As soon I hear the term face mask, the only things that come to my mind are pampering and self-care. I love face masks, especially sheets masks because they require little to no efforts. That being said, we live in an era where the market is flooded with masks of every kind. Honestly, I feel there are more masks than there are skin concerns. This had me thinking: do face masks truly work or are they just another marketing gimmick?
With tons of time on my hands (thanks to the pandemic) I decided to do my little research to find out the truth. I used a face mask every weekend, for a month, and kept a track of the differences (if any) it made to my skin.
Before I share my experience, here’s a little information on my skin type for reference. I have an oily skin type due to which it often appears dull. I also get occasional breakouts. To tackle these concerns, I choose sheet masks and clay masks for my weekend masking sessions.
Being the lazy bum that I am, I started the first weekend with a sheet mask. Now, I like keeping the sheet mask in the fridge an hour before using it. So, I put the Simple Kind To Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask into the refrigerator and pampered myself to hot water shower. Since dull skin is a major concern a de-stress mask seemed like an ideal option. After leaving it on for 15 minutes, I removed the sheet mask and at this point, my skin looked hydrated and fresh, I wasn’t expecting anything magical in the first week so I was happy with the result.
I decided to alternate between sheet masks and clay masks — so this week it was time to tackle the excess oil on my skin. Being a beauty writer and interviewing several dermatologists, I know that clays like fuller’s earth, bentonite clay, kaolin clay are excellent for oily skin type. After leaving the mask on my skin for about 10 minutes, I washed it off and the first thing I noticed was my skin looked squeaky clean! The blackheads were less prominent, skin appeared slightly brighter and the oil seemed to be under control for the next two days.
With lots of Zoom calls and online meetings, this week seemed a bit too long. I was looking forward to pampering my tired skin with a sheet mask. I am a sheet mask hoarder — I have a huge collection of masks from different brands. So this time, I tossed the Ponds Skin Brightening Serum Mask With Vitamin E into the refrigerator and sat down to watch a few episodes of my favourite sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I read the back of the package and identified two ingredients — vitamin E (super nourishing) and niacinamide (minimizes pores and regulates oil). Apart from looking hydrated, my skin looked like I'd just stepped out from an-hour long spa session only after keeping the mask on my face for 15 minutes!
I didn’t notice any drastic change in my skin yet, but the texture had definitely improved — it felt smoother, softer and my pores had shrunk considerably. Since the weekend masking had started to show results, I was excited to make good use my clay mask once again. It gave similar results as of week #2 — I couldn’t see blackheads, the excess oil was gone and my skin looked bright and glowy.
It may be hard to accept that 10-15 minutes of masking can make any difference, but after following it consistently for a month, I think it is safe to say that it is not a marketing gimmick. You have to pick the right face masks and relax while you have the mask on to reap maximum benefits. After seeing what a month of masking did for my skin, I am going to continue with my weekend masking sessions. That reminds me, I’ve to add a few more masks to my online shopping cart. Ciao!