With so many new masks on the market, it can be hard to know which ones will really help skin, and which mask is best for which skin types. Here’s a quick guide as to which masks are best for what!
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Clay and Charcoal Mask
Clay masks and charcoal masks are suitable for oily skin to combination skin or shiny t-zones. This is because both clay and charcoal absorb excess oil from skin’s surface. Charcoal also has the unique ability to gently draw out dirt from congested pores. Choose a well-formulated one, which will leave skin shine-free, but not dry or tight.
A sleeping mask is usually hydrating — you leave it on overnight to provide skin with extra nourishment. Leaving it on for a longer time gives the ingredients more time to work. They often have a lighter texture so they won’t make your pillowcase greasy. Use them as the last step in your evening routine.
If you have oilier skin, it could be used in place of a night cream.
Brightening masks are ideal for those with dry, dull skin and anyone suffering from pigmentation and uneven skin tone. They tend to contain ingredients such as niacinamide, arbutin, and vitamin C. These ingredients improve uneven skin tone and lighten hyperpigmentation.
Sheet masks are usually made from some kind of paper or cotton that is saturated with effective ingredients. There are lots of different sheet masks to suit different skin types depending on the ingredients they contain. Leave them on for awhile to let the ingredients soak into the skin.
A good peel-off mask gently removes a thin layer of dead skin cells and surface dirt from the pores, which leaves skin feeling smooth. Choose a gentle one that doesn’t contain high concentrations of polyvinyl alcohol, which can have a drying and irritating effect on skin.
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