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Sheet, clay, charcoal? Here’s your Beauty Insider guide to face masks

Categories : Skincare

Ah, face masks. What are face masks and why every skincare enthusiast loves ‘em? Made famous by the K-Beauty skincare revolution, face masks have become a staple in everyone’s routine— whether it’s multi-masking with sheets or doing a special weekly treatment. With countless options in your local boutique, it can be hard to choose what’s best for your skin. Below we’ve listed down what ingredients and what kind to look out for, depending on your skin type.

One commonly known type is the sheet mask that’s soaked in a mix of serums or oils, basically a “liquid cocktail” that targets specific skin problems.

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Another type is a cream mask that can be in the form of clay or charcoal, among others, that can be used as a special treatment to target acne or pores.

Note that while masks essentially support your skincare routine, the amount of time these are used can vary. Sheet masks can be used daily, while harder working and concentrated cream-format masks should be used in moderation.

Clay Masks for Clogged Pores

Formulated to target acne or to decongest pores, Clay Masks have been around since the days of Cleopatra and have been part of western herbal medicine for centuries. The local cult favorite, Aztec Healing Clay Mask, for example, vacuums out impurities and clogged pores, so you’ll feel the skin tighten after using it. Over time, it’s said to help treat acne.

Hydrating Cream Masks for Dry Skin

Dry skin needs a mask that will lock in moisture and hydrate skin. Paula’s Choice confirms this, “If you have dry skin or oily, combination skin that’s dehydrated, a hydrating face mask can help skin hold onto moisture longer. “ Depending on the ingredients, you can look at it as a booster — you can get plumper, more moisturized skin in 10 to 15 minutes max.

Sheet Masks for Dull Skin

Uneven skin tone needs brightening. Thankfully, there are face masks that are made specifically for that problem. Victoria Beckham’s Dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer, tells The Cut, “Sheet masks are great because it allows the skin to ‘rest’ while it is saturated in hydrating, brightening, or anti-aging ingredients and giving an extra boost to your current skin routine when you need it the most.”