Published on January 6, 2017
With paper, bubble, and magnet masks being all the rage, we wondered why masks were so popular— and if they were only limited to your face. (Hey, when we see a good thing—we want more!) Esthetician Gina Mari says: “Masks are a great way to get an at-home treatment with concentrated ingredients to target exactly what your skin needs. Whether you need a hydrating mask infused with hyaluronic acid, a regular preventative anti-aging mask, or a clarifying clay mask to pull out impurities, there is something for everyone.”
Karuna founder Linda Wang says they work so well because: “Masking simply means deep conditioning your skin. The cloth of the mask creates a barrier and allows your pores to open up and take in the serum deeply.” Hmm. So, if masks are so amazing, should you be using them on other body parts as well? Wang thinks so. “Hands are the most used part on our body—they go through so much daily. It's very important to care for your hands and feet like you would your face. Aging shows through these body parts as well.”
And in case you’re wondering, you can change up your mask usage depending on the kind of week your skin is having. Mari says: “Your skin may need something different one week than it did the last. With simple sheet masks becoming so accessible at even grocery stores, you don't have to stick with just one treatment. If your skin is clogged one week, but feels dry and irritated the next, don't repeatedly use an intense clay mask. This will exacerbate any dryness.”
Also, unlike some complicated skincare regiments, masks are dummy-proof. “Simply apply the mask and let your pores start to do all the work,” says Wang. And, here's a quick pro tip: Use masks weekly for maximum hydration, and lightly exfoliate before use for best effects. Now, check out some of our picks for masks for nearly every body part:
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