Kaitlin Ferland

Facial masks are an important addition to your skin care routine and can provide an array of skin benefits. Depending on your skin type and concern, some masks can be used daily and some should be used less often, weekly or monthly

Facial masks come in mud, viscous, and sheet mask forms but for this post we are discussing mud and viscous masks only. The benefit of having the mud on skin for a period of time allows the product to absorb deeper into the pores as the product maintains the moisture balance on skin longer, i.e. it takes longer to dry on the skin.

Because our skin is the primary barrier to protect us from pollutants, toxins, infectious pathogens, and excessive fluids (think stepping into a puddle) from gaining access to our body, it is important to ensure your skin and hands and any tools used to apply the face mask are disinfected prior. According to a study published in 2017 in the Journal of Advanced Skin & Wound Care, moisture is essential to promote healing in the skin, creating an opening in the skin barrier allows the tissue to regenerate by allowing absorption of the nutrient into the cell. In the same way that creating an opening in the moisture barrier allows for entry of beneficial skin nutrients, being overly enthusiastic and allowing your skin to maintain moisture for too long can also ultimately cause cell damage and death, this is important to be mindful of when using viscous (gel) face masks and ensuring you do not allow your skin to stay hydrated too long.

The most common use of mud masks are for absorbing oils, impurities, and toxins from the skin. the mask should be left on the skin for up to 15 min - any longer can cause adverse effect of over drying the skin.

The most common use of viscous masks (gel) are for hydrating, cooling and repairing the skin. as the masks do not absorb oil the mask can be left on longer. Typically marketed as "night" masks, you are encouraged to leave the product on the skin for as long as possible, be mindful that your skins moisture barrier is not compromised in the process.


for active ·full face· breakouts

Aveeno Clear Complexion Pure Matte Peel Off Face Mask with Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Soy & Pomegranate

Aveeno's mask uses AHA's to treat inflammation, cell adhesion (when cells are damaged due to physical trauma such as popping a pimple, cells can adhere to one another preventing important cell function), and promotes exfoliation that can help with skin pigmentation. 

Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask

PTR's Face mask uses sulfur as a main ingredient as its function is similar to how salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide interacts with the skin. Sulfur is keratolytic, meaning it causes the skin to peel, which is a form of treatment therapy typically used to thin the skin around a lesion in which the skin formed extra layers due to damage - such as scar tissue that formed around cystic acne,


the very best multitasking masks for those with combination skin

Paula's Choice SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask with Kaolin & Bentonite Clay

The Kaolin used in Paula's Choice mask is also known as "China Clay", used to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Bentonite clay is used as a detox for skin, as it is highly absorbent. this mask also has colloidal oatmeal and vitamin e to maintain moisture balance

Belei Charcoal Balancing Mask

The Belei mask has both charcoal and sulfur and to balance, hyaluronic acid for moisture and aloe vera for cooling

C H A R C O A L 

Charcoal is used to draw impurities and toxins from the skin

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask

perfect for spot treating, leave this mask on until fully dried. for more sensitive skin, leave mask on for up to five minutes or use as a facial wash rinsing after 30 seconds

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

my favorite charcoal mask on the market. Formulated with Bamboo Charcoal & White China Clay, this charcoal mask acts like a magnet to deep clean & draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, impurities & debris


Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

recommended for weekly use due to potency - the sleeping mask is a viscous mask that allows the skin to maintain an open skin barrier while delivering moisturizing nutrients from rose, orange blossom and sandalwood. this mask can be used on all skin types, however, those with extra sensitive skin should be mindful of possible interactions with perfume 

R E P A I R I N G · R E S U R F A C I N G

masks with ingredients to stimulate cell growth

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

D R Y I N G - S P O T  T R E A T I N G

high intensity drying masks. not to be used on entire face

Mario Badescu Drying Mask

Deep clean pores and clarify troubled skin with this powerful face mask. Sulfur and Zinc Oxide work to target surface blemishes and draw out impurities from the skin. Excess oil is eliminated as Calamine and Cucumber Extract provide a cooling, soothing boost in order to help promote clearer-looking complexion. 


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