Why You Should Face Mask in the Shower, According to a Dermatologist
Face masking seems pretty straightforward, and it is: You apply the product, wait the recommended amount of time and remove it by either washing or peeling it off. There are, however, ways you may be able to enhance the benefits of your face mask, including face masking while you shower — which is also a major timesaver. Let us explain the benefits of using a face mask in the shower with a little help from board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, ahead.
The Benefits of Using a Face Mask in the Shower
You probably already combine your shower routine with your daily cleansing routine by washing your face in the shower, but did you know you can take it a step further than that? Masking in the shower provides your skin with a few added benefits as opposed to applying the product on dry cleansed skin. “The pores are open in the shower due to the heat and therefore, are ready to absorb beneficial ingredients included in the mask,” says Dr. Nussbaum. “This allows for optimal moisture absorption and sealing in natural lipids.”
How to Face Mask in the Shower
When you first get into the shower, begin by washing your face and immediately applying the mask. “Then, allow the mask to take effect while taking care of your hair and body routine,” advises Dr. Nussbaum. “Lastly, remove the mask and, depending on the type of mask, rinse and dry or massage into the skin.”
Just be sure to read the instructions on the pack of your face mask to ensure you’re leaving it on the appropriate amount of time. “Exfoliating masks usually need to be removed after a much shorter period than moisturizing or brightening masks. Therefore, don't assume all masks are created equal.” As a general rule, Dr. Nussbaum reminds you to always avoid the eyes and lips when masking.
The Best Types of Face Masks to Use in the Shower
Whether or not a face mask lends itself to in-shower application or not really depends on the product itself. It goes without saying that sheet masks aren’t the best idea, given that they need to adhere to your skin in order to work, and overnight masks should be reserved for, you guessed it, overnight. “I would limit it to exfoliating, moisturizing and brightening ones,” says Dr. Nussbaum. “Additionally, any mask meant for acne or oily skin may not be as effective on wet skin in the shower because they need a clean, dry canvas to give the most effective results.”
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