How to choose the best hydrating face mask for your skin
When used regularly, hydrating masks will moisturise your skin and help it to look its best. They are also effective as an occasional treatment before a special event or in warm weather, which can dry out the skin.
The great news is that this beauty treatment can be easily carried out at home and on a budget. However, knowing which hydrating face mask to use to suit your skincare routine can be daunting.
In this guide, we’ll help you choose a hydrating mask, talk you through the different types of masks and their ingredients, and answer some frequently asked questions.
Frequently asked questions about choosing hydration face masks.
Choosing a hydrating mask for your skin concern
If you suffer from sensitive or dry skin, you may be extra cautious about choosing a hydrating facial mask.
It is important to look for natural, non-irritating ingredients such as Vitamin E or aloe vera for a gentle hydration boost. You should also check the label to find a mask that is suitable for sensitive skin.
Choose your hydrating face mask carefully if you are prone to oil or shine, to avoid making it more oily. A charcoal, mud or clay mask is the perfect companion to oily skin, delivering a deep cleanse while retaining the skin’s moisture.
What else do I need to consider when choosing a hydration mask?
With the amazing variety of hydrating face masks out there, you can spend as little or as much as you like on this skincare treatment, from as little as a few pounds up to double figures if you’re treating yourself to a premium brand.
How long should I leave the mask on for?
To know how long to leave your hydrating face mask on for, refer to the instructions on the packet. Many masks can be effective in only 10 minutes. If you want to treat yourself to a deeply hydrating experience, why not opt for an overnight mask?
Potential side effects and skin concerns
Be aware that certain ingredients can cause irritation if over-used, for example, Vitamin C and retinol. If your skin is particularly sensitive, hyaluronic acid may also cause redness, itching or swelling.
However, rest assured that the majority of hydrating face masks contain natural ingredients that are unlikely to irritate your skin.
Can I use a hydrating mask every day?
This depends on the ingredients. If your face masks contain Vitamin C or retinol, which can irritate the skin in large doses, then stick to a once-a-week regime. Otherwise, use a hydrating face mask as often as you think your skin needs it.
How thick should I apply my face mask?
A little goes a long way, so apply an even layer sufficient to cover your skin. This should be all you need to give your complexion a moisture boost.
How often should I use a hydrating face mask?
If you feel your skin needs a lot of hydration, then two to three times a week is a good routine. If you’re using a hydrating face mask that is also exfoliating, use them no more than twice a week to avoid irritation.
How can I hydrate my face overnight?
Use an overnight mask to deliver intense hydration to dehydrated skin.
How can I hydrate my skin naturally?
Drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day (around 1.5 litres). Take care to use sunscreen before you go outside and eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, which will contain many of the natural ingredients your skin needs to keep it fresh.
Should I apply a hydrating mask before or after a shower?
It’s a good idea to apply your hydrating mask after you’ve had a shower when your skin is at its most receptive.
How can I make a hydrating mask at home?
For a basic recipe, mix one tablespoon of Greek yoghurt, one teaspoon of oats and one teaspoon of honey. Apply to the skin for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off. Your skin will feel smooth, soft and hydrated.