Like taking multivitamins and drinking alkaline water, face masks are something you need to go the extra mile to give your skin that boost of nourishment. You need to want it if you want to reap the benefits of this added step into your beauty routine. Some of you might wave face masks off as just another money-sapping, non-essential, luxurious decadence for the skin. Well, to each its own, I would say while facing the world with smooth, luminous, wrinkle-free and blemish-free skin.

Even though face masks are like a secret weapon to flawless skin, do keep in mind that there is not a single mask that fits all skin types. Everyone’s skin is unique, hence treatment differs. Here’s a basic guide to 5 masks that might fit your specific needs.

Sheet Masks

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FOR BELOVED ONE
Extreme Hydration Bio-Cellulose Mask 3pcs

The sheet mask is no stranger to the beauty world. It is basically made of cotton or paper soaked in liquid formula designed to address skin concerns. Openings for the eyes, nose and mouth are pre-cut to suit the shape of the face. Sheet masks are mostly formulated for hydration, anti-aging, and brightening purposes. Therefore, it is beneficial for those with normal to dry skin types. Those with oily and acne-prone skin are strongly advised against using this masks as they are very rich in formula and might clog pores or your face might react adversely to the heavy ingredients.
Pro Tip: 15 – 20 minutes is enough for your face to soak in the formula. Leaving your face masks longer than it is supposed to might dry out the skin.

Clay Masks

FRESH
Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask (100ml)

For those with oily and acne-pro skin, clay masks might be your saving grace to suck up the all the traces of dirt and grease and at the same time, heal your skin. Do take note that clay masks can be super drying for the skin, so it is advised against for those with dry skin. Moisturising after a clay mask is also essential to close pores and hydrate the skin.
Pro Tip: Don’t wait for the clay mask to fully dry and crack before washing off. Leaving on the clay mask during that stage might draw out moisture from the surface of the skin. Wait for 10 minutes or until clay is not dried fully.

Peel Off Masks

FIRST AID BEAUTY
Skin Rescue Purifyng Mask With Red Clay

There is definitely some sort of satisfaction to peel off a thin layer of dried hardened mask to reveal new-born skin. Or is it just a psychological thing? While we leave this to the experts to debate, peel off masks comes in gel-like consistency which will solidifies after application. They are known for their detoxifying, purifying and brightening properties due to their antioxidants ingredients usually found in these peels. However, those with sensitive skin might what to give this a miss as peel off masks might be a tad too abrasive for your skin.
Pro Tip: Apply near a sink as it might get a little messy!

Overnight Sleeping Masks

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LANEIGE
Water Sleeping Mask

When your normal hydration routine is not enough, slather on an overnight sleeping mask and wash off bright and early in the morning in the next day. Skin can lose a lot of water while you sleep, so these sleeping masks creates a seal over a face to keep the moisture in. And the consistency of these sleeping masks are light so it does not make a mess on your pillow case.
Pro Tip: To maximise the benefits of your sleeping mask, go to bed by 11pm as that is when your skin cells starts repairing at night.

Thermal Masks

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ORO GOLD COSMETICS 
Bionic Thermal Mask, 2-Ounce

A lesser known type of face masks, thermal masks gradually heats up on face after application. It is formulated to release energy when activated on the skin’s surface. It is known for encouraging blood circulation in the skin, giving a warm and soothing experience to the user.
Pro Tip: Exfoliate skin beforehand to open pores for the mask to penetrate better.