What You Need to Know About Face Masks

Woman having a face mask applied on her face with a brush

How frequently do you put a face mask on? The answer for most of us is probably not very often. Face masks are an often ignored part of our beauty routine. Some of us never forget to wash our faces and diligently apply the rest of our skincare products, but face masks tend to be something we slap on every once in a while whenever we remember and that isn’t the best way to get the most out of your face masks.

It’s hard to recommend how often you should be using a face mask especially since so much depends on skin type, but the consensus seems to be at least once a week and even that number depends on the kind of mask you’re using. For Korean skincare adherents, it isn’t uncommon to use a sheet maska cotton face mask soaked with ingredients intended to hydrate and moisturizeonce a day.

There are so many kinds of face masks out on the market, from clay masks formulated to get rid of all the gunk in your pores to sleeping packs you leave on your skin overnight to hydrate and give an extra plumping effect the next morning. There are firming masks like our Lifting Mask with ASC III and peel off masks like our Aknestop Peel-off Gel Mask. All of our masks can be found here. Everyone can find a mask for their skin type somewhere for sale to fulfill their skin needs.

Here are some tips for how to get the most out of your face masks.

  1. Start with a clean face

If you put on a mask over unwashed skin, you trap impurities and that can force them deeper into your skin according to NYC-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. Do yourself and your skin a favor by washing your face first with a water-based cleanser or use the double cleansing method (using an oil cleanser and then a water-based cleanser) for a more thorough cleanse before applying a mask.

  1. Exfoliate beforehand

You want to get rid of the layer of dead skin before you apply on any masks. Some masks contain active ingredients and you want your skin to be able to absorb all the goodness. A layer of dead skin makes it harder for those active ingredients to penetrate your skin, so exfoliate away. (Skip this if you plan on using an exfoliating or a detoxifying mask, those are intended to get rid of impurities instead of adding actives.)

  1. Follow directions
Different masks have different directions and they often tell you how long to leave it on your face. You want to follow the time limit they have carefully. If you leave on the mask for too long, it can actually dry out your skin. This is true for both clay masks and surprisingly, hydrating sheet masks so make sure to follow the instructions. More isn’t always better.

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