How to pick a face mask that works best for your skin
For many, skincare is a labyrinth of brands you never heard of, scientific terms that you don’t understand, and trends that leave you clutching your wallet every time you pass by your local Sephora or Ulta beauty stores. While we can agree that this can be overwhelming and oh-so-complicated, it doesn’t have to be! Especially not when this year’s top beauty trend, skinimalism, calls for you to do the most with the least amount of skincare products.
Here at Masktini, we are all about gentle skincare. That means we make our skincare products with naturally derived ingredients that work for all skin types. As our name suggests, we are crazy about face masks and this was long before the pandemic! We curated our four skincare products to help:
- Brighten your skin tone
- Blur fine lines and wrinkles
- Purify your pores
- Restore skin elasticity
- Reveal total radiance
In other words, our glow folio™ is worth the investment!
With that in mind, we can acknowledge that choosing between four skincare products may still be a challenge for the average person who is not a skincare enthusiast! That is why today, we will unpack everything that you need to consider when choosing which type of face mask to add to your daily skincare routine. But first, let’s start with the basics.
What is a face mask?
A face mask is a skin treatment that addresses a specific issue. If the word treatment draws pause for you, do not be alarmed. Treatment can be as simple as restoring or improving hydration for your skin! The average face mask contains one or a few active ingredients that work together to achieve the desired result(s). For example, hyaluronic acid may be the active ingredient in a restorative hydrating face mask.
Unlike a cleanser that you apply to your skin then wash off almost immediately, a face mask stays on your skin longer. The longer you keep on the face mask, the more time the active ingredient(s) has to penetrate the skin and do what it said it was supposed to do!
The different types of face masks
Not all face masks are the same! In a previous post, we shared the different types. Each type serves a unique purpose and should be selected for its purported skincare benefits. The three main types of face masks are:
- Clay, sulfur, or mud masks - such as our Twilight Zone Tahitian Detox Mask
- Sheet masks - hydrating face masks that are most popular on the K-beauty - Korean skincare - scene
- Overnight renewal mask - such as our Night Ranger Overnight Renewal Mask
Clay, sulfur, or mud face masks are best for deep cleansing and detoxifying the skin. While sheet masks tend to be rich in antioxidants that brighten the skin, soothe or calm inflammation, restore hydration, and lock in moisture. As is the case with most nighttime skincare products, an overnight or sleeping mask exfoliates the skin and speeds up the process of skin cell turnover. It also hydrates the skin so that you can wake up to skin that is baby soft!
How to choose the right face mask?
Finding the right face mask is not as hard as finding a good man on the LA dating scene, but for some, it may come close! Like we continue to stress, picking a good skincare product is all a matter of knowing your skin issues. If your skin is acne-prone, for example, a face mask that has salicylic or glycolic acids as active ingredients may be best for you. Why? Those two acids kill the bacteria that cause acne and remove excess oil that can trigger breakouts.
If you have normal skin - small/almost invisible pores, smooth skin texture, rare breakouts - then the face mask world is your oyster. However, Bahamians like to say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. That means, leave your skin be, and maybe opt for a hydrating sheet face mask for your hashtag self-care Saturdays or Sundays.
As always, skinimalism is still the way to go when it comes to choosing your skincare products. Ease into the exciting world of face masks with one that comes from a gentle skincare brand such as ours, Masktini. Don’t be afraid to try different types of face masks, yet, don’t overdo it. Balance. That’s what life and great skincare are all about, anyway. Until next time!