You might be spending a lot of money on your face mask and not getting the optimal use out of it. Well, it could be because you’re using it at the wrong time.
If you really want to get the most out of your face mask, it’s important to know the best time to use it.
Face masks contain extracts or ingredients in more concentrated amounts than a cleanser or moisturizer. There are four major face masks people use, pore clearing masks, hydrating masks, brightening masks, and firming masks.
Pore Clearing Masks
This mask will absorb all the dirt and gunk out of your pores. Most pore clearing masks are clay masks. These work best after a long week when you need to reset your face, or every few days if you wear makeup daily. Apply this mask before you sleep and follow it with a treatment serum or moisturizer that will make your skin glow or look firmer.
These masks make your face look more radiant and alive. Most of them have vitamin c, rice extract or turmeric (checkout this quick turmeric mask recipe I made at home). Brightening masks work best right before a daytime routine or makeup application for that glowy finish.
These masks make skin look more youthful. They usually have collagen which is the most abundant protein in the body, and provides strength and structure to the skin. As we get older, collagen breaks down faster than the body can replace it…cue the wrinkles. Although you’ll probably see better results when you eat your collagen, a good face mask can give you decent short-term results. The best time to use a firming mask is before you sleep. The body repairs its cells during this time and uses protein (collagen) for these repairs.
Exfoliating masks gently peel away a small layer of skin to reveal younger, smoother looking skin. These masks have acids like Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), lactic acid and glycolic acid. The best time to use this mask is at night. An exfoliating mask can be irritating if used too often, so use it 1-2 times a week. Also, apply sunscreen the morning after using the mask since your skin will still be delicate and prone to environmental pollutant damage.
Hydrating masks can be used during the day or at night. Daytime usage will make skin look plump and youthful and give makeup a flawless finish. These masks are also perfect after a night of alcohol since your face (and body) will be dehydrated and could use a boost overnight.
How are you using your masks?