Benefits Of Facial Masks
Face masks have all the years been considered a luxury lifestyle. Not everyone indulges in this skincare regimen but most people are trying to embrace the idea of face masks. Most people indulge in this in the comfort of their homes using natural ingredients found within their homes and with access to the internet, recipes can be found easily. Face masks can be used by anyone anytime for different reasons even just relaxing.
Face masks are used to protect and improve skin, help fight acne, heal blemishes, get rid of impurities from the skin, reduce pore size, tone, hydrate, moisturize and soothe the skin depending on the ingredients used to make the mask. There are so many over the counter masks that one can buy and add to their skincare regimen. As this is possible, like any skincare product, face mask too can be of low quality and those will not help in achieving any skincare goal. Most of them are just packed with fragrance instead of the real ingredients. You should pay attention to the ingredients listed in the packaging.
Types of face masks.
- Clay/ mud masks- include the masks with bentonite /kaolin as the primary or main ingredient. They are designed to draw out excess oil and impurities from the skin, treat clogged pores and minimising the pores.
- Exfoliating masks- use glycolic acid as the main ingredient/ exfoliator. The masks are made to clean out the dead skin cells while reducing any redness caused during the process.
- Peel off masks- just like the name suggests these masks are designed to peel off after application. The mask hardens making it easier for peel off.
- Sheet masks also known as cloth masks- became so popular in the Korean market then it gained even more praises across the globe. The masks are designed to deliver active ingredients to the skin in large quantity. These active ingredients get in deep to the skin for best results. They are saturated with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and caffeine.
- Gel masks- are designed to hydrate and moisturize the skin, especially dry dehydrated skin. They improve the appearance of the skin by repairing it and increasing collagen production.
- Enzyme masks- are designed to consist of natural fruit enzymes. The masks treat dull looking skin and inflamed skin without causing irritation.
- Overnight masks- are made to work effectively while sleeping. They are mostly found in gel or cream form to make it easier for application.
- Natural face masks– are masks which are made from natural ingredients at the comfort of your home. They are the DIY masks with plenty of recipes from the internet. These masks are made depending on the issue at hand.
Reasons to try out face masks for acne prone skin.
- Face masking helps your skincare products work more efficiently. The products will be absorbed to your skin more quickly than normal hence providing you with the best results you desire.
- Face masks with the ingredients that stimulate blood flow in your face will improve your skin complexion giving you a radiant glow.
- When cleansing your face with your usual cleanser, you remove the dirt on your skin and any other impurities, even make up. Face masks on the other hand take cleansing to a whole other level by removing all impurities from your skin that your usual cleansers cannot reach. The deeper cleansing process leads to clearer skin and complexion.
- Face masks especially the clay masks help to remove dirt and excess oil beneath the skin hence unclogging the pores. These help the skin in that bacteria cannot multiply in the pores hence no acne.
Face mask ingredients to help reduce acne.
Charcoal acts as a magnet. It attracts the dirt from the pores in the skin to remove them.
Glycolic acid is great for removing dead skin, clearing pores and promoting the growth of new skin cells.
Salicylic acid is used to clear the acne totally. The results are always visible quickly.
Benzoyl peroxide serve as antibacterial agent to attack the bacteria causing acne.
Bentonite clay/ Kaolin are used to detoxify the skin hence expelling toxins and reducing acne.
Tea based masks are rich in Vitamin C and E that will rejuvenate your cells
Essential oils like Frankincense and Myrrh are noncomedogenic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent and have healing properties to help fight acne. Frankincense essential oil actually works in 3 ways in that it cleanses, clarifies and tones the skin at the same time.
Before using any face mask, it is important to: start with a freshly cleaned face making sure you reap all the benefits your mask has to offer, exfoliate your skin gently on if you are not going to use an exfoliating mask. Tone your skin as well. Choose a face mask that goes well with your skin type. Having acne prone skin is not limited to oily skin. All skin types can suffer from acne.
Applying Face Mask
While applying the mask make sure you use clean fingers or a clean brush avoid transferring germs and bacteria. Use upward strokes while applying the mask. Do not leave the mask on for a long period of time, some of the masks like clay masks can dehydrate the skin. Most masks are left on for 10 to 15 minutes unless the packaging instructions says otherwise. After removing the masks, pat dry your face after rinsing it or massage the residue gently on your face. Finally follow up with your moisturizer or any other treatments to help your skin evade acne.
Include masking in your weekly routines or pick two days in a week to give your skin the tender love and care it needs. try as much to keep the routine consistent to be able to achieve more results. There are a variety of masks in the market. find the best quality ones to use and take your choice between the different masks while searching for the one that gives your skin real goodness.
Natural face mask recipes for acne prone skin using essential oils.
You will need 2tsps of bentonite clay, 2 drops of frankincense and myrrh oil and 2tsps of rose water or water, to make a thick paste then apply evenly on your freshly cleansed and toned face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water then pat dry with a clean towel.
2drops of frankincense oil, 2drops of tea tree oil, 2tsps of sandalwood powder and 2tsps of rose water or water. Make a thick paste then apply evenly on your freshly cleansed and toned face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water then pat dry with a clean towel.
1tbsp bentonite clay,1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar, 2 drops of frankincense and myrrh and water to make a paste. Apply evenly on your freshly cleansed and toned face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water then pat dry with a clean towel.
¼ cup of plain yogurt and 2-3 drops of an essential oil of your choice. (frankincense, myrrh, tea tree). Apply evenly on your freshly cleansed and toned face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water then pat dry with a clean towel.
The ingredients in your mask shows the effectiveness of the mask. Fragrance masks do not do anything for your skin.
By Eila Oketch.