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Explaining different types of face masks: ingredients to look for and how often you can use them
Face masks are a great way to pamper the skin while providing an opportunity to relax. This section will explain the benefits of the different popular types of face masks, covering what they are designed for and how often they can be used. We will also advise you on the ingredients to look for in effective face masks for your skin type, featuring recommended products for each type of mask.
Cleansing face masks are effective for treating acne-prone skin, removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores. Clay and charcoal are popular types of face masks, as they are effective in removing toxins and oil from the skin.
Ingredients to look for in cleansing masks
Below is a guide to using charcoal and clay face masks to cleanse the skin:
Charcoal face masks
Who are charcoal masks suitable for?
Charcoal is extremely effective at drawing chemicals and toxins out of the skin. The people who will see the greatest benefit from charcoal face masks are those with oily skin. If you have very dry skin and use charcoal masks frequently, you may find that a charcoal face mask causes your skin to dry out as the activated charcoal absorbs moisture.
For most people, applying a charcoal face mask twice a week will be plenty to keep issues with oil and impurities under control. If you have particularly oily skin, it may be necessary to use it a maximum of 3-4 times per week.
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Like charcoal and mud masks, clay masks are known for their ability to unclog pores and reduce shine. Clay face masks can be used for a range of skin concerns, such as blackheads, acne breakouts, oily skin and reducing the appearance of pores. They are particularly ideal if you have oily skin, and should avoided by those with very dry skin.
Face mask sheets can be used for a variety of skin concerns, such as acne, dry skin, or irritated skin. They are most commonly designed for hydrating the skin, as face mask sheets can quickly provide the skin with a burst of moisture. They are ideal for you if you want a mess-free, quick application of a face mask formula.
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. Choose your hydrating face mask carefully if you are prone to oil or shine, to avoid making it more oily. Popular hydrating masks include gel masks and sheet masks.
Ingredients to look for
Look for the following ingredients when finding a hydrating mask:
If you feel your skin needs a lot of hydration, then two to three times a week is a good routine for dry or combination skin. If you’re using a hydrating face mask that is also exfoliating, use them no more than twice a week to avoid irritation. If you have very oily skin, you should avoid using hydrating masks frequently. A clay mask or charcoal mask may be more suitable to prevent excess oil.