Beauty | December 12th 2016

Face Masks 101: Finding the Best Facial Mask for Real Results

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Face masks are an essential element of a complete skin care routine. They are the perfect solution for an even, calm, and glowing complexion They have proven to be easy to apply, fun to use, and deliver great results.

The right face mask can hydrate dry skin, remove excess oils, and help improve the overall appearance of your pores. They can also be used to detoxify skin, increase circulation, and help replenish nutrients. With all these options, it’s easy to find the mask to match your skin type.

If you’re looking for the best face mask for oily skin, a soothing face mask for acne, or a hydrating treatment that’s rich in moisturizers, we’ve got the guide for you; check out our tips on finding the best face mask for your skincare routine.

Face Masks for Skincare Needs

If you’re looking for a face mask for oily skin, try out heavy exfoliating and absorbent clay masks — like Diptyque’s multi-use exfoliating clay mask. Exfoliation helps to clear up clogged pores and remove excess oils. We also recommend utilizing products with deep cleaning essential oils like tea tree oil, to replenish nutrients and detoxify your skin.

Individuals looking to re-hydrate and re-energize their skin should look into products that will help tighten and firm their facial appearance. These products tend to include ingredients such as elderflower, witch hazel, full earth, gingko leaves, like this witch hazel peel off face mask enriched with tea tree. Citrus fruits and green tea will also add a refreshing boost to brighten dull facial spots.

Sheets masks and Cream masks

Sheet Masks are usually made from cotton sheets, generally oil free and soaked in various hydrating ingredients. These sheets are provide an immediate cooling sensation that leaves the skin feeling clean, hydrated, and completely refreshed. Some folks use sheet masks while traveling to prevent dehydration. Sheet masks can be ultra-moisturizing, like the Super Aqua Sheet Mask by Guerlain, or gently deep-cleansing, like this charcoal sheet mask by Dr. Jart+.

Unlike traditional gels or clay masks, cream masks do not need to be rinsed off after they have dried; you can wipe off any residue and leave excess cream to add moisture to your face. Cream masks are packed with moisturizing oils that pump up and hydrate dry or sensitive skin, like this cream mask by Grown Alchemist that’s loaded with babassu, geranium oil, camellia oil, and natural extracts.

Masks for Sensitive Skin

Some DIY skincare routines aren’t so kind on sensitive skin. Before you start searching for the best facial mask for you, it’s worth looking into ingredients that will be gentle on your face. If you have sensitive skin, look for products with oats, vanilla, honey, eggs, and calamine. These ingredients have calming effects against irritation.

Individuals with sensitive skin should also avoid products with heavy exfoliation such as clay or mud masks and stimulating oils such as ginger, tea tree, and witch hazel. If you’re in the market for an easy face mask that won’t bother sensitive skin, check out this simple sheet mask infused with oats, cucumber, and chamomile.