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What are the different types of face masks?

From purifying clay to exfoliating AHAs, the latest at-home face masks are loaded with skin-perfecting ingredients.
What are the different types of face masks?

Types of face mask

A regular face mask is an easy and affordable way to take care of your skin at home, and is a great way to enhance your daily skincare routine. From clay mud to hydrating sheet masks, discover more about the most popular and effective methods to try.

The Clay Mask

Clay mud masks are one of the best ways to treat clogged pores and congestion as they work to remove impurities from the skin while mattifying texture and minimising the pores. Look out for ultra-absorbing white clays such as kaolin and bentonite as they leave the skin feeling super clean yet nourished. Take care to apply your mask to thoroughly cleansed skin, leaving it on for no more than 5 minutes – any longer, and the mask can strip the skin of its natural oils.

The Sheet Mask

You only have to take a quick scroll through your Instagram feed to see everyone from supermodels to A-list actresses showing off the latest beauty craze: the sheet mask. Originating from Korea, sheet masks are usually saturated in ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Caffeine which penetrate the dermis, working to hydrate and reduce puffiness. We love to apply ours before a special occasion when we want our skin to stay dewy and glowing all night long, but they also make a gorgeous addition to a cosy night in.

The Exfoliating Face Mask

When your skin is feeling dull and grey, an exfoliating face mask can be just the thing to bring back its glow. Mineral formulas containing ingredients such as volcanic rock and AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids) create a chemical and mechanical peeling effect on the skin, so remove dead skin cells and refine skin texture – without causing any irritation. Apply your mask to thoroughly cleansed skin and remove after five minutes for an instant boost of radiance.