Face masks have been popular for a few years now, with more and more brands bringing out their own versions, and even multi-masking sets. There’s everything from cream, gel and sheet masks, to mix-it-yourself masks, clay, self-heating, and even those infamous charcoal peel-off masks that never seemed to really peel-off, but rather held onto your skin for dear life!
But what is the difference between all these different types? Well, each type of face mask has different beneficial properties. Cream and sheet masks hydrate and nourish the skin, clay masks help to absorb excess oil and purify the skin, charcoal masks attract and eliminate impurities from the skin, gel masks soothe and cool sensitive or inflamed skin, while exfoliating masks help get rid of dead skin cells and unblock pores.
Not sure which type you should be using? To get the most out of your face mask, choose one according to your skin type. Sensitive skins or dry skin types benefit more from gel, cream or sheet masks. Combination skin types (dry to normal cheeks with oily nose, chin and forehead) benefit from multi-masking; this means applying a clay mask to the oily patches, and a cream or gel mask to the drier areas, or double masking by applying a clay mask first, rinsing it off, and then applying a hydrating sheet mask. Oily skin types benefit most from clay masks or mud masks, as these help to absorb excess sebum (oil). Sheet masks, some peel-off masks and exfoliating masks are usually suitable for use on all skin types, although check the packaging first.
Over the years I’ve tried many different face masks, and I have to say that my favourite is still a clay mask or mud mask, although I do love a good self-heating mask to help exfoliate and unblock my pores every now and then. Honestly, I’m not a fan of sheet masks. Some people love them, but I just don’t like the cold, damp, clammy feel of them against my skin, and I don’t really see or feel any changes to my skin after using a sheet mask.
So, here’s a list of the ones that I have tried in the past, bearing in mind that I have very oily skin and some of these may not be suitable for certain skin types. In my full product reviews, I have tried to list which skin type each mask is best suited to, if that information was available on the product packaging. If any of these names appeal to you, simply click on the name of the product that catches your attention (if it is highlighted in burgundy), and it’ll take you through to my full product review for you to read:
Dabo Face Sheet Mask
Beauty Friends Sheet Mask
Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel-Off Mask
Freeman Beauty Cucumber Peel-Off Mask
Cosmetic Kitchen Clay Mask (mix-it-yourself)
Donna Marie French Pink Clay Mask (mix-it-yourself)
Black Robin Green Genie Purifying Clay Mask (mix-it-yourself)
Ethique Deep Green Face Mask Bar (solid bar)
Dedicated to Nature Maintain Face Mask (clay mask)
Freeman Beauty Mint & Lemon Mask (clay mask)
Freeman Beauty Deep Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask (clay mask)
Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac (clay mask)
Skinfood Mud Masque
Oasis Beauty Fruit Smoothie (2-in-1 exfoliator and mask)
Freeman Beauty Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask (2-in-1 exfoliator and mask)
Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque