It’s never too late to start with skin care – but with so many skin masks out there, how are you supposed to make a choice? The fact is that not all skins are created equal.

Some are oily, others are dry, and then there are those that are more sensitive than most. If you experience skin problems and want to make sure that your skin mask will prevent break outs instead of trigger them, here’s a handy guide for you:

Clogged Pores

For clogged pores, clay and charcoal masks are the best options because they tend to suck out the dirt that’s lodged in your pores. These clay masks are similar to the spread placed around the T-zone to remove blackheads and whiteheads.

Hence, don’t be alarmed if they feel “tight” once they dry out on your face. To prevent this from happening however, look for clay and charcoal masks with soothing agents to prevent that tight feeling on the surface. This will also make it easier for you to peel out the mask after use.

Sensitive Skin

The good news is that there are skin masks today that are specifically made for sensitive skin. When choosing one, the real deciding factor is the ingredients. Flip the mask and look at what’s written there. Typical irritants include alcohol, menthol, eucalyptus, and even fragrances so avoid masks that have those in the list.

Dry Skin

For people with dry skin, look for hydrating face masks which need to be left on your face through the night. It works not just by introducing moisture to your skin but also manages to lock all that water in.

This gives your skin more time to absorb all the nourishing elements added into the mask. When using this kind of mask, it’s often better to skip the moisturizer.

Skin Tone Problems

For skin tone issues, look for hydrating face masks that contain ingredients like vitamin C, arbutin, bearberry, and tranexamic acid. These are specially designed to improve skin tone by evening out the colors and lightening dark spots on the surface.

Acne Prone Skin

Your mask of choice depends on the possible cause of the acne. If it happens because of an oily skin surface, go with clay and charcoal masks. If you have acne because of sensitive skin, opt for mild sheets that do not contain irritants.

Normal Skin

If you’re lucky enough to have no skin problems and just want to maintain a healthy complexion, opt for cream masks instead of sheet masks. There’s really no need to buy anything special as long as it contains ingredients like essential oils, natural butter, AHAs, and BHAs.

Always Remember Proper Use

Finally, keep in mind that skin masks won’t help unless you use them properly. They are best used once or twice a week maximum. The frequency of use depends on the product itself.

Make sure to look behind the packaging to see the recommended use per week. Apply them after cleansing your skin. For all-night masks, apply all your skin care routine products first before putting it on last.