Great Face Masks for Every Skin Type
- By Dr. Alan J. Parks
- January 12, 2017
When you think of the phrase “self care”, you might picture a night in with your favorite comfy pajamas, a face mask, a bowl of popcorn and your favorite rom-com. While there’s nothing wrong with the obligatory R&R night, self care should be something you focus on regularly. Taking care of yourself is important, and that can include getting plenty of sleep, eating well with plenty of fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water, getting regular exercise and, of course, maintaining a consistent skincare routine.
Whether or not you’re a skincare fanatic or like to keep it simple, your skincare routine should include the basics, at the very least. Try to make sure you have a good cleanser, a moisturizer, a sunscreen and a go-to mask for your skin type. Masks are a great way to target your skin for specific concerns you may have to give you refreshed and renewed skin. The first step in finding your perfect go-to mask is to determine your skin type. If you’re not sure of your skin type, check out this post for tips on how to figure out what your skin type is. Once you’ve checked it out, read below for our favorite masks for every skin type.
All Skin Types – Looking for an all-around mask for your changing skin? iS Clinical’s Hydra Intensive Cooling Masque is formulated for all skin types and provides much-needed hydration for your skin. It is infused with gentle and soothing ingredients like aloe vera, antioxidants, green tea and hyaluronic acid to help quench dryness and restore skin to be glowy and smooth.
Normal to Dry Skin – If your skin is fairly normal or can be dry, the DCL Hydrating Treatment Mask is a luxurious transformative mask infused with hydration-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. This mask also contains emollients that help to strengthen and heal the skin’s natural moisture barrier, protect against pollutants and lock in moisture.
Oily, Acne-Prone Skin – If you struggle with oily skin and/or you’re often prone to breakouts, the PCA Skin Purifying Mask is a clay-based treatment mask that helps to promote a clear complexion by eliminating dirt, oil and impurities in pores and promote smooth skin by gently exfoliating surface debris. This mask contains a blend of algae, clay, micro-fine pumice and tea tree leaf oil that gently purifies the skin without over-stripping it.
Aging Skin – For a gentle treatment for aging skin, the Glytone Rejuvenating Mask is a soothing mask with a powerhouse of ingredients, including alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, lactic acid, Vitamin C and zinc oxide that help to deep clean and revitalize the skin, as well as treat and prevent signs of aging.
Sensitive Skin – If you find that many products or ingredients irritate your skin and cause redness, flakiness, itching or peeling, you’ll want to use a gentle and soothing mask, like Avene’s Antirougeurs CALM Soothing Repair Mask. This mask is specifically formulated for sensitive or post-procedure skin. It contains Vitamin E and Dimethicone to comfort irritated skin by cooling, calming and restoring the skin’s balance. This mask is clinically shown to reduce redness by 50 percent after 2 days.
Irritated/Stressed Skin/Rosacea-Prone Skin – Similar to sensitive skin, if you find that your skin suffers from conditions like Rosacea, or is generally irritated with many products, a mask like the ClarityRx Cold Compress Soothing Cucumber Mask cools on contact to bring instant relief to your stressed skin. A gentle blend of calming cucumber, chamomile and aloe help to relieve irritation, while alpha-hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid and salicylic acid help to renew and restore the skin.
Hyperpigmented/Discolored Skin – If you struggle with discoloration or any dark spots, the Jan Marini Luminate Face Mask help to visibly improve the appearance of skin tone, texture and luminosity starting with ingredients like green tea and lightening agents like lactic acid. This targeted mask is a perfect stand-alone product or complement to any skin care routine to combat the appearance of discoloration – one of the most challenging skin concerns.
Depending on the ingredients of your mask, it may be a step to add to your skincare routine only once a week, or a couple times a week, due to exfoliating ingredients or agents. Be sure to follow the instructions on your product, and happy masking!