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Mask Up - So You Can Glow Up

The concept of using a face mask may sound easier than most people would think – but most people are very confused about how to approach using skincare masks. They have questions like: What type of mask do I need? How often do I need to use it? Why do I need to use masks as part of my skincare routine? So many questions, so many options to choose from. Let us give you a quick guide on masking up – why you need it and how you need to decide which one is the right fit for you.

Face masks are something we enjoy indulging in to enhance our skin. Whether it is a homemade mask, the trendiest sheet mask, or a peel-off mask, each has its own set of skin advantages. However, if you do not know what you are doing you can cause some damage to your natural skin as opposed to helping your skin. That is why it is crucial to understand what type of mask, and how often each type of face mask should be used. Let’s start by talking about skin types:

Acne prone skin:
Acne-prone skin tends to be oily which results in your skin collecting excess dirt and pollutant build-up and clogging your pores. It is important to use masks that will help you clean your pores in the best possible way and get rid of these dirt build-ups. However, using it on a daily basis can dry out your skin and reduce its ability to produce natural oils. So finding the right solution is important.

Dry Skin:
Dry skin is a type of skin where skin lacks natural oils and hydration. This results in tight, dehydrated, and stretchy skin that is in constant need of some moisture and hydration. Hydrating masks work best for dry skin. If you have dry skin, you can use a gentle and hydrating face mask almost 3-4 times a week. Hydrating masks usually contain concentrated water, which will feed the skin.

Oily Skin:
An oily skin type is exactly what it sounds like – excess oil on the face produces a persistently shiny or greasy appearance. If you don't treat your oily skin, pores can become clogged and enlarged, and dead skin cells may accumulate. Blackheads, pimples, and other types of acne are also common with this skin type. If you have oily and acne-prone skin, charcoal and clay masks are the best options for you. These might irritate your skin if used every day. It is best to use them 1-2 times a week.

Sensitive Skin:
Sensitive, is typically a skin type that easily gets irritated by-products and stressors in the environment that would not normally cause damage or irritation to other skin types. If you have sensitive skin, you should be extra careful with face masks and ingredients. Just like dry-skinned people, you should apply hydrating face masks, which can be used daily or three times a week. Avoid any face mask that contains chemicals and artificial fragrance and rather opt for more clean and natural products,

Mature skin:
Mature skin is generally a way of saying that skin is showing signs of aging. As you get older, your skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner. Changes in your skin as you age are normal (and really actually, beautiful), but you may be looking for ways to put aging on pause and keep your skin looking youthful. This skin type can lose its elasticity fast, which is why you will need a face mask that hydrates and tones your skin. Exfoliating masks containing AHAs are also beneficial for you. However, do not use them more than two times a week.

Considering all these factors, face masks should be used periodically to complement your daily skincare routine. When you feel like your skincare routine has hit a plateau or you need something additional for your skin, go for a face mask. But then, for how long should you leave it on your face?

Always follow the instructions and guidelines written on the package. Face masks often contain active ingredients that should not be left on your skin for more than 5-10 minutes. If you leave it on for a longer time, the same face mask can give negative results. However, some face masks are pretty flexible in terms of time.

Benefits of using masks:
• Improves skin texture
• Refines skin pores
• Makes your skin soft and smooth by removing dead cells
• Keeps your skin hydrated
• Removes excess dirt, oil, and impurities
• Makes your skin radiant
• Reduces the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles
• Unclogs the skin pores
• Improves the elasticity of your skin
• Reduces acne
• Reduces eye puffiness

Using a face mask is a step that shouldn’t be taken lightly. From choosing the right mask for your skin to applying it properly – you need to be aware and make informed choices. Now that you know how often you should pamper your face with nourishing masks, go ahead and revamp your skincare routine and get healthy skin in no time!