A facial mask is a skin care product used to maintain skin’s smooth appearance, by reducing signs of aging. Facial masks come in many forms, such as creams, lotions, scrubs, masks, or exfoliators. Each type of face mask has its own purpose, but perhaps most importantly, they all can help minimize and prevent future wrinkles.
Wearing face masks on a regular basis is not recommended for the general public. General facial skin care products that work just as well as commercial products are available without the harmful side effects, and without the risk of spreading acne or bacteria. For those with sensitive skin, face masks can be a welcome solution. On the other hand, if you are wearing face masks regularly, it is important to consider your personal habits. The proper use of face and body creams, lotions, scrubs, and exfoliators for everyday skin care is highly recommended, as is avoiding using skin care products that contain alcohol, mineral oil, parabens, fragrance, and dioxane.
Face cloth masks to protect from dust, dirt, allergens, bacteria, and even sunlight. A fabric mask is usually a thick, washable fabric, similar to paper towels or washcloths. When purchasing a face mask for daily or weekly use, whether for home use or as part of your beauty routine at home or at work, remember to choose one that is non-comedogenic (no oil will be released into your pores), non-comedogenic (no oil will be absorbed into your pores), hypoallergenic (does not clog your pores) and suitable for your skin type (which could be oily, normal/combination, dry, or sensitive).
Some face masks work by exfoliating, removing dead cells, revealing smoother, more evenly toned skin underneath. Exfoliation is done by applying the mask in hot water. Exfoliating hot water strips away impurities, but washing your face in hot water can remove some of the oil as well. For the best exfoliation results, exfoliate with warm or hot water, but do not ever use hot water that is too hot.
Face masks may also contain ingredients to help moisturize, soften and plump the skin. They are typically used to tighten and tone the skin and reduce wrinkles. However, there are many different types of face mask available including: glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, aloe vera, vitamins C and E, chamomile, colloidal oatmeal, extract, lecithin, magnesium oxide, sodium hyaluronate, and polymethylmethacrylate. As you shop around for the right product, look for packaging and labels that indicate what skin type the product is designed for. The most common packaging is a small hole in the lid.
Face masks are commonly used to reduce swelling and inflammation of the skin, but the type of mask you choose should be decided based on your skin type. Face masks work as great as any other method for removing dead skin cells and softening and smoothing facial skin. However, as with any other procedure, using a face mask should be considered as a temporary alternative to plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is only recommended when the need for cosmetic change is severe.