Masks come in several varieties. Some are creams or gels that you wipe off, while others harden and peel off.
What does a mask do? A clay mask for acne treatment pulls excess oils out of the skin and pores. Your skin will feel tighter and drier. What you apply afterwards will enhance the success of the mask. The mask acts as a barrier between your skin and the environment, making the ingredients more effective on your skin.
Types of Masks
- Splash masks started in Korea and uses a cleanser to splash on after a shower. They may contain green tea other natural ingredients.
- Bubbling masks react when applied to the skin. The bubbling action can help the ingredients penetrate the skin. They are believed to improve the oxygenation of the skin.
- Sheet masks are fiber masks with cut-outs for the eyes, nose and mouth. They feel cool when applied. Sheet masks can contain peptides and hyaluronic acid or antioxidants. Skin may feel soft, smooth, hydrated and firm after treatment.
- Hydrating masks are best for those who have sensitive skin and skin conditions. Other masks may be too drying for comfort. These masks have a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid and other ingredients that pull water into the skin. Some are sheet masks and others are creams. These are great for dry climates and women over 40.
- Exfoliating masks remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells. Pay attention to the ingredients and usage times. Be sure you have neutralizer when required.
- Olay ProX & Olay Regenerist
- RoC Retinol Intensive Night Cream
- Aveeno Positively Radiant
- philosophy Miracle Worker
- Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
- Number Seven Skin Care
Masks that require multiple steps for treatment should include all parts of the treatment with the product. Mask primers and neutralizers should be included when necessary.
Use mask treatment time for relaxation. Dim the lights, play soft music and make yourself a spa beverage. Create an atmosphere and slow down. Take some time for yourself while you give the mask 5-20 minutes to work.
Listen as Dr. Doris Day joins Dr. Pam Peeke to help you choose the best mask.