4 Types of Face Masks You Need in Your Skin Care Routine

4 Types of Face Masks You Need in Your Skin Care Routine

Masks are highly effective in skin care and perform a variety of complexion-benefitting functions. Depending on your skin needs they can restore, hydrate, replenish and brighten your skin. We’ve outlined a few great masks you can use based on skin types and their specific needs. Find out which ones suit your skin best below.

1. Antioxidant Mask
Antioxidants can help counteract environmental stresses such as pollution, exhaust gases, smog and more. Look for masks with antioxidants such as Vitamin C, green tea or reservatrol to help your skin fight off aging. Apply after cleansing for a few minutes to let it sink in, then rinse off thoroughly and follow with moisturizer.

2. Sleeping Cream
Sometimes we’re too lazy to put on a mask before bed but the good news is there’s a product that functions like a mask except you can go to sleep while wearing it. It’s called sleeping cream (also known as sleeping mask) and it goes on like a cream but hydrates like a mask. Apply the mask as a last step before you go to sleep then wake up to rested-looking, glowing skin. It contains ingredients that can help smooth fine lines and intensely hydrate all while you’re counting sheep. Interested in trying a sleep cream? Garnier SkinActive’s Miracle Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Cream combines the deeply hydrating power of a mask with the light feel of a lotion. It’s infused with lavender essential oil, hyaluronic and hydroxy acids and when applied to your skin the cream renews, firms and even reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

3. Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are another beauty trend making waves this year in the U.S. They’ve been a staple in Asia for a while now and it’s easy to see why — they hydrate, brighten, refresh without the messiness of usual mask application. Just pop one on your face and relax for 20 minutes. You’ll emerge with brighter-looking skin. They also make wonderful props for selfies! Don’t forget to apply moisturizer after using to further reap the benefits of the mask and hydrate your skin.

4. Kaolin Mask
A clay mask made with kaolin is a great way to minimize the appearance of your pores particularly if you have very oily skin. Try to use once or twice a week to draw out excess oils and restore pores. Let it rest on your skin for a few minutes until right before it fully dries (don’t wait until it crumbles), then wash the mask off and follow with an oil-free moisturizer.