Face masks are one of the little luxuries in life and paired nicely with some candles and a hot bath, it makes the perfect pampering experience. While just starting to become a popular trend in North America, face masks have been a predominant skincare product in Asia for a very long time. Face masks make an appearance in practically every Korean drama where characters make a nighttime ritual of putting one on before sleeping. And if you’re not a stranger to the Korean lifestyle, you know just how envy-inducing their luminous, glowing skin is.
Is it really as simple as throwing on a face mask at the end of the day or is there more to it? We get to the bottom of this and by the end of this article, you’ll know exactly what face masks do, what they don’t do, and whether or not they truly are the elixir of Korean skincare.
Be Realistic With Your Expectations
You may have noticed the packaging on skin masks like to exhibit papaya, red wine, goat milk, and other exotic ingredients that will leave you excited and inspired. While these ingredients are fun and entertaining, they are often filler ingredients that are inactive and don’t do anything for your skin. You want to pay attention to the main ingredients on your product labels as these are the active ingredients that will benefit your skin.
Know What Each Ingredient Does
Understanding what certain ingredients do for your skin is essential in selecting the right face mask for your skin type. There are three ingredients whose benefits we recommend you learn more about as they are found quite frequently in skin care products.
- Chemical Exfoliants (ex. glycolic, retinol, lactic) remove excess dulling, clogging, and dead cells that make skin look tired, older, and prevent skin products from working well.
- Topic Antioxidants (ex. Vitamin C, Vitamin E) prevent premature aging, damage from free radicals, and environmental harm from UV rays.
- Peptides help increase collagen and hyaluronic acid production in your skin. They help even, firm, and increase elasticity and suppleness of the skin.
These three ingredients don’t all have to be present in a single face mask product. The key is to choose the benefit that is most important to you and to select the product that contains the ingredient with that benefit.
Face Masks Come in Different Formulas
Face Masks come in different formulas and choosing the right formula for your skin type is just as important as choosing the product with the right ingredient. The most popular formulas are mud, clay, sheet mask, and cream. Let’s go into detail what the key benefits are for each type.
- Mud masks are water-based and are great for all skin types, as they are more hydrating than drying. The minerals in mud are great for exfoliating, cleaning the skin, and contain skin-healing properties. If you have dry skin and want a mask with a cleansing feature, mud masks are a great alternative.
- Clay masks are ideal for those who have oily skin and frequent breakouts. The clay draws out impurities embedded deep within the pores, speeds up healing of active breakouts, and absorbs excess oil that may be causing all the breakouts. This mask will be too dehydrating for dry skin types.
- Cream masks work for all skin types but are especially recommended for those with super dry skin types. They add moisture, plump the skin, and are a great option for Winter months when the skin can dry out from the cold and dry weather.
- Sheet masks are similar in function to cream masks. Again, great for all skin types and their main functions are to soothe and plump. Leave a sheet mask overnight for maximum benefits as it gives your skin the whole night to absorb the excess product.
Select the Best Mask for Your Skin
When choosing a mask, determine the benefit you’re looking for (for example, healing the breakouts on your oily skin) and your skin type (oily, dry, combination, etc.). Then match the face mask with the desired benefit that is labelled for your skin type.
Face masks are a great addition to your skincare regime – they are fun, easy to use, and can benefit your skin greatly. Racinne currently offers two cream masks, the Aqua Blanc Brightening Mask (great for hydrating, plumping and brightening the skin) and the Youth Power Anti Aging Mask (hydrates, increases skin elasticity, and reduces fine lines & wrinkles). Add these to your collection and experience the world of face masks yourself. Go wild – experiment with different ones, and discover the right one for you!