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Aside from my “routine” makeup and skincare reviews, I wanted to share something about face masks. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing my views and opinions about what type of skincare masks I’ve tried and tested & how I recommend using them. Again, I am not an expert in skincare nor am I a professional in any skincare field. Just an ordinary customer addicted to sheet masks initially, then exploring other types of skincare goodies! Also, I’d like to inform you guys that I’ll resuming my Eye C. Reviews on March 24 PST. Apologies in advance and rest assured more reviews more to come!
FACE MASKS in general is a barrier placed onto the face.
Skincare related, this is commonly referred to as SHEET MASKS.
SHEET MASKS are face-shaped sheet fabrics soaked in nutrition-packed solution called serum. The sheet is made up of variety of materials including papers, fibers or gel types. Sheet mask is generally used once and it is individually packaged, making them fast, convenient, and easy to use. There are several types of sheet masks according to what specific skin concern.
Other types of masks are Mud and Rubber masks.
So how to use it?
Use the mask in morning (if you don’t mind the greasy after look) or at night (to get the maximum benefit). Great for all times of the day because they using a mask don’t take much time (usually 15-20 mins.) one time use, don’t have to wash your face after.
Start with a fresh face. It’s best to start with a clean face to remove all excess dirt and sebum. You may also add a toner. This allows the skin to absorb all the goodness provided by the mask.
Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. The LONGER does not mean the BETTER especially with sheet masks. Set a limit to allow your skin to absorb the nutrients of the masks. If you keep the sheet mask on your face after it becomes dry, it starts to have the opposite effect and will draw moisture away from your skin. For mud masks, this needs a little more time to dry requiring more than 30 mins.
Do not RINSE! Just pat on the remaining essence/serum. There is no need to add extra products onto your face after the mask especially if the mask has a really thick texture. But if the mask had a rather watery or light formula that makes your skin a little dry, adding a moisturizer will help.
My skin type is Oily/Combination and sensitive. Meaning I tend to get oiliness on my T-zone and experience dry patches on the sides of my cheeks and along my nose. Sensitive because my skin react to “strongly” formulated skincare or makeup products that leave my skin itching and inflammed. Also, I suffer from hyperpigmentations due to post acne scars which lead me to my first sheetmask. . .
(also referred to as lightening masks)
Aims to brighten up the overall complexion. I do suggest using this type of mask on a regular preferably 2-3 times a week to see the full effect. From the types of mask I’ve tested, this White Flower Mask Pack from Wangskin seems to give the immediate effect to my skin. Immediately after using this mask, my face was instantly brighter plus the sheet masks was soaked in so much essence. This types of masks reduce the appearance of my acne scars and uneven skintone.
Cleansing Bubble Masks
A fun mask to try! Once applied to the skin, bubbles form like really fast. Instructed to leave the mask on for 30 mins. and my face looks like a puffed up something. Bubble masks are used to clean the pores. I did see my complexion brighten up a bit after using the mask. I use this mask twice a month just to deep clean my pores especially on days that I use heavy foundations or concealers.
Anti Ageing Masks
Aims to repair and tighten up the skin to appear plump and younger. Typically this type of masks “tighten” up the skin once applied then left to dry. Some masks are in gel form which is also fun to apply at the same time easily distributed to map out the areas of the face with lines such as the jaw and forehead area. I don’t recommend to place it near the under eye area because the formula of the mask may irritate it. Aside form the anti ageing properties of the mask, other types of mask offer brightening in them too. Use it once a week just to get my face renewed and plump.
One of my faves! Hydrating masks aims to hydrate! I do feel that my skin is gets dehydrated. I get unexplained bumps sometimes and dry patches especially when the weather gets really cold. My solution would use a hydrating mask. What this mask does is to moisturize then locks it in. Most masks are mixed with different functions as well such as brightening and anti ageing. After using the mask, my face is super moisturized, supple and plump!
Mud masks are usually made with some type of clay base whether it be bentonite, kaolin, white, rose, etc. Clays in the mud masks naturally exfoliate dead skin cells when the mask is washed off. I use this mask once a week since and on days that I just need a “at home spa day” since this mask typically needs more time to dry. After using the mask, my skin feels soft and smooth.
Rubber masks provides “cooling” benefits along with other claims. But generally, this type of mask calms the face from e.g sun exposure or irritations.
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