A weekly masking routine is a truly fun, rewarding way to care for your skin. But choosing the right face mask for your needs can get tricky sometimes due to the large varieties of masks out there.
No worries, plumster! We're here to give you 'the scoop' on two of the most popular types of face masks and when to pick which!
Clay masks are like a godsend for folks looking to solve problems of excessive oiliness, dullness, uneven skin tone/pigmentation or sun tan. They do the work of a facial without your having to leave the comfort of your home. They're awesome because they:
- deep cleanse pores by getting rid of oil, dust, pollutants and other impurities
- provide exfoliation and remove dead cells from the skin's surface
- control excessive oiliness by regulating sebum production in the skin
- providing many additional benefits such as gradual tan removal, dullness removal, reduction in acne, tackling pigmentation, etc., when their natural clays combine with other natural do-gooders that tackle these concerns
But… they may not be great for hydrating your skin for an extended period. They typically work on removing impurities rather than supplying moisture.
So, pick them when you need.. weekly deep cleansing, exfoliation, tan removal, or reduction of pigmentation to achieve an even skin tone
Sheet masks are made for all skin types. These masks are coated with special serums which have different ingredients based on what they are to be used for. Sheet masks are great because they:
- replenish moisture that the skin loses during the day, due to which it can become itchy and dull
- are super-easy to use-they can be used anytime, anywhere with minimal fuss
- work on many skin concerns like dryness, dullness, spots and wrinkles, depending on the ingredients that they contain
But...they're not great if you want to deep cleanse, exfoliate, gradually remove tan, or get a thorough detox
So, pick them when you need.. hydration, nutrient replenishment, dryness combat, and 'quick & easy' masking
Both types of masks have their own place in skincare and can never replace each other.
However, while there are ways to get the nourishment that a sheet mask offers by using serums daily, it’s not possible to get the deep cleanse that a clay masks offers with any other cleanser.
Hope that helps. Here's to smarter masking!
Are there any other types of face masks that have caught your fancy? Do let us know on email@example.com and we'd be happy to break them down for you :)