The concept of a “face mask” as a part of your regular beauty regimen is a good one. After all, one skincare expert wrote that “a mask is just another ‘vehicle,’ like a lotion, serum, cream, ointment, that delivers ‘actives’ to the skin to improve the appearance or quality of the skin.” As such, a quality mask can only do some good when it is applied. However, and as most consumers already know, there are always a variety of options with almost any array of products, and face masks are no different.
Sheet Masks vs. Clay Masks
For the issue of masks, it boils down to two umbrella category headings:
- Sheet masks, which are shaped to fit most faces and which are laid against the skin, smoothed to ensure contact and left in place for a specific amount of time
- Wash off masks, which can comprise creams, mud and clay options, among others
Both groups contain materials that can be absorbed by the skin to deliver a lot of benefits.
The Basic Differences
Why recommend both? Well, let’s just look at each of the mask’s basic functions.
The sheet masks are made of paper or thick cloth-like materials. They have holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. They are usually saturated in humectants and emollients known as essences. These bind water to your skin and give it a deeply hydrated and dewy appearance. They will often have other ingredients that can include active ingredients, botanicals and even brightening agents, but they never include oils. In fact, experts say that sheet masks target hydrating and brightening.
The mud masks, also often called “wash off masks” are meant to decongest the skin, deeply cleansing and refining pores. That is why they are so often suggested to those with enlarged pores, acne breakouts or dull skin. If you have dry skin, many mud masks can dry it out further, unless they include a moisturizing oil. They give a deeper cleanse and exfoliate better.
How Do I Choose What is Right for Me?
For those with dry or sensitive skin, large pores, and even periodic acne breakouts (as well as normal and aging skin), the sheet masks have a lot to offer. They are a staple in many Asian beauty routines and they too can be found in an array of formulations. The most common are to “cleanse, moisturize, or tighten your skin.”
Yet, if you ask the experts, most say that the sheet masks are not a replacement for traditional mud masks, and vice versa. Instead, you have to think of the sheet masks as serums, “packed full of vitamins, amino acids, and minerals”. Yet, they are not a replacement for a serum either.
So, to choose a mask:
- Start with your skin type
- Select your desired result
- Use the product, but with the caveat that you may have to moisturize or apply other treatments afterward to preserve the results and restore balance to the skin
Here are a couple of our favorites, no matter which type of mask you prefer!
Lumière de Vie® Moisture Intense Facial Masque
Incredible skin demands an incredible masque. Lumière de Vie Moisture Intense Facial Masque is the definitive treatment that is formulated with aloe to intensely moisturize while reducing oxidative damage from the everyday elements. Utilizing the powerful hydrating effects of hyaluronic acid, this specialized facial masque instantly revitalizes dry, aged skin on contact.
Lumière de Vie® Volcanic Exfoliating Mask
Lumière de Vie Volcanic Exfoliating Mask is formulated to detoxify, enhance skin’s glow, and dramatically improve tone and radiance. Utilizing rare earth elements and infused with AHA complex and the natural oil-absorbing power of kaolin and bentonite clays, this treatment creates a balanced detoxifying/exfoliating action that leaves skin glowing, revitalized and healthy. This intensive treatment will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as brighten and smooth skin’s texture.