Moisturizing Face Masks

Wednesday, 4 February 2009 | Tags: , ,

Applying a facial mask regularly is a great way to get a deep cleanse and a good dose of moisture. With such a wide range of masks available for all skin types and budgets, we take a look at some easy at-home spa therapy options.

The Basics

  • There are a variety of different masks, all of which have different beauty and health claims:

    • Cleansing & tightening masks are usually mud or clay, absorb excess oil from the skin, and tighten the skin to make pores appear smaller. They’re typically good for most skin types except dry.

    • Exfoliating masks contain scrubbing or grainy particles that are intended to slough off dead skin cells and surface oil, loosen clogged pores, and brighten skin. They’re typically good for normal, oily and combination skin.

    • Moisturizing masks are gels or creams containing emollients that help create a barrier to slow moisture loss. These are usually alright for most skin types, but especially good for dry or combination skin.

    • Blemish-preventing masks contain clay and anti-bacterial ingredients to dry oily areas and kill acne-causing bacteria. These are good for oily and acne-prone skin.

  • If you have:

    • Dry skin: try a creamy, hydrating mask. Avoid drying ingredients like clay and alcohol.

    • Oily skin: try a clay or mud mask to absorb excess oils. Also look for ingredients like kaolin and bentanite.

    • Blemish-prone skin: try an antibacterial mask with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.

    • Sensitive skin: try a light gel mask. Avoid drying ingredients, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid.


We recruited some flight attendants, who often have to deal with dry skin, to help us test these four moisturizing masks:

Our test products: .  
  • Freeman’s Revitalizing Mask: $4.39
. . Drugstore.com
  • Bioré Self-Heating Mask: $12.99
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • Biotherm: $26
. . Sears Amazon.com
  • SkinCeuticals Clay Mask: $44
. . Drugstore.com

(Note: prices listed above are approximate and in Canadian dollars)

Value Test

Before we tried our test products out, we calculated how much each application cost:

  • Freeman: 23¢ per use.

  • Bioré: $1.62 per use.

  • Biotherm: $2.36 per use

  • SkinCeuticals: $3.38 per use.

Application Test

Choosing a winner wasn’t easy since all our testers had different skin types.

  • One tester enjoyed the Bioré self-heating mask: the warmth made it feel very pleasant on and it felt really smooth once off. However, the same mask made another tester breakout.

  • The Freeman mask had a cooling, moisturizing sensation. But one tester found it painful to take off as it clung to that peach fuzz most women have.


Since skin type varies greatly, we’re unable to choose one mask as our top pick. Make sure you pick one that is appropriate for your skin type, and be prepared to test out a few.



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