Many people like to do facial masks at home to tighten skin, refresh the face, or deal with acne. One of the most common questions that some users may have is whether they should apply the mask before or after showering? It really depends on what type of face mask you’re using and how it works.
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Applying Before or After Showering?
No matter what kind of face mask you will use, you always need to put it in your clean face, so you need to wash your face first.
Cleansing type masks, such as a clay mask or a mud mask is wash-off mask, which is usually done before showering.
A sheet mask or sleeping pack is commonly applied after showering. This kind of mask is not rinsed off, which stays on your face and gets absorbed into the skin. After the shower, pores are open and ready for a mask. If you apply it before the shower, all the moisture and mask ingredients on your skin will get washed off when you’re showering.
Some people prefer to use a face mask after a shower as you can wash your face in a shower, and your face is cleaner after the shower, so you don’t need to do the preparation work. They think the best time to put on a mask is just after you get out of the shower because the mask will trap moisture in before it evaporates, which avoids the skin feeling tight and crusty.
How to Apply Face Masks Properly?
All skin types should use certain types of face masks. Your skin type (dry, oily or sensitive) determines the type of mask you use.
For those who have dry skin, it is recommended to use a hydrating face mask. This will help to add moisture back into the skin and prevent it from feeling tight or dry.
Those who have oily skin is suitable for an oil-absorbing mask. This will help to remove excess oils from the face without drying out the skin. Those who have sensitive skin should generally work with a specially formulated cleanser. Sensitive skin can easily become irritated by using products that are for other skin types.
When the right face mask has been identified, there are several ways to apply it. Some people like to use a brush or their fingers, but you can also apply it with tools like a flat foundation brush or even an old paintbrush. Just make sure that whatever method is used to apply the face mask is used gently so as not to irritate the skin.
Cleansing type masks are usually applied before showering, while moisturizing types of masks are commonly used after showering. Look at the instructions on your mask before using it.