What the Heck Are Splash Masks and Do We Really Need Them?

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Esthetician Cecilia Wong breaks down the newest skincare craze. 

The face mask trend shows no signs of slowing down and splash masks are the newest addition to the craze. We asked esthetician Cecilia Wong of Cecilia Wong Skincare to weigh in on whether or not this newness is something you should be adding to your regimen.

For starters, the name itself is confusing. What kind of mask could you possibly “splash” on?

“Splash masks are actually a new concept in skincare; they’re essentially a no mask-mask,” explains Wong. All you do is add to water, splash on face, then pat dry. Yes, there is actually some splashing involved.

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Apply a splash mask after washing your face. Since you actually leave it on, and don’t wash it off like traditional masks, the next question is are they any different from a toner or serum? And the short answer is yes.

“Splash masks are watery in consistency, similar to a toner or essence, but have a different texture than a serum,” says Wong.

There are a variety of formulations for a wide array of skin types, but “if you have with blemish prone skin, you’ll benefit the most from splash masks, as they contain AHA and glycolic acid,” she adds.

Since most splash masks contain exfoliants like AHA, glycolic acid and citrus ingredients, Wong suggests only using them 2-3 times a week and following instructions carefully. 

If you're in an experimental mood, shop one of our recommended splash masks below!

The rice bran oil in Boscia's Tsubaki Splash Mask will work overtime to get rid of dark spots.$38, sephora.com

Suitable for skin types, the Blithe Patting Splash Mask is formulated with a even balance of acids (salycylic,lactic) and oils (tea tree, green tea extract) to sooth and smooth. $45, sephora.com

Apply Algenist's SPLASH Absolute Hydration Replenishing Sleeping Pack before bed and wake up to more hydrated skin. $48, sephora.com

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