Using a face mask every day may be just what your skin needs. It depends on your skin type, your skin’s condition and what mask you’re using. The key is to understand how face masks work so you can maintain the pH balance of your skin. Too much of anything is never good.
Don’t worry, daily face masking is alright. Face masks are made to provide a concentrated formula of skincare ingredients to nourish, hydrate, deep cleanse, or exfoliate your skin for a short amount of time. To get the best results, vary the type of mask you apply daily. Whether its the trendiest mask or homemade, each type has its own advantages.
But using masks too much can harm your skin’s natural oils and imbalance the pH. Read on to learn more about using masks every day and the few catches.
Can I Use a Sheet Mask Everyday?
According to dermatologists it’s safe to use a sheet mask daily if it doesn’t contain glycolic acid. “Anti-aging” masks usually include glycolic acid, which is a natural substance used for moisturizing and rejuvenation. But this acid can be too strong if used daily and it can irritate your skin.
If you tend to often get acne breakouts avoid using sheet masks daily. The gloopy and thick substance can block your pores and aggravate your acne. If your skin is acne-prone, only use a face mask once a week.
Benefits of Using Face Masks
Depending on which mask you use, the benefits may vary. There are so many different kinds of masks available, it’s difficult to decide which ones are best. For example, a mud mask works differently than a collagen-boosting mask.
All masks can work different wonders on your skin. They can improve the texture of your skin, refine your skin’s pores, hydrate your skin or remove excess oil, dirt, and impurities. Masks can also make your skin smoother and softer by removing dead cells.
When you use masks properly, you can reduce fine lines, small wrinkles and annoying dark spots. Top-quality masks can also unclog your pores, improve your skin’s elasticity, reduce acne and resolve eye puffiness.
It’s important to really understand how often a mask should be applied to your skin. Make sure you use the mask for the right purpose to reap the benefits. The frequency with which you can use masks depends also on your skin type.
The Normal Use
Face masks usually produce short-term results, unlike moisturizers and serums. When you use them before major events, your skin gets that beautiful glow and any irritation soothes away. Although many masks are made to only be used once per week, some can be applied daily.
The purpose of your face mask influences how often you should use the mask. Let’s check out the different types of face masks available.
The Korean Sheet Mask
The Korean sheet face masks are made of ingredients which help your skin heal and recover in many ways. They are very hydrating but their benefits only last while the masks are wet. When the sheet has dried it will usually pull out the vitamins and minerals from your face.
Also, some sheets may contain chemicals. So, before you pick one, read the full list of ingredients. You may be tempted to use Korean sheet masks daily but some chemicals may clog your skin pores.
Clay and Mud Masks
Clay and mud masks are easy to spot. They’re usually green, gray, or brown and famous for their detox effect. Thanks to their excellent purifying properties, clay and mud masks are great for oily, acne-prone, or combination skin. Use them only three times per week for a maximum of 15 minutes.
Activated charcoal masks help to resolve acne and remove debris from your skin. These masks absorb oil and impurities. They work best on oily, acne-prone and combination skin.
Because charcoal masks have strong absorbing properties, only keep them on your face for 15 minutes, at most. Apply these masks up to twice a week. If you have more sensitive skin, only use charcoal masks once per week.
Gel or Cream Masks
Gel and cream masks deeply replenish dry skin cells. They hydrate and cool your skin at the same time. Although they work great for all skin types, dry skin may benefit the most.
Peel-Off, Exfoliating, and Enzyme Masks
Peel-off, exfoliating and enzyme masks can be aggressive for your skin compared to other face masks. Use them cautiously once a week. Peel-off masks have the texture of gel when you apply them and they dry to a film-type consistency. You peel them off once they’ve dried.
Peel off and exfoliating masks are great with uneven textured-skin. But masks containing beta-hydroxy acids and alpha-hydroxy acids can harm sensitive skin.
DIY or homemade natural face masks can be made with common ingredients such as oats, cucumbers, and honey. They may seem safer but you must still understand how they work. Avoid acidic ingredients like apple cider vinegar or lemon juice as they can irritate your skin.
Homemade masks are perfect for sensitive skin, which can’t tolerate artificial ingredients. You can customize a DIY face mask for any skin type. Leave the DIY face mask on your skin for about 15 minutes and apply several times a week.
Tea Face Masks
Tea masks are excellent for improving your skin’s texture and overall health. These masks are “anti-aging” and fight off free radicals. They prevent pimples and acne. Rich in antioxidant properties, tea masks are great with any type of skin.
The Bottom Line
How often you should use a face mask depends on your skin type and the ingredients the mask contains. You should switch up your use if you’re not seeing improvements from your current use. Try using gentle formulas daily. Use purifying and exfoliating formulas once a week or every two weeks.
If your face mask is irritating your skin or causing acne breakouts, stop using it. Consult a doctor or dermatologist to check the best way to deal with the irritation.
For best use and safety, always consult the packaging and label of the face mask product. Ask for a dermatologist’s advice whenever you’re having concerns.