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Korean celebrities, models, and cosmetic professionals swear by the effectivity of sheet masks. In various interviews, they declare that daily face masks are the reason they have soft and glowing skin. Although, non-Korean celebrities like Lady Gaga, for example, also use different sheet masks daily. Lady Gaga chooses these sheets for their brightening, anti-aging, or moisturizing properties.
Face masks are essential in maintaining a youthful and radiant appearance. There is a common misconception that face masks only refer to sheet masks. There are a lot of various face masks that you can use for your skincare routine. They have advantages ranging from exfoliation, detoxification, moisturization to rejuvenation.
Face Mask Types and Advantages
There are various types and uses currently available, and it’s important to talk about them so that you know what you should use for your skin based on your skin type.
Here are the kinds of face masks and the benefits:
1. Sheet mask
A sheet mask is a thin cloth or paper sheet that contains serums and essences. They have different formulations with specific functions like anti-aging or moisturizing. Many celebrities swear by their effectivity, most notably when used daily. Sheet masks are suitable for all skin types.
Putting on a sheet mask is known to be one of the most steps of the Korean 10-step skincare routine. Korean brand, Tony Moly, is known for its rejuvenating sheet masks. You can check them out here.
2. Sleeping mask
A sleep mask or sleeping mask is a gel or cream product that you apply before you relax, and leave it on during sleep. Using a sleep mask is the last step of your nightly beauty routine. It enhances the healing and regenerative properties of your skincare routine.
This kind of mask is suitable for extra hydration while you sleep, which makes it perfect for dry skin, especially during winter.
3. Mud or Clay mask
A clay mask or mud mask is famous and mostly used by women above 30. There are a lot of popular kinds of clay masks like bentonite, kaolin, and Australian Pink clay. Clay masks often give exfoliating and medicinal benefits to your face, as long as you follow the instructions stated.
You can use this if you have oily or combination skin because it has a drying effect. If you have dry skin, and you still want to use this kind of mask, try to do your research first.
4. Cream mask
A cream mask is a hydrating mask that can help moisturize your face, which is good for dry and combination skin. Cream masks often have specific purposes like day creams that hydrate your face during the day, night creams that help lock in all skincare treatments, or anti-aging creams that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
5. Gel mask
The gel mask is a kind of mask that has a cooling sensation, which is good for dehydrated, sensitive, and dry skin. It’s perfect during the summer or when you’re traveling to tropical countries.
6. Peel-off mask
A peel-off mask is like a thinner version of a mud mask; this kind of mask is good at reducing your pore sizes and exfoliating your blackheads. It acts like a mini facial. Peel-off masks are great for all skin types, especially oily and acne-prone.
7. Charcoal mask
Charcoal is a common ingredient for face masks, but it has a separate category because of its ingredient’s properties. Activated charcoal can detoxify your face, and it’s good for acne-prone and oily skin. Charcoal masks can come as cream masks, peel-off masks, sheet masks, or mud masks.
Determining What Face Mask to Use
Celebrities indeed swear by using sheet masks daily, but you don’t have to do the same. You should consider your lifestyle and skincare budget, skin type, and reactions to certain ingredients. Some cult-favorite face masks may not be suitable for you.
Skin masks have been one of the most underrated skincare steps. Not many people know that these are some of the essential products to use to have that glowy skin. As it also helps lock everything in place altogether. This step is also therapeutic as you massage your face with the aromatic cream on your face; it will help you relieve that stress and help you lose the hidden toxins along the way.