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Self-Care at Home: A Guide to Types of Face Masks

BY: Editorial Staff | Apr 7, 2020

When you're staying in, indulge in one of these soothing face masks

Picture this: it's a Friday evening. The kids are in bed, the dog has been walked, and it's time for a little self-care. Obviously, you're going to do a face mask while you relax. But which one?

Whether you use them as part of your everyday 10-step skincare routine or only indulge on the rare quiet evening, you should know the differences between the types of face masks. Follow our guide to find the perfect one for you.

Mud Mask

What is it? A true mud mask contains soil and minerals. Popular varieties utilise mud from the Dead Sea, which is rich in magnesium, sodium, sulfur, and bromide—minerals that can help improve such skin conditions as psoriasis and acne.

Benefits: hydrates and revitalises the skin.

Clay Mask

What is it? A clay mask utilises clays such as bentonite, kaolin, and French green. The clays come in powder form and turn into a mask when mixed with a liquid. Many consider a bentonite clay mask to be the best option for oily skin—but only when mixed with pure raw apple cider vinegar. Skincare insiders know that by mixing the clay with ACV (instead of water), you make a mask with neutral pH levels that are more friendly to the skin. The apple cider vinegar may help fight skin problems, too.

Benefits: Reduces oil

Pro tip: most mud masks on the market simply use the name ‘mud’, but are actually made with clay.

Sheet Mask

What is it? A sheet mask is a face-shaped fabric soaked in serum. Meant to be worn for 15–20 minutes, the fabric creates a physical barrier that prevents the serum from evaporating from the face before the skin can drink it up.

Benefits: depends on the serum, but most are designed to hydrate and soothe the skin.

Charcoal Mask

What is it? A charcoal face mask can come in many forms, from powder in a jar to a sheet mask, but no matter what form it takes, it will contain activated charcoal powder. This powder is designed to attract impurities like dirt and oil. When the charcoal is blended with clay, it's basically the equivalent of giving oil a one-two punch followed by a flying roundhouse kick.

Benefits: reduces oil and cleanses pores.

Sleeping Mask/Sleeping Pack

What is it? A sleeping mask, also called a sleeping pack, hydrates skin while you sleep so you can wake up to a glowing complexion. This leave-on mask generally comes in cream form.

Benefits: hydrates, plumps up the skin, fights fine lines.

Peel-Off Face Mask

What is it? A peel-off face mask is simply a mask that you peel off your face when it dries. While the peeling doesn't really do anything for your skin apart from some minor exfoliation, the mask's ingredients can still be beneficial. Plus, slowly peeling away the hardened mask is extremely satisfying.

Benefits: depends on the formulation, but all have a mild exfoliating effect.

24K Gold Mask

What is it? A gold mask can take many forms, but the most popular gold masks are sheet masks.

Benefits: May reduce inflammation and brighten skin; more testing needs to be done on gold skincare to say for sure if gold has any benefits.

Carbonated Bubble Mask

What is it? A bubble mask is a cream that bubbles up on the skin. When it reacts with air, it transforms into bubbles, a process designed to help push the mask's ingredients further into the skin. The best thing about it, though, is how fun it is to use. It's basically the adult version of putting on a soap-bubble beard while bathing.

Benefits: the bubbles may help ingredients penetrate the skin and cleanse pores.

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