There are so many face masks from deep cleansing clay mask to Korean sheet masks to anti-aging overnight treatment that it is hard to choose the one that is right for you.
To know which face mask to use you need to ask yourself “what is your skin type?” and “what are your skincare goals?” Once you answer these two questions you can move in the right direction.
What Is Your Skin Type?
It is easy to determine your skin type. To do it just wash your face and then wait an hour. After that time, press a tissue in your forehead, nose, and cheek and see if there is any oil. If it is, you have oily skin. But if your face feels dry and tight, you may have dry skin.
What Are Your Skincare Goals?
The most common skincare goals include:
- Smaller Looking Pores
- Clear-Looking Skin
- Dewy-Looking Skin
- Radiant, Youthful-Looking Skin
It is recommended to use a face mask at least 2 to 3 times a week. You must remember that they play an important supporting role to help you improve your skin issues.
Types of Face Masks
If you want your skin to feel smooth a good option is a peel-off mask. This type of mask softly removes a thin layer of dead skin cells. Our favourite is Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel. This mask peeling gel softly scrubs away dead skin cells, sebum, and dirt. It refreshes and hydrates your skin.
It is important to notice that peel off masks can’t penetrate pores to remove blackheads. If you want to unclog pores and remove blackheads you should use a BHA exfoliant such as Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. This gentle liquid exfoliant will promote the healing of blemishes for a healthier, clearer appearance.
Korean Sheet Masks
Korean sheet masks are great for those who are looking to reduce the size of their pores and slow down the aging process. These masks are cotton-based sheets infused with serums or essences to help you will almost every type of skin problem.
They can be used in different types of skin as it will all depend on the ingredients they contain. They are easy to use as you leave the mask on your face for at least 20 minutes and then you rub in leftover essence in your skin. The main difference between sheet masks and traditional masks is that the sheet creates a seal on your skin, helping them penetrate better.
Using a sheet mask such as Etude House Therapy Air Mask 0.2 will provide your face with natural vegetable extracts and pure ingredients. It comes in 23 types including:
- Green Tea
- Hyaluronic Acid
Sleep masks as the name suggests are hydrating masks that you leave on overnight to give your skin extra nutrition. When you leave the mask for up to 6 to 8 hours ingredients have more time to work.
To avoid making your pillowcase greasy it is important to choose a sleep mask with a lighter texture such as Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. This mask purifies, regenerates, and hydrates your face overnight. You will notice how your skin will look bright and revitalize when you wake up. This mask is perfect for normal to dry skin types.
Brightening masks are for those who want to improve their skin tone. It is important to look for a brightening mask that contains ingredients such as arbutin, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C to leave your skin glowing.
The Annie’s Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brighting Jelly Mask is considered the number 1 jelly mask in the Taiwanese beauty industry. You should leave this mask for up to 30 minutes. Take notice that it will dry quickly, and you will need the spatula to remove the dried jelly, and warm water to wash away any residue.
Clay and Charcoal Masks
If your skin is a combination to oily you should use clay and charcoal masks. Clay and charcoal absorb excess oil from the skin. Charcoal can also unclog pores and gently remove dirt.
It is important to choose a mask that will leave your skin shine-free, but not to dry or tight. A great option is Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X a powerful formula that will detoxify and revitalize your skin. It removes toxins, excess sebum, and impurities; minimizes pore size and refines your skin's texture.