Face Masks: Do They Work?

Clare Cherry

Posted on July 30 2019

Face Masks: Do They Work?

Using a face mask as part of your skincare regime may be extremely beneficial to the look and condition of your skin - if you’re using them correctly of course. Face masks can help to address certain skincare issues, such as dullness or oily skin and they are also relaxing and stress-relieving but there are some mistakes you may be making which could interfere with your face mask and prevent you from making the most out of the benefits they offer. So, face masks: do they work or are they just a beauty fad? 

Take Your Skin Type Into Account

We choose our toners, cleansers and moisturisers based on our skin type and concerns and the same technique should be applied when it comes to choosing your face mask too. If you have dry skin, then a hydrating mask is probably the best option and if you have oily skin, then you should probably use a mattifying face mask. Just because a facemask has gotten a rave review or is a new product, this doesn’t mean you should use it straight away Consider whether it would work for your skin type first. 

Applying With Your Fingers

It is extremely important that you cleanse your face before applying face masks. Do they work when applied to dirty skin? Not as well as you would imagine. Whilst having a clean face is an important step, you must also make sure that you have clean hands too, as you may be transferring oil and bacteria from your hands onto your clean skin, which makes the face mask less likely to have the effect it is supposed to. One of the best ways to apply face masks and make the most out of them is to use a foundation or powder brush. This way, you’re not using your hands, you can use all of the product and it’s smoother to apply. 

You’re Using Too Much

As with other cosmetic and skincare products, when it comes to applying face masks, less is best. Applying a thick layer will not result in more effective face masks. Do they work when used lightly? No, as your skin is likely to just absorb the product. Instead, an even layer all over your face will provide optimum results and be enough to cleanse dry, tired skin.

You Only Use Face Masks During The Day

Many of us tend to apply face masks in the evenings or first thing in the morning, following our cleansing and toning routine, but face masks are also able to be used during the night whilst you sleep. Whilst you shouldn’t use clay masks during the night, as these may end up drying out your skin, there are specialist masks which are designed to be worn overnight as they are formulated with different ingredients to improve the skin’s firmness and elasticity whilst you sleep. In the morning, your skin will feel hydrated and more supple, which is a great thing to wake up to!

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