Buying the best face mask for you: a full buyer’s guide
Providing a relaxing pamper, face masks can be an attractive option for improving your skin. However, buying a face mask can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be hard to know how much to spend and what type and brand to get. In this guide, we will answer frequently asked questions about buying face masks and point you in the right direction for choosing the best face mask for you.
A guide to the different face mask brands available.
The benefits of using face masks regularly
Face masks can provide deeper absorption than other skincare products, as you are leaving the ingredients on your skin for a longer amount of time. Face masks can provide a deep cleanse, while your normal cleanser doesn’t always reach beneath the outer layer of skin to extract the dirt. Different face masks can also achieve different results, including minimising pores, reducing redness, oil control and providing anti-ageing benefits.
It is recommended to include a face mask in your routine a couple of times a week, as with all skincare products, a one-time application won’t provide a permanent fix.
The most popular types of face masks are the following:
Sheet Masks are an easy way to add serums into your skincare routine and would benefit any skin type. The sheet itself creates a seal on your skin just like other face masks. In sheet masks, the moisture and vitamins from the serum used on the sheet can’t escape and have to soak into your skin.
Gel Masks are perfect for dry and sensitive skin. By nature, the masks are often cooling and soothing and of course, hydrating. Most often, the key ingredients in a gel mask will be collagen and antioxidants, which help skin recovery.
Charcoal and clay masks
Charcoal and clay masks are often sold in a paste formula and are ideal for very oily skin and issues such as acne and blackheads. They can be applied using a brush or using your hands.
Face masks for men
Men don't typically think about their skin as much as women, and yet men's skin has more sebaceous glands than female skin, making men's faces both oilier and dirtier.
Face masks for men provide deep absorption of ingredients, unclogging pores and fixing greasy skin. They can also be used by men with other skin complaints, such as dry skin or acne, to target these issues too.
Choosing a brand
There are plenty of high street brands that offer face masks for under €10 and even €5, whereas you can also find premium brand face masks in the double digits. Less expensive brands that can be found in pharmacies include Garnier, Loreal and Neutrogena. A higher price doesn’t always mean higher quality when it comes to buying a face mask, as the main thing to consider is the ingredients. However, if you have a preferable brand, you may want to choose a brand that you recognise and already use.