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We’ve already discussed the benefits of activated charcoal in a previous post: Black Magic: The Benefits of Activated Charcoal for Your Skin and Hair. Activated charcoal is a versatile substance that effectively removes toxins from your body. Its incredible cleansing properties are able to remove dirt from your skin without adding anything extra to it. And due to its porous surface, it is ideal for absorbing and trapping toxins up to thousands of times its own weight, which is why a small amount works so well.
When used as a face mask, activated charcoal will remove all excess oils from your skin’s surface, leaving it smooth and glowing. Since charcoal is a natural drying agent, it is best to avoid using charcoal-based masks if you already have very dry skin; otherwise, we only recommend that you use them once or twice a week, maximum.
We love Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, C$32.
You can also make your own charcoal masks at home! There are many different recipes available online.
Recommended for: Those with normal, oily, or combination skin.
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Mud masks are usually water-based and act as skin-healing agents, which means that they act as great hydrating treatments that won’t dry out your complexion. Many mud masks also contain Dead Sea minerals in them, and the Dead Sea in the Middle East is lined with the most-hydrating, nutrient-rich, skin-soothing mud in the world! Mud masks are great for improving your blood circulation, moisturizing and refreshing tired skin, cleaning the skin of dirt and impurities, improving the skin’s elasticity, and leaving one’s complexion soft, bright, and clear.
Once your mud mask dries, your face will feel a little tight, but not uncomfortable. We recommend that you remove the dry mud by applying warm water to your face and gently scrubbing the mask off with either your fingers or a cloth. Afterwards, pat dry and follow up with a facial mist in order to lock in hydration and reduce any redness.
We love AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask, C$12.
Recommended for: Those with normal, oily, combination, dry, or sensitive skin.
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Clay masks look similar to mud masks, but they have completely different purposes. Clay masks are best for those with oily complexions and those who are prone to breakouts, as they dry out your skin and completely absorb excess dirt and oil. In addition to its drying effects, clay masks can tighten sagging skin, exfoliate dead skin cells from your face, and refine enlarged or inflamed pores! Lastly, clay is high in nutrients as well, which means that the masks treat your face in addition to drying out the excess oils.
Once applied, clay masks can get very tight on your face and you won’t be able to move around much. It can feel uncomfortable. Don’t panic, this is normal. Once it is completely dry, you may see oily patches seep through the clay (this is a good sign that the mask is working!) Gently remove with warm water, and follow up with a facial mist to lock in hydration and reduce redness.
We love The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Balancing Clay Mask, C$23.
Recommended for: Combination and oily skin types.
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Sheet masks are incredibly popular in Korea, where some women use them daily. They can also be used in place of a daily serum, as they contain many of the same ultra-moisturizing active ingredients that penetrate deeper into the surface your skin. They are capable of targeting specific skincare concerns.
We love Tony Moly I’m Real Aloe Face Mask Sheet, C$5.
Don’t limit to yourself to one type of sheet mask, however! You can try different ones each time; it’s part of the fun!
Recommended for: All skin types.
The term “brightening” in reference to facial masks is a little bit ambiguous, since the name does not immediately say what the masks are made of. The truth it, brightening masks can consist of tons of different kinds of formulas, although some of the most popular ingredients include fruit enzymes, honey, lemon, and yogurt. Once applied to the skin and left on for 30 minutes, they should reveal a brighter, healthier, and glowing complexion.
We love Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask, C$56.
You can also look up different homemade recipes for brightening masks that target different skincare concerns!
Recommended for: All skin types.
We hope to enjoyed this mini-guide to different types of face masks. Let us know about your favourite masks in the comments below!