Sometimes, no matter what exfoliating scrub or hydrating serum you use, your skin fights back with flakiness, puffiness and acne. When your regular routine just isn’t cutting it, a good face mask can get your skin back on track. If you’re already reaching for the closest charcoal mask, wait! You want to choose a mask formulated for your specific skin problem.
If you suffer from acne, or parts of your face get oily quickly, a clay mask may be just what you need. The mask works in stages, first moisturizing the skin, then tightening it as the mask begins to dry. Be sure to gently peel the mask off before it turns flaky – otherwise you’re just drying out your skin. Place a warm, damp towel on a dried-out clay mask to rehydrate it and peel it off.
Everyone knows drinking tea can soothe the body, but applying it topically has benefits as well. Green and black tea masks are good for nearly everything, from smoothing and revitalizing skin to combatting redness and reducing acne with their antibacterial properties. Tea masks also contain antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that would otherwise wreak havoc on your skin.
A sheet mask will make you look like Jason from “Friday the 13th,” but your skin will thank you for it! Made of cloth and dripping with moisturizing ingredients, these soothing masks rehydrate dry skin. Simply take the mask out of the package, align it with your face and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. You don’t need to rinse afterward. In fact, you can add even more moisturizer to reap the full benefits.
If you don’t have time for a spa day, this is the next best thing. These masks contain ingredients like zeolite that give off heat when mixed with water. The warmth relaxes you and opens your pores for a deeper clean. Many of these masks also include kaolin clay that sucks up all the gunk clogging your pores. Rinse with cool water afterward and enjoy your instant glow.
Maybe you have an excellent complexion, if only it weren’t for the bags under your eyes. If that sounds like you, skip the drippy sheet mask and go for an under-eye mask instead. These curved masks rest on top of your cheekbones and under your eyes. The mask’s ingredients, such as collagen, are intended to calm puffiness, lighten dark circles and reduce wrinkles.
Does your dry skin seem to resist even the best moisturizers? If so, wearing a sleep mask overnight could help. When you’re getting ready for bed at night, go through your normal beauty routine, then apply the sleep mask to lock it all in. These masks are light, meaning they won’t rub off on your pillow or leave a greasy mess everywhere. When you wake up, your skin will feel hydrated and refreshed.
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The Certificate of Esthetics program at Houston Training Schools is designed to teach you everything you need to know about skin care in as little as seven months. Our instructors will show you the best treatments for exfoliating, moisturizing, treating acne and much more. Classes are available in both English and Spanish at four campuses throughout Houston. Call (877) 640-4747 to schedule your tour or apply today.