What are the benefits of a facial mask?

Skincare masks provide some of the rewards of a spa facial right at home. Check out the benefits of each type to choose one that's best for you

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Masks are part of a good skin regimen

When I think of facials, I think of the vigilant skincare habits of Frenchwomen. I’ve yet to answer the doorbell with a pale green or blue mask on, which I’ve heard wouldn’t elicit a peep in that land of serious skin care. Nor could I see myself applying one while on a long-haul flight, as famed U.K. makeup artist Lisa Eldridge does (okay, the one she used on her airplane beauty video was somewhat clear in colour). But I do try to work one into my skincare routine-usually on a weekend, hiding in my bathroom.

“Using a mask is one of the steps of a good skin regimen,” says Karen Asquith, Toronto-based national trainer for G.M. Collin, a Montreal-made line of skincare products that’s sold in spas.

“A mask blankets the skin, helping the active ingredients penetrate,” Asquith says. “Depending on the type of mask, it can draw impurities from the skin and eliminate dead cells, or tighten and tone.”

Masks are applied to cleansed skin for 10 to 15 minutes, although the duration can be shorter or longer; some hydrating masks can also be used as an intensive overnight treatment.

 

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