There are few things more luxurious feeling than taking a break from life and indulging in a spa-quality face mask. Facial treatments, including masks, have evolved to the point that you can give yourself a professional quality treatment without ever leaving the comfort of your own home – plus, you can find face masks for every skin type, and every skincare woe.
If you’re anything like me, when you’re ready to be pampered, a face mask is the first thing you reach for. However, with so many options, you might be wondering what a face mask is supposed to do, and what type is best for your skin.
Well, if we’re going to get super technical here, the answer to this question depends a lot on what type of facial mask you’re using. For instance, a hyaluronic acid mask will hydrate your skin and relieve dryness. Some people prefer a good old-fashioned clay mask to purify the pores and soak up extra surface oils, while others prefer a lighter mask that’s designed to be left on overnight. Spend any amount of time looking at facial masks, and you’ll discover there are options for just about any skin type and skincare issue you can imagine.
The specifics aside, there are some things that most facial masks do for your skin. Let’s take a minute and cover a few of the basics so you have a better idea of what you’re getting into the next time you chose to pamper yourself with a face mask.
Facial Masks Penetrate Deeper into the Skin
Facial masks are designed to penetrate deeper into the skin than other types of skincare products. Think about your regular skincare routine for a minute. You apply moisturizers, serums, toners, and creams, often layer upon layer. While these products aren’t removed from your skin, the layering often affects how well they work – sometimes for the better, but other times not so much. Face masks are, for the most part, designed to work on their own.
There is a synergistic effect between the formulation of a quality facial mask, the amount of time it is left on your skin, and the fact that most are designed to work as solitary skincare components. This allows them to penetrate deeper into the skin where they can really perform their magic.
Face Masks Freshen Your Complexion
Having a fresh-faced, radiant complexion is one of the best feelings in the world. For many of us, a fresh-looking complexion is the end goal of all the effort put into skincare. Face masks can help brighten and rejuvenate your complexion in a number of ways.
For starters, choosing the right face mask that’s formulated with gentle, effective ingredients that are aligned with your skin type is one of the best steps you can take toward nourishing and healing your skin. Secondly, there’s a natural exfoliation process that occurs with many facial masks. By lifting away all those dead skin cells that can dull your complexion, the fresh, vibrant looking skin underneath is revealed.
Face Masks Can Plump and Hydrate Skin
Many people battle dry or dehydrated skin, and for many reasons. Your environment may be to blame – perhaps you live in a dry climate or indoor heating is reducing the humidity level. Air travel is also notorious for dehydrating the skin – and the longer the flight, the more dehydrated your skin can become. Stress can also take a toll – disrupting hormones that regulate oil production, which normally keeps skin moisturized, can leave the skin dry and dull. Even something as simple as not drinking enough water throughout the day can exacerbate dry/dehydrated skin. For those with chronically dry skin, this may be a regular battle, while others may just occasionally experience dehydration and the symptoms associated with depleted moisture.
Whatever the reason, sometimes skin needs a little extra boost to look and feel its best. That’s where a properly formulated hydration mask comes in. Designed to drench the skin in moisture, OZNaturals Vitamin C+ Sea Hydration Mask delivers hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 to improve the look and feel of tired, dry/dehydrated skin. The inclusion of antioxidants such as Vitamin C also makes it ideal to use on sun-damaged skin, to brighten and improve hyperpigmentation.
Dry/Dehydrated skin can look less youthful due to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles being more noticeable. On the other hand, when the skin is intensely hydrated, it becomes plumper and smoother, helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Face Masks Improve the Effectiveness of Other Skincare Products
Face masks help all the other products in your regular skincare routine work more efficiently. A good face mask soothes inflammation and hydrates your skin (yes, this part is important even if you have oily skin). In essence, face masks work to transform your skin into its healthiest version, which in the end will help all your skincare products work more effectively.
Is a Face Mask Right for You?
A face mask is a wonderful way to rejuvenate your skin while indulging yourself in a little well-deserved pampering. Don’t have time to lay around and wait for your face mask to work? Try one that can be left on overnight, followed by a gentle cleansing in the morning. Of course, choosing a face mask that’s formulated for your skin type is a must. Certain ingredients like hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C are generally well tolerated and beneficial for most skin types. Whatever you choose, look for a face mask that’s as gentle and natural as possible, while meeting the needs of your beautiful skin.