Modeling Masks

It’s important to include face masks as a part of your skin routine. I love playing around with different types depending on my skin concern for that day. Whether it’s a sheet mask, rubber mask, exfoliating mask, clay mask, a honey mask (you know the list goes on and on), I’m a huge mask person. I mentioned it in this post recently, but I want to share one of my favorite type of masks, which is a modeling mask, or they’re also known as a rubber mask. Consider them a step up from the sheet masks! 

What Are They Exactly?

Modeling masks are made of rubbery skin conditioning treatments concentrated with ingredients that help the skin in many ways. I’m a huge advocate for modeling masks, and I include it in my skin care routine at least twice a week. When I visited a professional spa in Korea, the aesthetician mentioned that modeling masks were only available in professional or luxury spas up until about 20 years ago. However, it’s now become something easy anyone can try at home, so might as well save some bucks if you’re going to be able to use the same products!

Tell Me More…

A modeling mask usually comes in a powder form. You mix the powder with some water to create a thicker paste that smells really good (control the amount of water accordingly). If you don’t want to deal with all the powder mess, there are also some pre-mixed options. I’ll link to all of those at the bottom of this post! I’m a bulk person, so obviously, all my modeling mask powders have traditionally come in large bags like you see in the picture above. However, I went to Riley Rose‘s grand opening a couple of months ago and discovered these modeling cup masks.

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First, I love that the packaging reminds me of one of those on-the-go fruit cups that my mom packed for me as a kiddo. Second, I love that the cups only contain a one-time use worth of powder. This is great because I don’t have to worry about having too much/too little powder. It may cost you more in the long run if you use it as often as I do, but I think it’s perfect for when you’re traveling (plus, Amazon always has great bulk deals). I don’t remember the exact price, but mine was less than $5 per cup.

The disposable cup is easy to just use and throw away, but it’s a different story with a large bag like mine. In that case, I strongly recommend using a rubber bowl + spatula like the one at the top of this post. I got mine on Amazon for like $10 (similar one here). Here’s how you use a modeling mask!

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I put a compression mask on (details in this post) to keep everything in place. The experience part of it is what also makes modeling masks more fun. Peeling off the mask to see refreshed, energized skin is the best feeling! The process is a bit tedious compared to sheet masks, but the results are definitely always worth the hassle. Ultimately, that’s probably why I can never stop using modeling masks!

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Here are some others that I really liked as well:

  • Tone, and apply a vitamin C ampoule/serum before applying the mask. I found that this makes it easier to peel off the mask off my face. If your skin is too dry, it can get really messy at the end!
  • If you have leftovers, don’t waste it! I use it on my neck or layer more on my face.
  • Getting a spatula makes all the difference. The process so much easier and cleaner. You can use a brush, but I find using a spatula is a lot more gentle on my skin!
  • After peeling off the mask, I apply a night cream or a replenishing cream to lock in the moisture.