Face Masks 101: Understanding the Basics

It might look funny to some people at first, but putting on face masks regularly can help keep your skin looking supple and hydrated. Believe it or not, it’s done by a lot of people from different parts of the world. And yes, even men do it. If you haven’t been on board with the face mask movement, then maybe this guide can help you have a head start.

What are face masks?

Face masks can easily be bought, whether online or in a nearby store like beauty shops and drugstores. If you’re choosing the former, you can even buy them in bulk. Before you do some online shopping of your favorite face masks, however, it’s important to understand what it does to the skin and why people enjoy its benefits.

To simply explain, face masks are (usually) home treatments made of natural and synthetic minerals that help keep the skin hydrated, relaxed, and oil-free. It’s used at least twice a week or depending on your skin’s needs. Why do people love it? Aside from visible results, putting on face masks can help you feel relaxed and pampered without spending too much. Talk about convenience, comfort, and savings!

Like any other beauty product, it’s important to choose the right face mask to enjoy satisfying results.

How do you choose the right one?

Face mask being applied

The most basic rule in choosing a face mask (or any skin care product for that matter) is determining your skin type. Are you oily, dry, combination, or sensitive? Knowing this can help you trim down your choices and lead you to the right product almost immediately.
Once you have figured out your skin type, familiarizing yourself with the different types of masks will be helpful. They come different types, packages, and with different ingredients.

  • Clay masks are good for deep cleansing. They’re best in oil control, exfoliation, cooling the skin, fighting acne, and helping in repairing sun damage. It’s not advisable for people with dry skin, however.
  • Hydrating masks are great for those who have dry and dehydrated skin. These have a gel- or cream-like consistency to give the skin that much-needed moisture boost. It’s not the right one for you if you’re looking to cleanse the skin and remove impurities, though.
  • Peel-off masks can help keep your skin feeling light by removing dead cells and impurities. They’re quick and easy to use and are ideal for mild exfoliation. However, it’s not great for acne scars and deep cleaning.
  • Sheet masks are a perfect choice if you are on-the-go. These are fabric soaked in nutrition-packed solutions (serum), which allow nutrients to seep deep into the skin. It’s best to use when you’ve already cleansed your face. All you need is to let it sit on the skin for 20 to 30 minutes.

In the end, it all depends on your skin’s needs and your personal preference. Still confused? Consult with your dermatologists or skin care experts in your go-to skincare shops and see which one can help you achieve that glow you always wanted.