Do black masks really work?

A facemask represents more than hydrating our face. It is about pampering and treating ourselves to a few simple luxuries that we don’t have the time to enjoy everyday. We have cancelled all of our plans for the evening and the only plans we have for the rest of evening involve relaxation and unwinding which includes a glass of wine, some candles and a comfortable pair of sweatpants.

There are so many types of facemasks available today- from clay and mud masks to sheet and crème masks, even black mask. There are even some masks made from volcanic mud from Iceland, which claim to reduce your pores and tighten your skin. Others promise to improve your complexion, reduce acne and fine lines caused from aging.

If you are wondering if facemasks live up to their promises, then check out the following comments from some of the top dermatologists.

Can your skin really absorb the facemasks’ ingredients?

Facemasks, whether purchased or made at home, can contain a wide variety of fun-sounding and aromatic ingredients, such as papaya, cucumbers even champagne. But, does your skin absorb these ingredients?

It is vital to understand that a mask is basically a vehicle such as creams, serums, lotions or ointments that provide active ingredients to your skin to improve the overall complexion. Dr. Shultz, a NYC dermatologist explains that your skin can absorb most ingredients found in facemasks when they are combined with solvents.

Dr. G. Bhanuasli, a certified dermatologist notes that our skin’s outer layer, the epidermis, is designed to protect our skin from the environment. For this reason, it is difficult for many facemasks to penetrate our skin. Many masks contain butylene glycol; this acts as a delivery agent and a solvent that aids your skin to absorb the other ingredients. This agent helps only the main ingredients to be absorbed by your face.

Check out the list of ingredients in the facemask you’re considering. Normally, the first few ingredients will be able to penetrate your skin and the latter are just added as a novelty. Also, avoid masks that are like a smoothie blend, containing ‘everything but your kitchen sink’.

What nutrients does your skin really need?

Dr. Shultz, mentioned before, recommends looking for three important ingredients in a facemask that we often don’t use in our daily skincare routine.

1) Chemical exfoliates (glycolic, lactic, retinol) as this helps remove clogged and discolored dead skin cells that cause us to look older and tired. These dead skin cells often prevent the penetration of our daily skincare products.

2) Topical antioxidant (such as vitamin C) helps to protect our skin from premature aging and damage from free radicals, caused often by air pollution. Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant as it helps to firm the skin and increases the production of collagen. It also helps to remove darks spots on our skin and evens skin tone.

3) Peptides help to produce more collagen and even out skin tone.

Finding a facemask that contains these ingredients can be challenging but make sure they contain at least one active ingredient mentioned above.

Other worthwhile active ingredients are glycerin and chamomile that aid in healing the skin, as does the antioxidant Vitamin E. Retinols and retinoid (Vitamin A) promote skin cell renewal, collagen stimulation and improved complexion.

How to find the best mask for your face

With so many types of facemasks on the market today it can be a overwhelming to decide which one would be the most beneficial for your skin type or needs.

When choosing a facemask, determine what your skins needs are (deep hydration, removing blackheads and acne, etc.)

So the verdict is out: Facemasks do work and provide the nutrients that your skin needs to look younger and healthier. Why not put one on tonight?

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