A cream mask is a skin care product that is used to moisturize and soothe dry or irritated skin. The product is applied to cleansed skin, is allowed to remain on the skin for a certain period of time, and is then removed with warm water. Some cream masks that have a very thick consistency may require the use of both warm water and a wash cloth or cotton pads for removal. In general, a cream mask is usually left on the face for 10 to 30 minutes before it is removed. There are, however, a few cream mask products that are meant to be left on the skin overnight.
In many cases, a cream mask can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the skin. Applying a great deal of moisture to the skin is one of the most common ways of helping to plump up and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the skin. As such, keeping the skin hydrated using a cream mask can reduce the signs of aging. Some cream masks are also formulated with ingredients that help to reverse other signs of aging, such as sagging skin and discoloration in the skin.
Cream mask benefits may also include the reduction of pores and improvement of the texture of the skin. Enlarged pores may be the result of oil, dead skin cells, and dirt clogging up the pores and causing them to stretch out. Some cream masks can help to soften the pores and dissolve anything that has been clogging them. Skin that is very dry can feel rough or uneven to the touch. By hydrating the skin, the texture of the skin can be improved with a cream mask.
The term cream mask can be a bit misleading as very few products that fall into this category actually include any dairy-based ingredients. There is a wide range of ingredients that are used in cream mask formulas. There are some that are made entirely out of natural ingredients. There are others that include collagen to help firm the skin.
There are others still that are formulated so that, in addition to hydrating the skin, they also lighten or whiten the color of the skin. There are even some cream mask recipes that can be made right at home. A quick Internet search will yield at least a dozen recipes.