Facial masks are my favourite type of skincare product, I have a few and intend to grow the collection even more. But there are so many different types of masks that I was wondering which ones are usually used for what exact purpose. I did some research and this is what I came up with!
Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist of any kind, this is just the outcome of some research I did online. If you want to know exactly what type of mask would be perfect for your specific skin type, please address a dermatologist.
Clay mask – The main function of this mask is to absorb the skin’s excessive oils, leaving the skin dry and smooth. Over time, if it used more on a regular basis, it can also help to improve the circulation of the skin, remove dead skin cells and give the skin an overall healthy glow.
Charcoal Mask – Charcoal grabs onto toxins on the skin and pores and removes them when the charcoal is washed off the face. Because it really absorbs the dirt out of the pores it will make them appear smaller over time plus it will help prevent acne.
Sheet mask – A sheet mask is best for delivering a product deep into the skin in a very concentrated way. That’s why these are best to give the ultimate moisture boost when your skin is feeling dry after a flight for example, where the dry air might suck all the moisture out of your skin.
Coffee mask – Coffee is the best ingredient for exfoliating dead skin without it being too harsh and leaving it irritated. Apart from that, coffee, when applied as a face mask also stimulates the skin’s blood flow making the skin appear more radiant, bright and alive.
Mud mask – Mud masks have a number of benefits. Firstly, it has great absorption properties. Meaning as the mask dries on your face, it draws out all the dirt that has gathered on your face during that day. If a mud mask is used more regularly they can draw up impurities that are buried in the deeper layers of the skin. Secondly, mud masks are great for exfoliation, leaving the skin glowing, radiant and smooth. They are also great for tightening. When the mask dries on the skin, it removes unnecessary oils, so when properly using a toner and moisturiser after the mask it can leave the skin looking tighter.
Peel-off masks – Peel-off masks should not be used on very sensitive skin, since it might be too harsh. However, if you don’t have sensitive skin, peel-off masks are normally full of antioxidants which help to repair and sweep up any damaged skin, and prevent damage in the future.