We’ve all seen the fun social media posts by beauty influencers showing off bright and colorful face masks. However, those are not the only kinds – and in fact, most of the most effective ones are not pretty at all. Smearing goop on our faces in colors like green and black might not sound appealing, but there are plenty of benefits!
If you suffer from skin conditions like acne or hyperpigmentation, you might want to consider looking into a mask or peel to help. A simple routine like washing our face each night with light soap might work if we have clear skin, but I can guarantee you that you won’t regret investing a little more into a clear face!
What Are Face Masks?
To answer this question, I will have to discuss a few facets of them. After all, there is no one specific type. They vary immensely in ingredients and purpose! They target a variety of different concerns.
For some examples of them, you could look at Dr David Jack’s skin peels, as I find that I learn through seeing them in action most effectively. However, I’m more than happy to describe some of these types as well.
The first I will discuss are clay masks. These are pretty much exactly what they sound like on the tin. They are usually made of clay but can also have sulfur or mud. On the skin, they are meant to help reduce oil and they even have some exfoliating effects.
The next kind is overnight masks. I don’t use these very often, but they can be nice when I’m really wanting to pamper myself! They’re probably the best choice if your skin is dry or maturing, because they are quite hydrating. One ingredient to watch for is hyaluronic acid, which helps to create that moistening effect!
The final I’ll discuss are sheet masks. This is what most of us think about when we consider skin peels and face masks. What I like to do with mine is refrigerate them. If they are chilled, they can provide an anti-inflammatory effect on top of the usual hydration! They also usually have some antioxidants in there.
Why To Use Them?
As you can probably imagine, there are many different reasons to invest in a face mask or peel. Penn Medicine has a page detailing these benefits here, and I have a few other things I would like to touch upon as well!
As I mentioned above, the benefits can vary depending on what ingredients are in your mask or peel of choice. Here are some key ones to look for, based on what you are having issues with. I’ll start with fine lines and wrinkles.
If you’re looking to reduce these, you might want to try one with Vitamin C or Vitamin D. Also, hyaluronic acid or ferulic acid can help with this. Finally, retinol is another anti-aging agent that can assist!
For dark spots, you may want to consider Vitamin C. One other ingredient that can target dark spots or age spots is kojic acid. Lots of acids are good in skin care, despite how scary it might sound on the page!
If you are struggling with acne, you may want to invest in a mask with either alpha-hydroxy acids or salicylic acids. I know I look for the latter ingredient in a lot of my skin care because of its properties involving acne.
Finally, for rosacea, you may want to try niacinamide. WebMD has a great article that describes the benefits of this for rosacea.
Up Your Skin Care Game
No matter what you choose, take this as your sign to add onto your skin care routine. It might seem like there is a flood of products in the market, but honestly, these types of peels and masks can really aid your skin and give you a sense of comfort as well!
We all enjoy pampering ourselves, after all. Putting on a mask after a long day of work can give us that extra boost we are hoping for and help us feel renewed the next day!