With so many face mask choices available how do you know which face mask you should be opting for? How do you know which will be the most beneficial to your skin (and your purse). Here I guide you through some of the choices. By the end you’ll know what is the best face mask for you and what ingredients will work best with your skin type.
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Are face masks good for your skin?
Are you looking to achieve healthy glowing skin? If so then following a good skin care regime is imperative. To learn more about skin care regime I suggest you read this post on achieving beautiful skin or this post on choosing the correct skin care products for your skin type
Using the correct face mask for your skin type (or skin types) is imperative. Using the wrong face mask will add no benefit to your skin and may even aggravate the condition that you are trying to heal.
Face masks should be part of your skin care regime. Whether you use them weekly or monthly will be dependent on you and your skin type. Oily skin may benefit from a weekly mask whereas sensitive skin types may only require a monthly mask.
If you are unsure about your skin type try this handy guide.
What face mask is best for me?
Face masks have many different functions. For example, your typical mud mask will be used for its cleansing abilities.
Don’t restrict yourself into thinking that all face masks are alike and are just about a deep pore cleanse.
Depending on the ingredients in your face mask it can perform many different functions. These functions include rehydrating dry and tired skin, soothing inflamed skin or even exfoliating dull skin.
I’ll guide you through some common ingredients later on so you know exactly what you should be demanding from your face mask
How often should I use a face mask?
It is not uncommon to use a face mask each week to tackle particular skin concerns that you may be battling with.
This could be a problem outbreak, dull skin in need of exfoliation, or even blackhead prone skin that requires a deep cleanse. Other possibilities include inflamed skin requiring some TLC, or dry skin in need of hydration and a radiant glow
Using a face mask once a week will suit most skin types but if you feel that this is too much then opt for once a month instead. Sensitive skin types may prefer to start with a monthly mask before easing themselves into something more frequent. Be guided by your skin.
What is a dry face mask?
A dry face mask comes to you in powder form. All the ingredients have been pre-blended and you simply activate the mask with water at home.
To activate the mask simply take two teaspoons of powder and blend to a paste with one teaspoon of water.The ingredients in the dry facemask become active as soon as they are mixed with water.
What does this means to you? You get the freshest facemask possible. As you are activating it yourself there is no need for a preservative to be added.
Any unused pre-blended mask is either discarded immediately or stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of five days. If not used within five days it must be discarded.
When you require your next face mask you simply make a new blend with powder and water.
A note on preservatives
With the rise in awareness of natural skincare, preservatives have developed a really bad name for themselves. We have become more knowledgeable of the types of preservatives being used in our beauty products
They are, however a compulsory ingredient in any skincare product that contains water.
Be careful with many DIY skincare beauty recipes found on Pinterest that include water and are designed to be used over a long period. More often than not there is no mention of preservatives! I share plenty of safe DIY beauty recipes on Pinterest if you enjoy making your own products.
Preservative free products should either be a ‘one time’ use product or stored in the fridge for a maximum of five days and then discarded. Storing products outside of these two conditions will result in bacterial growth developing and you’re product becoming mouldy and rancid. Bacterial growth will form long before you notice it. Even if the product looks and smells ok it won’t be and you really do not want to be putting this onto your lovely skin.
Many people are against the use of parabens in products due to the evidence highlighted in the media on the possible links they have to cancers and hormonal disrupter issues.
There are natural alternatives to parabens (which is probably a whole blog post in itself). However, no matter what your stance is on preservatives, what is important to note here is that a product without a preservative is far more dangerous than a product with a preservative in it.
Preservative free face masks
Getting back to the dry face mask.
The reason a preservative is not required with dry face masks is due to the fact that once the water is added the mask is then applied and used straight away.
Making only enough mask for one application means that no preservative is required in the product. The face mask is used immediately so there is no need to preserve it for another time.
Meaning that you get the freshest face mask possible without any wastage.
Buying a dry face mask means you are buying 100% active ingredients. Everything in that product is an active ingredient and is there to serve the purpose specified.
Other uses to a dry face mask
Dry face masks are not just limited to using as a face mask.
Change the amount of water added and turn the face mask into an exfoliating cleanser.
Using equal parts of water to powder you can create a clay based cleanser that gently exfoliates and cleanses the skin.
Benefits of a dry face mask
- A 50g dry face mask product costing around £14 will last for around 12-15 facemasks. That’s less than £1 per face mask.
- Contains 100% active ingredients.
- Does not contain preservatives.
- Multipurpose, can be used as an exfoliating cleanser.
- Create a spa feeling at home.
- Treats a variety of skin conditions.
- Fun and easy to make up. Watch this video so see how easy it really is.
What is a wet face mask?
A wet facemask will be fairly similar to a dry facemask, with the exception that this product will already have been activated by a liquid. More commonly this facemask would have been activated with water but alternatives may include honey or hydrolats.
What you are getting for your money with a wet facemask is a product containing a high proportion of water, a preservative alongside its active ingredients.
The pot maybe larger, but may not necessarily last longer. The bulk of the facemask will need to be water in order for the facemask to do what it needs to do.
Benefits of a wet face mask
- Easy to use, no pre mixing required.
- Create a spa feeling at home.
- Treates a variety of skin conditions.
Face mask ingredients for my skin type
The ingredients in face masks are carefully selected to deal with individual skin concerns so don’t just pick up the first face mask hoping that it will achieve the job you want it to. If you are looking for a face mask do to a particular job have a look at the ingredients. This guide gives you an idea of some of the ingredients that you will find depending on your skin type.
What face mask is best for dry skin?
Choose a hydrating facemask with ingredients that include hyaluronic acid powder and panthenol. Essential oils that work best with dry skin are geranium and lavender, both providing an uplifting and floral aroma.
Oil based facemasks work well with dry skin too. Coconut oil is particularly nourishing to dry skin.
What face mask is best for acne?
For acne skin you are looking for a face mask that has cleansing and soothing properties.
Activated charcoal and clays draw out impurities from the pores so are a must for acne prone skin.
Allantoin and vitamin B3 have anti-inflammatory properties helping to soothe acne irritated skin.
What face mask is best for oily skin?
Powdered face masks using clays work particularly well on oily skin. The clays absorb excess oil from the face.
What face mask is best for blackheads?
Clays and charcoal are superb for deep cleansing. They have a negative charge in them, that when applied to the skin draws out the impurities from the pores.
Fruit extracts work as excellent exfoliants. The enzymes can unglue dead skin cells that are ‘stuck’ to the top layers of skin. By removing these dead skin cells you will be allowing the new skin cells to come out of hiding from underneath.
What face mask is best for sensitive skin?
There are many soothing extracts used in natural skincare products, aloe vera is probably the most commonly known. Vitamin B3 and allantoin also provide superb soothing and anti-inflammatory properties
Face masks are also a great way to relax and have a moment of ‘me-time’.
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