Do Face Masks Improve Skin? What Skin Products To Look For

Real Benefits Or Marketing Ploy?

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In the last few years, face masks have become more popular than ever. From anti-aging to acne cure-all, the skin product has boasted many benefits. But are these benefits real or merely a marketing ploy? Do face masks help to improve skin?

Are masks a skincare cure-all?

Face masks are not necessarily a skin cure-all, but there are benefits. Face masks help to apply ingredients closer to the skin, infusing the pores. Best of all, the ritual of using the treatment can lead to immediate results. Often, people experience a glowing complexion or calmed redness immediately after using the product.

Does the type of mask matter?

A few different types of mask treatments are on the market, the two most popular being cream masks and sheet masks. Both have unique benefits. Sheet masks can be exceptionally hydrating or soothing for sensitive skin. Cream masks are often formulated to target specific complaints, such as wrinkles, fine lines, or acne.

The key to glowing skin

People with the healthiest, most glowing complexions don’t necessarily use face masks regularly. Instead, the key to better skin is to improve daily habits. A gentle cleanser, good moisturizer, and sunscreen of at least SPF 30 are the basic tenets of a good skincare routine.

The difference is in the ingredients

Whether looking for a daily skin product or a special mask treatment, patients should know what ingredients to look for. Look for words like fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and free of dyes and parabens. These products will be gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. For dry skin, look for products with hyaluronic acid. For fine lines and wrinkles, antioxidant-rich products with vitamins C, E, or resveratrol and ferulic acid will work well. To fight acne, pick products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or salicylic acid.

How to apply a mask

Before using any face mask, make sure to cleanse the skin with gentle soap and warm water. Remove any makeup, dirt, or residue. Only leave the face mask on for the recommended amount of time. Treatment left on too long can have adverse effects, such as irritating or over-drying the skin. Cream masks are typically rinsed off, while sheet masks can simply be removed. If using a cream mask, apply a moisturizer after rinsing.

When to see a dermatologist

Most people experience minor skin complaints from time to time. But if complexion troubles are affecting daily life or confidence, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. These specialists can help to determine the root cause of any complaints and provide treatment options.

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