There’s no better way to start an at-home spa day than with a luxurious face mask. Whether you’re having a self-care day or are looking to target specific skin concerns, a face mask can help you hydrate your skin, remove excess oils, and enhance the overall appearance — leaving you with a fresh, dewy glow.
Face masks are available to treat a variety of skin concerns, including dry skin, oily skin, acne, blackheads, and dull skin. When applied, the mask blankets your skin to deliver healing ingredients to your skin. Whatever your needs or skincare goals, there’s a face mask for you. But how do you know which product to use?
And once you’ve decided, what benefits will you experience? Here is everything you need to know about face masks.
The Benefits of Facial Masks
If you’re in the market for a new skincare regime, you don’t want to pass on a face mask. To help you understand why face masks are a vital part of maintaining a healthy glow, we’ve compiled four benefits you’ll experience:
You’re probably already cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your skin each day — and if you’re not, you should be! However, most cleansers and toners are typically generic store-bought brands. The difference between your standard routine and a face mask is that the face mask can give you more customized results. Whether you’re struggling with excess oil or dry and flakey skin, there’s a face mask you can use to give you the most effective results and ideal complexion.
Unlike your cleansers and moisturizers, a face mask is applied directly to your skin for an extended period. Because of this, the face mask can penetrate deeper into your skin to give you your ideal complexion.
Sometimes you need a way to unwind after a long, stressful day at work. There’s no better way than to set the mood with dim lights and calming music and a face mask. Applying a face mask provides you with 10 to 20 minutes of alone time that is just for you to close your eyes and relax while you let the face mask work its magic.
Ease of Use
Bringing a spa-like experience to your home might not seem like an easy task. Giving yourself a manicure might end with nail polish all over your fingers. Waxing your legs might leave you with tears in your eyes. Face masks are an easy way to recreate the spa experience and get the relaxation and rejuvenation you’re looking for.
How to Properly Apply a Facial Mask
Now that you understand why it’s beneficial to add a face mask to your weekly skincare routine, let’s discuss the best way to apply it for maximum benefits:
Step 1) Evenly Apply the Mask
It can be easy to apply too much of the mask to your face — especially when you’re struggling with a skincare concern you’re trying to resolve. But applying more of the product isn’t going to get you results more quickly. Instead of slathering on more than you need, apply a quarter-sized amount of the face mask evenly around your entire face.
Pro tip: don’t forget to apply the face mask to your neck as well!
Step 2) Relax for 10 - 15 Minutes
The majority of face masks on the market are designed to remain on your face for 10 to 15 minutes. During this time, the face mask will penetrate your skin and provide you with the described benefits. Keep in mind that some face masks are meant to be washed off after a few minutes, while others can be kept overnight. Read the exact directions on the back of your face mask to ensure you apply it does the proper length of time.
Step 3) Wash Off the Mask
Once the 10 to 15 minutes is up, it’s time to wash it off — but don’t begin vigorously scrubbing your face to remove it! Removing the mask properly is just as important as every other step within the process. Use warm water and delicately remove the mask with your fingers or a washcloth.
Step 4) Add Moisture Post-Mask
Following the face mask, you should help lock in the moisture you’ve added to your skin. Applying a high-quality moisturizing lotion will help seal in the added moisture and keep your skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated.
Our Product Picks
If you’re ready to get started on your face mask journey, we’ve put together a list of our favorite products for you to try:
- PHYT'S Purifying Mask – This mask reinforces and intensifies the cleansing and balancing properties of Serum C17 and is designed to leave your face hydrated.
- Anti-pollution Sleeping Mask – This mask will do all the work while you sleep, helping you repair your skin barrier, exfoliate it, hydrate it and lock the moisture in for you to wake up with a glowing complexion!
- Brightening Smoothie Mask – Made with carrot, ginger, orange, celery, and strawberry seed, the formula is nutritiously anti-inflammatory and brightening for normal to dry skin types.
- Moira Pore Tightening Mud Mask – The Hawaiian and Kaolin Clays help detoxify your skin and unclog pores of all impurities while also nourishing your complexion. Complemented by green tea extract, your skin will feel tighter and less irritated, leaving your skin feeling healthy and radiant.