Face Masks: A Beginner’s Guide for Beautiful Skin

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Face masks are hands down one of my favourite skincare products. In the world of skincare, face masks could be seen as the equivalent to a superfood smoothie bursting with essential nutrients. But this way, the skin is being fed any essential nutrients it may be lacking from the outside in.

How do they work?

Masks blanket the skin and deliver higher concentrations of active ingredients by driving the product deeply into the skin.

What do they do?

The right face mask for you can help to:

  • hydrate the skin
  • remove excess oil
  • pull out impurities
  • improve the appearance of pores
  • reduce inflammation, redness and acne.
  • some even help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Plus they give you a good excuse to pop the kettle on, put your feet up and take 10 minutes out just for yourself. And who doesn’t like the feeling of being pampered like you’re at a spa but from the comfort of your own home?

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How often do you use them?

We all want the very best complexion we can have. In order to achieve that, a healthy skincare regimen including daily use and weekly use products is highly encouraged. Facemasks can be used 1-2x a week depending on your skin and skincare concerns, and there is a mask for every skin ailment.

Whether you’re looking for the unclogging power of clay, the nourishing qualities of honey or the ease of an overnight mask, we’ve got you covered here in Nourish.

To make things a little bit easier, I’ve compiled together a face mask guide with some of my favourite masks. Here I specify each mask and its individual benefits to help you choose the right one for your skin.
They’re all easy to use and they’re an excellent way to deliver nutrients to your skin and give you great results immediately.

Pai Dinner Out - clay face masks

CLAY/MUD MASKS

It may seem counter-intuitive to apply clay or mud to your skin in order to cleanse it. Alas, the skin-enhancing benefits of mineral-rich clay/mud have been harnessed for beauty treatments all over the world for centuries. It may even be the oldest form of facial masks.

Benefits of Clay/Mud Masks

  • detoxing
  • unclogs pores
  • helps reduce and clear blemishes and blackheads
  • helps to pull impurities from the skin
  • absorb excess sebum
  • helps to balance oily complexions
  • helpful for oily, acne-prone skin
  • tighten Pores

Best For – Oily and acne-prone skin.

Recommended products:

No. 1 – Pai Dinner Out Purifying Mask

This product is great for: 

  • Decongesting
  • Balancing
  • Brightening
  • is ideal for sensitive skin prone to blemishes and congestion

How to Use

You’ll see the best results by using this mask in the evening on clean, dry skin. Apply a generous layer and leave for 8-10 minutes. Then remove with a muslin cloth soaked in warm water. Splash face with cool water to finish.

Use 1-2 times a week or whenever skin feels congested or clogged.

No. 2 – Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask

I’m just going to put this out there. This is my absolute favourite clay mask. I became hooked on this mask after living in New Zealand and visiting the mud spas, and I still love this mask.

This product is great for: 

  • All skin types
  • especially for oily skin around the T-Zone
  • for those who suffer from breakouts
  • dry and dehydrated skin

How to Use

Formulated to be multi-purpose, how often you use this mask is dependent on both your skin type and main concerns.

If your skin tends to be oily, applying the mask weekly will ensure your skin benefits from the deep cleansing and purifying action.
Use on areas of your skin that tend to be oily or suffer from breakouts, like the T-zone, or on the cheeks, chin or temples.

If your skin is dry or dehydrated, use Mineral Radiance Mask once or twice a month.

Antipodes skin brightening facial mud mask

No. 3 – Antipodes Halo Volcanic Facial Mud Mask

This product is great for:

  • most skin conditions, especially congested, dull and combination
  • brightening the skin
  • deeply cleansing
  • improving the appearance of skin by targeting redness and pigmentation
  • evening skin tone
  • hydrating the skin

How to Use

To achieve the best results, lavish a thick layer of this creamy mask over your cleansed face and neck, avoiding your eye area. Leave for 15 minutes, then rinse away thoroughly with warm water. Use twice a week.

GEL MASKS

If you’re looking for a lightweight mask that also hydrates the skin in less than 10 minutes, look no further.

Benefits of Gel Masks

  • gentle, lightweight, and highly absorbable
  • specifically formulated to hydrate and nourish the skin while firming and tightening it
  • soothing
  • promote luminous and radiant skin
  • have a cooling effect that can be intensified if you store the mask in the fridge

Best For – All skin types, especially dry and sensitive skin

Recommended Product:

face masks - Dublin Herbalist Gel mask

No. 1 – Dublin Herbalists Intensive Gel Mask

This product is great for: 

  • refreshing tired and dull complexions
  • moisturising, plumping and enhancing the appearance of the skins natural volume
  • Softening and rehydrating the skin
  • promoting radiant looking skin

How to Use

Apply to a dry face with dry fingertips. Leave for at least 20 minutes and up to one hour before washing off.

CREAM MASKS

These ultra-rich formulas are packed with ingredients to soften and hydrate skin, making them ideal for normal, mature, dry, or irritated complexions in particular.

Benefits of Cream Masks

  • Provide moisture and hydration
  • Soften the skin
  • Help encourage healthier, plumper, and smoother skin

Best For – normal, mature, dry, or irritated complexions

Recommended Products:

No. 1 – Dr. Hauschka Revitalising Mask

This product is great for:

  • all skin conditions, especially blemished, sunburned skin or skin prone to coupe rose and enlarged pores.
  • reducing the appearance of redness or blemishes
  • evening skin tone
  • refining pores
  • Quince, anthyllis and chamomile clarify and balance blemished, large-pored skin
  • deeply moisturises

How to Use

Use this mask once or twice a week and remove after 20 minutes with a warm, damp cloth.

To soften the appearance of blemished or scarred skin or skin prone to redness, supplement your day cream with Revitalising Mask. Mix a small amount of each in your palm then apply as a thin layer in the morning.

No. 2 – Pai Curtain Call Face Mask

This product is great for:

  • dry, dull and lacklustre skin
  • for sensitive and Eczema-prone skin
  • brightening
  • plumping
  • nourishing
  • soothing
  • reducing the appearance of redness while soothing sensitivity

How to Use

Apply a generous layer to clean, dry skin. Leave for 8-10 minutes, then rinse with a cloth and warm water.

Use 1-2 times a week or whenever skin needs speedy radiance.

OVERNIGHT FACE MASKS

Overnight masks are like the pinup posters for beauty sleep. Think of them as especially thick, luxurious moisturizers to help restore your skin while you sleep.
While you sleep, your skin cells work to repair damage from sun, pollution, and stress, making the night time a very important time for skincare.

Benefits of Overnight Masks

  • a creamy texture, similar to a moisturizer
  • formulated with emollients and oils
  • great to use post-flight to restore moisture loss
  • wonderful in the winter when dry skin is prominent 
  • gives a moist, dewy look to the skin
  • offers ultra-hydration

Because these masks are so rich, they’re usually best for anyone experiencing dryness or concerned about fine lines and wrinkles.

Recommended product:

No. 1 – Trilogy Age-Proof Overnight Mask

This product is great for: 

  • Dull, dry or mature skin
  • intensely hydrating the skin
  • nourishing, firming and promoting radiance

How To Use

Apply a generous amount to cleansed skin and leave on overnight. Gently wipe away the excess in the morning and continue with your daily skincare regime. Use 2 – 3 times a week or as often as required. Alternatively, apply and leave on for 20 mins for an instant boost of hydration and radiance.

Don’t forget to apply to the drier or lacklustre areas of your face (generally around your eyes and forehead)  and to your cheeks and temples.

HONEY BASED MASKS

Honey is great for all skin types.

Benefits of Honey Based Masks

  • gentle enough for sensitive skin
  • antibacterial to kill acne-causing bacteria
  • A humectant, which is fantastic for dry and ageing skin

Honey masks are pretty amazing, and another traditional and natural choice for a face mask.

Recommended product:

No. 1 – Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

This product is great for:

  • sensitive skin
  • acne-prone skin
  • dry ageing skin
  • moisturising
  • hydrating
  • cleansing
  • antioxidising

How to use

Smooth thick layers of this creamy mask over your face and neck twice weekly. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse with warm and pure water.

DIY MASKS

DIY masks are a fun, inexpensive way to take care of your skin and can be based on a variety of ingredients you have in your cupboards. They can be honey-based, avocado-based, spirulina, chlorella, oat, coconut, yoghurt or kefir-based.

To stop this post from going on any longer, check out my previous blog post here Foodie Facemasks – Uncovering the Natural Beautifying Foods in Your Kitchen [and then wearing them!] for more info and recipes 🙂

So that’s it – Face Masks: A Beginner’s Guide for Beautiful Skin

With the colder climates, more central heating being used and possibly a flight or two for Christmas/New years holidays, facemasks are definitely a good go-to this season.

Happy chilling! 🙂

Emily Nöth

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