Most girls (and some guys) love face masks. They feel pampering and relaxing, especially after a long day and pair nicely with a nice glass of wine and your couch. They must be good for your skin right? Yes, but only if you’re using the right face masks for your skin type and if you’re using them in the right ways.
If you are looking for dry skin remedies, use a mask that gently exfoliates but also hydrates. Look for masks with honey because it helps restore moisture to the skin and is a great source of natural skincare.
If you have oily or combination skin, you need to use a clay mask. Clay masks are also great for removing blackheads.
If you have dull skin, look for an exfoliating mask or a peel off mask.
If you are looking to clean out your pores, look for masks with activated charcoal.
If you’re looking for an anti-aging mask, you may need a peel. Your dermatologist may need to do this for you.
If you have sensitive skin, look for a gentle mask formulated for your sensitive skin and don’t use it too often.
Don’t use masks daily, instead use them two to three times per week and don’t do more than one mask in the same day. Using masks too frequently can lead to a skin sensitivity and you don’t want that.
Remember if you make the mask yourself, the shelf life will only be a few days. If it is store bought, it will last a few months. If you use expired products it may cause your skin to have an adverse reaction, so toss any old face masks.
Before you use your favorite mask, make sure to cleanse your skin and moisturize after you clean off the mask. Moisturizing will lock in all the great benefits that your mask just gave to your skin. It is a great idea to do your skin cleansing routine and a mask about an hour before bedtime to wind down, relax and pamper your skin before you go to sleep.
If you are still unsure of what type of face mask to use or have very sensitive skin and aren’t sure what ingredients to avoid, see your dermatologist for advice or a skin allergy test.
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