Face masks are probably the easiest, quickest and most affordable way to relax and give your skin a boost of hydration and healthy glow. Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or some who loves splurging in stores, us women love face masks and we cannot lie!

But applying face masks is a whole different story. Yes, you probably thought how difficult could it possibly be, apply a face mask, turn on Netflix or listen to your favourite songs and wash off once it’s dry, right? Wrong! In order to make sure you are reaping maximum benefits out of your face mask you need to know how to apply it and for how long you should keep it on.

 

Cream or gel-based mask

Cream or gel-based mask

Technique: Scoop out a little amount of product and apply all over your face evenly using a brush or your finger. Use a gel-based mask at room temperature.

Duration: Most gel-based masks are formulated to hydrate the skin and make it supple. Since there are little to no potent ingredients, you can leave it on for as long as you want. In fact, some masks are designed to leave on overnight so refer the directions on the packaging.

 

Clay mask

Clay mask

Technique: Clay masks work particularly well for oily skin types as they absorb excess oil and deep-set impurities. These masks should also be used at room temperature. Apply an even layer all over clean, dry skin concentrating on the t-zone. Avoid the eye and lip area as it can get excessively dry.

Duration: Leave on for 10-15 minutes, do not exceed 20 minutes. Then dampen with water and gently massage to get it off your face. This will also gently scrub your face removing dead skin cells and leaving you with smooth and soft skin.

 

Sheet mask

Sheet mask

Technique: Generally used for hydration, these thin cotton sheets are soaked in skin-benefiting ingredients and instantly make the skin soft and supple. However, never go to sleep with a sheet mask on because it will leave your skin feeling dry and parched.

Duration: As a general rule of thumb sheet masks should not be left on the skin any longer than 20 minutes. Because once dry, it will start sucking moisture out from your skin.