Face

Face Masks

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

 

Purifying / Exfoliating

Brightening

Hydration / Anti-aging

 

Benefits

 

 

–          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

 

 Clay  

 

 

 

 

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:

-Charcoal

– 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

 

 

Benefits

 

 

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

   

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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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