When you can't stretch your student budget to cover a salon facial, an at-home peel-off mask works almost as well. Peel-off masks gently strip away dead skin cells and eliminate oil, and some even help clear up acne. These masks start out as a sticky gel that, after application, dries into a single layer for easy removal. When a mask product dries on your skin, it's time to take it off.

Step 1

Wash your face with warm water and mild soap before applying the mask. Peel-off masks adhere better to clean skin.

Step 2

Dampen a washcloth with warm water. Press the washcloth against your face for a few minutes to open your pores.

Step 3

Open the peel-off mask container. If the mask comes in a packet, cut or tear it open.

Step 4

Squirt a dab of the mask product into the palm of your hand. Rub the product over your entire forehead, the sides of your face, cheeks and chin. Do not apply the mask around your mouth or eyes.

Step 5

Allow the mask to dry according to the product instructions. Some masks dry in 15 to 20 minutes, while others dry in as little as five minutes. When dry, the product solidifies into a thin-layered mask.

Step 6

Peel a corner of the mask off your face, starting at your forehead. Pull down gently so that the mask peels off in one piece.

Step 7

Peel the mask off one of your cheeks. As you peel, pull the mask toward the center of your face. Repeat with the other cheek and then peel the mask off your chin.

Step 8

Rinse your face with warm water to get rid of any sticky mask residue.