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Face masks are quickly becoming an essential step in most of our skincare routines. They come in forms of sheets, clay, peels… Depending on our skin, there are different masks targeting specific skin concerns.

The importance of Masking

According to Dr Teo Wan Ling, founder and medical director of TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre: “Masks have a longer direct contact with the skin, which helps increase the absorption of the ingredients” they contain, and provide an additional boost to the skin care products applied right after.

How often should we use it?

Products that have strong fragrance, exfoliating, anti-aging or anti-acne properties could be doing more harm than good if used daily. Prevent irritation using such masks only once to twice a week.

According to Jordana Mattioli, NYC-based aesthetician, always check the ingredients to understand the function of the mask. Ingredients that could be beneficial for daily use include: antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, aloe, vitamins and niacinamide.

Am I using it correctly?

Ever wondered if you’re using your mask at the right time? Should it be before or after my shower? The Answer lies with the type of mask you use and your skin type.

For dry skin

It is recommended you apply a liquid or mud mask before your shower to ensure it seals the moisture in.

For oily or combination skin

It is recommended to use deep-cleansing mask, charcoal based, sheet or overnight mask after your shower.

Which works best?

Sheet masks

They are usually applied on clean dry skin, most likely after a shower. The application is done before your usual skincare routine. Once the mask is removed, the remaining liquid should be massaged into your skin.

Overnight masks

These products takes advantage of your beauty sleep together with the product to bring out the full benefits of the ingredients in the mask. Due to its characteristics, it is usually applied at the end of your night routine or it could replace your usual night moisturizer.

Choosing a winner is not so easy. It all comes down to convenience, time and personal preference.

Overall, Masking is not bad for you, rather it’s about understanding your skin and the type of masks to use. If in doubt, check the ingredients and that should help you determine if you can use it daily!