Many of us use facemasks as one of the simple pleasures in life, but how do facemasks work in 2018? The answer is not as simple as black and white. However, they do work but only to a certain extent.
Does Our Skin Absorb Ingredients?
Facemasks always include a lot of ingredients, however, does your skin actually absorb all these ingredients? Well, it depends on the ingredients that are in the facemask.
You should know that a facemask is just like any other lotion or other ingredient applied to the skin to improve appearance. If your lotion absorbs into your skin then the same ingredients will absorb through a facemask. Those ingredients that are absorbed through lotions are also absorbed by facemasks. However, if you are not finding ingredients in your lotions that are in facemasks, you are probably not absorbing it through your skin.
Many face masks contain butylene glycol. Butylene glycol acts as a delivery agent and solvent. This allows for your skin to absorb more of the ingredients in the mask. It is important that you are aware of the active or main ingredients in a mask. These are likely the only ones that are going to be absorbed through the skin. Your epidermis is the outer layer of the skin and its job is to protect us from the harsh environment, and this is why it is so hard to get products to fully penetrate the skin.
So, you need to be realistic when it comes to facemasks. Look at the main active ingredients on the label and look at the top few. These are likely the only ones that will actually penetrate into the skin while the rest will just be there in a novelty way.
Know what Your Skin Needs
When purchasing a facemask, you should know what your skin needs. If you purchase a mask and your skin does not need any of the ingredients you will just have wasted money. Your skin will not absorb anything it does not need.
There are a few ingredients you should look for in a facemask for it to actually work. The first being chemical exfoliants. This includes glycolic, lactic, and retinol. This will remove excess dulling, clogging, and discoloring of the dead skin cells. This will help make your face look refreshed and not old and tired.
Secondly, you want to look for a topical antioxidant, especially Vitamin C. This will help protect the skin from looking older. Premature aging and free radical damage are being protected from topical antioxidants. It is important to note that Vitamin C is the only antioxidant that will firm the skin and increase collagen production. This also evens the skin tone by reducing the excess brown melanin.
Not all Ingredients are Necessary
Many masks promise they are infused with certain ingredients. One being Dead Sea mud. However, it is most likely a gimmicky product that is not useful on your skin. Rather it would be harmful because it is a cheap knock off of something that would help your skin. If you are looking at a mask and it has all these promises you are most likely looking at gimmicky products that are useless.