How to find your perfect face mask
Learn more about how to choose the right face mask for your skin type
What kind of face mask should I use?
Face masks are one of the biggest skincare trends of the moment, and with their popularity continuing to soar it’s easy to see why; a spa treatment you can do yourself at home, a face mask feels like an indulgent treat. They’re a great addition to your skincare regime and incorporating them into your routine has never been simpler. From quick peel-offs to luxurious mud masks, there’s something for everyone - but with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you.
To get the most out of your face mask, you need to make sure it works for your particular skin type. Whether you have problem skin or just want a little rejuvenation, it’s important to choose one that targets the issue to give you the perfect glow. Let’s take a look at four common skin concerns, and the right masks to suit each one.
If spots and blemishes are your skin hang-up you’ll want to choose a face mask that focuses on deep-cleansing the skin. A clay mask is perfect for this because it absorbs excess oils and sebum, helping to prevent acne breakouts. Charcoal masks work in a similar way, acting as a magnet to draw out dirt and impurities from your pores. Look out for ingredients such as salicylic acid, an anti-inflammatory agent that will help reduce redness and keep your complexion looking clean and clear.
Use a cleansing mask no more than twice a week to avoid drying out your skin too much.
Dry, flaky or cracked skin is calling out for a hydrating mask. A cream or a gel formula is ideal for hydration, and masks containing hyaluronic acid deliver huge doses of moisture for thirsty skin. Look out for ingredients like glycerin which helps to lock in the moisture long after application.
If your skin is particularly sensitive then avoid any masks that contain alcohol or other harsh chemicals, and be sure to choose one that’s fragrance-free. Soothing ingredients like aloe also help with irritation.
If you’re starting to notice wrinkles and fine lines, or just general signs of ageing, you’ll want a face mask with plenty of firming and toning ingredients. Plant oils, emollients and antioxidants all have great anti-ageing qualities and can help to tighten problem areas. Choose something with a rich, creamy texture that can really soak into the skin.
Sometimes your skin just looks a little lacklustre and tired, so a brightening mask is exactly what you need for a boost of radiance. They help to minimise dark spots and remove dead skin cells. Sheet masks are perfect for a fun, quick fix - use them a couple of times a week for a healthy, much-needed glow.