(Face) Mask Off! How to Choose the Perfect Mask for your Complexion
As Future likes to say, “Mask Off!” But if only it could be as easy as he makes it seem. After all, how do you know which mask to pick? When it comes to selecting the perfect mask for your own complexion, you will definitely find that this is not a one-size-fits-all situation. In fact, choosing the right face mask will hinge upon several different factors.
First, think about your skin type. Does it tend to be oily? Dry? Or is it a combination of both? If you have dry skin for the most part but tend to wake up with an oily T-zone, then you m’dear, are blessed with combination skin. Relax! It’s not as bad as it sounds. In fact, most people tend to have combination skin or even a fluctuating skin type. As we all know, hormones can kick in anytime, wreaking havoc with whatever you thought you knew about your complexion. Although you should always reassess your skin’s current condition, here are a few guidelines to amp up your experience.
Oily Skin? Clay Is Your Friend
Ideal for drawing out impurities and imperfections, benzonite clay is an incredible ally in your own personal war on oil. If it’s a less oily week, then spread the mask thinly across your face—and don’t forget about your neck, too! If, however, you’re trying to prevent an oil slick from occurring, then it will be in your best interest to spread the clay on thick. For mini eruptions that have already made their presence known, go ahead and slather that area with a decent dollop of clay. In fact, clay can even work as a spot treatment in a pinch if you run out of your regular zit cream.
Looking for Some Magnificent Moisture? Try Masks with These Ingredients
If your skin hovers on the dry end of the spectrum, then you will want to stay away from masks that possess “pulling” or purifying properties. Look for words like “replenishing” and “restorative”. Keep an eye out for masks that contain powerfully moisturizing ingredients such as coconut oil and honey. Other hydrating components include argan oil, jojoba oil and the classic aloe vera. The good thing about treating dry skin with a mask is that there are several homemade options you can even whip up in your kitchen if needed. If you have some yogurt, honey and a banana lying around, then you’ve got a mask!
Combination Skin? No Need to Fret
If your skin features more combinations than a middle-school locker, then it’s time to treat each area separately. Customize your regimen so that each section of your skin is getting what it needs. Think creatively! You may want to use some clay on your nose while treating the rest of your skin to some moisture with a thin layer of honey and argan oil. Remember that your skin is uniquely beautiful—and your mask should be, too.