Gaining mass popularity over the last handful of years sheet masks have made their way into skincare enthusiasts daily routine or a fun activity at girls' sleepovers. Made of some kind of paper or cotton sheet, masks are for the purpose of single use, and saturated in a serum.
Clay masks are ideally for those with normal to oily skin. Clay masks naturally detoxifies skin as it hydrates without oil. At the same time, it firms, detoxes, and tightens the skin.
Tip: For it to work the way it was intended do not let it dry out. If it begins to dry out spray your face with a water mist. Don’t saturate your face just keep it moist until you have completed the allotted time.
Infused with collagen and antioxidants gel masks are more used to those with dry and sensitive skin. Gel masks have a soothing and cooling effect offering total rehydration to dry and sensitive skin.
Peel masks are a physical exfoliant. They generally have a gel-like texture unlike other facial masks. Once dry you peel off the mask taking off the top layer of dead skin. This type of mask is not recommended for those with dry or sensitive skin or if you have a bit of ‘peach fuzz’. Peel masks may further irritate your skin and if you have ‘peach fuzz’ removing the mask can hurt. Those who like using peel masks like to use it for the purpose of removing stubborn blackheads. This type of mask should not be overused.
Masks containing enzymes are good for breaking down dead skin cells on the outer most layer of your skin leaving the skin fresh and baby-like. Most skin types can use an enzyme masks however those with sensitive skin may need to do a bit of trial-and-error when finding the right one for you.
Sometimes using lip balm everyday just isn’t enough for chapped lips especially during winter. Lip Masks go beyond that and treats and hydrates them further. Lip masks can come in lip shaped gel-patches, to buttery balms, and frosting-like whips.
Did you know? They have been used for thousands of years. Cleopatra used to apply egg whites to her face along with being famous for bathing in milk.
Cream masks are ideal for normal to dry skin. They contain rich oils that moisturises the skin and deeply penetrates reaching dry cells. Masks that contain hyaluronic acid have the added feature of attracting and binding moisture to flat skin cells making them plump.
DIY face Mask
Did you know you can make a mask with ingredients from your kitchen? DIY masks a good if you feel like doing a mask treatment but couldn’t be bothered going to the shop to buy one. DIY masks don’t usually keep well so it’s the kind of treatment you want to use straight away. Here’s a recipe of a DIY mask that can calm inflammation and hydrate the skin.
The Moisturising Avocado Mask
Quarter ripe avocado – masked
Tablespoon rolled oats
Tablespoon manuka honey or raw honey
Mix all the ingredients together until blended well.
Apply mask to clean face. Leave for 10 minutes.
Wash off with lukewarm water.
Follow up with the rest of your skincare routine.
Random Fact: Sheet Masks originated from Japan and South Korea, known for their dedication to cosmetics and skincare.