Mask 101

Do you want to treat yourself to an at-home facemask, but you’re unsure what will work best for you?

Do you want to treat yourself to an at-home facemask, but you’re unsure what will work best for you? Don’t fret. We give you the skinny on what mask will work best for your skin

Preparation is everything when it comes to applying your mask. Start by cleaning your face and steaming it over a cup of hot water or pressing a hot washcloth to your face. The heat will soften any debris in your pores, giving you more bang for your buck.

An Oily-Molly
Does your face sometimes feel like a donut by 2pm? Opt for a clay mask that works to exfoliate and draw out impurities in the skin. A clay mask can leave your skin feeling a bit dry, so remember to rehydrate it with your normal night moisturiser. (Leaving your skin dry and thirsty will only make it produce more oil, restarting the whole vicious cycle again.) Also try to wash off the mask before it completely dries – the dry-phase of a mask is when it draws out moisture from the skin’s surface. We like Young Solutions Charcoal Mask (R15,99).

A Dry-Dora
Nothing is worse than struggling with dry and itchy skin. Calm it down with a cream-based hydrating mask. Stay away from harsh or rough particles that are likely to irritate your already annoyed skin. Try Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask (R365). It contains active ingredients like hyaluronic acid that helps skin maintain its moisture reserves and katafray bark that prevents dehydration.
You can also whip up an at-home mask with Greek yoghurt and a teaspoon of honey. The yogurt contains enzymes that will get rid of any flaky dead skin, while honey is a natural moisturiser and packed with antioxidants.

An Acne-Amy
Treating acne-prone skin can be like stepping into a minefield. Try and avoid masks with fragrances, added dyes and alcohol. Deeply clean your pores with a Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask (R270). This mask will help shrink enlarged pores and blackheads while anti-inflammatory agents reduce redness and irritation caused by acne.

A Sensitive-Sally
Eczema, rosacea and psoriasis are skin conditions that dramatically impact a person’s life. Whether it is physically or psychologically. If you suffer from any of these skin conditions it means your skin always needs some extra TLC. Stay away from perfumed and coloured skincare products as this can only lead to further inflammation and irritation of angry skin. We love the !QMS Relax-O-Firm Mask (R730). This masks will calm and soothe stressed skin, strengthen the skin’s own defenses and is intensely moisturising.
An oatmeal and Greek yogurt mask will also calm and rejuvenate irritated skin.

Disclaimer: If you are suffering from any serious skin conditions it is always advised to first check with your dermatologist before using any new products.