Let’s say your skincare routine was a television show. On that show, there’d be the main characters – your cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen, for example. But we can’t forget about the supporting players – and today we’re here to give some credit to one we really love – the moisturizing mask!
Whether you’re dealing with dry skin, dehydrated skin, or oily skin, masks can offer an additional boost of moisture when you need it most. But (other than SeeMe, of course) which mask is right for you? Here are the different kinds of masks to keep in mind when doing your skin care casting call.
Charcoal Masks and Clay Masks for Large, Clogged Pores
Feeling like you need a really deep clean? Both charcoal and clay have unique absorbent properties, making for masks that can help dislodge debris (aka GUNK) from congested pores. When buying one of these masks, be sure to look for one with emollients, as the “tightening” effect provided by this absorbent option can result in skin that’s a bit dry.
Hydrating Face Masks (AKA Overnight or Sleeping Masks)
A hydrating face mask does just that – hydrates! This mask variety serves to lock in an added boost of moisture because of the time spent on the skin, as opposed to a rinse-off mask that stays on the skin for just a short time. An overnight or sleeping mask will undoubtedly offer the best punch of hydration, as it stays on the skin for a long period of time – so using your everyday moisturizer will keep you ultra hydrated!
Brightening Masks for Uneven Skin Tone
While these still boast hydration properties, this variant is for those looking to get that “glow” back.
Finally – in terms of where in your skin care routine a mask should fall, think of it as part of the first act – apply after cleansing, but before the rest of your skin care routine. Now get out there and mask, because this supporting player is ready for its close-up.