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Once your daily skincare regime is in place, taking care of your skin is fairly simple. However, sometimes your skin just needs an extra boost to keep it looking and feeling healthy. When this happens, what do you do? The answer is simple… use a face mask. The power of a face mask is often underestimated, but they have plenty of benefits which will leave you wondering why you haven’t used them sooner! Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about these incredible skincare saviours.
Most skincare products need to be used continuously to make a visible difference to your skin. These are important to keep your skin in good condition all year round. However, sometimes you just need it look better right away for important events like job interviews or dates. Face masks have the power to do exactly that by instantly improving your complexion. Designed to refine pores, draw out impurities, increase hydration and even out skin tone all at once, a face mask is an essential product for your grooming cupboard.
Just like your cleansers and moisturisers, face masks are also specifically suited to different skin types and concerns. There are so many variants of face masks; no matter how troublesome your skin may be, you’re guaranteed to find one which will quickly and easily treat whatever concerns you may suffer with. Ensure to explore our entire range of face masks available.
Using a daily cleanser keeps impurities, oil and bacteria from building up on your skin, but they don’t tend to cleanse deep into the pores. Using a face mask a few times a week will give your skin that extra boost and extract dirt from deep beneath the outer layer of skin. They are more effective than a regular cleanser, but make sure not to use one too often. Overuse will strip your skin of its natural protective barrier, increasing sensitivity and excess oil production.
Not only do face masks have an incredible amount of skincare benefits, they also have a rather significant impact on mental well-being. Taking time out of your day to use one will allow you to relax and feel stress melt away whilst the skin loving ingredients work their magic on your complexion.
There are several different types of face mask, and all of them serve a different purpose. Before deciding which face mask to invest in, read below for a break down on each type and its purpose.
If you have dry skin, opt for a cream or sheet mask to provide extra hydration. For oily or acne-prone skin, choose a clay or mud mask to draw out impurities, leaving you with clearer skin. If you suffer with sensitive skin, opt for an all-natural mask to avoid irritation.
Typically purchased individually for one use, a sheet mask is a material face-shaped mask soaked in intensely moisturising serum for softening and smoothing skin. Sheet masks brighten, soothe and replenish the skin to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and add a healthy glow. Due to the slippery texture, lie down once applied so it doesn’t slip off.
Made with natural clay substances, clay masks draw impurities from the pores to the skin’s surface whilst the mask dries and tightens. Best for normal and oily skin types, these deep cleansing masks absorb excess oil and unclog pores without stripping the skin. Always wait until it has completely dried before washing off for the most effective results.
Best for dry skin, a peel-off mask temporarily tightens skin and stimulates facial blood supply. By regulating sebum production, it detoxifies skin, reducing the appearance of blemishes and blackheads. To remove, simply peel off from the forehead in a downwards motion so it all comes off in one piece.
A cream mask is one of the most gentle face masks made to remove dead cells whilst toning and lifting skin. They typically contain ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid to provide a surge of hydration, restoring natural radiance. After using a cream face mask, your skin will feel soft, smooth and refreshed.
Similar to the clay mask, mud masks are detoxifying and purifying using natural clays and muds from the earth. What makes them different is that mud masks are best for their ability to speed up skin healing. By tightening the collagen fibres, they energise, visibly lift and brighten the skin for youthful, healthy, glowing skin.
Now you know the benefits of a face mask and how to choose the best one for you, discover how to apply one for the best results.
Guys, it's okay to use a face mask! We know it take a bit more time, and generally more effort, however when you skin needs that extra kick, it's definitely worth considering. One of the masks that is most popular amongst men is the clay mask. It helps with oily skin, and feels great.
• By Shaun
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