Express press service
BENGALURU: Masks – and no, we’re not talking about the fabric or the N95 variants – have been around for a long time. Think of Cleopatra, who was already at the top of her skincare game back then. Clay and charcoal masks have always existed.
Sheet masks and sleep masks, however, are a new introduction and all the rage in the recent era of K-beauty. Even camel milk is a legitimate skin care ingredient that has been used for centuries and is now showing up in many new-age face masks. Besides being great for personal care, using a mask is also a good way to give your skin a little extra care.
Skin type, age, and season are important factors to consider when choosing a face mask. They fall into seven different categories:
- Sheet masks
- Clay (or mud) masks
- Cream masks
- Peelable masks
- Gel masks
- Charcoal masks
- Sleep masks
Clay masks: Clay, mud or clarifying masks are great for acne-prone skin. Kaolin or Amazonian White Clay or Australian Pink Clay have many medicinal uses. With a proven ability to absorb toxins, it lightens the skin.
Cream masks: Soothing ingredients like oatmeal can calm sensitive or even sunburned skin. It is good for mature skin because it does not dry out.
Gel masks: It works wonderfully in summer or in the rainy season. These masks have a refreshing and soothing feel, and they’re generally best for dry, dehydrated, or sensitive skin.
Peelable masks: It’s like a mini-facial. They are pore refiners and are great for acne or blackheads.
Sheet masks: These are hydrating, nourishing and leave an overdose of serum on your skin, giving it a fresh, healthy glow. They provide nutrients to your face. In addition to masks for your face, there are masks for your eyes, nose, lips, lift and feet. Makeup artist Dipthi Ashok says:
“One of the ways to ensure perfect makeup application is to use a sheet mask for 15 minutes before applying makeup. Your basics will work much easier if the canvas is hydrated and plump, and will last longer as well. “
Charcoal masks: This category has cream, foil, and clay mask overlap, so it could be in any form. The ingredient is activated charcoal to detoxify the skin. Shantanu Deshpande, Founder and CEO of Bombay Shaving Company says, “The charcoal mask can be used once or twice a week, but ideally no more. Activated charcoal and tea tree oil help deep cleanse and discolor oily and damaged skin, unclog pores and remove excess oil to fight acne and prevent future outbreaks . Activated bamboo charcoal can do wonders for your skin tone. “
Sleeping mask: If you don’t have time to mask yourself during the day, opt for a night mask instead of the night cream to wake up with super smooth hydrated skin. Use the sleep mask and ditch your night cream once a week as it helps counteract wrinkles, dryness, and spots.
(The author is a social media influencer and lifestyle coach)