The general thought about face masks is that they are used to make the skin shine and feel smooth. However, there are many different face masks with various benefits people may not know about.
Each skin type may require specific treatments; here are five masks to address dry, oily, combination, normal and break-out prone skins.
1. Aloe Vera (Gel) Masks
Aloe Vera contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins, which are great for treating sunburns, reducing blemishes (like acne) and taming redness on the skin.
Women who use mineral based-makeup will find it a rich moisturizer. Men can use it as an aftershave to treat shaving cuts.
DIY-lovers can buy the Aloe Vera plant, prepare it at home, and apply the gel directly onto the face.
Best for oily and blemish-prone skin.
2. Charcoal Masks
Charcoal is like a purifying agent and as such, charcoal peel-off masks are incredibly popular and widespread. (Caution: invest in good quality masks to avoid struggling with the peeling off process)
Alternatively, there are many ways to make a DIY charcoal masks. One way is to mix activated charcoal powder with water and add honey.
Charcoal masks help get rid of blackheads and treat spots effectively. After mask usage, pores should visibly decrease.
Best for oily and blackhead prone skin.
3. Cream Masks
Cream masks are known to be one of the most gentle face masks, best for hydrating dry skin.
Most cream masks do not need to be rinsed off after they have been applied; the residue can be wiped off with a tissue.
Leaving the mask on overnight is possible too for intense hydration.
4. Clay Masks
Clay masks work to absorb oil, clear pores thoroughly, and tighten skin.
They do have a drying effect and should not be left on longer than necessary. The minute the clay hardens and makes it difficult to crack a smile, it’s time to wash it off.
Usage should be moderated to once a week to prevent sapping the skin of moisture.
Best for oily, acne prone and combination skin.
5. Sheet Masks
Sheet masks are face-shaped sheet fabric soaked with many hydrating ingredients to infuse the skin with a bright glow. Convenient and easy to use, they come individually-packed.
Many women use sheet masks for anti-aging due to their brightening and nourishing effects.
Best for oily and combination skin.
It’s your time to shine this New Year! Which face mask will you try out? Tell us in the comment below.
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