From Sheets to Clay: The Ultimate Guide to Face Masks
Whether you’re looking for the ease of an overnight mask or the unclogging power of clay, with so many face masks available, it can be hard to keep up with which is which and how they can be of benefit to us—or, more importantly, our skin. To make things a little bit easier, we’ve compiled the ultimate face mask guide—detailing each mask and its individual benefits—for your reference, below.
Gel masks can be a great way to both wake up and soothe your skin. These uniquely textured formulas often feature a cooling effect—that’s intensified if you store it in the fridge—making them perfect to use before a big night out! If you’re looking for a lightweight mask that can hydrate the skin in less than 10 minutes, look no further. You can apply a gel mask to the face first thing in the morning to give your skin some extra pep or at night before going to bed to calm the skin after a long day. When it comes to gel masks, we love Lancôme’s Hydra-Intense Masque—not only can it help hydrate the skin, it can also work to fade the look of fine lines and other visible effects of dehydrated skin.
When the 10-step Korean skin care routine took the Western World by storm, with it came the magic that is a sheet mask. The perfect mask for busy women everywhere, this type of mask is often made from a cotton blend and soaked in essence—or serum—that can provide the skin with many different benefits. From brightening, to hydrating, to calming, sheet masks definitely live up to the hype. Speaking of brightening, we recommend trying Decléor’s Intensive Brightening Sheet Mask. This sheet mask—formulated with “White Focus” plant complex—helps to brighten the appearance of skin, even out your complexion, and moisturize and soothe the skin—all in 10 minutes.
Arguably one of the oldest forms of skin care, clay masks are a skin care staple. From bentonite to kaolin, this OG of the face mask world is most often used to help unclog pores, balance oily complexions, and so much more! If you’re not familiar with clay masks, and looking for something that can help remove excess oil and purify pores all while promoting a healthy glow, try The Body Shop’s Seaweed Oil-Balancing Clay Mask. Formulated with algae extracts and bladderwrack seaweed, this clay mask can help remove excess oil while working to draw out impurities and clarify the appearance of skin.
Overnight masks give beauty sleep a whole new meaning. These sleep-friendly masks come in many variations—most of which can offer the skin some ultra-hydration and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed in the morning. One of our (many) favorite overnight masks is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, because not only can it provide the skin with tons of hydration, it can help improve the skin’s ability to absorb moisture altogether.
For anyone who has ever experienced a mud bath, you’re probably already aware of the fact that masks aren’t just for faces. Treating your body to a mask, like the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay from The Body Shop’s Spa of the World line, can give you similar benefits as it would your face, which in turn, can leave your skin feeling deeply cleaned and soft to touch. In addition to its skin benefits, its aroma may also offer a certain level of zen that can leave you feeling like you just spent a day at said “Spa of the World.” Whether you’re relaxing in the bath or jumping in the shower after the gym, body masks can leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and cleaner than ever.
DIY masks are a fun, inexpensive way to take care of your skin. They can be yogurt-based, honey-based, or even, avocado-based, and are often made with ingredients that you already have lying around in your kitchen—like honey and oatmeal.