Mask 101 : Choosing Face Mask That Suits You

Wash face, moisturize face, apply makeup. Skin care is simple, right? 

There’s nothing wrong with a basic skin care routine, especially if it’s working. But if you’re one of the millions whom plagued by skin conditions from acne to redness, you may be looking for a skin care boost. And unfortunately, professional skin care procedures, such as facials, can be pricey. 

The “magic” behind face masks is simple.

The ingredients from a face mask are kept longer in contact with your skin because of the occlusion phenomenon of the mask on your skin. The mask traps the moisture or ingredient in the skin and creates film that helps to either hydrate, moisturize, dry or exfoliate the skin depending on the ingredients used and its purpose. Therefore, face masks allow ingredients to penetrate better into your skin in a short amount of time. Whether it’s for acne, fine lines or for brightening dark spots, a face mask can offer a more concentrated dose and more intense version of its ingredients compared to other forms of applications. 

Choosing a Face Mask and Routine 

Whether you scour social media or search the aisles of the drug store, trying to find the right face mask can be overwhelming. There are thousands of options out there, and just because your favorite Instagram model uses one mask doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. You’ll have to wear it for anywhere from 10 minutes to the entire night, so make sure you choose a mask that comforts your skin. 

Now, you can move onto the exciting part: the targeted skin benefits. 

Are you looking for a moisturizing mask during the dry months of winter? Are you hoping to prevent signs of aging? Or maybe you’re trying to tackle that T-zone that is prone to breakouts. The benefit of a face mask depends on its ingredients.  Though it may be tempting, don’t overuse face masks. They should only be used about once a week at the most to prevent irritation. A face mask may be a great way for an extra skin boost — but what happens if it actually ends up hurting your skin? 

The first thing to remember is that more ingredients does not equal a better product. In fact, the longer the list of ingredients, the higher the chance that something is going to irritate your skin! 

As with any part of your skin care routine, it’s important to be on the lookout for red flags that a face mask is irritating your skin. Some warning signs include: 

  • Breakouts (development of acne) 
  • Redness or burning sensation 
  • Pain when removing the mask 
  • Hives 
  • Dry or peeling skin 
  • If you’re not sure about a face mask, try it out on a small area of your skin before covering your entire face with it. 

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