The Benefits of Masking

What does masking mean to you? A little me time, a restorative pause, a deep skin treatment or a home spa with the girls? Whatever your masking motivation, Laurel & Reed stocks masks for every skin type and occasion. Whether you are looking for a deep detox, enzymatic glow or something super hydrating, we've got you covered.

Skincare masks offer a plethora of benefits for the skin (and mind) each designed to provide targeted solutions for various skin concerns.

In this article we'll focus on masks for their deep cleansing, hydrating and calming benefits.

Deep Cleansing
Clay masks, in particular, are known for their ability to deeply cleanse the skin by drawing out impurities, excess oil, and dirt from pores. This can help prevent acne breakouts and improve the clarity of the skin.
We love ANOKHA Blue Clay Clarifying Masque, a luxurious, purifying dry clay masque designed for all skin types, with Cambrian blue clay to clarify and refresh skin. This unique mask clarifies, exfoliates and brightens the complexion with rich, nourishing minerals. A fragrant, fresh blend of lemon grass will elevate your mood.
Key ingredients include Cambrian blue clay, which has a rich mineral content of silica, kaolin, calcium, phosphate, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
Skin type: This mask is suitable for all skin types and can be used twice weekly.
How to use: Mix 5 grams with a small amount of water. Apply to cleansed skin and leave on 10-15 minutes, do not allow to become completely dry. Remove with a warm, wet cloth.
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Hydrating masks are formulated to provide intense moisture to the skin. They are often infused with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or aloe vera, which can help replenish moisture and restore the skin's natural barrier. Hydrating masks offer a plumping effect and are great for prepping your skin for makeup.
We love Josh Rosebrook's Advanced Hydration Maskan innovative treatment designed to help replenish skin hydration and restore the protective skin barrier.
Key Ingredients include aloe vera, botanical antioxidants, rich plant oils and polysaccharide-rich Indian Senna Seed extract, which mimics hyaluronic acid, delivering plump, soft, hydrated skin.
Skin type: This mask is suitable for the most sensitive skin and can be used as a daily moisture surge.
How to use: Mist or cleanse the skin, while damp, apply Advanced Hydration Mask. Leave it on for at least 25 minutes. This mask can be left on overnight. Remove with a clean, dry cloth.
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Calming and Soothing
Masks with ingredients like chamomile, aloe vera, or green tea extract can soothe and calm irritated or sensitive skin. These masks are helpful for those with redness or skin conditions like rosacea.
We love Laurel Skin Gentle Mask - Hydrating Recovery, a gorgeous plant focused mask that provides intense hydration and instant soothing relief to irritated and inflamed skin. It restores nutrients necessary for healthy skin functioning.
Key Ingredients include marshmallow, which hydrates, heals and softens and helichrysum, which reduces redness and swelling.
Skin type: Hydrating recovery is perfect for anyone with rosacea, a compromised skin barrier, dehydrated skin, or reactive sensitive skin.
How to use: Mix 1 teaspoon of Gentle Mask to mask bowl with water and leave for a few minutes to thicken. Once ready to apply, moisten your face and hands. Leave on for 10-30 minutes, then rinse. Keep the mask hydrated at all times. Remove with a warm, damp cloth.
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Last Word
It's important to choose skincare masks that are appropriate for your skin type and always follow the instructions. Overusing masks can lead to an impaired skin barrier. Always spot test a new mask first at a small area at the back of your neck to make sure any new ingredient does not affect your skin and make sure to  cleanse your face before applying a mask.
You can enhance your self-care experience by creating a calming atmosphere, playing soothing music or meditating while the mask works its magic. If you are looking to up-the-ante to your masking session, some masks (typically dry masks) encourage you to add in your favorite oils and/or mist to your mask before applying.
Relax and enjoy; masking is self-care at its best. Enjoy the ritual and find time to unwind.
Do you mask? We'd love to know. What's your favorite face mask? As always, if you need help selecting the perfect product for your skin, please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing our super-friendly customer service team at we love to chat beauty!
Thank you for stopping by. Happy masking! For maskspiration, click here.