Face Masks

Facial masks being part of the skin- condition skincare products can be divided into three major functional categories


Purifying / Exfoliating


Hydration / Anti-aging





–          Detox the skin by drawing impurities out of the skin

–          Remove dead skin

–          Kill bacteria

–          Absorb oil



–          Helps to manage hyperpigmentation, sunspots, age spots and acne scars



–          Hydration

–          Anti-aging properties



Base product







Other ingredients



–          Glycolic acid

–          Enzymes

–          Salicylic acid



–          Vitamin C

–          Jasmine

–          Yeast


–          Vitamin E

–          Antioxidants

–          Hyaluronic acids


Be aware



It does happen that after skin has been cleansed, it starts to break out even more. Do not worry, breakouts after using clay masks are a sign that your skin pores are being cleansed.



There is a fine line between whitening (bleaching the skin) vs brightening (breaking the pigmentation to make skin look brighter)




Eye masks and  lip masks would be usually included in this category


Facial masks by texture


Clay masks

Peel – off masks Thermal masks Cream masks Warm – oil masks

Natural masks


Base product


Natural clay substance


Sheet masks, nose packs, eye and lip masks usually are in this category. They can be loosely classified into three 3 types:


– Clay

– Clear gel


Heat! Thermal masks use heat to open up pores and steam – out the dirt and impurities from the skin


Cream masks contain emollient properties which soften the skin



Usually warm almond oil, olive oil or vitamin oil applied to the facial skin



Based on rejuvenating properties of fruits, plants, herbs






Draw impurities to the surface of the skin as the mask dries and tightens


Nourish and firm the skin (clear gel based masks)


Cleanse pores and absorb excess sebum (charcoal and  clay based masks)


Usually packed with antioxidants as well



Encourage the skin to breathe


Skin detox





Increases blood circulation to the face


Makes skin soft



Be aware



–         Normal to sensitive skin:

White kaolin and Yellow kaolin clay (made of kaolinite) exfoliate and cleanse without drawing too much oil from the skin. Rose clay is also an option.


–          Oily skin:

French Green clay or Rhassoul clay are great options



Many peel – off masks contain alcohol





Consider how sensitive your skin is


Normal to dry skin


Great for dry and mature skin


It is usually done in the spa




Numerous options for DIY face masks
















General face mask application guidelines

1)      Make sure to be diligent about the skin care steps preceding face masks which at their minimum would be cleansing and toner

2)       Understand the ingredient list. Ensure compatibility of face mask ingredients with the ingredients of other skincare products you will use in the same routine (ex. Compatibility of facial acids, antioxidants and vitamins)

3)      Understand and follow sun exposure limitations due to the face mask ingredients (ex. You should stay away from the sun if face mask contained facial acids or Vitamin C)

4)      Make sure that face masks never get completely dry on your face!!!!

5)      In order for the face mask to work, it has to “remove” skin barrier. As such, after completion of face mask treatment, the skin is sensitive so please do follow up with hydration and moisturizing of the skin.


Thanks for reading,



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