When it comes to skin care I find that some people may not consider masks to be an important part of a skin or body care routine. Personally, I do consider masks a treat as then can be a great way to help you look and feel your best. Do I think that they are as necessary as a cleanser or SPF? No. However, I think that masking is important if you are striving to obtain your ideal skin health. I like to think of masks as a sort of instant gratification in my routine. Most masks are made to provide immediate results to the skin, like a surge of benefits in under 20 minutes.
The importance of having a mask in a routine really depends on a few factors. Before selecting a type of mask, it’s best to know your skin type and the exact skin concern you are targeting. This information is crucial because it helps you to decide which mask to use. For example, if you have:
Dryness – Don’t reach for a mask that contains oil absorbing ingredients such as clay. Doing that would completely defeat the purpose of trying to solve for dryness. I love to use a mask that contains honey or hyaluronic acid when my skin is dry. Honey is packed with nutrients and can help improve skin tone and texture. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrator and reduces water loss from the skin.
Congestion or Breakout – Avoid ingredients such as essential oils, colorants and alcohols. Reach for something that is clarifying to help purge my skin of impurities. A deep cleansing mask is always a smart idea when you have congested/oily/acne prone skin. Look for something that contains clay because it is known to draw toxins from the body and has an abundance of minerals.
In addition to deep cleansing, masks are an amazing way to give the skin a boost of radiance. This “glow” is great for an upcoming big event such as a job interview, wedding, date, red carpet, etc. Personally, I love using an enzyme mask or vitamin c mask before an important day. Enzymes work to exfoliate dead skin cells and will brighten up your complexion; and, studies show vitamin C can combat photo-damage of the skin. Masks can be important to your skin’s health and overall appearance.
There are many different types of masks on the market today. Whether a sheet, gel, peel-off, cream or paste, finding the right type of mask for your skin is easier now than it was before. So, there’s less of a reason that’s holding you back from including a key step in your skin care routine. In my personal opinion, masks should be fun and relaxing.
I truly feel that skin care is a major part of self-care and can be a good way to relax. If I’ve had a stressful day (or week), I’ll do a mask and take 10-15 minutes to unwind and treat myself. Not only do I get the benefits of the mask to my skin, I also get to have a few minutes of my day for myself.
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