What Type of Facial Mask is Best for My Skin?

Updated 4/22/15. While not considered an essential in a basic skin care routine, I do consider masks to be an important part of achieving healthy, beautiful skin. But because everyone’s skin is unique, masks are not one-size-fits-all. It is important that you use the right mask for your skin type. Here’s the breakdown on the types of masks that are available.

Gel masks: These are usually oil-free and have a gel consistency. I love using Bio Calm Repair Masque. These types of masks are best for hydrating the skin, so they are beneficial for oily, combination, acne-prone, dehydrated skin, where the goal is to add water to the skin, but not add any oil. Because of their naturally cold temperatures, they are also ideal for soothing redness in sensitive skin, as well as soothing sunburns. A gel mask in the summertime feels so wonderfully cooling on the skin when the temperatures are high…

Clay masks: Generally these types of masks use oil-absorbing clays that as they dry, create a tightening effect that encourages a clearing and tightening of the pores. Clay-based masks are recommended for oily, acne-prone, combination, and normal skin that is in need of oil absorption. You have to be careful though because some clay masks can be overly drying and that’s never good for the health of the skin. How do I know if my clay mask is too drying? If you were to smile after your clay mask has dried, would it crack into a million little pieces? If so, then you might avoid that mask especially if your skin is not very oil. Adding a skin serum for your skin type underneath a mask can also help prevent any potential drying effect. I recommend Energizing Cleansing Masque and Rapid Response Detox Masque.

Cream masks: These contain moisturizing oils that help to deeply hydrate and plump up normal to dry skin types. Many cream masks do not need to be rinsed off after they have dried (unlike traditional gel or clay masks), but you can tissue off any residue and leave the excess to give your skin an added boost of moisture. Pure Radiance Creme Masque is really great to use for dry skins. Your skin will love it.

Sheet masks: These are thin cotton sheets are soaked in various hydrating ingredients that are applied as an occlusive seal over the face to force hydration into the skin. They are usually oil-free so can be appropriate for oily and combination skin types. Many people like to use these while on an airplane to prevent dehydration. And I’m all for keeping the skin hydrated on a plane!

Regardless of which mask you use, all skin types will greatly benefit when an exfoliating scrub or peel is used first. This allows for the mask to work more effectively. A product like Triple Berry Smoothing Peel will greatly enhance the effects.

While mask treatment isn’t quite like getting a professional facial, it still certainly offers additional skin benefits above and beyond your basic skin care routine and for this reason, I highly recommend you use one on a weekly basis.

Read: 10 Reasons To Get A Professional Facial
Read: Do Masks Exfoliate the Skin?
Read: How to Give Your Skin an At-Home Facial

Which mask is best for your skin? See our nine skin types or take the Skin Type Quiz and get products recommended.

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