In this day and age, having a skincare routine is essential. As a “me-time” imperative, we have gone above and beyond to make sure we give our skin the best of the best. A recent study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal shows COVID-19 has affected people’s interest in aesthetic interventions. According to the participants, seeing themselves more often in the mirror leads them to improve their appearance.
How Do Beauty Masks Work?
Skincare can be as simple and as rigorous as you want it to be. However, for people with different skin conditions like acne, redness, and excess sebum production, an added skincare boost is never a bad idea. Beauty masks are the perfect regimen because they contain rich ingredients that either hydrate, moisturize, dry, or exfoliate your skin. The beauty mask’s film allows essential components to seep into the skin better in a short amount of time and offers a more concentrated and intense version of your regular skincare.
The Right Beauty Mask for You
With the number of beauty masks available in the market, choosing the right mask for you can be pretty overwhelming. The first step to knowing the right beauty mask for you is to know your skin type. Consult your dermatologist and discuss the different needs your skin might have. Once you have your skin type sorted, you can now choose the right product that works best for you. There are three types of beauty masks:
- Overnight Masks
These masks are hydrating, moisturizing, and may contain hyaluronic acid, ideal for dry or mature skin types.
- Clay Masks
Sulfur or mud masks soak up excess sebum and may give a slight exfoliation—ideal for oily skin types.
- Sheet Masks
These masks are the most common ones. They contain moisturizers and antioxidants, which are hydrating. They can be stored in the refrigerator for the added anti-inflammatory effect.
Mixed in these beauty masks are vital ingredients that have a specifically targeted skin benefit:
- Salicylic Acid and Alpha-hydroxy acids: for acne
- Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Resveratrol, Retinoids, Hyaluronic Acid: for fine lines and wrinkles
- Niacinamide: for excess sebum, pigmentation, and redness
- Kojic acid, Vitamin C, Retinoids: Dark spots, and pigmentation
Should You Really Wear That Beauty Mask?
After finding a mask that works for you, learn to integrate it into your routine. It should be used after a face serum before a moisturizer or a replacement to your nighttime moisturizer. As with anything in excess, it can be inadequate for you. Make sure not to overdo the use of beauty masks. They should only be used about once a week to prevent irritation. It’s essential to be wary of red flags when using a beauty mask. Some of the signs include breakouts, redness, pain, dry or peeling skin, and worst, a skin flare-up due to hives.
Beauty Masks are not magic. They will not make your skin soft, supple, and beautiful overnight. Using beauty masks may not erase all your poor skincare habits after one use, but they can provide you with that extra skincare boost in your routine. These beauty masks can be an easy, effective, and inexpensive way to give your skin that extra tender loving care when used correctly.
Having great skin still heavily relies on having a routine that works for you and staying hydrated. Know your skin type and what it needs. Stick to a skincare routine that cleanses, moisturizes, and protects your skin. And don’t forget that all skin types can benefit from a dab of gentle, non-drying cleanser and exfoliant and a smudge of broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect you from sun damage.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Brianna now hangs her hat in the mountains of the East Coast. She is an Alumna of Liberty University with a degree in Criminal Justice and is a multiple time recipient of the Dean’s list award. As one of the senior journalists of Top Doctor Magazine, she has had the pleasure of interviewing many doctors and professionals about their fields of expertise.