Homemade facial masks are one of the little pleasures in life, It’s a pampering kind of experience that will leave your skin positively radiant.
They are extremely nourishing and healing and can return a devitalised skin to a youthful, radiant glow, but they aren’t all created equal, some plump the skin, some gently exfoliate while others refine.
There is a lot to sift through, so in this series, we did the hard work for you and compiled a list of the best face masks for you to use and if you feel more adventurous and want to try your hand at making your own, then this article on homemade face mask you may find useful.
Dry skin masks
Face masks occlude the skin, this means they create a barrier between the air around you and the ingredients in the mask you are using that is delivered to the skin. So, rather than some of that product evaporating into the air it can penetrate deeper, and lock moisture in.
Masks with moisturising butters and hydrating humectants bridge the gap in a skincare routine, giving a dry skin that is also dehydrated an intense boost, they have a similar action on the skin as intensive moisturise treatments and can be left on the skin overnight for superior nourishment.
Clay face masks for oily, acne skin:
A mask that has drawing properties such as clay, is perfect for an oily skin type, absorbing oil and removing that oily shine which builds up throughout the day.
Kaolin, Fuller’s earth, Green clay, and Bentonite are the key ingredients for these types of masks. They are not only just exfoliating, but they also absorb oils and temporarily make pores appear smaller.
Ideally they should be part of every acne-prone person’s routine, helping to control that excess oil and clearing away troublesome blemishes.
This article does a great job of breaking down the types of clay used in homemade face masks.
Gel homemade facial masks for sensitive skin
For dry, sensitive skin, homemade facial masks made from a gel base are perfect.
Those readers that know my philosophy well, know I believe inflammation is one of the number one causes of premature ageing, that is why I am a big advocate of gel-based face masks. You can incorporate a number of ingredients into such a mask that will help to calm inflamed skin:
- guar gum
- aloe Vera
- xanthan guar
- sclerotium gel
- panthenol acid
- marshmallow extract
- humectants including hyaluronic acid, sorbitol and sodium PCA
These are all good examples of ingredients that can be added to gel masks. Our hero product Quench hydrating water gel is a great mask, that is both soothing and hydrating.
Often, a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface can lead to blockages in the skin, enzymatic ingredients such as papaya or pineapple make an ideal inclusion.
Natural chemical exfoliants like lactic or malic acid also remove excess dulling, clogging, and dead cells – they gently slough off dead cells from the skin’s surface, without causing tiny micro-tears in the skin, leaving skin looking brighter and more revitalised.
Balm facial masks
These are really great especially if you are someone on the go, with little downtime, or simply just don’t like a fussy skincare routine.
These multi-tasking balms can be used as a skin cleanser, face mask, overnight moisturiser, and more. Created with naturally nourishing ingredients like Shea, Cocoa, Coconut oils, and Beeswax they are incredibly gentle and rejuvenating.
Our ceramide barrier repair balm rich in skin-identical ingredients is a wonderful addition for anyone’s skincare routine, especially those with impaired skin in need of healing.
For those requiring further reading, this is a great article on what to expect from face masks.