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How To Mask The Right Way: How Often To Use A Face Mask

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How To Mask The Right Way: How Often To Use A Face Mask

Do you know how often to use a face mask? The answer may surprise you! Our experts cover all the basics in this Masking 101 guide, like how to mask, how often to use a face mask, the right formula for your skin concerns and more. Learn how to mask the right way.

the benefits of masking

There is much to be gained from regularly using the right facial masks for your skin type and skin concerns. Your face mask benefits totally depend on the formula you choose. For example, clay mask benefits will be different from collagen mask benefits. Depending on the formula you choose, your mask can:

  • Refine pores
  • Improve skin's texture
  • Absorb excess oil and dirt
  • Lubricate dry skin
  • Minimize the look of surface lines and wrinkles
  • Soften and smooth skin
  • Purge impurities from pores
  • Brighten + reveal new radiance
  • Rescue worn down skin
  • Increase elasticity
  • Fill deeper lines + firm skin
  • Reduce under eye puffiness & crows feet
  • Deliver instant dewiness
  • Clear acne

how to use a face mask

It seems like you could do a mask anytime during the day, but should you do a face mask before or after a shower? While you don't always need to take a full shower before a mask, you should always cleanse your skin before masking to achieve the best results. You can also use toner or exfoliate before masking, to help the formula penetrate more effectively.

Once your skin is prepped for your mask, apply a chickpea-sized amount to your face (and neck if you desire).

Once your mask is ready to remove, rinse well with warm water. You can follow with your toner if desired, but always follow with a moisturizer.

Many people glob on their masks thickly, but this is counterproductive. You only need a thin layer for the face mask to work
– it's a waste of product to apply any more.

how long to leave a face mask on

It's important to follow the directions on the package, because some masks have active ingredients that should only be left on the skin for a certain amount of time (like the sulfur in Amino Mask or the kaolin clay in Restorative Clay). Often, these masks are left on for 10-15 minutes to receive the full benefits from active ingredients, but it is important to follow the directions. However, there are many masks that are much more flexible too.

Have you ever put on a facial mask before bed, only to fall asleep in it? Certain masks can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated if you leave them on too long, but overnight masks can be left on however long you want – you can even fall asleep in them. These masks are often soothing, hydrating, and reparative. Here are our two favorite overnight masks:

Best Overnight Mask for Dry Skin:Collagen Rehab

This is one of the best overnight masks because it helps support collagen and elastin performance, so lines appear filled, skin looks firmer and acts years younger. Plus, it saturates skin to create a discernable moisture barrier that lasts up to 72 hours. When you remove this mask, skin looks instantly renewed, dewy and firmer. This can also double as a lip mask and left on overnight as an intensive treatment.

Best Overnight Face Mask for Glowing Skin:Radiance Rescue 

This luxurious product is a creamy mask that wakes up skin's microcirculation to reduce the look of lines and puffiness near the eyes and increase skin's elasticity and moisturization for youthful resilience and a glowing complexion. Radiance Rescue can even be applied around the eyes to brighten dark circles and smooth out crepey eyelids and crinkly texture.

It only takes 10 minutes for your skin to receive full benefits from these masks, but you can even leave them on longer.

"Both Collagen Rehab and Radiance Rescue masks can be left on overnight! The masks will keep working while you sleep to firm, soften fine lines and leave the skin with a renewed luminescence."
– Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education

how often to use a face mask

Many people are confused on how often to use a face mask, but in general you should mask 1-3 times per week. However, certain masks can be used multiple days a week, like Kerafole for the Kerafole Purge. You can use your face mask morning or night – it completely depends on your schedule and your personal preferences.

the right facial mask for you

To get the most out of your mask, it's crucial to choose a formula designed for your specific skin's needs. Bioelements high-performance face masks zero in on your biggest skin concerns – and they all ship free!

Collagen Rehab

for aging, lined, exhausted skin

Collagen-supporting amino acids, softening mango + moisture-builders rehabilitate aging, lined and exhausted skin.

Radiance Rescue

for puffy eyes + dull skin in need of a glow 

White truffle, caffeine + murumuru butter rescue skin worn down by age, stress and lifestyle, and stimulates for instant radiance.


for congested skin and problem pores

Algae, citric acids, kelp, clove + more purges impurities to reveal fresh, smooth, and radiant skin.

Restorative Clay

for oily, shiny + sluggish skin 

Kaolin clay, Chinese herbs and chamomile refine pores, and vacuum excess oil + dirt to reveal fresh, healthy and bright skin.

Amino Mask

for breakouts + hormonal acne

5% sulfur OTC treatment mask with lactic acid penetrates pores, treats acne breakouts and allows skin to heal.

Measured Micrograins+

for all skin types, including sensitive

2-in-1 facial mask + scrub with jojoba beads and essential oils to exfoliate, strengthen + invigorate the skin.

how to multi-mask + multi-mask ideas

Now you know the basics of masking, but can you use two face masks in one day? Yes, it's called double-masking or multi-masking! Multi-masking allows you to customize your skin care and maximize the results you see. There are two ways to double mask:

  • spot-mask: Apply different masks to specific areas of your face at the same time. This will tackle individual concerns in separate areas and is particularly useful for those with combination skin.
  • back-to-back: Apply one mask first, then remove after the allotted time and apply a second mask immediately after to reap the benefits of both.

Here's some of our favorite multi-mask combinations:

  • tired, puffy eyes + dull, sagging skin:Apply Radiance Rescue under the eyes and on cheeks, and Collagen Rehab over the forehead, nose and chin for a dewy, glowing complexion.
  • large t-zone pores + oil:Apply Measured Micrograins + to slough dead skin and control oil, then rinse and vacuum out pores with Restorative Clay.
  • lined lips, forehead wrinkles + flaky, tight cheeks:Apply Collagen Rehab over lips and on forehead to target lines, and apply Ultra-Rich CremeTherapy to cheeks for a surge of moisture.
  • congestion + breakouts:Apply Kerafole to purge problem pores, then treat and clear acne with Amino Mask.

To learn more about multi-masking, click here.

If you have any questions about how to mask the right way, how often to use a face mask or any other question, let us know in the comments below. We're here to help!

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1 Response

Anita Shafer
Anita Shafer

I ordered Collagen Rehab with my last order and absolutely love it. i had a softness to my skin the first time I used it. i have been using Bioelement’s products for about a month and have recommended them to my friends. They are falling in love with the products too!! So glad I found Bioelements online!! Anita S

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