Do you ever feel like something’s missing from your skincare routine? You may have your daily skincare ritual down, but what happens when your skin needs an extra boost—whether it's to clear a breakout or hydrate? This is where face masks come into play.
An add-on treatment to your regular routine, face masks are great to have on standby for when you need to address one specific concern—or more if you zone the masks.
Are Face Masks Good For Your Skin?
The TL;DR answer is yes, face masks are good for your skin. "Face masks are loaded with skin-loving, targeted ingredients to deliver intensive support where needed," explains Anna De La Cruz, Glo's Master Aesthecian. "Consider them the closest thing to having a facial, at home. Face masks offer a boost of benefits, depending on what your skin needs, when it needs it. And, you can always multimask too, zoning different face masks in different areas of the face for a truly customized treatment."
Not sure what face mask is best for your skin? Look at your skin type—dry, combination, or oily, there's a face mask for you. Or you can go by concern. If you're prone to breakouts, dryness, hyperpigmentation, or just want some general brightening, you'll find a mask that targets these issues.
The Best Face Mask For Dry Skin
If your skin is dry, flakey, or dull, it’s probably dehydrated too. And sure, drinking more water can help, but delivering hydration straight to the source is a much better option. Restorative Mask is the perfect option for rejuvenating dry or sensitive skin. You can thank its formula which contains nourishing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients.
"This is an excellent addition for your winter homecare routine too as it will help replenish moisture that many of us need during the colder months of the year," explains Anna. "For really dry skin you can use this mask up to three times a week to really see deep benefits."
Pro tip: Apply before bed as a sleeping mask and wake up to a restored complexion.
The Best Anti-Aging Face Mask
Science meets nature in one of our favorite formulas designed to visibly lift skin. Thanks to the fast-acting superfruit lifting complex, Phyto-Active Firming Mask makes the perfect pre date-night mask. "We consider this our special occasion mask, for those times when you want your skin to look extra special—seriously, prepare to receive compliments," adds Anna.
"The platinum extract makes for a gorgeous silver metallic hue, which is very social media friendly, so get your selfcare on and then take a selfie."
And, firm, youth-boosted skin isn't the only benefit you’ll receive from this luxurious mask, plant stem cells help restore skin’s strength and elasticity, while platinum extract boosts radiance.
Best Face Mask For Oily Skin
Say buh-bye to breakouts with our multitasking Charcoal Detox Mask for oily skin. This dual-action formula gently exfoliates skin, while drawing out impurities for resolved breakouts, and a smoother complexion. It features key detoxifying ingredients including activated charcoal and oil-absorbing clays. Tea tree oil helps improve clarity and radiance. Use this mask up to three times a week to see the best results.
"This is also a great face mask for anyone who wants to hit reset with their skin—think dullness or when you've maybe overindulged and your skin is off its game (especially in Holiday season). It will help detox your skin to get you on the path back to a balanced, glowing complexion."
The Best Face Mask For Sensitive Skin
Whether redness and irritation are an every day or once a year occurrence, Soothing Gel Mask is a must-have product to keep on hand. Two extracts of cucumber and soothing botanicals like Indian senna and gotu kola extract help soothe, soften, and hydrate skin. To make sure Soothing Gel Mask won’t aggravate any sensitivities, we left out all fragrances and dyes.
Pro tip: Keep it in the fridge for extra cooling benefits.
And the Best All-Round Face Mask?
For total skin TLC and weeks where you just want radiance and smoothing, Phyto-Calm Enzyme Mask will be your go-to. This gentle face mask supports skin’s natural exfoliation process, sloughing away dull surface cells with a unique blend of five fruit acid enzymes. Delivering a deeper hydration boost, it smooths and softens, conditioning the complexion as it clears. And, it’s gentle enough even for sensitive complexions, leaving skin feeling reinvigorated and renewed.
How To Apply A Face Mask
"The main thing to remember with face masks is you don't need to overuse your products. A thin layer—so you can still see your skin through it, is totally fine, versus slathering it on is not only wasteful, but you won't receive any additional benefits," explains Anna.
"If you want to feel like you're having an at-home facial, try applying it with a soft brush rather than your fingertips. It feels amazing and will help layer on the right amount of product, in spread evenly across your face. We recommend our Treatment Room Mask Brush for this."
Start off by trying your face mask once a week, then the next week bring it up to twice, and the following three times if you're really trying to tackle a specific concern.
And, it's good to remember that face masks work best on skin that's regularly exfoliated, so add a monthly at-home peel treatment into your skincare cycle too to really let those face mask actives penetrate deep.
This blog post was written by Glo Skin Beauty, October 17, 2022.