2-Minute Guide to Finding the Best Face Mask for Your Skin Type

  In this post you will learn: What type of face mask is best for your skin type Why cream masks are the best face mask for dry skin ...

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In this post you will learn:

  • What type of face mask is best for your skin type
  • Why cream masks are the best face mask for dry skin
  • The best face mask for acne
  • How to use charcoal face masks for blackheads

Face masks have become an important part of our beauty regime. But what is it that makes them feature in all the lists offering beauty tips for glowing skin? Well, from making your skin feel nourished to revitalizing it, face masks offer umpteen benefits. But, unless you know which face mask is best suited for your skin, they can be quite damaging as well. Fret not, we have got you covered! Our 2-minute guide to knowing the right face mask for your skin type explains the benefits of each face mask, helping you in making the right decision.

Cream Masks: The Best Face Mask for Dry Skin

What are cream masks?

Cream masks are, as the name suggests, cream-based. The ingredients work towards moisturising the skin, which is what makes cream masks the best face mask for dry skin. Besides leaving your face soft and glowing, cream masks also delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can either get these in the market, although cream masks aren’t too common in India. The alternative is to whip up your own blend of cream-based DIY face mask for dry skin.  

How to make a natural cream mask with kitchen ingredients?

Milk cream or malai as we’ve grown up calling it, is the best natural remedy for dry skin. It also improves the skin texture and reduces pigmentation. Use directly on your face or combine with a host of other skin ingredients like mashed banana, turmeric powder or rose water, to make a variety of natural face masks for dry skin.

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Clay Mask: The Perfect Face Mask for Oily Skin

What are clay masks?

Mud packs and clay masks are made of mud and fine clay. These ingredients are able to absorb excessive oils from the pores, making clay masks the best kind of face masks for oily skin types. However, there is a key difference between mud and clay mask types. Mud masks heal your skin i.e. they can soothe redness or help treat acne. On the other hand, clay masks only absorb oils.

But beware!

While clay masks are great for oil-control, it is not without absorbing moisture from your pores and drying out your skin. This would prompt your cells to secrete more oil, leaving you with an even oilier face, and even skin breakouts. Our advice is to never keep a clay mask on your face for more than 5 minutes, and always follow up with an oil-free moisturiser or aloe vera gel.

How to make DIY clay masks with natural ingredients?

You can use bentonite clay, fuller’s earth a.k.a. multani mitti, or even activated charcoal powder to make a good face mask for oily skin. Add to tea tree oil, lemon juice, cucumber juice, aloe vera gel, and other natural ingredients for better results.

Oily skin looks beautiful when taken care of. Do read these our post on DAILY FACE CARE ROUTINES FOR OILY SKIN!

Sheet Mask: There’s a Sheet Face mask for All Skin Types

Sheet masks were invented for busy weekdays! They are extremely easy to use and a 100% fuss-free. All you have to do is remove the sheet mask from the covering, place it on your face and go about your business. After 15 minutes, peel it off, and you’re done. It’s that simple.

So what are sheet masks anyway? synthetic face masks are actually face-shaped fabrics soaked in skin nourishing serum containing vitamins and hyaluronic acid. Compared to paste-based face masks, sheet masks don’t dry out, allowing them to keep your skin supple and hydrated.

While there are recipes for DIY sheet masks on the internet, making them would is task and go against purpose of being a hassle-free beauty practice.

For something a little more elaborate that sheet masks, try this simple FACE CLEANUP AT HOME routine.

Purifying Charcoal Masks: The Right Face Mask for Acne and Blackheads

What are charcoal masks?

First things first – activated charcoal is different from the kind used as fuel. The one used in beauty products, and health foods activated charcoal. This type of charcoal has been treated to increase its adsorbing qualities or its ability to attract certain organic (carbon-based) compounds to its surface, and makes them stick.

The adsorbing property is how charcoal face masks are able to draw out dirt, bacteria and other impurities from deep within the pores, leaving your skin feeling clean and looking fresh. The other consequent benefit of charcoal face mask is that it reduces the appearance of blackheads and other forms of acne.

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How to make simple DIY charcoal face masks for blackheads at home?

A simple charcoal face mask for blackheads can be made with 2 capsules of activated charcoal powder, half teaspoon of clay powder, and apple cider vinegar. Collectively these ingredients have oil-balancing, and antibacterial properties that fight pimple-causing bacteria.

Do you have blackheads? If yes, don’t miss our post on CHARCOAL FACE MASKS. 

Sleeping Mask

Best suited for: ageing and mature skin

Sleeping masks are overnight face masks. They allow your skin to absorb nutrients over a good 6-8 hour period which it would otherwise have to do in 20 mins! And its exactly this quality that makes them stand out. However, as these masks are available in various formulations, make sure that they suit your skin type. Ideally, sleeping masks are good for dry and delicate skin or ageing skin. For oily or acne-prone skin types, sleeping masks are a no-no.

Benefits of sleeping masks:

  1. Hydrates skin for long
  2. Brightens skin and reduces blemishes or pigmentation
  3. Repairs and firms up skin, leaving it youthful

[Also Read: 5 Overnight Fairness Face Packs]

Peeling Mask

Best suited for: oily skin

Peel-off face masks or peeling masks are gel-like substances which when spread across the face firm and have to be peeled off instead of washed. These masks are best suited for oily and acne-prone skins. Take a look at some of their benefits:

  1. Improves and revitalizes skin
  2. Reduces pore blockage and blackheads
  3. Prevents premature ageing


Now that you know which face mask to go for, you are ready to get started on your salon at home beauty regime!

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