How to Choose the Right Face Mask

How to Choose the Right Face Mask

When it comes to choosing a face mask to enhance your skin care and beauty routine, it seems that the options are endless and the selection can be overwhelming. This is probably why there are so many articles that can be found giving advice about which masks are the best for which type of skin. The truth is that in 2018 skin care science has advanced enough that there are masks that are great for every type of skin. These are high-tech masks that rely on laboratory testing and a deep understanding of biochemistry and cellular biology. These products are created and produced by professionals who have committed their lives and their careers to skin science. Today's masks are superior products that use the most potent blends of ingredients available over the counter, incorporating the best of what nature has to offer, and delivery mechanisms that are scientifically proven to target skin problems that all women (and men) face. Ingredients such as activated charcoal, salicylic acid, DMAE and antioxidant loaded vitamins, all of which are proven to eliminate skin aging free radicals, act as anti-inflammatories. These can have immediate and long term anti-aging and acne control results.

Different Types of Masks

Historically there are six basic types of masks. (Source). These are clay, peel-off, thermal, cream, warm oil, and natural. Each relies on a different mechanism to work Historically there are six basic types of masks. (Source). These are clay, peel-off, thermal, cream, warm oil, and natural. Each relies on a different mechanism to work and only some of these can deliver a multitude of benefits on, and into, the skin. Clay masks, for instance, act to deeply clean by drawing oils to the surface of the skin as it dries. These masks are best for people with normal or oily skin who are trying to eliminate excess oil. Thermal masks, on the other hand, work to get the skin breathing. Upon contact with water, they heat up causing the pores to open. Cream masks are best for people with normal to dry skin who need to add moisture through the use of emollients. Warm oil masks increase blood flow and circulation and moisturize the skin; they are used most often in spas. Natural masks rely on the properties of natural products, like honey and oatmeal or avocado, to revitalize and moisturize the skin. Peel-off masks are where the majority of skin science has advanced. They are typically gel, plastic, or paraffin wax based, and they work to tighten the skin and stimulate blood supply while delivering revitalizing nutrients to the skin. However, they are not the mask that you grandmother would have used.

How Masks Work

The most important principle is that a mask is just another 'vehicle,' like a lotion, serum, cream, ointment, that delivers 'actives' to the skin to improve the appearance or quality of the skin The masks that we have available to us today "are totally next-level: Cotton sheets, hydrogel formulas, peel-offs, sleeping masks, and single-serving exfoliating pods haven't just changed the way we think of masks - they also have multi-uses for treating just about every skincare trouble." (Source). Think of it this way: "The most important principle is that a mask is just another 'vehicle,' like a lotion, serum, cream, ointment, that delivers 'actives' to the skin to improve the appearance or quality of the skin," Dr. Neal Schultz, NYC dermatologist and creator of BeautyRx, shares in an interview with Bustle. So the ingredients that are capable of being absorbed in lotions and serums can also be absorbed in masks — but with the help of one extra solvent. "Many masks contain [ingredients]... which act as a delivery agent and solvent, and allows your skin to absorb more of the other ingredients," Dr. David Lortscher, the CEO and Founder of Curology, shares. (Source).

Charcoal Masks

One of the most exciting advancements in masks is the adaptation of activated charcoal for use in skincare. In particular, it is used frequently in peel-off masks. One of the most exciting advancements in masks is the adaptation of activated charcoal for use in skincare. In particular, it is used frequently in peel-off masks. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), "Charcoal has long been used for medical purposes, especially to absorb toxins from the stomach in people who have overdosed on drugs. With a similar idea in mind, many skin products contain activated charcoal to absorb pollutants and clear your skin." Charcoal is also non-irritating and hypoallergenic. It absorbs oil and dirt, keeping skin clear and healthy. Nicki Zevola Benvenuti has this to say about the benefits of charcoal in masks, "Research in the Journal of Dermatology also suggests that charcoal may be useful in the treatment of certain skin diseases, including porphyria." She goes on to say, "With a peel-off product, you're absorbing topical oil and refining the skin, but not to excess. So I have to say, I love Calysta Labs Clarifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask for all skin types. I personally am using it whenever I'm noticing hormonal breakouts here and there post-pregnancy, as my skin returns to its old (slightly oilier) self!" With the advanced science that Calysta Labs brings to the skin care industry, it is easy to see how this product would be among a beauty blogger's favorites. Containing ingredients like salicylic acid, polyvinyl alcohol, organic aloe leaf juice, glycerin, olive fruit oil, emulsifying wax, jojoba seed oil, DMAE, Hyaluronic acid, Green Tea Leaf extract, vitamin C, Provitamin B5, vitamin B3, organic white willow bark extract, pomegranate seed extract, vitamin E, sunflower seeds extract, menthol, lavender and Xanthan gum, it ranks high on the list of an effective and comprehensive skincare product.