Facial masks. The epitome of self-care. There’s nothing quite like them. Getting home after a long day, putting your feet up, running a hot bath, a glass of water (...or wine) in hand, and indulging yourself with a facial mask. One of life’s pure, simple joys.
Good for the soul and for the skin. Facial masks are an excellent way to elevate your skincare routine. The right mask can help to tackle those pesky skincare concerns. Whether it be acne, dryness, dark spots or something else, a facial mask could be that answer you have been searching for. Facial masks, due to the time they remain on the skin’s surface, penetrate deep into the pores of the skin, giving the nourishing ingredients the opportunity to be absorbed effectively and really get to work.
Fancy indulging in a little bit of TLC? Stick around and have a browse, with a divine selection of 100% vegan facial masks, whether you are looking to rejuvenate, soothe, or hydrate - at PlantX you’re bound to find something to give your skin that extra love it deserves.
What are facial masks?
Facial masks, like scrubs, serums, or moisturizers, are topical products that care for your skin. Facial masks are used intermittently for an intense boost. They remain on the skin’s surface for an extended period of time. This means the ingredients are able to penetrate deeper into the skin and deliver highly concentrated amounts of vitamins and minerals. This allows your skin to absorb the treatment more effectively and gives your skincare routine a real kick. When the right mask is used well, facial masks are powerful tools that improve the skin’s overall health.
How do facial masks work?
Facial masks rest on the face for extended periods of time. Usually for at least 15 minutes. This means that the product can infuse the skin’s pores and the ingredients can penetrate deeper into the skin. The combination of time and depth allows the skin to absorb more of the product and for the ingredients to activate. Whether that be salicylic acid to help with acne, vitamin C to reduce the appearance of fine lines, or niacinamide to combat redness, facial masks deliver a more intense and concentrated dose that helps your skin to reap more benefits.
What are the benefits of using facial masks?
Facial masks can be seen as pick-me-ups. They are skincare tools you can use every now and again to give your skin an instant shine. All facial masks are different and therefore the benefits they can have on your skin change too. Facial masks are used to rehydrate and moisturize skin, reduce large pores, minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles, increase elasticity, improve skin texture and brightness, absorb excess oil or dirt off the skin’s surface, reduce the appearance of breakouts, and unclog pores. So, it is important you choose a facial mask that will meet your specific skin care needs.
The key benefit of facial masks compared to other skincare products is their ability to have an immediate effect. By driving the ingredients deep into the skin, the difference is often noticeable as soon as the mask is washed off. This is why people often say their skin feels immediately more supple or glowy right after they remove a facial mask.
How to prepare the skin for a facial mask?
To properly reap the benefits of a facial mask - you need to prepare! Start with a clean surface. Make sure you have properly removed any make-up or dirt on the skin’s surface. We recommend washing your face with a gentle cleanser rather than using facial wipes (better for you and our precious earth!) Use warm water to do this. The heat opens up the pores of the skin and allows for the ingredients to seep in better. The skin will then be prepped and ready to absorb all the nourishing goodness from the facial mask!
How often should you use a facial mask?
Facial masks will not erase all your skincare concerns after just one use, however, when used frequently and properly facial masks add an effective boost to your routine. But, how often should this be?
Unlike other traditional skin care products, facial masks should not be used every day. They should be used intermittently. Most facial masks should be used about once per week, but this will vary depending on the brand. Simply consult the packaging of your chosen facial mask and use it as often as directed.
PlantX top tip: Facial masks, while most effective used in a routine, can also be used to get immediate short-term results. So, if you have a big event coming up, why not prep with a facial mask? It’s the perfect way to give yourself that pre-event glow and soothe any irritation that may be on the surface of the skin.
How to choose the right face mask for me?
With so many facial masks out there, where do you start? The key thing to remember is that when it comes to choosing the right mask - it’s all about the ingredients! Here are some top suggestions you can follow:
- Dry skin: Look for facial masks containing hyaluronic acid. Sheet masks are also good for hydration as they allow for moisture to be absorbed directly from the paper.
- Fine lines: Look for facemasks containing antioxidants such as vitamin C or vitamin A.
- Acne: Salicylic acid is your friend - look for facial masks that contain this ingredient. Salicylic acid is also good for oily skin. If you are experiencing extreme acne breakouts - visit a medical professional, they will be able to help guide you with the best ingredients for your skin.
- Rosacea: If you suffer from rosacea (redness across the nose, cheeks, forehead, and skin) look for facial masks containing niacinamide.
- Dark spots and pigmentation: look for facial masks containing retinoids to brighten dark spots. Soy, kojic acid, tranexamic acid, and licorice root extract are also good ingredients here.
In general, sheet masks are good for hydration or soothing sensitive or inflamed skin. Perhaps also if you are suffering from sunburn. Whilst cream masks tend to be better for concerns such as acne or wrinkles.