According to a 2012 article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, some aestheticians recommend quarterly facials administered by licensed professionals.

There isn’t a clear guideline for how often you should apply at-home or homemade face masks.

According to a 2018 review published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, face masks are the single most used beauty product to aid in facial rejuvenation.

Common ingredients in home face masks include:

  • moisturizers
  • exfoliants
  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • proteins
  • herbal ingredients

The individual ingredients in a given mask can help you determine how often it should be used.

You should also consider:

  • Your skin type: Sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin, and mature skin will all react differently to face masks and facials.
  • Seasonal weather conditions: Your skin may have different needs during the dry winter months than in the humid summer months.

The most common types of home face masks and their purported benefits include:

  • Sheet face masks: for recovery, healing, and hydrating
  • Activated charcoal face masks: for removing blackheads and whiteheads and clearing impurities
  • Clay face masks: for removing excess oil and treating acne, dark spots, and sun damage
  • Gelatin face masks: for improving collagen production
  • Tea face masks: for minimizing the appearance of fine lines, neutralizing the effect of free radicals, and preventing acne

In most cases, these benefits are based on anecdotal evidence and not backed by clinical research.

Anecdotal use supports the following frequency guidelines:

  • Sheet face masks: once a week
  • Activated charcoal face masks: once a month
  • Clay face masks: once or twice a week
  • Gelatin face masks: twice a month
  • Tea face masks: once a month

Start with the individual product guidelines included in or on the packaging and adapt as needed.

You may find that your individual needs differ, so pay attention to how your skin reacts to any new masks or other changes in your routine.

There are a number of recipes for masks that you can make at home.

Common ingredients include:

If you decide to make a homemade mask, make sure to use a recipe from a reputable source.

You should also do a patch test by applying the mixture to a small area of skin. If you develop any signs of irritation over the next 24 hours — such as redness, itchiness, or blistering — don’t apply the mixture to your face.

Aestheticians are licensed through their region’s board of cosmetology or department of health for their expertise in cosmetic skin care.

They aren’t medical doctors, so they’re unable to diagnose, prescribe, or treat clinical skin conditions.

A professional facial typically includes one or more of the following:

  • cleansing
  • steaming to help open pores
  • exfoliation to remove dead skin cells
  • manual extraction of clogged pores
  • facial massage to promote circulation
  • mask to address specific skin concerns
  • application of serum, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen

Depending on the salon and service, your appointment may also include:

As with commercial and homemade masks, your next session will depend on your individual skin needs and the types of treatments performed.

Your aesthetician will provide any necessary aftercare instructions and advise you on when to make your next appointment.

Your skin is your largest organ. It functions as a barrier, protecting your body from harmful elements.

Many people believe that skin on their face can be properly taken care of by adding facials to their skin care regimen.

If you’re unsure of how to add face masks to your routine — or want to schedule a professional treatment — schedule a consultation with a reputable aesthetician.

They can answer any questions you may have and help develop a treatment plan suited to your individual needs.