5 Types of Face Masks and Their Benefits

5 Types of Face Masks and Their BenefitsThere’s a face mask for every skin type and concern, from dehydration to acne to premature aging. Some masks give the skin an immediate boost when you need to make yourself look presentable right now (for example, SOS masks that moisturize the skin in just 15 minutes), while others are designed for prolonged care (for instance, nighttime moisturizing masks for dehydrated skin). Here are 5 popular types of face masks that you should consider including in your skincare routine.

Clay Masks

Active ingredients: kaolin, bentonite, montmorillonite, illite, Moroccan lava clay (ghassoul/rhassoul), solum fullonum (fuller’s earth/multani mitti), magnesium silicate, aluminum silicate.

Clay is an excellent absorbent. It absorbs excess oil (sebum) from the skin surface and sucks it out of pores. Clay masks are perfect for oily and combination skin that tends to get shiny and suffers from clogged pores, blackheads and pimples. However, if you have dry or dehydrated skin, you don’t need them. Try to avoid clay masks that contain ethanol and other simple alcohols, menthol, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, menthol or artificial fragrance; such masks may irritate the skin.

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Moisturizing and Nourishing Masks

Active ingredients: shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil (or other carrier oils), glycerin, squalane, hyaluronic acid, ceramides.

All skin types need moisture and nutrients. You absolutely need moisturizing and nourishing masks if your skin is naturally dry (i.e. produces less sebum than normal skin) or if you’ve noticed dry or flaky patches on your face. Rinse-off and sheet masks are designed for instant hydration, whereas the so-called sleeping (overnight) masks take care of your dehydrated skin while you sleep.

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Skin Lightening / Whitening / Brightening Masks

Active ingredients: arbutin (bearberry extract), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), niacinamide, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, retinoids, kojic acid.

Skin lightening masks are designed for people who suffer from a dull complexion and pigmentation. They improve skin tone and restore the skin’s healthy glow. Please avoid skin whitening productes that contain hydroquinone because this lightening agent is associated with safety concerns. It has been banned in over-the-counter preparation in the EU.

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Exfoliating Masks

Active ingredients: fruit enzumes (papain from papaya or bromelain from pineapple) and acids (lactic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, mandelic acid).

Exfoliating masks can remove dead cells, stimulate the renewal of the outer layer of the skin and reduce the appearance of pores. They are suitable for all skin types because every skin type needs regular exfoliation. However, you should be careful with all skincare products that contain acids because they can cause skin irritation and other topical reactions.

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Antioxidant Masks

Active ingredients: vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin A (retinol), vitamin E (tocopherol), vitamin B3 (niacinamide), coenzyme Q10, pomegranate extract, green tea extract, lycopene, caffeine, ferulic acid, resveratrol, curcumin.

Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals (unstable molecules that are responsible for premature aging). Face masks with antioxidants have multiple skin benefits: they slow down the aging process, protect the skin from the environment (including UV damage when used along with sunscreen), and give a healthy and glowing complexion.

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