After a stressful, long week at the office or a week spent up to your eyeballs in dirty diapers - is there anything more relaxing than laying back in the tub with a face mask on, and just feeling all of your stresses melting away as you skin is rehydrated and soothed? I don't think so!
There are many different kinds of face masks available on the market - it can be a little confusing trying to figure out which is best for your needs and what exactly the differences are.
Here is my guide to the choices available:
Clay masks are used to absorb excess oil on the face and to help speed up the healing process for zits as they open up the pores. They are also great for removing blackheads and improving circulation. A clay face mask is often made from bentonite, an absorbent, non-toxic clay and very quick drying - they can be great to use if you don't want to spend too long on the mask, but a downside may be that they can be a little messy and can take quite a bit of scrubbing to remove. Clay/mud masks are usually recommended for oily skin.
These kinds of face masks are made from a quick-drying kind of gel, which is applied to the face and left alone for around 10 minutes to dry and form a mask. These masks are designed to close the pores and smooth over the appearance of the skin, they can also be helpful in removing blackheads. An added bonus can be that they usually remove a little facial hair too! The mask should be easy to peel off once its dry - a very satisfying thing to do in my opinion!
Disposable Sheet Mask
These are a big trend among the celebrity set right now, with various A-listers having recently tweeted photos of themselves wearing the masks. What you get is - in a nutshell - a sheet mask with eyeholes and a space for your mouth and nostrils cut out, which has been soaked in all the ingredients you might find in a regular face mask - you simply smooth the sheet mask over your face, lay back and relax. The upside of these masks is that you have to be horizontal to wear them - so they force you to relax! Plus they would be really good for taking on vacation with you, no need to worry about that messy tube of mud mask exploding in your luggage and they are disposable! Perfect!
The more traditional face mask. Cream masks contain emollient properties that soften skin. They are ideal for people with dry skin who want to rejuvenate their facial appearance by adding in moisture. These are the more commonly found face masks and are very widely available.
Now that you've got the low-down on what kinds of masks are out there, all that's left to do is decide which is best for you - then kick back, relax and let the mask work its magic while you daydream away a blissful fifteen minutes! Heaven!