Face masks are one of those things that you never knew you needed until after you see their results. If done correctly, they can be used to heal the skin and, because most are super relaxing, it's a nice to way to pamper your skin after a lot of damage is caused after wedding, parties, or using a lot of make up and just to boost up your skincare regime.
So, here are few tips and tricks on using a face mask as part of your skincare regime:
What are face masks for?
Face masks are loaded with potent ingredients to brighten, detox, reduce pore size, reduce marks & pigmentations when used properly in the regime. They allow key ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin than, say, things like your daily face lotion would. This results in deeper nourishment and helps in eradicating skin problems.
How often should you do a face mask?
Face masks are like extra bonus points for healthy glowing skin. But make sure to don’t over do it. Clay masking can be done 2-3 times a week and hydrating masks can be used 4-5 times a week.
Things to remember while using a face mask?
Always use a face mask on a clean face. To enhance the efficacy of the face mask, you can exfoliate your skin gently before applying a face mask. Most importantly, remember to put on a face mask for the stipulated duration and not for more or less than the time period suggested.
Do face masks help with acne?
Face masks specially clay face masks with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as clay, tea tree, green tea, charcoal, amla, etc. help with acne prone skin. In addition, if a mask face also has skin repairing ingredients ceramides, Azelaic acid, niacinamide. It is an added advantage for inflamed and damaged acne prone skin and also reducing post acne marks
What kind of face masks can help with dry skin?
All face masks that are loaded with hydrating ingredients such as aloe vera, honey, Vit E, glutathione, etc. and nourishing ingredients such as avocado, almond, cocoa butter, etc are to look out for. Also since dry skin often looks lifeless one must look for brightening and glow boosting ingredients such as turmeric, saffron, manjistha, orange peel, etc.
Can all face masks be used on a normal skin type?
Mostly, yes. Just look out for any ingredient that your skin is allergic to and avoid the same for any unwanted allergic reaction and inflammation.
Are exfoliating masks safe to use?
Yes. Look for gentle exfoliating masks, don’t use plastic bead scrubs or walnut shell scrubs and masks as they cause micro tears in skin. Alpha hydroxy acids based masks can be used safely by most skin types, ensure the mask also has soothing ingredients kernel, ceramides, etc. and anti-aging ingredients like rosehip, pomegranate.
Is multi-masking safe?
Multi-masking (i.e. using different masks all at once on your face) is totally safe to do but be sure not to actually layer the masks on top of each other. Multi-masking may be ideal for someone who may have specific problem spots, but does not want to apply a mask that can cause potential irritation all over the face. For example, if someone tends to break out on their forehead and chin but may be a little dryer on their cheeks, pairing a clay mask with an ultra-hydrating mask and applying it to the target areas can be very helpful.