The beauty benefits of a good face mask are known to all of us. With their power-packed ingredients, face masks work with double the efficiency of creams, lotions, serums and cleansers to provide our skin with multiple beauty benefits. There are countless face masks in the market. If you choose to go all-natural and opt for a DIY face mask, then, too, there are multiple ingredients to choose from. Whether it’s clay, turmeric, sandalwood, rose water, aloe vera, milk or yogurt, there’s more than enough out there for you to pick from. So, then how do you decide which is the ideal type of face mask for you?
Here is an overview of the various types of face masks available in the market, and what the benefits of each type are. You could use the same as a guide to prepare your own face mask, in case you choose to take the DIY route.
1. Clay or Mud Masks:
Face masks that contain clay or mud (or multani mitti) are deep cleansing masks that work very well on oily or acne-prone skin. These masks also work effectively on blackheads and whiteheads and reduce the frequency of breakouts. With their antiseptic and drying properties, these masks also help to absorb excess sebum and cleanse the pores of oil and dirt. To detoxify the skin and remove the impurities from dirt and pollution, a clay or mud mask is an essential.
2. Peel-off Masks:
Peel-off masks can be whipped up either at home (using egg whites and other ingredients) and are also easily available in the market across many brands. Peel-off face masks are typically transparent or translucent in colour and have a gel-like consistency. These masks dry up within 15-20 minutes and can be peeled off once totally dry. Right from removing sun tan to blackheads/whiteheads and dead skin cells, these masks sure know how to multi-task. A good peel-off mask will leave your skin feeling incredibly soft, hydrated and totally rejuvenated.
3. Cream Masks:
Among all the types of face masks there, cream face masks are often the gentlest and can be used frequently. These are also commonly sold as overnight hydrating masks. The main USP of these masks is that they are deeply moisturizing and replenishing. Once you apply these cream masks, you can easily keep them on for several hours, or even on long-haul flights (to prevent dehydrated skin). If you suffer from dry patches, flakiness or even ageing skin (with fine lines, wrinkles, etc.), then cream face masks are your best friend.
4. Sheet Masks:
If you are looking for a facial-like experience at home in just about 20 minutes, then sheet masks are ideal for that. Sheet masks have always been popular in South East Asian countries, but they’re now becoming a phenomenon around the world. Packed with hydrating and rejuvenating ingredients, these sheet masks come with a variety of benefits and they’re ideal for when you’re on the go. You can pick the sheet mask that works best for your skin type and provides the very benefits that you’re looking for.
5. Facial Peels:
Among the many kinds of face masks available, facial peels are the most effective and most intense of the lot. Facial peels are known to work effectively on skin issues like hyperpigmentation and fine lines. They can contain a host of powerful chemical ingredients like retinol and glycolic acid. Ideally, facial peels shouldn’t be used too frequently and not unless you’re entirely comfortable with doing this on your own at home. But if you get the hang of it, then facial peels can really make a difference to the quality of your skin and leave it feeling and looking more youthful and radiant.
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