Beauty experts have given rubber masks their seal of approval. Some have even gone so far as to calling this revolutionary facial treatment the future of skin care. Sure, the application of this beauty treatment is incredibly intriguing to watch, but the benefits are what make beauty experts jump on the rubber mask bandwagon. If you haven’t yet heard about the amazing benefits of rubber masks, keep reading to learn what they are and why you should make them a regular part of your skin care routine.

What are rubber masks?

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Despite what the name suggests, rubber masks aren’t actually made of rubber. This popular treatment gets its name from the rubberizing effect that occurs while it’s on your face. Popularized in the states by Korean beauty retailer, Glow Recipe, and co-founders Christine Chang and Sarah Lee, rubber masks are made of a specially formulated blend of ingredients that address a variety of skin care concerns (Think clay, charcoal, green tea, and antioxidants). When the mask is applied, it has a goopy, frosting-like texture, which makes the application so interesting to watch. This thick texture helps the vitamins and minerals in the mask absorb into your skin rather than evaporating away–like they would with a typical sheet mask. As the mask sets, the frosting texture congeals and turns rubbery, allowing the mask to be gently peeled off afterwards.

Why should you get one?

Rubber masks aren’t all hype. These ultra-nourishing masks offer serious skin care benefits, leaving your face feeling unbelievably soft and hydrated. The special, rubbery formulation boosts the active ingredients’ ability to seep into skin, which means you get all those skin-friendly nutrients. Benefits include brightening, anti-aging, hydrating, and soothing. Some masks also feature ingredients that boost collagen production, which can reduce the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles.

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While some retailers produce at-home versions of rubber masks, or modeling masks, we suggest seeing a professional esthetician. Why? The powdery ingredients used in at-home masks can be hazardous if inhaled. To stay on the safe side, get your rubber mask done professionally (professional masks also have higher-grade ingredients).