The Right Mask For Your Skin Type
With winter weather ravaging your skin, you may notice your complexion fighting back. While dryness is a common cold weather side effect, harsh temps can exacerbate myriad skin issues including acne, sensitivity and dullness. A monthly facial can do wonders for winter skin, but what you do in between each one is just as essential for long-lasting results. While microneedling, dermaplaning, and at-home peels can all help extend the results of your facials, one of the most effective ways to deeply treat your skin is by using a mask.
Face masks combine ingredients that uniquely target your skin’s issues. As with all skincare, routine is key, and using a mask regularly will enhance the impact of your treatments. So what types of face masks are right for you? Read on for the best mask recs for your skin type.
TREAT ACNE-PRONE SKIN
If your skin is oily or you’re constantly fighting blemishes and blackheads, a clay mask is a great choice for drawing impurities out of your pores. Our DUAL ENZYME CLAY MASK is formulated with detoxifying Amazonian white and bentonite clays to attract sebum and gently exfoliate the skin. Unlike traditional clay masks which can be very drying, our mask contains jojoba esters that replenish skin moisture so it doesn’t dehydrate or irritate the skin. Follow with a moisture-boosting serum like our HA HYDRATING SERUM.
CALM SENSITIVE SKIN
If you have sensitive skin, sometimes even the mildest ingredients can leave you red, blotchy, and irritated. If redness and moisture are your concerns, opt for a cloth or hydrogel sheet mask to cool and hydrate your skin. These masks are soaked in water-based serum that saturates the skin with moisture. They are generally gentle and often made with calming ingredients like aloe extract. Although both cloth and hydrogel will soothe your sensitive skin, coconut hydrogel creates a more air-resistant barrier that locks in moisture better than its cloth counterpart.
Bonus tip: don’t throw away the pouch! While waiting for your sheet mask to work its magic, use the excess serum in the bottom of the pouch on your neck and the backs of your hands for a dose of moisture in these often overlooked areas.
HYDRATE DRY SKIN
One of the leading causes of dry skin is a compromised lipid barrier. When the lipid barrier is disrupted, the skin experiences trans-epidermal water loss, or TEWL, at night. TEWL causes tightness, dryness, and increased irritation. To replenish water loss and strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier, use an overnight intensive treatment like an ultra-hydrating sleeping mask. These masks often contain both humectant and occlusive moisturizers that draw water into the skin and seal in the benefits of your nightly serums.
REPAIR AGING SKIN
If fine lines and dullness are your main skin concerns, skip the mask and use a gentle at-home peel instead. As we age, exfoliation and skin cell turnover slow, causing dryness, dullness and wrinkles. Peels like our TCA LACTIC & GLYCOLIC FACE PEEL use a powerful combination of gentle acids to exfoliate skin, brightening and diminishing dark spots and lines in the process. Combining multiple acids at lower concentrations provides the most noticeable results and is less irritating than a single-acid peel. Use our peel in combination with serums enriched with peptides and growth factors like our EGF ACTIVATING SERUM to support healthy collagen production and soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles.