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The Best Face Masks for Brighter Skin

We know your skin ain’t dull underneath, but maybe you’re like Cheeky in the spring & summer where with all the sun and heat, your skin could use a refresh now and again. We’re here for the partayyyy!

If it were up to Cheeky, we would encourage everyone to have skincare masks be a part of their weekly skincare routine! Even though it’s not often a daily regime, they are still useful nonetheless (we LOVE them!. We’ve written about all sorts of face masks. Whether it’s a CBD face mask, sleeping mask, matcha green tea mask… the list goes on and on. However, we’ve not specifically touched upon exfoliating masks that help renew your skin & get rid of that ‘dull look’. < I certainly suffer from the dull look on the regular, despite not being dull on the inside 😉 

Exfoliating face masks offer all the benefits of your favorite face scrub (which I love a good face scrub), but face masks won’t give you that that unnecessary rubbing and tugging on your skin that can actually leave micro-tears on yo face! For the best way to use exfoliating masks, plus our favorites, read on!

What Do Exfoliating Masks Do?

Like with any traditional exfoliation, you’re mainly going to see skin renewal. Exfoliating masks get rid of that dry, flaky skin to allow the new and ‘baby’ skin to shine through! And not just that, but in the summer, it’s often the best time to rejuvenate the skin because of the sun damage that can occur.

#CheekyConfidential If you’re just starting out with the whole exfoliating mask train, don’t forget that it’s UBER important to wear sunscreen and a hat. Just think about all the new skin that is now exposed to the elements. You certainly don’t want to reverse all the good you’ve done by going out in the sun without protection.

How to Use an Exfoliating Mask

When it comes to exfoliating face masks, it’s very crucial that you know how and when to use it as it can be different for every skin type. Here are some scenarios for you to consider…

  • One to two times a week is fine if you are using exfoliating masks for the first time. Once you see that you have zero reaction to it, you can use it anywhere from 2 to 3 times a week. And even though I have dry skin, I find that exfoliating masks are gentle enough to use on a consistent basis.
  • If you’re a big makeup wearer, you may find that exfoliating more often will give your skin the boost that it needs.
  • If you have oily skin, it can often be useful to exfoliate prior to washing your face to really make sure all that dirt and grime from the long hard days work is out of your pores. Follow it up with double cleansing and your skin will be golden!

P.S. We just had a Cheeky with rosacea tell us on Instagram that her double cleansing routine has been a lifesaver. Just throwing that out there if you ain’t on the train yet. 

  • If you’re skin is maturing, exfoliating masks used 2 to 3 times a week can be a great way to not only slough off dead skin cells but you’ll see an improvement in your fine lines & wrinkles.

As far as traditional use of a face mask goes, we suggest following the general instructions on the label. But don’t forget to make sure you follow the recommended usage time to a T. Going over the recommended time can result in irritation and dry, flaky skin.

When To Use an Exfoliating Mask

Don’t forget, when it comes to using an exfoliating mask, nighttime is best (but if you’re using retinol products, be sure to skip usage on the nights you use an exfoliating mask. Some folks argue that you can use an exfoliating mask in the mornings if you use a retinol, but I’d rather be safe than sorry and just have it be a nighttime thing! Read our blog to learn more:

Is There a Right Time to Mask?

Our Favorite Exfoliating Masks

When it comes to exfoliating face masks, there are a variety of ingredients and formulas that can give you supple, glowing skin. From glycolic acid to fruit enzymes, let’s take a closer look at our favorite exfoliating face masks:

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque

‘SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque uses natural earth clays and botanicals to unclog pores, remove impurities and balance oil production. Plant extracts and minerals calm, soothe and nourish skin as a 5% hydroxy acid blend sloughs away dead, dull skin cells. Kaolin and bentonite clays absorb excess oil and shine to leave your complexion smooth, pure and healthy.’

Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask

‘Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask naturally brightens skin and illuminates your complexion with a unique blend of Brazilian tourmaline gemstone and pineapple enzymes. Gentle fruit enzymes power this exfoliating face mask, while rice powder softens and smooths skin texture. Its warming effect helps to increase circulation and deliver more vibrant skin.’

Origins Original Skin

‘Made with Mediterranean rose clay, Canadian willowherb, and exfoliating jojoba beads, it helps gently deep clean while refining skin’s texture. Pores appear to vanish and clarity is restored for a radiant youthful-looking complexion that’s silky-smooth to the touch.’

Kora Organics Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask

‘This mask addresses congested pores, sebum buildup, uneven skin texture, and dullness. It polishes and resurfaces the look of skin while supporting healthy cell renewal. It helps soften the appearance of discoloration, pigmentation, and sun damage, while also working diminish the visible effects of environmental elements, pollution, and sun exposure. It’s a safe alternative to acid-based glycols or AHA’s.’

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

‘A clarifying mask that uses vitamin-packed pumpkin and exfoliating apricot seed powder to polish away dead skin cells for a luminous effect.’

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