Bubble Face Mask: 5 Easy Steps To Use & Benefits For Skin

Get an instant glow with the nourishing, non-invasive, and safe bubble masks.

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Bubble face masks are unique and very satisfying to watch as the bubbles foam over, removing the impurities from the skin. And once you rinse off everything, you will be shocked to see your rejuvenated skin, free of dirt and grime. This Korean innovation has been ruling the trends for its potential to give an instant glow. Curious to know more about these bubble masks? This article explores what these masks are all about, their benefits, and simple tips to use them effectively. Scroll down for more information!

What Is A Bubble Mask?

Bubble masks are cleansing masks that foam or form bubbles due to a special oxygenation process. These bubbles help in gently removing dirt and impurities from your face and leave your face glowing. Bubble masks are available in various options, including sheet masks, creams, clay masks containing foaming and (that form bubbles) hydrating ingredients, collagen supplementsi  A protein found in the skin, muscles, bones and connective tissues that provides them with structural support, and strength. , and activated charcoali  A black powder that is flavorless, odorless and used to treat a variety of illnesses, including poisoning. (for improved hydration and exfoliationi  The process of using a chemical, granular substance, or tool to remove dead skin cells and dirt from the skin’s surface. ).

Wondering how bubble masks work? Keep reading.

How Bubbling Face Masks Work

A bubbling face mask uses foaming agents and pressurized oxygen to form bubbles that help exfoliate the skin, unclog pesky pores, and remove blackheads and excess oil. They also deliver nutrients deep into the skin. Oxygen is believed to help in cell regeneration. This is one reason you notice a visible “glow-up” after using a bubble mask. Oxygen is also speculated to help stimulate collagen production to make the skin look plump and supple.

A bubble mask contains perfluorocarbons that help dissolve oxygen (just the way water dissolves carbon dioxide to make bubbly soda water). Oxygen is pumped into the sheet mask or product under pressure. The mask is then sealed inside a pressurized package. Once you take the mask out and press it with your fingers right on your skin, you will see the pressurized oxygen forming bubbles. Thus, bubble masks are an affordable alternative to oxygen facials that pump antioxidants and nutrients into your skin.

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The Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask from a popular Korean beauty brand is the first bubble mask to be launched into the market.

But are bubble masks just a skincare fad, or do they serve any purpose? Let’s find out.

What Are The Benefits Of Using A Bubbling Mask?

A bubble mask cleanses and exfoliates your skin and improves circulation and cell rejuvenation.  It is a safe, non-invasive way to deliver nutrients and hydration into the skin. A bubbling mask has the following benefits :

If you think your skin is dull and looks lifeless, you need to try this Korean beauty innovation. But how do you use it?

How To Use A Bubble Mask?

1. Cleanse Your Skin

Clean your face thoroughly using a gentle cleanser. Use warm water to wash your face so that the pores open up. Pat your skin dry.

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Choose a cleanser containing retinol or salicylic acid if you have oily skin or skin prone to acne. Conversely, use a cleanser containing ceramides or glycerine if you have dry or sensitive skin.

2. Apply The Face Mask

Take the mask out and put it on your face gently. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes or as instructed on the package.

If you are using a bubble sheet mask, unfold the sheet carefully, and simply put it on your face. For a cream bubble face mask, wash your hands and scoop out the product. Use the spatula to spread it evenly on your face. Avoid the areas around your eyes, nostrils, and mouth. Also, do not apply it close to the hairline. Leave it on for the specified duration.

3. Wait For The Bubbles To Form

You will notice that the mask starts to bubble. Let it stay for the time specified by the brand. Do not leave it for more than 20 minutes as it can dry the skin.

4. Remove The Mask

Remove the mask after the stipulated duration. Gently massage the remainder of the product onto your skin to clean the remaining dirt and impurities. Massaging also relaxes the facial muscles. Wash off with warm water.

5. Seal With A Serum or Moisturizer

Apply a serum that suits your skin to lock in the goodness of the product and keeps your skin soft and supple. Finish off with a moisturizer.

Using a bubble mask is simple. But when do you use it?

When To Use A Bubble Mask?

You can use a bubble mask once a week regularly for a quick pick-me-up or mini-facial! Swap it with your scrubs and add an element of fun to your skincare routine. We recommend you use it at night for a relaxing experience.

You may also make your own bubble mask at home. 

How Do You Make A Homemade Bubble Mask?

Although not as effective as the oxygenated bubble mask, you can try this quick fix DIY bubble mask at home.

You will need

  • 2 teaspoons of clay
  • ½ a teaspoon of charcoal
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ a teaspoon of glycerine

Process

  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply a thin layer of the mixture evenly to your face.
  3. Wait for 10 minutes. You will notice the bubbles or foam forming.
  4. You can gently remove the mask once it dries. Use a damp cloth in a circular motion to cleanse your skin.
  5. Rinse with warm water.
  6. Pat dry your skin and top off with a moisturizer.

Infographic: Bubble Face Masks

Check out the infographic below to get an understanding of bubble face masks and how you can include them in your daily skincare routine. In addition, you can also learn more about the purpose of bubble face masks, which skin types they are suitable for, the available forms, and their usage frequency.

bubble face masks (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

A bubble mask can be a game-changer in your self-care routine, providing relaxation, moisturizing, and pore cleansing benefits all in one treatment. With its unique foaming action, it creates a spa-like experience at home, allowing you to indulge in some much-needed self-pampering. Bubble face masks unclog your pores, remove excess dead skin and makeup, reduce blemishes and acne, and hydrates the skin. They are a budget-friendly alternative to many facials and cleansing masks out there. Regular use of a bubble mask can help you achieve hydrated, clear, and rejuvenated skin, making it a must-try facial treatment for your self-care routine. If you are wondering whether you can make your own bubble face mask at home, you can do so with simple ingredients such as glycerine, clay, charcoal, and baking soda. Apply it once a week for smoother and glowing skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a bubble face mask do?

Bubble masks help unclog pores, exfoliate the skin, and remove excess oil, giving you supple and smooth skin.

How long do I leave the bubble clay mask on?

Follow the instructions mentioned on the product packaging to understand the best duration to leave your bubble clay mask on. However, a typical mask works within 5-10 minutes of application.

What is the difference between a bubble mask and a face mask?

A face mask is an umbrella term that provides shelter to various types of masks, while a bubble mask is a specific type of face mask that bubbles up after coming in contact with oxygen.

How much does a bubble mask cost?

A bubble mask usually costs between $7 and $30.

Are there any side effects of using a bubble face mask?

If you have sensitive skin, a bubble face mask might cause your skin to flush if kept for more than 5 minutes. It might also enlarge your pores.

Key Takeaways

  • A bubble mask creates foam or bubbles due to oxygenation, which makes it a great cleansing agent.
  • A bubbling mask can unclog your pores, treat acne, and remove blackheads and excess oil.
  • You can make a bubble mask at home using any facial clay, charcoal, glycerine, and baking soda.
Bubble Face Mask: 5 Easy Steps To Use & Benefits For Skin

Image: Dall·E/StyleCraze Design Team


Make your own bubble foam mask at home by watching this simple tutorial video. Click on it to follow and create a fun and unique mask that you can use for any occasion.
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Dr. CP Thajudheen has over 20 years of experience in various lasers, light-based devices, and other advanced equipment. He was one of the beginners who introduced cutaneous lasers in India. He carries out dermato surgeries regularly, including hair grafting and vitiligo surgeries. He runs multiple laser centers in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and has trained many doctors in lasers and...read full bio

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