The Different Types Of Face Masks & When To Use Them

Has your skin been looking exceedingly dull and tired lately? Is your usual skincare routine not doing what it needs to be doing?

You probably need a good face mask as an extra boost to give you skin that ‘pick me up’ that it needs and deserves! But did you know that different face masks target different skin concerns?

Keep reading below to learn more about what face masks you should be using and when to use them.

Clay Face Masks

This is probably one of the first things that come to mind when you think of a face mask — and for good reason! As one of the best selling beauty products on the market, clay face masks are a great universal mask, regardless of skin type — even for dry skin.

What Is It Good For?

You might know that clay masks target oily skin to remove excessive oil and shine, but did you know it’s a great mask to deeply cleanse and purify your pores?

With the everyday hustle and bustle of a busy routine, it’s natural that your pores take in various environmental impurities. So a weekly cleanse with a deep treating clay mask can do just the trick to ensure your skin isn’t just clean on the surface but below it, too.

Who Can Use It?

As we mentioned earlier, you might think that clay masks are only suitable for oily skin, but that’s not the case. All skin types can use clay face masks, as clay isn’t the only ingredient in clay masks!

A mixture of soothing ingredients such as lavender or a nourishing oil ensures your skin doesn’t feel overly dry or stripped, making it a perfect mid-week booster.

Remember, you don’t have to use this all over your face either. The most common place where people get blackheads is on the nose or around the T-Zone, so it’s worth giving that area extra attention. We recommend targeting that area with a clay mask and using another mask for the rest of your face.

Exfoliating Masks

Another great choice of mask, exfoliating masks, might seem intimidating at first because of the crystals within them, but with the proper technique, it can make sure that your skin feels supple and smooth, no matter the season or the weather.

What Is It Good For?

Somewhat similar to clay masks, one of the properties of exfoliating masks is to deeply cleanse once or twice a week to buff away any buildup of dead skin cells that may have accumulated on your face.

Depending on your environment, dead skin buildup could be more or less of an issue for you. Still, at minimum, exfoliating should be a weekly part of your skincare routine.

As you would do with a body scrub, an exfoliating mask is specifically made for the face, meaning that the crystals aren’t super harsh or abrasive, making sure that it is gentle and kind to your skin. An exfoliating mask is sure to catch any rough patches on your face that your daily cleanser might not be able to get.

Who Can Use It?

While we recommended targeting specific areas of your face with a clay mask, exfoliating masks are an excellent all-over-the-face scrub that’ll leave any skin type feeling nourished and refreshed.

Of course, the best exfoliating masks will also include ingredients such as grapeseed oil or even plum seed to follow up the exfoliation and ensure your skin feels hydrated and plump while leaving a radiant finish.

Deep Hydrating Masks  

Another mask type we can’t recommend enough for everyone to have in their collection is deep hydrating masks. An easy mistake is believing that only dry skin types need hydrating masks to compensate, but we all need hydration, no matter our skin type.

What Is It Good For?

As the name suggests, deep hydrating masks are highly beneficial in restoring moisture to our skin and helping it feel plump and supple again.

Our skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid, but as with other skin substances, over time, this production decreases. It’s important to ensure your skin is adequately hydrated, even if you have oily skin. Keeping your skin hydrated helps to ensure that you maintain your skin’s elasticity and water absorption.

Many people who believe they have oily skin are more prone to dehydrated skin, so their skin compensates by overproducing sebum. Hydrating our skin to its proper level can help with oil production in the long term.

Who Can Use It?

All skin types can use this wonderfully soothing mask — dry, combination, and even oily. Best of all, this is a perfect overnight mask to use so that while you sleep, your skin is soaking in all the incredible ingredients in hydrating masks, such as aloe vera, rosewater, and even cucumber extract.

These are gentle enough to the skin that you can use them a few times a week, whether during the day, as a moisturizer, or at night, as an overnight mask.

Which Are You Adding to Your Collection?

We’ve talked about three different mask types that provide suppleness, radiance, and hydration, just to name a few of the fantastic benefits.

A rigorous daily skincare routine is an excellent way to care for your skin, but a weekly facial mask can do wonders for you in the long run. Why not treat and pamper yourself the way you deserve?

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