What to look for when buying a face mask

A face mask is normally used once or twice a week, as a treatment to boost the appearance of your skin. When purchasing a face mask, it’€™s best to recognise your skin type and skin concerns in order to find the best mask for you. If you’re unsure of your skin type, take a look at our beauty therapist, Kristina’s guide below and top product recommendations.

Oily skin is caused by overactive sebaceous glands producing more oil than normal. Oily skin can be prone to spots and blackheads and generally appears shiny. Combination skin usually means an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and normal to dry areas elsewhere on the rest of the face. Like oily skin, combination skin may suffer from blemishes. The best type of face mask for these skin types is a clay-based one, which helps to soak up excess oil from the skin, such as the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Mask. This mask contains kaolin and bentonite to remove impurities and unclog pores, as well as 5% hydroxy acid to gently exfoliate. This mask also has aloe and chamomile to soothe and calm, ensuring it’s perfect for combination skin, too. For breakouts, the Dermalogica MediBac Sebum Clearing Masque absorbs oil whilst helping to clear congested skin. It contains salicylic acid, caffeine and cinnamon bark to prevent the growth of bacteria and exfoliate dead skin cells to promote healthy skin.

Dry skin can be caused by extreme weather conditions, ageing or medications. Dry skin needs extra moisture and gentle care as it can often be sensitive. When looking for a facial mask try to find those with hydrating, soothing and calming properties. As dry skin can look flaky and feel tight, using a facial mask twice a week will really help to make your skin look healthier. A great face mask for dry skin is the Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask which contains hyaluronic acid and rowan tree bud to give a burst of moisture to skin whilst restoring radiance. Another good choice for slightly more sensitive skin types is the Decleor Hydra-Floral Multi-Protection Ultra Moisturising Mask with essential oils to boost hydration and protect against signs of pollution on the skin.

Mature skin types normally have fine lines, wrinkles, sagginess and enlarged pores. As we age we have less elasticity and collagen in our skin which is why skin becomes thinner, lined and wrinkled. The best face masks for mature skin types are those that firm, tone and plump to restore a youthful complexion. The Thalgo Hyaluronic Mask works well on mature skins to hydrate, smooth and restore suppleness. Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient to look for in facial masks for ageing skin types, as it can prevent moisture loss, aid tissue repair and plump. For an alternative mask, go for the SK-II Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask €“ a six piece stretch mask set that is drenched in niacinamide, pitera and signaline to immediately contour, firm and freshen for youthful, glowing skin.

Mix up your facial treatments by using a cloth mask – they’re less messy and super nourishing. Pop one into the fridge a few minutes before applying, for an extra cooling effect!

Dull skin can be caused by sunbathing, smoking, stress, poor diet and the effects of everyday life. Dull skin may need some hydration, soothing, calming and overall tender loving care. For a great face mask look for exfoliating properties that will help to remove dead skin cells, such as the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask containing 15% glycolic acid to exfoliate and manuka honey to hydrate. There’€™s also vitamin E and rose oil to brighten, refresh and illuminate. Dull skin can also benefit from the Guinot Radiance Mask a brightening and reviving facial mask with lavender and essential oils to stimulate blood flow, energise and refresh.

Normal skin still benefits from a treatment once or twice a week. Using a facial mask can help to refresh, balance and add a little hydration to the skin. You could choose any of the masks already mentioned if you have a particular skin concern at a certain moment in time. However, if you’€™re looking for one for general use then you could try the Apivita Express Beauty with Pink Clay Mask for a burst of rose juice, wheat proteins and green tea to tone, rejuvenate and cleanse without the use of parabens, silicones and mineral oil. You could also try the Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask, which will nourish, purify and tone for an instant beauty fix.

Extra sensitive
Skin types that are extra sensitive can still use facial masks, though it’™s best to use this type of treatment no more than once a week. When it comes to purchasing a face mask for extra sensitive skin look for gentle and soothing ingredients. The Mesoestetic Anti-Stress Face Mask can be used on even the most sensitive of skins due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can also be used on post-surgery complexions, too.

Eye masks are becoming more popular in the beauty industry. Masks for the under eye area can add extra moisture, firmness and improve circulation, such as the Thalgo Hyaluronic Eye Patch Masks which disspates puffy eyes, reduces dark circles and hydrates, for the ultimate instant beauty fix.

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