Because our skin is the body’s largest organ and the first line of defense against external harsh substances, we need to take proper care of it. There are many types of skin, so why would the same facial mask work for all? There are many choices available, and one that suits your particular skin texture.
Facial masks work deep in the skin to clean, firm and tighten the pores and exfoliate dead cells. They generally contain minerals, fruits, vitamins and other plant extracts. Facial masks consist of two types; creamy lotion which is applied and then rinsed off with tepid water, or peel-off masks. Always clean the face before applying a mask. Ideally the skin should be warm. If your skin is oily, or oily and dry, the best choice is a mask that is clay or mud-based. Clay absorbs excess oils and clears and prevents blackheads. Clay also deep cleans the pores, and detoxifies the skin without drying. If you have sensitive skin, most clay or mud masks are suitable. Oily skin also does well with facial masks based on lemon, tomato, potato and witch hazel. Oatmeal is also an ideal ingredient for oily skin; the oatmeal will provide an exfoliant as well as smoothing and soothing. Apples and honey-based masks are also ideal for oily skin.
For dry skin, the best choice is a moisturizing mask. These facial masks clean deep down, while adding moisture to the skin. Moisturizing masks are left on the face for 10 or 15 minutes, gently rubbed into the skin before removing. These masks plump and soften the skin, leaving a noticeable difference when used regularly. Facial masks made with yogurt, avocado, olive oil or egg are also wonderful to moisturize dry skin. Masks made with fruits that contain a lot of water, such as berries, citrus, peaches and pears will also moisturize dry skin.
Those with dull skin will do best with an exfoliating mask. These facial masks are often based on fruit extracts. They remove the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving a smooth and glowing skin. Exfoliating masks peel off, like removing an adhesive bandage. These masks should not be used near the eye area, where the skin is more delicate.
Normal skin can use most any type of facial mask. If you are looking for a glow, try exfoliating masks. If you want moisture, especially during winter when skin may dry from central heating, use a moisturizing mask. Masks are available for deep cleaning, or perhaps you would look for a facial mask for sensitive skin. The mature face needs a facial mask that will provide firming and tightening of the skin on the face and neck. Skin dries as it ages, so you may want a facial mask that also moisturizes.
Firming masks increase the moisture in the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and leaving the skin with a youthful glow. Firming masks are gently massaged into the skin, left for 10 or 15 minutes, then gently rubbed off. Egg-based facial masks also work to firm and refresh mature skin. Almonds contain vitamin E, which nourishes skin. Any almond-based facial mask will brighten and rejuvenate mature skin.
When taking care of our facial skin, it is important one uses the right product to suit their particular skin type. Fortunately, there is a facial mask to suit every skin type to help improve the skin resulting in a healthy and radiant glow.