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As part of your skin care routine, do you enjoy using various kinds of facial masks? Each of these masks has unique properties, textures, and active ingredients. So finding the ones that work best for your skin type and conditions can be challenging. Continue reading to learn more about different types of face masks.

Due to the variety of skin problems people have – not just one as we might be inclined to believe – we use several types of masks for treating these conditions. When we talk about anti-wrinkle treatments, detoxification, rejuvenation, firmness, and exfoliation, it is better to seek professional help.

As for the moments spent at home, what kind of mask would improve your skinโ€™s health and appearance?

When choosing a product from among the countless available online and in stores, you must carefully review its ingredients and products technologies before applying it to your skin. Then we test; does it work or not? In which type of facial mask should invest your skincare budget, to achieve visible results?

What texture do you prefer for your face mask?

All mask categories vary from clay or mud paste to cream, gel, scrub, cotton, hydrogel, bio-cellulose, and even silicone masks or masks based on new technologies such as LED or Cryo.

Is important to look for good ingredients and select a texture that is suitable for your skin type. To find the best skincare products for you, two major factors must be considered: active ingredients properties and knowing what texture best suits your skin type.

Cotton, hydrogel, and bio-cellulose masks aka Sheet Mask

The most beloved and used face masks remain Sheet Masks. Sheet masks are easy to apply and do not require rinsing. And can provide a variety of benefits for the skin, such as hydration, toning, radiance, and are refreshing as well.

Let’s start with the popular “cica” masks! Enriched sheet mask with Centella Asiatica. Intended for sensitive skin or to soothe inflammation and irritation.

Detox sheet masks are generally black and enriched with clay or charcoal. The good news about this type of mask is that it will not dry out the skin, like a clay mask.

In general, antioxidant and hydrating sheet masks are very popular, since they contain vitamins A, C, E, collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, rosehip extract, pomegranate extract, and seaweed, among many other ingredients.

Other soothing and refreshing ingredients for skin often found in sheet masks are aloe vera, green tea, cucumber extract, chamomile, and many other emollient active ingredients.

Sheet masks fabric can be:

Hydrogel: With its gelatinous consistency, it offers a cooling sensation and helps the strong active ingredients penetrate deeper into your skin, ensuring a lasting effect. Furthermore, hydrogel sheet masks are designed to seal in moisture for extra hydration. Easy to use, it fits perfectly on the contour of your face. Is it often applied on two parts; one for the upper part of the face and one part for the lower jaw.

Bio cellulose: A biodegradable and eco-friendly alternative for a face mask. Created from natural nano-fiber (microbial cellulose) with the highest absorption capacity among sheet masks. This makes it the most effective option if you want the serum/essence not to evaporate so quickly, which makes it the most potent sheet mask.

You can find sheet masks made out of foil too.

Cream Mask

Face masks that are rinseable at the end are very useful when we want to moisture, nourish, and soothe our skin. Still, some of the real benefits of cream masks are due to the rich, strong, and qualitative active ingredients present in the composition. Some cream masks have a higher potency than some face creams.

Gel Mask

It has a very light, moisturizing texture and offers a refreshing sensation, ideal especially during summer. Many gel masks have gentle, comforting formulas that soothe and restore the skin barriers in case of irritated, sensitive, and sunburned skin. Some manufacturers recommend keeping them in the refrigerator for a few minutes before application.

Mineral and Powder Mask

Either they are in the form of powder (you prepare a face mask), or they are directly an emulsion, cream type. A multi-active formula, with primary ingredients as clay, mud, or charcoal. We rinse after 5-10 minutes. Very suitable for oily to combination skin or shiny T-areas.

What other types of face masks can you choose?

Sleep Mask

Whenever we want a mask to be applied for a long time to our face, with moisturizing effects and overnight brightness, with intensely nourishing ingredients, exfoliants, antioxidants, or all those ingredients in one product, the specialists suggest a night mask. Is a perfect way to intensely moisturize, strengthen and restore the balance of your skin.

Brightening Mask

A face mask formulated with various antioxidant ingredients that even out the skin tone and improve the faded appearance. Useful for anyone who wants a brighter, radiant, matte complexion with minimized pores.

Peel-Off

If you want to use this type of mask during the day, remove the acids from its composition and go for ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and other moisturizing or antioxidant-active ingredients.

Bubble Mask

Bubble mask is initially a gel consistency. Upon application, it instantly turns into foam. Although they are fun, after their removal, the skin always remains dry. One of the recent solutions is foaming/oxygen sheet mask, which also at the time of application become a bubble foam. Gives a tingling sensation too. Still, this type of mask leaves your skin considerably more hydrated than the original bubble mask, which is directly applied to the skin.

Silicon Patches

Are anti-wrinkle patches made of 100% medical-grade silicone. Silicone patches have a transparent material, with a soft and elastic gelatin-like feel. Does it work?

Many studies behind it show that the long-term use of silicone patches creates a microclimate that attracts water from deeper layers to the surface of the skin, leaving the skin more hydrated and rejuvenated. Maintains an optimal level of oxygen, increasing collagen production to fill in wrinkles and helps fade certain sun damages.

LED Mask

We’ve all heard of the benefits of LED light therapy, such as anti-acne treatments, regulating natural oil production, stimulating collagen and elastin, minimizing redness and wrinkles, but there are different wavelengths to reach different depths into the skin layer, and each color of light offers different solutions. What to choose in your case?

For starters, it is advisable to visit a specialist’s office. In time you will understand LED masks’ particularities and their technologies. If you love the results, definitely youโ€™ll buy the ideal LED light therapy to use at home.

The types of masks don’t stop there! You can find more about exfoliating masks.

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written by Diana Roca

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