Gone are the days when you wanted to sit in a salon for hours and get a facial—ain’t nobody got the time for that! Going to a salon to get a facial is not only tedious and expensive but also requires a lot of patience (we’d rather sleep in than go through a 2-hour long facial). Enter face masks—the quickest way to give your skin an instant boost. You don’t need a guide on how to use face masks; you just put them on and let the ingredients do their job. They are easy, quick and effective, which is what makes them so alluring. If you’re team face mask, keep reading …
Why use face masks?
Face masks have been around for a very long time. However, they have come back into the limelight because of K-beauty and everyone’s obsession with sheet masks. Sheet masks are the talk of the town right now and everyone from influencers, celebrities to even dermatologists are using them.
According to research, face masks are a great way to treat a number of skin problems, including acne, pigmentation and even skin ageing. Face masks are packed with skin boosting ingredients that target your skin problems and leave your skin feeling fresh and moisturised.
You can classify them into two main categories – leave on masks and rinse off masks.
Are you a ‘leave on mask’ kinda girl?
These face masks are loaded with hydrating ingredients. They are perfect for a quick facial. Leave on masks include sheet masks and overnight masks.
Sheet masks are very popular in the world of skincare. They are easy to apply, take minimum effort and are effective too (exactly what we dig)! You can get these with a number of natural ingredients as well as chemical ones. All you need to do is leave them on for 15-20 minutes.
Overnight face masks work like creams. They are thick in consistency, and like the name suggests have to be left overnight. These masks are super moisturising and leave your skin feeling oh so hydrated the next morning.
If you are thinking about getting yourself some leave on face masks, make sure you apply them when your face is clean and dry. Do not wash off the remaining serum after you take off the sheet mask. Massage the residue into your skin to get the most out of the product. Alternatively, you can use jade rollers and gua sha to ensure that the residue is absorbed into the skin. When does team Do You use a face mask? When our skin is craving that quick pick-me-up and we have a big event to attend!
Do you favour ‘rinse-off masks’?
These are your OG face masks! Your mom and your grandmom used them too! Rinse off face masks are the ultimate at-home facial products—ones that you can make in your kitchen!
One of the most famous rinse-off face mask is the clay mask. Clay masks work great on acne-prone skin. The clay works at removing impurities from the pores, leaving your skin clean and fresh. Look for purifying clays like bentonite or kaolin if you have blackheads or whiteheads when buying a clay mask.
Another type of rinse-off face mask is the peel-off mask. These masks work well at removing blackheads and giving your skin an instant glow. There are other fancy rinse-off masks out there too. If you look up skincare on Instagram, you’ll see bubble masks, magnetic clay masks and even glitter masks.
Care to DIY?
In addition to store-bought rinse off face masks, you can make your own at home. One of the oldest and most effective homemade face masks is the turmeric face mask. This face mask is used in every Indian household. And it is super simple! You take a quarter teaspoon of turmeric, mix it with a couple of teaspoons of chickpea flour aka besan, add a tablespoon of raw milk or better yet, malai. Apply this paste to a clean face and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. This mask gives your skin an instant glow. It also works as a scrub when it’s dried and helps in getting rid of dead skin and tiny facial hair when you gently scrub it off.
5 essential tips on how to use face masks
- Always wash your face and get rid of any product you may have on before using a rinse-off or clay mask.
- Leave your clay mask on for only as long as instructed on the packaging. If you leave it on for too long, it can dry out your skin.
- Use a face steamer to steam your face before putting on a face mask. The steam helps in opening your pores, which makes the mask more effective, especially when using clay masks.
- Try multi-masking if you have combination skin. While multi-masking involves using different face masks on different areas of your face to target specific problems. For example, if you have blackheads on your nose use a purifying clay mask in that area. Use a hydrating face mask on your cheeks and forehead, and so on.
- Fresh ingredients like turmeric, tomato, aloe, raw milk, chickpea flour and rose water work great in homemade
Face masks are like food for your skin. Look for nourishing ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, K and E, purifying clay and natural ingredients like aloe, green tea, tea tree when choosing a face mask for your skin.