Should You Cleanse After a Face Mask?


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Make no mistake: face masks are an effective (and often luxurious) part of any skin-care routine, but there can be a lot of confusion around exactly how to use them. This is especially true given the fact that there are so many variations of masks on the market to choose from, from clay formulas to exfoliating treatments to masks you can leave on while you sleep.

The first question that often comes to mind is whether you should cleanse or wash your face after using a face mask. Does that undo all the work, rinsing all the progress you’ve made to your complexion down the drain? Or, is it a necessary step to get rid of any gunk that might be lingering after you towel off the treatment?

It turns out, the answer has a lot to do with what type of mask you’re using. If that sounds confusing, don’t worry, we’re here to give you the lowdown on the exact cleansing rules to keep in mind for every type of formula — from mud masks and paper sheets to overnight treatments and beyond. Check out our answers to whether you should wash your face after each type of face mask, and why, ahead.

This post was originally published on PopSugar

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