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I love masking as part of my skincare routine because it’s one of the easiest and quickest way to infuse your skin with antioxidants and skin loving nutrients. Whether it’s a sheet mask, cream mask, or clay mask, masking on a weekly basis is not only good for your skin but it’s a great way to stay consistent with your self-care routine.
But the choices are overwhelming when it comes to what kind of mask. So in this blog post I’m going to reveal the differences between; traditional cream masks and it’s trendier, younger cousin sheet masks, and DIY masks.
1. Charcoal Masks and Clay Masks
Both charcoal and clay have unique absorbent properties and are designed to help loosen grime and makeup from large, clogged pores. They are ideal for those with oily and combination skin.
The result: shine-free skin that is not dried out. Oil-absorbing face masks can be extremely beneficial for excessively oily, clog-prone skin or a shiny T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin).
Tips: Charcoal and clay masks feel quite tight as they dries so it’s vital that they include emollients and soothing agents. Problem skin can be very sensitive so avoid skin irritants such as menthol, alcohol, eucalyptus, mint, and fragrance (both natural and synthetic fragrance is a problem for skin).
Why It’s Oh Special: Farmacy Bright On
2. Hydrating masks
Regardless of what your skin type is, if your skin is dehydrated a hydrating face mask can help your skin hold moisture longer. There are also overnight masks, which may cause you to forego your regular nighttime moisturizer, but those with very dry skin may still want to double up and use both.
Why It’s So Special: Farmacy Honey Potion Hydration Mask
3. Brightening masks
Brightening face masks are designed to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and bring radiance to a dull complexion. They are typically loaded with brightening ingredients, such as arbutin, licorice, bearberry, vitamin C, tranexamic acid, and niacinamide.
The result is improved skin tone and glowing skin.
I recommend Farmacy Bright On as shown in #1 above.
4. Gel masks
Gel masks typically have a soothing and cooling effect and are ideal for dry and sensitive skin types that need hydration. Gel masks are infused with collagen and antioxidants that offer complete rehydration of the skin.
Why It’s Oh So Special: Rose Face Mask
This fresh classic gel face mask drenches skin with rosewater, cucumber extract, and aloe vera gel to instantly cool and calm, while a blend of teas helps to brighten. Porphyridium cruentum, a hydrating microalgae extract, maintains moisture levels for soft, supple skin. Plus, it smells like fresh roses.
5. Exfoliating masks
The purpose of an exfoliating mask is to slough off dull, dead skin cells and purge deep-seated dirt in your pores using hydroxy acids (like glycolic and lactic acids) and fruit enzymes (typically from papaya and pineapple). In addition to being considered a gentle,exfoliating masks typically contains natural skin-brightening properties, giving you that J-Lo glow.
I recommend Farmacy Bright On as shown in #1 above.
6. Sheet masks
Sheet masks has been a big trend is the last five years popular popularized in Korea.
Sheet masks work with all skin types based on the formulas they contain. They are perfect for those who have busy schedules, are too lazy to wash off their masks and prefer a hassle-free application. Sheet mask are shaped to fit most faces. You simply apply the sheet mask on your face and voila you’re done!
The result is a deeply hydrated and dewy look.
Tip: Scoop out excess product and apply onto the sheet, your neck and decollate. That’s why I never multi-task when using sheet masks because when standing up they do slide down. Never rinse after removing your sheet mask. Simply wipe and finish off with your favorite natural moisturizer.
Why’s It’s Oh So Special: Farmacy Coconut Gel Sheet Masks
7. DIY masks
DIY masks are typically homemade. They are made with all natural ingredients straight from your fridge or pantry. They’re a lot of fun to make too. Why not try this DIY glowing face mask. It’s great for sensitive skin too like mine.
Since these ingredients are fresh, they degradate when they get exposed to air and bacteria so make sure you them within an hour of mixing. I personally throw out what I don’t need. Better to be safe!
Why It Works:
Cream masks are typically more cost effective than sheet masks. Remember in life things that are designed for “convenience” or to save you time typically cost more especially because of the packaging. There is no excess packaging with cream masks like you would see with sheet masks. It also depends on the brand name. ☺ DIY’s are not necessarily inexpensive as well especially if they call for ingredients like avocado. Hey avocadoes can sometimes cost $2 a piece while the sheet mask I use costs me $1 USD.
Sheet masks typically have 2 to 3 active ingredients – the rest is water and preservatives. Cream masks tend to have a variety of more active ingredients, including clays and can combine water and oil actives for a complete skin treatment.
I personally use both because of my lifestyle and whatever my skin might need. I always use cream masks during my serious at-home spa facial days and sheet masks during the week when I need a pick me up or a boost.
Whether you’re a sheet mask girl, prefer it in a jar or a DIY person as you can see there’s tons of choice for every skin problem. Remember that masks are just one of the steps in a spa facial. If you want to have healthy, glowing skin all year round you’ve got to stay consistent with your skin care routine, exercise, hydrate, and limit dairy, wheat, and sugar. Get glowing ladies!