Dry skin benefits from a moisturizing mask. It improves the skin’s moisture levels, eliminates flakiness and dry patches and minimizes fine lines. These masks are ideal when your skin to feel tight.
Oily skin needs a cleansing and mattifying mask. Clay and mud masks also work very well for oily skin. They detoxify the skin absorb excess oil (which causes pimple/acne) and leave the skin free to breathe. However, clay masks can have an excessively drying effect on dry skin.
Mattifying masks brighten dull complexions and control oiliness without dehydrating the skin. They are generally antiseptic and control occasional breakouts.
Radiance masks add luster and glow to dull the skin. They are rich in vitamins and light diffusers that lend a glow to your face. Radiance masks also moisturize and tone the skin.
Firming masks are usually in gel or cream form. As the name implies, a firming mask does just that, it tightens and tones the skin. Firming masks also work as anti-ageing masks.
Paraffin masks hydrate and soften the skin, expand blood vessels/rev up blood circulation and add glow to your skin. They are appropriate for all skin types, even for those with dry or sensitive skin. The paraffin penetrates deep into the skin, hydrates/softens it, leaving it clean and soft.
Pore-shrinking masks are usually high in astringent properties and help tighten the skin.
Exfoliating masks if supplemented with a nourishing base can work as 2-in-1 product but it is recommended to use the two separately. Exfoliating mask slough off dead cells and dislodge dirt from the skin without stripping it of moisture and essential oils. They can be used on any skin type as they have deep-cleansing properties. There are two types of exfoliating masks, chemical and manual.
Manual masks are scrubs you rub on your face to exfoliate. Chemical masks can actually be gentler than manual masks as they have alpha hydroxyl acids derived from fruit extracts which gently dissolve dead skin cells even without the rubbing action. These should ideally be used once or twice a week. Also, these masks are generally rinsed or peeled off.
Nourishing or radiance face masks provide nourishment to the skin via hydration or by supplying skin with the right ingredients. The vitamins and diffusers add glow to dull skin. These masks are gentle enough for everyday use but should be thoroughly rinsed or wiped off as sometimes they leave behind a residual layer. Peel-off masks are usually in gel or liquid form. They are intended for gentle removal of dead skin cells from the epidermis, leaving your complexion replenished and radiant. Once applied, leave the mask on for about 20 minutes and peel off when dry. These masks are great for tightening the skin and closing pores.
Peel-off masks are not very drying and may be used on any skin type. When peeling off these masks, it is important you begin to take it off from the forehead down with slow, gentle pressure. These masks also help in the removal of facial hair and blackheads. You don’t have to wash your face after using this type of mask as the peel-off procedure leaves your skin clean and dry.
On the other hand, a cream or rinse-off mask calls for cleansing of the face after removal of the mask. These masks absorb excess impurities and grease, eliminate shine, clear up blemishes, deep cleanse as well as hydrate the skin.
What’s the difference between wipe-off masks and rinse-off masks? Does immediate washing of the face after using a mask minimize or destroy its effects?
Wipe-off masks should not be rinsed after application and their residue keeps doing its good work. These masks render essential nutrients to the skin. For example, an avocado-based mask leaves behind a fine layer of the fruit’s beneficial properties which keep supplying moisture to dry skin. A rinse-off mask, on the other hand, needs to be completely removed from the skin as it absorbs the grime and sebum from the skin and therefore should be thoroughly rid off the skin’s surface.
Wipe-off, peel-off and gel masks residues should not be washed away as these provide nutrition to the skin.
Mask for Dry Skin: Mix ground oatmeal and honey. Apply this evenly all over the face. Let it dry and then rinse it off. Your skin will display a new radiance. Take ¼ ripe avocado and mash it thoroughly with a fork, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Apply a thick layer over the face and leave on for at least 10 minutes. Wipe off with a dry muslin cloth. Follow with a refreshing spray of rosewater to tone your skin.
Masks for Oily Skin:
- Rub milk of magnesia on the face and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Peel an apple, grate it and add milk to the grating, make a paste. Apply the paste all over your face and rinse off with tepid water after 10-15 minutes.
Mask for Ageing Skin:
- Mix 1 tsp honey with a few drops of orange juice. Spread it over your face, even around the eyes and mouth. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse off with gentle splashes of warm water. Pat dry.
- Mash up a very ripe banana. Add just enough honey to it to make a soft but not runny pulp. Apply over face. This is a great skin-firming mask.
Gentle/Neutral Mask for All Skin Types: Mix 1 egg white, ½ cup cooked instant oatmeal, a tsp olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice until smooth. Spread on your face and neck, leave on for 25 to 30 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. A few drops of lemon juice will help to reduce blackheads while the egg white will leave your skin feeling tighter.
Mask for Sensitive Skin:
- Mix together 1 cup natural yogurt (chilled) and ½ cup oatmeal. Apple to the face and leave for 10 to15 minutes. Wash off mask with a wash cloth steamed in the microwave (ensure the cloth is not too hot).
- Mash a banana and apply to the face. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. This mask can be applied once or twice a week. Such kind of skin is prone to allergies and inflammations; hence the selection of ingredients should be wise.
Mask for Problem Skin:Take 1 tbsp active yeast and heat it over a steam bath. Apply to your face, leave it for 10 minutes and rinse off. You can do this up to three times a day.
Mask for Acne-Prone Skin:
- Mix 1 tbsp oatmeal with 1 tbsp yogurt. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the mixture and apply it all over the face. Leave it on for 20 to 25 minutes. Wash off with cold water. Use this mask at least three times a week for great results.
- Massage a small amount of slightly heated honey on your skin. You can add 1 tsp wheatgerm for an exfoliating effect.
Mask for Combination Skin:Seasonal fruit masks (watermelon, cucumber or papaya). Take any one of the fruit, mash it and mix in 2 drops of glycerin. Apply on face and wash off with water after it dries.
Mask for Young Skin:
- Mix together 1 ½ tsp honey, the juice of ½ a lemon and 3 tbsp yogurt. Stir in 1 whipped egg white. Apply to face and let it set for about 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
- In a food processor, combine ½ cucumber, 1 tbsp yogurt, a few strawberries and 1 tsp honey. Apply the paste all over your face and let it dry. Wash off with lukewarm water.
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