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Face masks are an essential for every skincare, self-care and relaxation routine. Face masks add moisture, prevent breakouts, and boost radiance to the skin.

Face masks are also an amazing way to relax and practice self-care after a particularly busy and stressful week. Or, even during a particularly stressful week, it is a great way to take a luxurious 10 to 20-minute break to pamper yourself.

The best way to do a facemask, in my opinion, is to finish up your day, take a hot shower, put on your favorite pajamas, and apply a face mask with a lit candle and a good book.

Luckily, face masks should on be applied for the amount of time specified in the directions so it’s an optimal way to squeeze in a little extra TLC during finals week in the midst of writing a research paper.

There are so many different types of face masks to choose from when deciding which facemask to use. You can make a homemade face mask, buy a single-use sheet mask, or buy a container that has multiple use face masks.

My personal favorite homemade face mask recipe is: ½ a mashed avocado, ¼ C of Greek Yogurt, and some honey all mixed together and applied to a clean face for 10 to 15 minutes.

Whole Foods sells amazing options for single-use sheet masks, and normally they’re on sale! It’s always a good idea to buy a few for when you really need some extra TLC.

Full containers of a face mask are sold at the drugstore or Sephora. You can decide what you choose to get based on your goals for your skin.

As someone very prone to breakouts on my chin and forehead, I tend to go for a charcoal face mask because charcoal is known for its purifying properties.

It’s important to know your skin type when choosing a face mask to get the maximum amount of benefits from the mask that you will be using.

According to Mona Gohara MD, you should look for something with salicylic acid for acne prone skin. For dry skin, look for something with hyaluronic acid, and for rosacea, look for something with niacinamide.  

Improving the quality of your skin will improve how you feel about yourself which in turn will help you feel better during a particularly stressful week, or just to feel better in general.

Taking time for self-care is essential and something I know that I need to work on, and face masks are a good way to begin the journey!


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Writers of the Boston University chapter of Her Campus.