Is there anything better after a long day than kicking off your shoes, pulling on a pair of sweats, and slathering a decadent face mask all over your skin? There are so many face mask options on the market—from charcoal masks to sheet masks to DIY mask recipes containing everything but the kitchen sink—it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what mask you should be using. We get it! That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you find the best face mask for your skincare needs.
The Concern: Large, clogged pores
The Solution: Clay or charcoal mask
Our Recommendation: Alya Skin Pink Clay Mask
Clay and charcoal are great at drawing out impurities from the skin because of their absorbent qualities. It leaves the skin feeling clean without drying it out. There are a few different types of clay masks—we recommend starting out with something gentle on the skin, like a pink clay, to make sure you’re not being too harsh on an area as delicate as your face.
The Concern: Fine lines and wrinkles
The Solution: Collagen
Our Recommendation: SkinRepublic Collagen Infusion Face Mask
Masks containing collagen are the best face masks if you’re looking for something anti-ageing. Collagen improves the elasticity of the skin, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves your skin looking firm and youthful!
The Concern: Dry skin
The Solution: Hyaluronic acid
Our Recommendation: Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask
Hyaluronic acid is super hydrating, so it’s the perfect solution for dry skin! It contains moisture-retaining properties to fight dryness and plump up the skin. Tip—make sure to moisturise after using a hyaluronic acid mask to get the full hydrating effects.
The Concern: Acne
The Solution: Salicylic Acid
Our Recommendation: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
Exfoliate the skin and get rid of acne-causing impurities with salicylic acid. It’s an awesome skincare ingredient, because it fights acne while simultaneously soothing and calming the skin. This ingredient is strong, though, so make sure you patch-test it before using it on the face and take extra care to protect your skin from sun damage after using it.
The Concern: Uneven skin tone
The Solution: Turmeric
Our Recommendation: Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque (or make a homemade turmeric mask!)
Even out your skin tone and get rid of dark spots and hyperpigmentation using turmeric, a natural skin-brightener! There are tons of amazing turmeric masks on the market, but there are also dozens of DIY recipes you can whip up at home. Make sure you don’t leave the mask on for too long, however, or you could end up with a yellow-tinged face!
The Concern: Sun damage
The Solution: Vitamin C
Our Recommendation: The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Sheet Mask
Vitamin C is a common skincare ingredient because it brightens the skin naturally—but did you know that it can also repair sun damaged skin and prevent further damage? Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants, which means it can aid your skin in fighting the oxidative stress caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays. And don’t forget to apply SPF every morning, even if it’s not sunny outside!
As always, remember to patch test new ingredients before applying them to your face, and consult a skincare professional if you have any questions about adding new products into your routine. Want to learn more even about skincare? Check out our beauty courses here!