Hello my beauty queens! I’m sure you all know that I am a mask-a-holic, I do so many masks a month or even a week it is no longer a beauty ritual, it has become my everyday regimen. We know that women has been doing facial beauty masks since ancient times. It is said that Cleopatra applied a dead sea mud face mask twice a week to cleanse her skin. Additionally, she also applied egg whites to tighten pores and give her skin a youthful look. Yang Guifei from the Tang dynasty in China, known as one of the Four Ancient Beauties of China applies a mask with mix of pearls, jadeite, lotus root and ginger ground into powder. Today I will give you guys the beginner’s guide into beauty masks and introducing you to the various different kids of masks in the market today.
There are so many different types of sheet masks on the market now. Whether it is Microfiber, Hydrogel, Foil, or Charcoal sheet masks are usually the cheaper options in the market and they are drenched in a variety of botanical ingredients and vitamins to help diminish various skin conditions. Whether it is hydrate, brighten, anti-aging, detoxifying, lifting or revitalizing, whatever your skin needs, there’s a probably a sheet mask for it. These potent mini facials are an easy way to give your skin some extra pampering through a major dose.
The main difference between the sheet masks is the material. The less expensive sheet masks are usually thinner, doesn’t feel as dense and luxurious as the more expensive options. My personal favorite budget sheet masks are the Laneige Water Pocket Sheet Mask series. Priced at only $6 per application, these masks delivers instant hydrating effects. If you are a beginner, I would suggest start with these first. Hydrogel masks are gaining popularity recently because they are made with 100 percent skin-benefiting ingredients (rather than it drenching a cotton-based mask). You can notice that these masks feel a bit thicker and look more transparent when on top of your skin.
I recently attended a new product presentation by my favorite Korean brand Sulwhasoo and learned about their latest and greatest: Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask is the the world’s first-ever cream-textured sheet mask that uses cream instead of liquid serum traditionally infusing the sheet masks. Formulated with the brand’s cult favorite Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX’s active substances. The mask helps provide intensive moisture, improving skin’s visible firmness, radiance and clarity. The mask is so luxurious and rich and forms to my face like a glove! The best part is that because it is cream, there is no dripping or messy goo to deal with. Instantly adding it to my favorite!
Well, I wasn’t really sure how to classify this category of masks, but they are the traditional masks where you apply and leave on your face for a specified amount of time before taking it off. Clay or Mud masks, Wash Off masks, Peel or Clarifying masks are all within this category. Generally speaking, I prefer sheet masks because you can just take it off your mask and wipe off the excess and be on your usually activities, but there are a few Take Off Masks that I like.
I like to us clarifying masks when I want to detox my face, clear a breakout or two. Dermalogica MediBac Clearing – Sebum Clearing Masque is one of my favorite. It deep cleanses with kaolin and bentonite clays to control excess oil and prevent future breakouts. Niacinamide, zinc gluconate, yeast extract, caffeine and biotin purify while soothing irritation as salicylic acid exfoliates, helping to rid the complexion of pore-clogging dead skin cells. Purlisse’s BLUE LOTUS Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant is also a great option if you want to gently exfoliate skin as well.
Perhaps my favorite types of masks are the Overnight leave-in masks, also called “Sleeping masks” by some because you apply the mask before bed time as the last step of your night care regime and then head straight to bed. By the time you wake up the next morning, your skin is supple, nourished, hydrated and bright. My Instastory followers have probably seen my favorite Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask more than a dozen times. It really work wonders when I pull a late night working on blog posts and I have also previously recommended the Radiance Energy Mask if you want a brighter and glowy complexion. Recently I discovered Erno Laszo’s Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask as well and it is very hydrating for those dry winter nights.
So here is my Mask-a-holic Guide 101 that scratched the surface of this vast mask topic. I hope you guys find it useful and learned a thing or two and for those who is already an avid masker I hope you discovered something new as well. Let me know if you guys wants a more in-depth coverage in the comment section below. With holiday coming up, I have rounded up some great mask sets that is a perfect way to start using masks or to give to your loved ones.