Thinking about adding a face mask to your skincare routine? Good decision – masks are a great way to pamper your skin with high concentrations of active ingredients. They offer an intensity that other skincare products can’t compete with, which is how they’re able to effectively address such a variety of visible skin concerns.
However, the world of face masks is vast. Not only are there different types of face masks out there, but there are so many products within each category that knowing which to pick can be a challenge. If you’ve been wondering how to go about choosing the right face mask for your skin concerns, read on – Celestolite is about to explain!
Understanding the Different Types of Face Masks
Since face masks come in so many different forms, the very first step to choosing the right one is to decide on the type of mask you want to start using. Each type of face mask will be best suited for a certain skin type or skin concern. This makes it helpful to narrow down your many options to the categories that would play well with your skin.
Clay masks are always popular. They’ve been used for centuries as a way to deeply cleanse and detoxify the complexion. They’re also a good way to exfoliate the skin since clay is capable of absorbing excess oil and other impurities. Clay masks are ideal for people with congested, oily skin. Of course, some clay formulas can work well for dry skin types too. It all depends on the other ingredients formulated into that mask.
That said, dry skin is usually better suited to cream masks or sheet masks. These pack a punch when it comes to adding moisture to the skin. Leave-on masks do the same – they’re ideal for pampering dry skin overnight.
Magnetic masks have also been picking up in popularity. These unique masks are removed with the use of a magnet. The magnet lifts the mask’s heavier ingredients, leaving the lighter actives to further soak into the skin. These masks work well for most skin types.
So, now that you’re familiar with the different types of face masks out there, let’s take a look at some bestselling examples of each, along with how they could help with your visible skin concerns:
For Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Once you start to notice the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this is a sign that the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin are starting to deteriorate. These are the proteins that give your skin its volume and firmness. Ideally, you need a face mask that will help to strengthen and support the feel of your skin’s structure. At the same time, it should also be capable of smoothing away the look of existing creases.
That’s where the Celestolite Cosmic Firming Mask comes in. This is a clay mask, but it’s much lighter than many of the other clay masks out there. This enables it to gently cleanse so that the other ingredients in the mask are better able to work their way into the skin.
Wondering what those other ingredients are? This formula is packed with compounds that have been proven to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins A and E are two powerful antioxidants that do exactly that. Vitamin A, in particular, is a go-to among those trying to diminish the appearance of aging skin.
There are a number of other antioxidant-rich plant extracts in this formula too. Ginkgo biloba has been proven to soften the look of wrinkles, while studies show that birch bark extract is capable of thickening the feel of the skin barrier, which helps to smooth out the complexion. The plant oils in this blend, from jojoba to sunflower seed, are also game-changers when it comes to giving the skin a fuller and plumper finish.
For Dullness and Dark Spots
While fine lines and wrinkles are the most common skin-related side effect of the aging process, dullness and dark spots are almost just as prevalent. This issue can be caused by a variety of factors, although sun damage is usually the main culprit. This accumulates in the skin over time, manifesting as discoloration as a person ages.
Clay masks that contain ingredients capable of rebalancing and brightening the complexion are what you need to deal with the look of dullness and discoloration. This is why the Celestolite Luna Lava Mask is such a hit. Not only is it a clay-based face mask, but it’s also a thermal mask. This means that it gradually heats up as it’s applied to the skin. The gentle warmth that it emits helps to relax the feel of the pores. This helps to clear them out, which immediately brightens the complexion.
How does this mask help with the appearance of dark spots? Well, for starters, it contains vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin C is particularly effective at brightening the look of hyperpigmentation, especially when supported by vitamins A and E. Arnica Montana flower extract has been proven to help with the appearance of excess melanin in the skin too, while coffee seed extract contains a compound called chlorogenic acid that does the same.
Of course, the meteorite powder in this face mask brightens the look of the skin as well. In fact, it’s such a superstar at doing so that you’ll find this star-studded compound in every single Celestolite skincare product!
For Dryness and Roughness
If your skin feels dry and rough when you touch it, then this means that it would really benefit from some extra moisture. A good skincare routine will provide this, but a mask will give your complexion a more intense dose of goodness once a week. This can really help to combat the feeling of dry and rough skin for good.
Of course, that only applies if you choose the right face mask, and our Mars Anti-Gravity Mask is perfect for this. It’s a magnetic mask that’s infused with a variety of hydrating and moisturizing ingredients. From coconut oil and sunflower seed oil to hemp seed oil and marula oil, all of these plant oils are left behind when the mask is lifted off the skin. This allows them to deeply plump up and soften the look of the skin.
What makes this face mask even more special is its peptide blend. Peptides are fantastic at making the skin barrier feel thicker and more resilient. This helps to prevent transepidermal water loss, which is the rate at which the skin loses moisture to evaporation. By slowing this process down, your skin’s future moisture retention will improve. This will help to eliminate the feeling of dryness and roughness in the long run.
For Damaged Skin
The skin experiences a large amount of damage over the years. This can lead to all of the skin concerns mentioned above, from roughness to dark spots to wrinkles. While using a face mask to tackle each of these visible concerns can really help, it’s also a good idea to find a mask that is formulated to repair and rejuvenate your overall complexion. This will help with all of the visible skin concerns that you’re experiencing. At the same time, it will also prevent the appearance of more oxidative damage.
For this, we’d recommend the Celestolite Jade Spectra Mask. Rather than being removed from the skin after 10-15 minutes, this mask boasts a leave-on formula. This means that the ingredients within have more time to work their magic. It’s exactly what you need if you want your skin cells to feel adequately protected from environmental harm.
When it comes to repairing and preventing the look of skin damage, antioxidants are key. You’ll find a long list of them in this face mask, with its formula packing everything from vitamins to superfruit extracts.
Ingredients that leave the skin’s natural protective barrier feeling supported are also important if you want to reduce the appearance of future damage. This is why we’ve infused this mask with peptides, squalene, and sodium hyaluronate. They’ll all help to thicken the feel of the skin’s barrier.
This mask can be used at any time of the day. That said, many of our customers prefer to apply it in the evening. This way, they wake up to skin that feels touchably soft and looks beautifully radiant.
How to Get the Most Out of a Face Mask
Now that you know how to pick the right face mask for your skin concerns, the next step is properly integrating that mask into your skincare routine. This will enable you to enjoy maximum benefits from the mask that you’ve chosen to use.
So, to begin with, always start off with a clean face. A face mask should never be applied to dirty skin. If it is, all of that dirt and oil will block the mask’s ingredients from penetrating into your skin. Our Estrella Mousse Cleanser is perfect for a pre-masking cleanse. It’ll remove impurities while leaving your skin feeling soft, supple, and ready to soak up the mask that you’re about to apply.
Once you’re done masking, never leave your skin bare. Ideally, follow up with a serum and then a moisturizer. If you’ve masked in the morning, then a sunscreen is also essential.
Finally, let’s talk about multi-masking. This involves using multiple face masks at once. Why would you want to do this? Because it enables you to tackle a few different visible skin concerns at the same time. For example, if you’ve got wrinkles around your eyes and on your forehead, apply the Cosmic Firming Mask to these areas. You can then apply a different face mask to the other parts of your face to help with any other issues that you may be experiencing there. So long as you choose face masks that remain on the skin for similar amounts of time, multi-masking is a technique that can work very well!
With so many exciting face masks out there, it can be tempting to go for a product that intrigues you, even if it may not be suitable for your skin. However, if you want your face mask to work in the best way possible in order to produce significant results, then picking a formula that has been designed for your visible skin concerns is definitely the best way forward.