All you need to know about face masks and their benefits

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The first facial mask was invented in England during the 18th century by Madame Rowley “the first “face glove” a mask which was beneficial for anyone who wanted to ‘bleach, purify and preserve the complexion’ of the skin. A sheet mask is a creamy or thick pasted mask applied to clean or smoothen the face. It often contains minerals, vitamins, and fruit extracts, such as cactus and cucumber. 
Benefits of using a face mask
Deep Cleanse
Facemasks provide a deep cleanse for skin, removing all the impurities, excel oil and bacteria from your skin. Using a facemask a few times a week, will provide a much more thorough cleanse than an everyday cleanser, as facemasks tend to dive deeper into your pores, giving your skin that extra boost it needs to stay fresh and youthful. As a side note, it is important not to overuse a cleanser as it may strip away the natural layers your skin needs to stay protected, which can increase sensitivity and create excel oil production. Please follow the instructions on your face mask, to establish the amount of times it should be used on a weekly basis.
De-stress and relax
Putting on a face mask allows you to relax, become tranquil and indulge in some “me time”. Looking after yourself is important for your well-being and health. Taking time to nourish your skin will help remove the stresses your face has had to undergo during the day, and create a much more vibrant complexion. The best thing about facemasks, is that you can apply whilst listening to music, watching television or even relaxing in the bath. Ultimately, you can introduce it into the setting that allows you to create peace and zen.
See instant results
Since facemasks have the ability to dive deep into the pores, you will get to see instant results. Facemasks are designed to rehydrate the skin, refine pores, remove impurities and event skin tone, which will leave your skin smoother, softer and glowing quicker than a daily face wash and cleansing routine. 
Facemasks for all skin and every skin concern.
Facemasks are available for all skin types and can help tackle all the main skin concerns you have. There are facemasks for oily skin, dry skin and a combination of both, and whether you want to remove spots, hydrate your skin, or remove impurities for smoother skin, there is a facemask for you.
Types of masks and our favourite 
Clay Masks
Clay masks offer a few benefits.They are excellent at drawing out toxins for the skin, ultimately eliminating bacteria and bringing impurities to the surface, in order for them to be washed away. Clay also acts as a natural antibiotic, and can help heal skin infections like  eczema and psoriasis. Below is a list of our favourites.
  1. The body shop seaweed clay mask
  2. The body shop tea tree clay mask
  3. Facetheory pink clay AHA mask
  4. L’Oréal pure clay glow mask
Mud Masks
Mud masks offer the same benefit as clay masks by removing all toxins from the skin. They also have natural nutrients that help to replenish, and properties that exfoliate the skin order to remove dead skin cells. As well all as all of these amazing benefits, mud masks help to tighten the skin, leaving you with younger and fresher skin. Below is a list of some great mud masks to use:
  1. Yes to Argan oil mud mask
  2. Glamglow youthmud mask
  3. Pixi glow mud mask
Sheet masks
Sheet masks are great for hydrating the skin, leaving your skin firm and plump. They also help balance the skin tone and help keep skin youthful by reducing lines and keeping those wrinkles at bay. Lastly, sheet masks can help treat acne when they have a small amount of salicylic acid, and sheets masks with aloe or algae can help to reduce irritation. Check out our top three recommendtions below:
  1. My mask time sheet masks
  2. Garner moisture Bomb sheet mask
  3. Nivea Q10 power sleeping mask
Gel Masks
Gel masks are generally for the eyes, and are great at reducing puffiness, dark circles and soothing sinuses. They can also help with relaxation and can be used during sleep. Check out some of the eye gel masks you can use below:
  1. The Body Shop - Cooling Gel Eye Mask
  2. Pathology - FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels
  3. Glow Recipe - Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
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