With so many new masks on the market, it isn’t easy to know which ones would benefit your skin and which types are better for your skin type.
When selecting a face mask or other skin products such as anti-acne cream and acne scar cream, keep in mind your skin type (oily, dry, allergic, or combination) and your age.
The needs of younger, acne-prone skin will vary from those of older, more fragile skin. Your dermatological conditions can also influence the type of products you use.
Here’s a list of the various types of masks available, followed by a summary of each group.
Face masks are divided into 7 groups:
- Sheet masks
- Clay (or mud) masks
- Cream masks
- Peel-off masks
- Gel masks
- Charcoal masks
- Sleep masks
1. Sheet Masks
Sheet masks are a common beauty product in South Korea, where they’ve been around for a long time. Sheet masks are mostly made of paper or cotton that has been saturated with beneficial ingredients.
Sheet masks come in various formulations to fit various skin types, depending on the ingredients they contain. You can leave the mask on your face for a few minutes to allow the ingredients to absorb into your skin.
Sheet masks are the most flexible type of face mask on the market. You may also target a particular part of your face or body with certain sheet masks.
Sheet masks for the eyes, nose, mouth, décolletage, hair, and feet are available in addition to face sheet masks. The majority of other types of face masks are created to address a particular skincare problem.
While sheet masks are suitable for all skin types due to the formulas they contain, they are especially beneficial for resistant skin types when used in conjunction with serums.
2. Clay (or Mud) Masks
Clay mask is a hydrating, refreshing clay mask that naturally detoxifies skin while hydrating without oil, making it an excellent choice for normal and oily skin types. Clay masks have been used for a long time.
Clays come in a variety of forms, with bentonite and kaolin clay being the most common.
Both forms of clay have a wide range of medicinal applications. Clay masks are perfect for acne-prone skin because they have an established ability to absorb toxins and extract them from the skin.
They can, however, be drying, so if you have dry skin, do your research.
3. Cream Masks
A cream mask could be right for you if you have dry skin and need hydration. For mature skin, cream masks are beneficial. If you have mixed skin, you can also use them as a spot treatment.
A cream mask that is “rich in oils and moisturizers that penetrate deeply and replenish dry cells” will support normal dry skin types.
4. Peel-off Masks
Peel-off masks, including clay masks, can help with acne, acne scar removal, and pore refinement. When you peel it off, you’ll get a gentle exfoliation, which is perfect for those who need it.
Peel-off masks for blackheads are like a mini-facial in and of themselves.
A successful peel-off mask extracts a thin layer of dead skin cells and surface debris from the pores, leaving the skin smooth. Peel-off masks are unable to reach pores and thus ‘pull’ blackheads and dirt out.
5. Gel Masks
These masks have a cooling, calming sensation and are suitable for dry, dehydrated, or sensitive skin types.
A gel mask’s relaxing and cooling effect is ideal for dry or sensitive skin that needs hydration before firming and detoxifying. Collagen and antioxidants are infused in gel masks, which aid in skin recovery.
They also provide complete hydration.
6. Charcoal Masks
In the charcoal mask group, there is some variation. There are sheet masks with charcoal, cream masks with charcoal, peel-off masks with charcoal, and mud masks with charcoal.
Both of these masks contain activated charcoal, which helps to detoxify the skin. It’s great for dry skin and acne scar removal. Charcoal also has the rare ability to pull the dirt out of clogged pores in a gentle manner.
7. Sleep Masks
A sleep mask is a hydrating mask applied overnight to provide extra nourishment to the face. The ingredients have more time to work if you leave the mask on for longer.
Sleep masks usually have a lighter feel, which means they won’t leave your pillowcase greasy. Use them as the final move in your evening routine, and depending on how dry your skin is, you can skip the night cream altogether.
They’re used to get an extra boost of hydration when you’re dehydrated. Sleep masks are a great choice for a deep hydrating boost when your skin feels dull and dry in the winter or if you live in a dry climate all year.
In a Nutshell
If you’re wearing a mask for the first time, do a patch test before applying it to your whole face. Take a small amount of the mask and apply it to the side of your jawline with a cotton swab. Wait a few moments to see if you get a reaction.