These are formulated to be oil-free and have a gel consistency (like my Bio Calm Repair Masque). The main benefit of gel masks is to give the skin water without oil. They are ideal for oily, combination, or acne-prone skin that is dehydrated (perhaps from using drying acne products or peels) and will instantly drench thirsty skin cells. Naturally cold in temperature, they are also ideal for calming redness in sensitive skin, as well as soothing sunburns. I personally love using a gel mask in the summertime to refresh and cool the skin while keeping it plump and hydrated in the heat.
These have become more popular in recent years particularly in the Asian market. A sheet mask is typically made from cotton or paper and soaked in liquid formulas meant to hydrate the skin. They are also pre-cut into the shape of the face with holes for your eyes, nose, and mouth. Similar to gel masks, these deliver water-based hydration to dehydrated skin and can also pack other anti-aging ingredients to enhance the results. Unlike other wash-off masks, there is no need to rinse the skin when it’s removed. You can apply a small amount of moisturizer to seal in the hydrating liquids.
There are lots of clay masks available, but generally, they feature oil-absorbing ingredients that create a tightening effect to encourage a clearing of the pores as they dry on the skin. They are recommended for oily, acne-prone, combination, and normal skin. When using a clay mask, keep in mind that regardless of how oily your skin is, I personally don’t suggest using one that “cracks” on the skin when it dries. This is a sign that there aren’t hydrating ingredients added to the clay to offset the drying effect it will then have on the skin. Healthy skin is hydrated skin so if one makes you feel really tight and dry after you rinse it off, you’ll want to avoid this kind. New formulas, like this Energizing Cleansing Masque are non-drying and contain antioxidants and nourishing botanicals to brighten and tighten the skin. Pore-purifying extracts will leave skin immediately refreshed and renewed with fewer visible pores.