The ultimate guide to face masks
There’s nothing more relaxing than popping on your favourite face mask on a Sunday evening, unwinding with a cup of tea and watching re-runs of Sex & the City. Especially when it means you’ll have soft and revived skin in 15 minutes time.
But with so many different types of face masks out there, it can be hard to pick one that will give your skin the benefits it needs. Whether you’re prone to oiliness or after some intense hydration, read on to find out which masks will have your skin feeling more pampered than ever.
Got dry or irritated skin? Then cream masks are for you! Formulated to moisturise and soothe skin, cream masks have a thick consistency that works to deeply hydrate, replenish and calm the skin. They’re also perfect for plumping the skin, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.
Although these innovative little beauties begin with a gel texture, once the mask is applied in an even layer on the skin and left to dry, it peels off as though it’s a second skin. The formula is like a detox for your skin as it draws impurities, dirt and oil out of your pores, so you can wave goodbye to blackheads, dead skin cells, and bacteria.
If you suffer from acne or an oily complexion, get your mitts on a clay mask ASAP! Clay masks are a dream for absorbing the excess oils, bacteria and toxins that cause acne and the over-production of sebum from deep within the skin. To use, simply apply a thin layer over your entire face and leave it to dry. Once it’s dry, it will usually become lighter in colour, then gently wipe off the mask with a wet washcloth and rinse your face with warm water.
bh product picks: Puretopia Purify & Revive Deep Cleansing Clay Mask, QV Face Purifying Mask
Just like warm water or steam opens up your pores leaving them ready for a deep cleanse, self-heating masks work in a similar way. Perfect for congested, oily or blemish-prone skin, once applied, the heating action of the mask allows the formula to cleanse deeper and draw out more dirt, oils and impurities.
Cloth masks are usually made of soft cotton or fibres with holes for your eyes, nose and mouth. Soaked in a serum-like formula, all you need to do is unfold the cloth mask and press it down into the contours of your face. Super soothing and ultra nourishing, pop on a cloth mask before a night out to show off your refreshed and illuminated skin.
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