Masks have a variety of beneficial functions for the skin. They come in many types, as the do perks. You can find masks for brightening, hydrating, purifying, soothing, exfoliating and/or restoring. A mask can really boost the effectiveness of your regimen, no matter your skin type. You’ll get the greatest benefits out of a mask after exfoliation. Twice a week is all it takes to bring your skin into balance and create a youthful radiance!
Sheet masks are a great way to relax after a long day. They are pre-soaked, with cutouts for your eyes, nose and mouth. Simply unfold the sheet, place the cutouts over the appropriate areas and smooth the mask over your face to ensure it is flush with your skin. If you have time, lie down and soak in all the nutrients. Typically, the sheet has some extra residue even after you’ve used it. Don’t waste it. Rub it over the back of your hands, neck and decollate for an extra treatment! One of my favorites is the SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative mask. It will soothe and cool while deeply hydrating.
Mud or clay masks
Mud or Clay Masks are great for pulling out impurities from the skin and de-toxifying. If you have congestion such as blackheads or whiteheads this would be your go-to complexion picker-upper! Depending on the formulation, mud and clay are a little richer and a little harder to remove. You can help dissolve this type of mask a little by adding water to it and emulsifying before you remove it.
One of our newest masks is the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud mask. A little warning: it’s dark green like the moor mud so you may just blend in if you are going to the forest. If you need camo, this is your mask! But seriously, it’s a great choice and it was surprisingly easy to remove. Also the Somme Institute Boost Mask warms, exfoliates, purifies, hydrates and soothes, all with a heavenly pumpkin aroma.
Lastly, the most common type of mask—cream, is the best for almost any situation. Alchimie Forever’s Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask is amazing before an event. Intensely hydrating and brightening, it truly leaves you with an irresistible glow. Just smooth over clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, or as long as time allows, and rinse with a washcloth.
Any formulation you choose will help you maximize the results of your regimen.