Face masks provide the skin with some amazing benefits, giving it a deep cleanse and unblocking pores, and should be used on a weekly basis to experience the best results. Before applying a mask, make sure that your skin is clean, so that the mask can properly penetrate beneath the surface. There are many face masks to choose from, depending on your skin type, and these are all used in slightly different ways.
Mud or Clay Mask
Mud and clay masks are best used on oily or combination skin types, as they are designed to remove the excess oils and dirt that build up in our pores. Apply the face mask all over your face, and pay attention to how it feels to the touch, as it is best to remove it before it gets too dry, as this can end up dehydrating your skin. Rather than waiting for it to get flaky before rinsing it off, touch it when you see that it is beginning to dry. If it is dryer but slightly sticky, then it is time to wash it off.
Gel or Peeling Mask
The majority of peeling masks come in a gel-like consistency, which should be applied all over the face. Once they are dry, they can be peeled off. People with dry or sensitive skin should always check the ingredients of gel masks before using them, as sometimes they can be too harsh for their skin.
These masks are gel or cream based, and can be used by all skin types. Apply this mask onto damp skin, massaging it in gently, helping the fruit acids and exfoliating ingredients to remove dead skin cells. There are many different types of exfoliating masks that can be made at home using natural ingredients such as sugar, sea salt, fruit acids and honey.
These face masks are great for all skin types, do not dry on the skin and are made to nourish, hydrate and protect your skin. These masks are usually cream based, and are applied wet, massaged into your skin to increase the absorption. Use your middle three fingers to apply the mask, or choose the right face mask brush. Begin at your neck, working upwards onto your face and around your hairline, taking care to avoid your eyes.
Sheet masks are extremely popular in many Asian countries, but may not be available everywhere. This mask consists of a thin cotton sheet that is cut to the shape of your face, with holes for the eyes and mouth. The sheet comes pre-treated with serums, creams or oils or even soaked in a combination of ingredients, with all benefits being passed directly on to your face.
When applying a face mask, make sure to remove any jewellery, and wear something old, as many face masks can be quite messy! Keep your hair tied back and off the face, and allow yourself between 5 and 20 minutes to relax and allow the mask to work its magic.