A face mask can be a great way to infuse vitamins and nutrients into your skin. The added benefit to using a mask over a facial cream or serum is that the mask forms a physical barrier that locks in these ingredients, so your skin absorbs more of them. If you’ve never applied a face mask before, you might have a few questions. We’ll answer how often you should use a face mask, what face mask might be best for you, and more in this article.

Benefits Face Masks Offer

Everyone’s skin is unique. Additionally, during some seasons, your skin may be more oily, and it may be drier at other times. It’s helpful to keep tabs on your skin condition so you can adjust your skincare accordingly. Regardless of what your skin needs, face masks can offer many benefits. Some of these include:

– Moisturizing and hydrating your skin if it’s dry
– Minimizing the amount of large pores you have
– Sucking out excess oil and dirt
– Clearing out clogged pores
– Lessening the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines
– Improving the elasticity of your skin
– Cleaning up the appearance of breakouts
– Lightening up dark spots

Which Type of Face Mask Is Best for You?

The main types of face masks are cream, gel, clay, exfoliating, and warming.

Cream Masks

Cream masks work well if your skin is dry or dehydrated. These masks excel in adding moisture back into your skin and can help your skin maintain a youthful and plump appearance.

Gel Face Masks

Gel masks are great for oily to normal skin types. They are lightweight and are similar to a jam or jelly consistency. They help minimize the oil on your skin and tighten the appearance of pores.

Clay Masks

Clay masks are a helpful remedy to treat ongoing acne. The clay helps absorb excess oil on your skin and often will gently exfoliate your skin too. The type of clay you use will determine how absorbent the mask is.

Exfoliating Face Masks

Exfoliating your skin can do wonders to brighten your complexion and unclog pores. An exfoliating face mask acts similarly. Use this type of face mask to gently remove dead skin cells and improve the natural turnover process of your cells.

Warming Face Mask

Warming face masks contain active spices that will make your skin feel warm and even tingly. Some of the spices in a warming face mask may include paprika and cinnamon. Immediately after this type of face mask is applied, your skin may turn bright red due to an increase in blood flow. A warming face mask is a great way to increase circulation to your skin cells, leading to a more glowing complexion. 

How Often Should You Use a Face Mask?

If you’re wondering how often you should use a face mask, the answer depends. Use a face mask one to two times a week, but this can vary according to the condition of your skin and the type of mask you want to use. Before applying a face mask, clean and moisturize your skin. The better you prepare your skin, the more your skin can absorb elements in the face mask.

When you apply your face mask, remember a little material goes a long way, and a thicker layer of the mask doesn’t mean it will work better. It’s helpful to start with a cherry-sized amount and spread it on your face evenly. Then, add more mask material if you need it. Read the directions on the face mask label to know how long to leave the mask on for. Typically, you’ll want to leave it on between 5 and 15 minutes, but some masks can stay on overnight.

More Ways to Care for Your Skin with Swiss Clinique

Swiss Clinique offers a host of excellent facial and aesthetic treatments to revitalize and detoxify your skin. From our Arctic Berry Peptide Peel to our Skin You’re In facials for tweens, we’ll help you select the best treatment for your skin. And of course, we’re here to answer every question you have. Whether it’s “how often should you use a face mask” or “what’s my skin type,” we want to be your go-to resource for healthy skin.