With so many different face masks to choose from and each targeted toward different skin problems, I can understand that it can be overwhelming trying to find one that works best for you. In this post, I try to clear up some of that confusion and give you a clear cut list of products that I have used and that I love.
The Mud Mask
A mud mask is to be applied to the face in a thin layer, enough so that your skin color isn’t visible but not too much so that you’re wasting the product, left on the face to harden (for about 10-15 minutes), and then washed off with lukewarm water. My absolute favorite mud mask of all time is the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment. This is the serious powerhouse of all face masks and I highly suggest it. It works so well that you can visibly see the blackheads being lifted from your problem areas; kind of gross but kind of awesome at the same time. Another mud mask I like that also contains activated charcoal, similar to the Glamglow mask, is the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. This mask is a lot less expensive than the Glamglow but still works to remove all the impurities from your pores.
The Face Peel
I used to be dead set against using face peels. For some reason I just didn’t believe that a face mask could sit on your face for 30 minutes, dry completely, and then could be peeled off in one clean sweep. I was proved wrong by Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask. Face peels are awesome, I like to think of them as face tape, they literally pull up all of the gunk that is stuck in your pores and leave your skin feeling fresh, renewed, and brightened.
The Hydrating Mask
This face mask is great because you don’t actually have to wash it off. Incredible, right? The Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask is a gel-based mask that you put on before going to sleep, leave it on overnight, and wake up to refreshed, hydrated, and smooth skin. I love it because it’s gel based which absorbs into my skin more clean than a lotion does.
The Acne Fixer
A mask that soothes your blemishes, removes impurities, and soaks up excess oil? Sounds impossible, right? Wrong! The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Face Mask does all these things and more. Tea tree oil is a key ingredient in getting rid of acne and blemishes and keeping them out. While it doesn’t smell all that great – it’s very overpowering – it is most definitely worth the investment.
Some tips to always remember when applying face masks:
- Always steam out your skin before applying the mask so you get a better clean. Fill your sink with steaming hot water and stand over it with your face above the water and a bath towel tented over your head. Do this for ten minutes (it’s a bit uncomfortable, but you’ll reap the benefits later) and then apply the mask.
- Apply you’re masks (not peels) with a brush. It helps you get even coverage all over the face as well as helps you steer clear of your eyebrows, hair line, and lips.
- Wash your mask off with lukewarm water rather than scalding hot water. Scalding hot water will shock your skin, which had just been put through an intense treatment with the face mask. So treat your skin cells nice and remove the mask with lukewarm love.
- After the mask is completely removed, wet a washcloth with semi-cold water and lay the cloth over your face while you pat your skin down. This will close your pores to prevent dirt and oil buildup.
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xox – Ashley