Face masks are a lot of fun. But, as with almost any type of skin care product, you want to ensure you select a mask made with your skin type in mind, especially if you have sensitive skin. That’s because certain ingredients can cause sensitivities to heighten and make skin feel inflamed and irritated. Luckily, there is a multitude of ingredients found in some of the best face masks that work well with sensitive skin (or at the very least, can go after the repercussions for a clearer, more radiant complexion).
Up ahead, we take a closer look at masking with sensitive skin, deep dive into the best face masks for this skin type, the ingredients to keep an eye on (for both positive and negative effects) and tips to make the most out of your masking experience.
Why Masking Benefits Sensitive Skin Types
Masking is an excellent way to target and treat specific skin concerns, like the side effects of sensitive skin (think: dryness, inflammation and redness), as they “deliver higher concentrations of active ingredients to balance the skin,” says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. Because these at-home treatments focus on more specific ailments (and are chock- full of ingredients that promote skin health), they can be some of the most impactful products you use. That is especially true if you have sensitive skin, as masks can help to soothe, comfort and—as a result—promote a more radiant-looking complexion.
Tips for Using Masks on Sensitive Skin
Though ingredients are an important factor when selecting a face mask to use on sensitive skin, the application should also be considered. When it comes to masking on sensitive skin, you want to first ensure that the skin is clean.