If you’ve been following my website, you probably noticed I love these nuanced questions; questions that'll make you scratch your head and say, “I thought these were the same!” Just yesterday I wrote another post just like this one, titled “Is There A Difference Between Toilet and Bath Soap”.
I love these sorts of questions for several reasons. First, they require a bit of research; and I love doing research! I like learning new things and keeping my mind active; it makes me feel good. Second, I like helping you reach that “Aha moment” where you spot these subtle differences and join me in my quest for new information.
But, back to the topic at hand… Is there a difference between a face pack and a face mask?
You bet there is! In fact, there are several differences, and the main one is that the face mask is a setting mask, while the face pack falls under the category of non-setting masks. A non-setting mask is one that does not require a lot of time (to settle); you can just apply it to your skin and rinse off the residue. A setting mask, on the other hand, requires a bit of time to harden on your skin, so you can later peel it off along with the impurities it “picks up” off your skin!
Face Pack VS A Face Mask – What Are The Differences Between The Two?
I love to use both face packs and face masks, there are apparent differences between the two but in my opinion, they are equally as good, fun to use and both have their benefits. Before I go into these differences, here is a general overview of a face mask and a face pack:
Face Pack: Face packs are made up of ingredients such as aloe vera, lavender, and fenugreek that penetrate the skin for instant results (that’s why it falls under the “non-setting” category). Face packs cleanse and tone the skin, and you can make them at home if you are strapped for cash. Some popular face packs you can create out of ingredients you have in your cupboard include:
Face Mask: Face masks treat sensitive, dehydrated, red, dry or oily skin. They stay on the skin for between 10 and 15 minutes (a “setting” mask) and are made up of ingredients such as seaweed, clay, algae, aloe vera, black moor mud, vitamins, and herbs. Depending on their ingredients, face masks will do one or a combination of the following: hydrate, nourish, tone, tighten, speed up the healing process for blemishes, draw out impurities, rejuvenate or soothe skin.
There is also a misconception that clay is the only type of face mask, trust me, I’ve probably used all of them, and there are plenty to choose from:
Here are some of the main differences I've noticed:
Benefits Of Using A Face Mask As Compared To A Face Pack
Face packs and face masks are both fantastic for the skin; depending on the amount of time I’ve got, I don’t really mind which one I use. They’ve both got several benefits, these include:
NOTE: if you need help choosing the best face mask for your skin type, you can read our guide HERE.
Can You Apply A Face Mask Right After A Face Pack?
So, you’ve just read about all the benefits of using a face mask and a face pack; now you’re all excited and wondering if you should use them both in the hopes of making your skin look really awesome. Well, I’m sorry to let you down, but the answer is NO!
Applying a face mask and a face pack back to back sounds like a good idea in theory, but unfortunately, its not the smartest thing to do in practice! No matter how good something is for you, too much of it makes it bad. When you use too many products on your skin at the same time, it can strip it of its natural oil and have the opposite effect of what you are trying to do. However, you can use face masks and face packs in one day. So you can apply a face mask in the morning, and a face pack at night or vice versa.
Should You Moisturize After A Face Mask/Face Pack?
Most definitely! After the application process, you have to remove the mask or pack with warm water and a washcloth, so to really experience the full benefits you will need to apply a toner and a moisturizer to your face. This shrinks the pores and locks in all the goodness. But don’t slather too much moisturizer on or it will clog the pores the face mask or pack has just cleared.
Think about it like this: what do you do after you have washed and dried your face? Cleanse and moisture right? So just don’t forget to repeat the process.