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What Should You Do After a Peel-Off Mask?

If you are reading this article, you are probably familiar with some of the benefits of a peel-of mask. Some of the most common benefits are its anti-aging properties, removal of dead skin cells and bacteria from the surface of your skin. And this is why peel-off masks have become the number one method of skincare for many people.

When I first embarked on the journey of using peel-off masks in my skincare routine, I was unsure, as many of you, what should be done after the mask had been removed from my face. Is the peel-of mask aftercare even necessary, and what type of products should we use?

peel-off face mask aftercare

In short, aftercare is absolutely necessary. Peel-of masks remove dead cells from the top layer of your skin, which might cause a burning (or tingling) sensation and leave your skin vulnerable to the bacteria that might cause inflammation. It is also known that using this type of mask may cause dryness, itching, and redness. I've learned from experience that proper skin aftercare can significantly reduce the negative side effects of peel-off mask treatment.

Can you Apply Moisturizer After a Peel-Off Mask?

Not only can you use moisturizer, you absolutely should. Peel-of mask treatment isn't a complete replacement for your skincare routine, but just one step that can't replace others.

As I mentioned above, peel-of masks can irritate the skin, so applying a moisturizer can minimize the unwanted effects. It will also make sure your skin is soft, blemish and wrinkle-free, so your skin will help you keep that youthful, radiant glow.

Just make sure you're using the right moisturizer for your skin type.

Should you Wash your Face After a Peel-off Mask?

washing your face after a peel off mask

The answer to this question depends on the type of product you're using.

When you remove the peel-off mask from your face, tiny particles of the product will remain on your skin. Some types of masks require that you don't wash your face after its removal because there are beneficial components in the residue that will rejuvenate your skin and improve its overall health.

On the other hand, it's recommended you wash your face afterward for some masks.

Ensure that you thoroughly read the manufacturer's instructions when using the peel-off mask because it will be specified if washing off residue is necessary.

Can you Use a Toner After a Peel-off Mask?

From my experience and that of other skincare enthusiasts, I found that using a toner after the peel-off mask can be exceptionally beneficial for your skin. Often this is the step overlooked by many. There is one caveat though, make sure you apply toner before moisturizer to get the full benefits. 

A proper toner will help you normalize the pH levels of your skin. You could also try to apply toner by massaging your face with the fingertips for deeper absorption of the helpful substances so that this step has a more significant effect.

Effects of properly chosen toner are many, and some of which are:

  1. 1
    It soothes irritated skin
  2. 2
    Help with keeping skin moisturized
  3. 3
    Prevent oxidation, therefore keeping premature aging at bay
  4. 4
    Providing skin with necessary vitamins and other valuable ingredients
  5. 5
    Help with better absorption of moisturizer

Finding the right formula that will help with your needs and goals on your skincare journey is most important.

Aloe Vera After a Peel-off Mask?

If you are a fan of natural options for your skincare, as I am, there is no doubt you have already crossed paths with a fantastic plant that is aloe vera.

To answer the question at hand, aloe vera can be used after some types of peel-off masks. But you should be cautious with the types of peel-off masks which contain irritating ingredients because one of the major aloe vera properties is its high penetrability.

If you already use aloe vera gel in your skincare routine, you may notice that skin absorbs aloe vera gel very easily. So if your mask contains some harsh cleansing agents, it will carry them deep into your skin and might even cause some mild irritation.

This is why it's always vital you're well informed about the contents of the mask you are using. You can also go the extra mile and consult your dermatologist.

Using aloe vera as a moisturizer will give you huge benefits if your peel-off mask doesn't contain such ingredients.

The main reason aloe vera is such an incredible moisturizer is due to its antibacterial properties. Some peel-off masks are known to cause skin irritation because they remove dead skin cells and impurities from the topmost layer of your skin. And this is where aloe comes to the rescue (and actually comes as recommended by the dermatologists) because it contains glycosaminoglycans (also known as mucopolysaccharides), such as hyaluronic acid, which does wonders for skin repair.

aloe vera after a peel off mask

How to Close Pores After a Peel-off Mask?

Besides removing dead skin cells, collecting dirt and sebum, peel-off masks also get rid of nasty blackheads from the pores of our skin.

I found that pores should be closed after using skin treatments, such as peel-off masks, because if you don't do it, dirt and other unwanted impurities will clog them again, and your work will go to waste.

There are a couple of things you could do to help your pores get closed.

If you just want a "quick and dirty fix", you could massage your face with some ice cubes. Just wrap up an ice cube in a tin paper tissue and gently massage your face for a minute or two. This method tightens the skin, and I find the sensation of cold very relaxing after the peel-off mask treatment.

For those of you who want to invest a bit more time and effort, one of the best methods of closing skin pores is using a toner. I already touched on some of the benefits of using toner above, so feel free to scroll back and re-read these important points.

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a toner is if it contains salicylic acid or not. This ingredient has been known to help keep pores clean, remove dead skin cells and bacteria, which helps your skin remain healthy and vibrant. Before you do, though, it's always a good idea to consult with your dermatologist. 

And if you are done with toners, you can start looking into a pore-minimizing cream to add to your daily routine. Such creams contain high levels of vitamin E, A, and/or C and work great to help overall skin health and quicken skin regeneration.

Igor Marcikic

I've struggled with acne and oily skin for the better part of my life. Along the way, I've picked up some valuable information, tips, and tricks, which helped me manage my "situation." This website is a way of giving back and trying to help others like me! Enjoy your stay, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.