More than just a popular trend for skincare connoisseurs, face masks are a high-powered solution for a variety of skin concerns and every skin type, including oily, dry, maturing, or even sensitive skin.
When your skin needs a little extra RNR, face masks are the way to go. There are literally hundreds to choose from for a ton of skin issues, whether you need major hydration, a collagen-rich formula, calming concoction, or brightening boost.
Feeling lost in the sheet mask shuffle?
Read on to explore different masks and their key benefits to find your skin’s perfect mask match.
Types of Face Masks
Three popular facial mask types that get real results are clay or mud masks, sheet masks, and sleeping masks.
Sheet masks are rapidly gaining popularity for their quick and easy results, although they have been used in Korean skincare rituals for generations. These moisturising, brightening, skin-loving miracle workers are taking the beauty world by storm with no signs of letting up. Typically, sheet masks are single-use face-shaped fabrics—like paper, fiber, or gel—soaked in a nutrient-packed serum that can be pressed into the skin after the mask is peeled off, instead of rinsing clean.
Sleeping masks are generally a thicker, creamier consistency to leave on overnight and enhance your skin’s natural, nightly repair process with an added dose of active ingredients.
Clay masks are generally a paste-like consistency that you leave on for 10 or 20 minutes for deep cleaning, then rinse off and pat dry. Because they’re clay based, these types of masks act like a magnet and draw out impurities from deep within pores for a clearer, balanced complexion.
Benefits of Face Masks: Masks for Skin Concerns
To choose the best facial mask for your skin type, narrow in on your top skin concerns.
Rehydrate: If dryness is your biggest issue, look for masks that rehydrate with ingredients like soothing avocado or moisturising rose extract to quench thirsty skin.
Reenergise: To energise dull, tired-looking skin turn to revitalising vitamin C and protective antioxidants like green tea extract to re-stimulate your skin’s natural glow and shield it from environmental damage, like a honey face mask with an infusion of citrus for an indulgent treatment that tones and refreshes to reawaken your skin’s vitality.
Resurface: If your main struggle is acne or an uneven skin tone, look for peel off face masks with resurfacing ingredients, like charcoal. Charcoal masks are gentle, yet effective skin-balancing cleansers that draw out impurities from deep within pores. Charcoal peel off masks are a convenient travel option to avoid the mess of a traditional clay mask and keep your skin clear and calm on-the-go. Exfoliating pore masks that use natural acids and enzymes can help encourage skin cell turnover for an overall clearer, more even complexion.
Repair: Finally, there are a whole host of anti-aging masks that can help firm skin for a more youthful look and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Especially for around the delicate eye area, look for gentle eye sheet masks rich in nutrients and with a doses of hyaluronic acid to replenish and retain essential moisture.
But what’s a girl to do when one area of the face is breaking out and another drying out? Multi-mask! Try a hydrating mask on the dry area and spot treat the blemish-prone area with a black charcoal mask. Get started with a beauty shelf stocked with all the right masks for you when you shop online at Sephora!