Choosing the Right Face Mask for You

You’re always seeking the best tips for healthy skin. When you want to get the best face mask, the choices can seem overwhelming. You might also be wondering . . . do they really work?

Magazines, bloggers, vloggers, social media stars, and celebrities all seem to be on the face-mask bandwagon—from posting selfies wearing face masks on airplanes (à la Chrissy Teigen) to donning them with a girlfriend, or just showing how you can frighten your partner by sneaking up on him or her while wearing a face mask around the house.

While the beauty benefits are some of the best parts of wearing a face mask, applying one and then taking a soak in your bathtub or lying on your bed with a glass of wine for ten, twenty, or thirty minutes for “mandatory relaxing” is another added perk many of us enjoy.

Here are some tips to get healthier skin with the best face masks you’ll find on the market, so you can better understand what they can do for your skin.

Sheet Masks

Good for: Any skin type—just make sure you’re getting the right one for the skin problems you’re looking to target.

What it claims to do: The serums and ingredients in sheet face masks or Korean sheet masks are said to create an “occlusive barrier,” sealing the active serums underneath the skin while you leave the mask on your face for the suggested time, according to an article from The New York Post. This “sealing” is said to help the product work more effectively.

Pros: If you use a sheet mask once or twice a week, it can help clear out clogged blackheads or add a hydrating boost to your skin if it’s dry and flaky. These are relatively easy to apply to your face, available in your local drugstores, and only require ten to fifteen minutes of your time.

Cons: When you open the packaging, the solution might drip on you or your clothes. If you have sensitive skin, start with a gentle mask once a week. Some brands can also cost up to $25 per sheet mask.

Cream Masks

Good for: Normal to dry skin. Look for one that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, avocado, and vitamin E.

What it claims to do: They tend to be rich in oils or other hydrating ingredients that nourish your skin. They can even help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and brighten the skin.

Pros: Some of the best cream masks contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which is said to have the added benefit of attracting and binding moisture in order to plump up flat skin cells (hello, youthful appearance!), and algae extracts, which are great for tightening and firming skin, according to DermStore. These are usually easy to apply, as well.

Cons: These masks tend to be thicker and provide skin hydration—so if you have oily skin, they could clog pores and cause more breakouts.

Charcoal Masks

Good for: Acne-prone skin.

What it claims to do: Activated charcoal is said to help detox and purify your skin.

Pros: Using an activated charcoal mask can help reduce the appearance of pores, balance oily skin, and treat acne.

Cons: It can be too drying if you have combination skin or sensitive skin. Applying this can be messy, and it can leave black residue all over your sink when you rinse.

Clay Masks

Good for: Clogged pores and blackheads.

What it claims to do: Most of the clay skin-care masks say they brighten or detoxify skin.

Pros: Your skin will likely look more radiant after applying these.

Cons: You might have to mix it yourself, and the clay can make parched skin even drier.

Foaming Masks

Good for: It depends on the type of foaming mask you get, but most of the “oxygenating bubble masks,” as they’re also called, are best for acne-prone skin and clogged pores.

What it claims to do: These masks feel like a cool science experiment taking place on your skin. Many of these foaming face masks claim to help clear up dull complexion, clarify skin, and minimize pores.

Pros: These masks bubble up and foam. They’re good for acne-prone skin and blackheads, and some are also good for dry skin.

Cons: When they bubble up, the bubble foam can fall on your clothes or furniture if you’re not lying still. The ingredients can also be too harsh on sensitive skin.

Get Professional Help

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Follow these tips for healthy skin, and go apply the best face mask for your skin and give yourself a relaxing time out.

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