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That's what masks can do

Updated: Feb 4, 2022

It's hard to imagine the cosmetics landscape without masks. The desire for finding new ways to treat and enhance skin will always exist. Read here how to differentiate between masks for at home and in professional salons.

Especially in Asia, we find masks for every effect - even if this sometimes no longer quite corresponds to the cosmetic benefit of a mask. Especially cloth masks (or sheet or fleece masks) are available with glitter particles, rainbow colours and animal motifs, for example: everything to put yourself in the best possible light for the next Instagram post. Cloth masks for men, preferably in black and with sparkling "bubbles", have also found their way onto the shelves. Sometimes, however, there are great qualitative differences in these masks.

An aloe vera gel mask can be used on sun-stressed skin

Algae modelling requires manual know-how

Differences in masks

In the past there were mainly face masks in different galenics (cooling gel masks, rich cream packs), nowadays it is above all cloth masks which are in great demand.

It is important to differentiate between masks that are used professionally and the various masks for home use. In the cabin, the customer can experience more targeted masks that are not necessarily suitable for home use due to their nature or application.

What all masks have in common, whether in professional cosmetic treatment or at home, is that immediate results are visible. Time out with instant effects.

"Be sure to differentiate between masks that are used professionally and the various masks for home use. “

Types of masks

In professional cosmetics there is a suitable mask for every skin problem and treatment objective, and it is no longer just cream and gel masks that are used. Mask treatments are more complex and are used very specifically:

1. a cooling aloe vera gel mask can be used for sun-stressed skin at home, for example as an SOS mask. Out of the fridge, it is not only a real boon in the event of a "sun accident", but also an efficient "fire extinguisher". In the cabin, on the other hand, it can be wonderfully used as a contact medium rich in active agents for ultrasound treatments.

2. algae and thermal masks, plaster masks or even fleeces made of collagen cannot be applied at home as easily as for instance cloth or cream masks. Such products require a lot of experience: First of all, the preparation of the masks as they first have to be prepared to the right consistency. And secondly, above all they have to be applied correctly and with the necessary precautions. After all, no customer wants a tuft of hair to have to be removed from her hairline after a plaster modelling.

The customer should be able to look forward to the occlusive and intensive effectiveness of the special application. Because under the modelling the active agents of the previously applied active agent concentrates or (cream) masks can have an even more intensive effect.

3. algae modelling also requires manual know-how: of course, it should not run down the neck until it has built up its elastic-firm consistency.

Another important point, which only the specialist knows, refers to the treatment goal and the correct professional skin assessment of the customer: Depending on the skin condition, the algae modelling should be individually adapted in its mode of action. The algae modelling has a cooling, decongesting and soothing effect when applied for up to about 15 minutes. In this case it is particularly appropriate for sensitive skin and even for rosacea. If the mask is left to take effect for a longer period of time, however, its spectrum of action changes and the skin is revitalized, the metabolism is stimulated and the blood circulation is stimulated. This effect is ideal for tired, sallow and pale or atrophic skin. It is not for nothing that expertise and treatment results are always closely related.

4. for very sensitive materials, which are initially available as dried fleece masks, it also requires a lot of manual skill to apply them to the customer's face. The material is very sensitive to tearing due to the drying process and not only has to be carefully adjusted but also carefully activated with an active agent solution in order to be able to act on the face area afterwards. At home in front of the mirror these steps are almost impossible and the desired mask effect would be invalid.

All professional skin care treatments should include a mask because they fulfil an important and effective function.

Especially for a young skin with some impurities you can forgo the massage and apply, an anti-inflammatory, soothing mask applied after cleansing is an absolute must-have. Masks with activated charcoal are particularly suitable for this purpose. They attract skin flakes, sebum and dirt particles like a magnet and can unclog pores. The ingredients bind the dirt and grease of the skin, which can then be easily removed with the product.

Frequently combined antibacterial substances ensure a "clean" finish of the treatment and prevent inflammations. Another advantage of masks with activated charcoal: they can also be used in cleansing "detox" treatments!

Apparatus combination

If apparative procedures are used for the treatment, special mask applications are indispensable. In a radio frequency treatment, the tissue is heated by radio waves in order to tighten it, in cosmetic microneedling, the collagen formation is stimulated by the micro perforations created and the transepidermal absorption of active agents is improved.

After the active phase of such intensive treatments, a soothing and also cooling mask is always necessary due to the strong stress on the skin and possible accompanying symptoms like redness.

In the future, special requirements will apply for the commissioning of some devices. Please contact the respective device manufacturer to find out what these are and which device applications you are no longer allowed to carry out in your institute.

Biocellulose masks

Biocellulose masks are very well suited for this purpose. Biocellulose is known from the medical field. There it is used for an improved wound healing and in special wound dressings for burns. It is not unusual that findings from medical research are also used in professional cosmetics.

Biocellulose works on its own - without additional active ingredients - due to its special structure. It has an impressive water-binding capacity with a storage capacity of up to 100 times its own weight. Despite its fine fibres, it is tear-resistant and at the same time elastic. These properties also make it an ideal carrier for active ingredients. The fibres ensure that the mask adheres well to the skin - like a second skin. This allows it to transfer cosmetic ingredients very efficiently with immediately visible and noticeable results. When using ultrasound, a gel mask rich in active agents or a particularly slippery biocellulose mask can be used instead of the contact gel in order to intensify the treatment success.

Multi-masking It is not unusual that a client has different skin care needs depending on the facial area, be it blackheads on the nose, dry skin on the cheeks, additional wrinkles or hyper pigmentation - in such cases the cosmetician masters multi-masking. This means using different masks in a very targeted way.


It is impossible to imagine cosmetics without mask applications. Because their selected and above all highly dosed ingredients balance the skin and ensure a radiantly beautiful, sustainably recovered complexion - for every skin condition. Due to their diversity, there are always numerous care options, both with immediate and long-term effects.

Dr. med. Christine Schrammek-Drusio
The managing director of Dr. med. Christine Schrammek Kosmetik GmbH & Co. KG is a dermatologist and allergologist. As an anti-aging expert, she develops treatment methods such as the GREEN PEEL® herbal peeling treatment and dermatological care products.
Christina Drusio
is part of the Dr. med. Schrammek owner family and management of Dr. med. Christine Schrammek Kosmetik GmbH & Co. KG. As an expert of sensitive skin, the Medical Specialist for Dermatology and Venerology is a valued speaker at international lectures and seminars.


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