Because what’s the difference between a sheet mask and a modeling mask – and do I need both?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that skincare is confusing. Once upon a time, we stuck to a three-step cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. But now, there are a whole host of new products – including serums, sprays, essences, spot treatments and eye creams – to choose from.
Of these new categories, there’s one that isn’t going anywhere soon: face masks.
In 30 minutes or less, the right face mask can change your face for the better – hydrating dry skin, nixing acne, plumping fine lines and more.
The only problem? Not all face masks are created equal. If you’re going to part with your hard-earned cash online or in-store, you need to know what you’re looking for in the skincare aisles.
To guide you through these trying times, we’ve broken down the most popular types of face masks. Here, the Aceology guide to face masks:
These masks have been a favourite of dermatologists in Korea for decades. Praised for their ability to deliver glow-inducing antioxidants to the skin without risk of evaporation, they are popular for a reason.
Recently, at-home versions have been developed – including Aceology Anti-Aging Gold Modeling Mask, Rose Petal Modeling Mask and Detoxifying Modeling Mask – allowing consumers to mix and apply their modeling mask without a spa appointment.
Clay masks come in pots of product with a thick clay-like consistency that is painted all-over the face. They draw out impurities and are ideal for acne-prone skin.
Similar to modeling masks, this rapidly growing category comes via Korea. Sheet masks are made from single-use fabrics soaked in a skin-changing serum. Using a sheet mask allows skin to absorb a higher amount of nutrient-dense product than it would using a standard serum.
As the name suggests, sleep masks work while you sleep. (No, really!) These ultra-rich masks usually resemble a thick moisturiser. Wearing the mask overnight gives the nutrients a solid eight hours to really sink into the skin. Rest up, Sleeping Beauty.
The OG of skincare treatments: mud masks are ideal for oily skin types. They counteract acne by drawing dirt and other gunk (sorry) out of skin.
Peel off masks
Peel off masks come in all shapes and sizes when it comes to skin concerns; there are versions for blackheads, anti-aging, hydration, brightening and more. They are painted on as a lightweight gel that dries into a thin layer. When the time is up, grab a corner and pull the musk up, up and away, sloughing off dead skin cells as you go.