Let’s delve into history
Cosmetic masks have been known since ancient Egypt: Queen Cleopatra regularly used masks made of gold, honey, donkey milk, kaolin, aloe and therapeutic mud to give her face freshness, preserve youth, and improve color. And Queen Marie Antoinette used a mask made according to her own recipe from milk powder, lemon, eggs to renew the skin, rejuvenate, narrow pores. During the Victorian era in Europe, it was customary to add honey or olive oil to cosmetic masks to lighten the complexion of the face. Empress Elisabeth of Austria added strawberry pulp to the mask for better hydration.
Over time, the recipe for making masks has changed and improved. Today, masks are an important, pleasant, effective and necessary part of the facial skin care process. Depending on the purpose, they perform a targeted impact in solving a specific problem or improve the condition of the skin as a whole. In addition, the process of applying the mask itself implies a relaxation effect when you need to stop from everyday rush and fuss, get distracted, relax and allow the components to penetrate into every cell of the skin.
Types of face masks according to the form of release and consistency
Industrial production face masks can be divided into:
- Cream or gel masks are suitable for both salon and home use. In this form, masks for various purposes are produced: moisturizing, cleansing, anti-aging, etc.;
- Film masks are among the cleansing and smoothing agents. When dried, such a mask forms a film on the face, which is not washed off, but carefully removed from the bottom up;
- Paraffin masks are used before cleansing the face to soften the horn-valley plugs, as a tightening, moisturizing and tonic agent;
- Alginate masks are available in the form of a powder, which is diluted with water or an activator to a gel-like consistency. When dry, the mask is easily removed completely, like a film, leaving the skin moisturized, toned, smooth. Alginate masks are applied over other formulations, serums enriched with active substances;
- fabric masks are textile plates cut to the shape of the face and impregnated with a composition containing active ingredients. The purpose of a tissue mask depends on the composition of the impregnation: moisturizing, nourishing, tightening, etc.;
- Collagen sheets resemble tissue, but are composed of lyophilized collagen and additional components: vitamins, plant extracts, fruit acids, etc. The sheets are impregnated with an aqueous solution and then applied to the face and neck;
- Silicone masks are sold in the form of a powder intended for dilution with water. Silicone masks allow the skin to better absorb moisturizers and other active ingredients. After drying, they form a film that can be easily removed;
- Gypsum masks are most often modeling or thermoplastic. Only a professional can properly apply and remove a plaster mask. The procedure is very effective in the fight against age-related changes in the skin of the face;
- Masks-biomatriksy is a modern development, which is an effective concentrate of biologically active substances. Most often, the biomatrix resembles a sheet of paper, from which a piece of the desired size is separated, applied to the face and moistened with water. Biomatrix can be made from collagen, seaweed and other products. Both the basis of the mask itself and the cocktail of additional ingredients are biologically active.
- mineral or clay masks are enriched with natural ingredients, they include natural clay and therapeutic mud. With the help of such a tool, you can easily clean the pores and remove excess dirt. which is perfect for owners of oily and problematic skin types.
- Bubble masks contribute to the deep cleansing of the epidermis, the removal of toxins and the saturation of the skin with oxygen. Suitable for all skin types and can be used more than once a week.
By the time of application of the mask are divided into daytime and night. Night masks have appeared relatively recently and have gained their popularity due to their maximum ease of use. because they work while you sleep. it is not necessary to wash off such masks, they are absorbed relatively quickly and you can not be afraid that a trace will remain on the pillow.
Important recommendations for the use of face masks
An important topic that requires special attention is the correct application and use of face masks.
Before application any of the listed products must be well cleansed and toned skin. avoiding the area around the eyes and lips with micellar water, tonic and lotion.
Mask Distribution not along the massage lines threatens the formation of unwanted wrinkles. Apply the product with your fingertips or a special brush. For alginate masks, there are special brushes made of plastic or rubber.
Despite the useful properties of this product, its daily use forbidden. Always read the instructions carefully: they always write the recommended frequency of use to achieve the most noticeable result. Do not overload your skin with cosmetics, including masks.
It is important to remember that quality does not always depend on quantity: Never leave masks on your face for longer than indicated in the instructions for use. Usually the healing effect ends after drying. But it is also impossible to allow the maxi to dry on the face: after drying, it can tighten the skin and the comfort from use, just like the effect, will evaporate.
Before using any mask (as well as any other cosmetic product), we recommend check skin for sensitivity to its components. Apply a small amount to the forearm area. if there are no allergic reactions, then feel free to apply it on your face.
Top 8 of our best masks that will not leave anyone indifferent
Brightening alginate face mask Dr. Jart+ Dermask Shaking Rubber Luminous Shot
Brightening alginate face mask Dr. Jart+ Dermask Shaking Rubber Luminous Shot is the perfect solution to brighten dull skin and give it a healthier complexion. A freshly prepared modeling mask saturates the skin with beneficial ingredients and instantly cools it pleasantly. The rubber mask adheres tightly to the skin, thereby preventing the loss of beneficial ingredients. The composition includes glutathione and Vita botanical complex. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that evens out skin tone. The natural herbal complex includes sea buckthorn and grapefruit extract, so it also refreshes the complexion.
The mask effectively removes impurities and a layer of dead cells. Has a visible mattifying effect. As a result of using Dr. Jart+ Dermask Shaking Rubber Luminous ShotSkin becomes more hydrated and radiant.
Uriage Hyseac Exfoliating Mask
Uriage Iseac Mask A creamy exfoliant with fine exfoliating particles. Light green color with a light fresh aroma. Designed for cleansing oily and mixed skin types. Used as a mask and / or peeling. With the systematic use of the Uriage Hyseac Exfoliating Mask Gommant, the face becomes much cleaner, excess sebum is eliminated, smoothness, silkiness, elasticity and elasticity are acquired.
- The combination of AHA + AHA esters, which form the basis of the formula, exfoliates dead cells, relieves inflammation, performs an antioxidant effect, activates collagen production, and moisturizes cells.
- Kaolin enriches the skin with useful elements, absorbs excess fat and dirt, activates cell renewal, and performs a bactericidal effect.
- Glycerin moisturizes tissues.
- Microspheres even out the relief of the skin and improve complexion.
- The elements of Uriage thermal water remove inflammation, promote wound healing.
Elizavecca Face Care Milky Piggy Herb Soul Hydro Aqua Jella Pack
An all-purpose leave-in moisturizing mask based on aloe vera extract (92%), collagen and plant extracts. Deeply moisturizes and soothes the skin. Has a refreshing effect. Free of parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, artificial colors, benzophenone, animal oils and mineral oils. With the use of this wonderful remedy, your skin will shine again with beauty and health, and you will enjoy its fresh and flawless look.
- Aloe (92%) is characterized by powerful healing abilities, heals, protects, deodorizes.
- Hyaluronic acid saturates with moisture, smoothes relief.
- Collagen tightens, eliminates sagging.
- Camellia energizes, heals, mattifies.
- Chamomile relaxes, smoothes, brightens, improves metabolic processes, disinfects the activity of pathogens.
- Papaya softens, removes toxins, smoothes, whitens, normalizes sebum secretion.
- Prickly pear normalizes hydrobalance, improves blood circulation, prevents dehydration and drying out, and eliminates dandruff.
5+ Petitfee Gold Hydrogel Mask Pack
The Petitfee Gold Hydrogel Mask is a compressed gel face mask soaked with nourishing serum that evenly lays down along the contour of the face. Under the influence of body temperature, the mask gel begins to melt, saturating the skin with useful components. Mask with a gold complex 5+ Petitfee Gold Hydrogel promotes skin renewal, eliminates mimic wrinkles, heals, strengthens and tightens the skin, moisturizes, soothes and protects it.
- Gold accelerates metabolic processes at the cellular level, smoothes the skin, makes it more elastic.
- Hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates the skin and protects it from moisture loss.
- Swallow’s nest extract restores the protective barrier of the skin, strengthens the oval of the face, improves tone and gives inner radiance.
- Ginseng extract stimulates blood microcirculation and improves skin tone, prevents dehydration, nourishes the skin.
- Avocado oil softens the skin, eliminates dryness and flaking.
- Rose water smoothes and soothes the skin, regulates sebum secretion, and heals damage.
- Collagen compensates for the lack of natural collagen in skin cells, slows down the aging process, fills in wrinkles, making the skin smooth and supple.
Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask
The Mizon Special Therapy Good Night White Sleeping Mask with lavender is a guide to a brightened, revitalized, hydrated facial epidermis. It eliminates cell fatigue, relieves stress and restores freshness.
The formula of the caring product is saturated with a brightening complex, which contains a combination of niacinamide, white mulberry extract, Japanese paper tree. They act on the accumulation of melanin and eliminate it. The dull epidermis acquires freshness, the tone of the face is evened out.
Active substances are introduced into the composition of the product, which act together with the complex for a full-fledged result. Thanks to vitamin B3, microcirculation is activated, skin tone becomes uniform, acne marks disappear, the surface is smoothed and cells are rejuvenated.
The purpose of the trehalose component is to prevent the breakdown of cell membranes, to protect proteins from drying out. It creates a dome around them to help stimulate biological activity. Hyaluronate makes its way into the layers of the epidermis, moisturizing, regenerating, and also healing small wounds. Due to this, the surface becomes smooth and silky, an invisible mantle is formed on it, which prevents moisture from leaving the cells.
Oxygen mask for cleansing and narrowing the pores Dr. Jart+ Dermask Ultra Jet Porecting Solution
Mask Dermask Ultra Jet Porecting Solution — well narrows pores, cleanses them of impurities and residue of cosmetics, brings out blackheads, sebaceous plugs and rosacea. The mask consists of a fabric base, which is impregnated with a special essence, upon contact with the face, the mask bubbles and increases in volume, the bubbles help to better open the pores and clean them, and the fabric base adheres tightly to the skin and does not allow useful microelements to evaporate, narrows the pores at the end of the procedure .
At the base of the mask:
- Charcoal, it absorbs dirt from the pores, removes toxins and toxins, kills harmful microbes and bacteria.
- Mastic resin — regulates the production of sebum, removes oily sheen in the t-zone, narrows pores, makes them less noticeable.
- Avocado extract — prevents the appearance of acne, acne and comedones, evens out the relief, nourishes the dermis with a vitamin complex.
- Asparagus extract — strengthens the walls of capillaries and blood vessels, increases skin turgor, smoothes mimic wrinkles.
- Eucalyptus extract — refreshes, eliminates puffiness, increases the firmness and elasticity of the dermis, strengthens cell membranes, protects against negative environmental influences.
Bioderma Sensibio Mask Soothing Mask
Caring and soothing Bioderma Sensibio facial mask. Includes the highest quality ingredients that instantly soften and soothe the skin. The mask eliminates irritation, redness, relieves signs of fatigue and fights excessive sebum secretion.
Due to its delicate texture, the mask is very easy to use. After it, the skin of the face literally comes to life and shines.
- Toleridine® — a patented Bioderma complex, instantly and for a long time relieves the reactivity of irritated skin and redness, soothes, enhances barrier functions, eliminates the feeling of tightness and heat.
- Laminaria extract softens, nourishes, optimizes metabolic mechanisms, tightens, removes toxins, refreshes tired skin, rejuvenates, restores the integrity of muscle fibers, saturates with vitamins, normalizes the balance of microelements. In addition, it controls the activity of the skin glands, performs drainage, cleanses, softens peeling, prevents photoaging, and smoothes relief.
- Caprylic triglyceride is used to condition, soften, and support tissue hydration.
- Glycyrrhizic acid eliminates and prevents the re-formation of inflammation, allergic manifestations, strengthens cell immunity, soothes itching, whitens.
Vitaminizing mask with retinol Dr.Belter Intensa Natura Vital Rich Baobab Stay-On Mask
The Natura Vital mask intensively saturates the skin with important components. Designed for face, neck, décolleté and hands, any type of skin, chapped, with cracks. The use of a vitaminizing mask saturates with vitamins, oils, normalizes and maintains the level of moisture.
- Wheat germ oil contains a variety of vitamins, fatty acids, lecithin, etc., rejuvenating the skin, softening, tightening the contour of the face. Plant sprouts cleanse pores, remove toxins, cleanse, tone.
- Calendula oil — antiseptic, protects from sun rays, controls water balance, soothes inflamed skin, refreshes.
- Kaolin is a gentle abrasive component, rich in useful substances, frees from excess sebum, absorbs impurities, restores.
- Retinol, due to its small molecular weight, enters the deep layers of tissues, accelerates the growth of young strong cells with good resistance to adverse effects; exfoliates dead particles, reduces hyperpigmentation and photoaging.
- Tocopherol improves the production of the hormone estrogen, heals wounds, enhances the action of vitamin A, soothes, whitens, cleanses.
- Epigran regenerates cells, has a calming and moisturizing effect, has a rejuvenating and lifting effect.
- Carotene provides active hydration, relieves peeling, evens out and refreshes the color, smoothes the relief.
- Lecithin supplements and enhances the action of vitamins, moisturizes, tones, reduces moisture evaporation, regulates the activity of the sebaceous glands, improves the penetration of nutrients into the epidermis, improves cell respiration, and slows down the aging process.