If you’re anything like me, your skin is going crazy with the season changes. One day you wake up and your skin is glowing. The next day your skin feels like sandpaper. My favorite thing is halfway through my day, I have these shiny patches on my face of pooled up oils.
I can wash my face properly, or slather on the moisturizer; but a lot of the time, it will not fix the underlying problems. I am here to tell you, there are some quick fixes (face masks) that won’t break the bank. I normally use masks that are under $5.00, but there are also some that can range up to $200.00. Either way your skin will thank you.
If you do a Google search of “face masks”, you may get overwhelmed by all the options and may not know what mask is the best. So let’s go through the different kinds of masks and what they do?
1. Sheet Masks
Skin Type: All types
The new phenomenon is sheet masks. Sheet masks are made for all skin types. These originated in Korea and have since taken the states by storm. Most contain Hyaluronic Acid and caffeine which allows your dermis to get a mass amount of hydration while reducing your skin’s puffiness. When buying sheet masks, they come prepackaged. Inside the package, you will find a mask ready to go as they are soaking in the ingredients. All you need to do is unfold the mask and place it on your face. It’s fairly easy to figure out placement as they have eye, nose and mouth holes. Most masks should be left on for 15 to 20 minutes, but be sure to read the packaging.
When your time is up you simply take it off and throw it away. My tip is to never wash off the leftover ingredients from the mask, but pat it onto your skin. After it soaks in, put your favorite moisturizer on and your skin will love you.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective sheet mask, try the “Yes to” brand. They are great and run for $2.00-3.00 a mask. If you want to spend more money, try Tatcha brand masks for around $12.00 each.
2. Exfoliating Masks
Skin Type: All types
Another great style of mask to use for all skin types is an exfoliating one. It helps eliminate dull and dead skin with what I call “microbeads.” With all exfoliants, you will feel a grainy or gritty material on your face. These are working to shed dead skin. Exfoliating masks normally contain Volcanic rock and AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids), which help improve the texture of your skin.
You do not want to use exfoliates more than a couple times a week.
3. Clay Masks
Skin Type: Normal to Oily
What if you have normal to oily skin you ask? Well, you should try a clay mask. L’Oreal offers clay masks from a jar for about $8.00 to $10.00 a jar. A higher priced option is Glamglow for about $70.00 a jar. Clay masks help to unclog and minimize your pores. It’s pretty neat how it works too. It closes your skin off from the air (called occlusive) which causes your brain to send plumpers to your natural skin. It gives your skin the infamous glow we all want. Clay masks are also made to detoxify your skin and hydrate at the same time.
If you want to try a clay mask and you have dry skin, please invest in a moisturizer. You will need to moisture directly after the mask to avoid more dryness.
Clay masks (like sheet masks) are applied and left on for the allotted time frame. Your mask will harden during this time. To remove, I recommend a warm washcloth and let it soak on the mask for 20-30 seconds, this will loosen up the clay so you can wipe the mask off without causing skin irritation.
4. Cream Masks
Skin Type: Normal to Dry
Next, let’s talk about masks for normal to dry skin. I would suggest a cream mask. These masks are packed with a bunch of different minerals and oils. The goal of a cream mask is to penetrate much deeper into your skin (compared to the other masks) to add hydration from the inner layers out. If you have dry skin, it will help replenish the dry cells and give your skin the hydrated, smooth skin you want and love.
If your shopping at a drug-store, I love the Que Bella brand masks and they only cost about $2.00 to $3.00 dollars each. If you want to splurge on yourself, I love the Origin brand masks that cost $45.00.
5. Gel Masks
Skin Type: Dry Skin
And last, but not least we are going to chat about the gel mask. Gel masks are great for dry skin. Most gel masks are loaded with skin recovering ingredients such as antioxidants and collagen. The benefits of these are deep hydration with firming and detoxifying properties. This is like a skin recovery for your face.
A drug store style gel mask I love is (again) Que Bella brand and is priced around $2.00- $3.00 a mask. An amazing brand (that will cost you) are the Peter Thomas Roth gel masks, which run for about $52.00.
Now it’s time for you to treat your skin. Oh, and taking mask selfies is a must, tag us in them!