearing.

Cream masks

A popular choice is cream masks. As a great all-rounder, they provide the skin with a healthy dose of hydration and are often rich in antioxidants. They are a gentler option in comparison to other masks, such as peel-off or exfoliant masks, and some can be left on overnight for an added boost.

How often should I apply a face mask?

There isn’t a definitive answer on how often you should apply a face mask. It depends on a variety of factors including what type of mask you are using and your skin type. On most products, they will tell you roughly how often you should apply.

Do they work?

Again, this depends on the product you are using and what your skin needs. When used correctly face masks work as another tool that can help you achieve better skin, just like a serum or toner. While they can be a great addition to your skincare routine, it is important to be realistic. Your skin is only capable of absorbing so much so using a mask with good quality main ingredients is key. It is also crucial to know your skin’s needs in order to benefit from a mask.

Do I need to do anything before/after a face mask?

You want to give the mask the best possible chance of working its magic so it’s best to start with a clean slate by cleansing your skin. After removal, apply your favourite moisturiser to either lock in any goodness absorbed or to replenish the moisture in the skin after a more drying mask.

In order to choose a suitable mask for your skin you must decipher what it needs. To give you a helping hand, we’ve listed a few classic skincare troubles along with their ultimate face mask match.

To hydrate:
Skincare Chillin Masque by Petite Amie, £7.00

To detox:
Green Tea Detox Mask by Teami Blends, £23.00

To brighten:
Radiance Mask by Wild Source, £28.00

To repair:
Healing Mask: Keep Calm by Huxley, £24.00

To balance:
Power 10 Formula VB Sebum Balancing Sheet Mask by Its Skin, £5.99