Ask Amie: What Face Mask Is Right For My Skin Type?

Fancy a bit of TLC in face mask form? Here we go.

Here at KISS, we like to answer any questions that you might have. Whether that’s about periods, mental health, or any worries that may crop up from time to time. Thankfully, we have our two experts, Dr Sarah and Shelley to share their expert views on those. But let’s face it, we all have a whole lot of beauty questions too, right?

That’s where I come in. Although I’m not exactly a makeup artist to the stars, I’ve been beauty obsessed for years. I’ve also made a lot of mistakes when it comes to beauty, which means I’ve actually learned a lot. So whether you have questions about tan application, what kind of foundation would suit your skin type, or whether or not you should start wearing a serum, send your questions this way, either by messaging us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or popping me over an email on amie@kiss.ie

I’m not sure what my skin type is, but do I want to start using face masks more. Do different face masks suit different skin types? – Lisa, 14 

So, when it comes to face masks (not the ones that have taken over 2020, but the skincare kind), it really depends on what your skin needs and what you’d like to achieve with it. Generally, there are five different skin types (then there are skin conditions on top of that, but that’s a story for another day!), so let’s go through ’em and see what suits what.

For normal skin

Normal skin types can use pretty much any face mask, as long as they’re not for specific skin problems. You’ll know you have normal skin if you have little to no breakouts, it’s smooth to touch, there’s no redness or visible pores, and you don’t react to any products.

If you fancy an extra boost of hydration, opt for a sheet mask that’s packed with moisture, like the Garnier Moisture Bomb. Or, if you feel like your skin needs a deep clean, go for a purifying mask like the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clay Mask.

 

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For dry skin

If you have dry skin, you’ll notice that your face can feel particularly tight (especially after a shower), it can become flaky especially in the colder months, and you may be prone to itchiness and redness.

For dry skinned gals, the best face masks to use are ones that will pack a punch of hydration. Plenty of sheet masks have an array of hydration boosting ingredients in them, or you could even go for an overnight mask to really pack a punch. Check out the Revolution Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Overnight Hydrating Mask right here.

For oily skin

For those of us who have oily skin, you’ll know for sure if you can visibly see a sheen of oil across your face, you may have large pores and makeup tends to slip off your skin easily.

If you have oily skin, reach for charcoal or clay masks and gel masks that don’t increase the oil production in your skin. That’s not what we want at all. Try the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Face Mask, GLAMGLOW Supermud Mask, or the Mario Badescu Special Mask for Oily Skin.

 

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For sensitive skin

For those with sensitive skin, you’re going to have to be more careful when trying new products. You’ll know you have sensitive skin if you react negatively to a product you’ve used (your skin could be red and bumpy), you’re prone to breakouts, your skin feels itchy and burns from time to time, and you may burn easily.

You’re gonna want a face mask that’s super soothing and contains no harsh ingredients whatsoever, like the Vichy Softening & Soothing Aloe Vera Mask. As well as feeling like an absolute treat, it contains soothing aloe vera to comfort skin that is prone to redness and feels sore, tight and extremely dry and sensitive.

For combination skin

Think you have combination skin? You’ll know for sure if your skin feels dry on the cheeks and is more oily around your forehead, chin and nose, you experience regular breakouts and your face looks shinier in the summer and drier in the winter.

So what to use? You have a lot of options here, but you’re gonna want to go for something that purifies the skin, without adding any extra oils. Like the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores or the Pixi Glow Mud Mask.


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