Face Mask 101 | Different Types of Face Masks

Hi loves, today I will be breaking down face masks. As you all know, I have a really strong passion for skincare, and with that comes face masks. I have several posts on face masks already, but felt I have to do this post. Now, knowing what type of face mask to use and when to use it is difficult. So I thought I would take some time today to share with you all the best face mask that are suitable for you.




There are thousands of different types of masks available on the market, and also SO MANY ‘diy’ natural masks that can be made at home. So why is face masking so important?

Face masks are used to mainly revive skin, and treat any problem areas. The main face masks are targeted for brightening, firming, hydrating/moisturising and detoxing. However, I will not be going into detail on this area today. For now, I will be focusing on the different methods of masking and explaining the benefits of each.


Types of Masks

Now I will be going into the different types of face masks available and the benefits of each.


Wash-off mask:


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This is the most common and widely available face masks on the market. These usually come in a tube or packet, and you simply spread the mixture over skin, let dry and wash off. Masks like this are usually specifically targeted to problem areas, such as acne fighting or brightening etc. Wash off masks come in many different textures, such as gel, cream and water . Each has their benefits for each skin type. For example, gel is good for those with dry skin to help hydrate the skin. Cream is usually used for those with ageing skin, and has anti-ageing properties.


Natural (DIY)  mask:

Much like wash off masks, natural masks are usually spread over skin, left to dry and washed off. The main difference is you can specifically pick ingredients that are used to get the results you desire. Another benefit of face masks like this, is you know what you are putting on your skin and can alter the ingredients as you feel like it. As long as you know what each ingredient does and the benefits of using it in a mask, you can create an endless amount of face masks, with anything you have in your kitchen. This is a reason I love to do DIY masks, as I know I can control what is going on my skin and I know what to expect from the ingredients used.


Clay mask:

Another mask which gets washed off, are clay masks. Now these can be bought or DIY masks, as you can purchase ready made clay masks, or buy a specific clay and make your own mask at home. The reason why clay is AMAZING for your skin is because it detoxifies the skin. Clay can get deep into pores and clean them out fully. This type of mask is amazing for those who suffer from acne, as well as blackheads. Due to clay penetrating pores so well, it is able to pull all the impurities out of skin and leave you with gorgeous glowing skin.


Peel-off mask:

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Now peel off face masks are usually used for purifying the skin. The main two that will have been seen are charcoal based and egg based masks. These are both used for removing blackheads and impurities from the skin. The idea behind these masks are when peeling, you will see the dirt and oil being pulled out of pores. Though, some do find these masks to remove any/all impurities from the skin, they do not always have lasting results and some do not perform well at all. Personally, I do not tend to use this mask type but this is just my preference.


Sleeping mask:

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This mask is worn at night, before going to bed and left on as a moisturiser, then washed off in the morning. These types of mask usually provide a anti-ageing or hydrating benefit for skin. Leaving a mask on overnight allows it to be fully absorbed into pores and may give an overall lasting effect. This should not be used on a regular basis, I would suggest doing these masks twice per week.


Sheet masks:

Sheet masks have been a hit for the last few years and there’s no surprise why. These masks originated from Korea and have become a staple for many skincare lovers. The reason why sheet masks are so good is because they are targeted to problem areas, much like wash off and natural masks. However, what separates them from the rest, is how easy they are to use and the variety of masks you can find. Also, it saves time, as sheet masks just require unrolling the mask and placing on face. Another bonus is how inexpensive most sheet masks are! Most sheet mask range from $1-10, depending on the material.

Cotton sheet mask:

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This is the most common sheet mask found. A thin, cotton sheet is layered with a formula suited to the skin concern the mask is rooted for. There is nothing ‘wow’ about this type of sheet mask, this is the basic type.

Hydrogel sheet mask:

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Now, hydrogel is a better quality mask than cotton. Hydrogel is a clear, gel like feeling sheet, usually placed between two pieces of parchement to keep the product on the gel. This has a cooling sensation and was originally designed for burn victims to cool their skin and is made of natural and water-based ingredients. Hydrogel helps product be fully absorbed into skin as the gel pushes product into skin, so it has to be absorbed.

Biocellulose sheet mask:

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I have only tried one biocellulose mask, and have to say this is my FAVOURITE type of mask. Biocellulose masks are made of fermented coconut, it has the same bonding as skin and acts as a second skin when applied. This mask also comes placed bewtween two parchment pieces, like hydrogel but has much more benefits! It was also made for burn victims, but not just to provide comfort!

Biocellulose can regenerate skin cells and heal the skin. This mask type also sticks to skin better and gives a better fit when applied. Another benefit is it pushes product into skin too, which ensures you are getting the benefits you want from them mask. Lastly, it provides an astounding amount of hydration to the skin and can retain 100 times its dry weight in fluid, which is incredible!




Overall, my favourite face masks to use are natural mask, clay masks and sheet masks. I always switch between these three, depending on my skin concerns at the time and if I’m in a hurry or not feeling like making a mess I stick to sheet masks for convenience.


I hope you enjoyed this detailed face mask post. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to comment down below or contact me via email and I will be happy to help.

Much love, S 💋 xo

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