What Are the Different Kinds of Facial Mask?

There are literally hundreds of facial masks on the market today, all of which will meet the needs of different skin types. They can be made using just one ingredient or could contain dozens. Users will spread the mask on either their entire face or just part of it for a specified amount of time, after which they will either rinse, wipe, or peel it off. Masks are sold to address various skin-care issues. They are available in different forms ranging from whitening, clay, self-heating, cream, exfoliating, peel-off, and food-based masks.

Clay masks are generally used to absorb excess oil on a person’s face and to aid with the healing of any acne blemishes. These masks can also be used on other, acne prone, parts of the body, like the back. A clay mask is sometimes made using bentonite, this is an absorbent, non-toxic clay. Other ingredients are sometimes added to provide extra drying power or to help soothe a person’s skin.

Cream-based masks are often marketed as hydrating masks and can contain different oils, emollients, and extracts that are all geared toward softening and smoothing a person’s skin. One variation are whitening masks, these will have chemicals which will lighten the skin. Both of these are sometimes formulated so they are self-heating. Self-heating masks can include ingredients which will cause them to heat up when applied to wet skin.

Exfoliating masks are used to remove dead skin cells. The formulation for these does vary considerably. Some exfoliating masks use an abrasive material, like groundnut hulls, that are in a cream or clay base. The facial mask will be applied and either removed or rinsed off so the exfoliating material scrubs the skin. Others use chemical exfoliants, like alpha-hydroxy acid, that will help to remove dead skin cells. For more information on our services, or to make an appointment, please call Design Hair, Nails & Spa today at (760) 721-4876. We are based in the Oceanside, CA area.