In recent years face masks have made their way from professional clinics and special occasion-only status to an essential step in many a skin wardrobe – for more than one good reason. There’s the indulgent pampering feeling, the noticeable before and after effects, not to mention the simple joy of being able to capture a face-mask selfie. But with so many on the market, finding the perfect mask match can be an overwhelming task. Whether you wish to brighten or bust that blemish, soothe and hydrate or lift and tighten, there’s a mask out there perfect just for you.
Dehydration lines, tightness and flakiness are all signs of dry skin – which only gets worse during winter, when dry, cold air and indoor heating wreak havoc even on a formerly hydrated complexion. Boost moisture with a rich mask featuring two of the hydrating hero ingredients, hyaluronic acid and marine collagen. Still discovering dry patches? Try a sheet mask, which pushes potent ingredients deeper into the skin, or slot a souped-up sleeping mask into your routine to deeply nourish skin overnight.
TRY: David Jones Beauty Collagen Intensive Sleep Treatment Mask, Dior Prestige Le Grand Masque, Equal Beauty by Jessica Gomes Moisture Veil
Feeling dull? An exfoliating mask can bring back your glow in a matter of minutes. Formulas with clay and vitamin B3 will gently slough away dead skins cells. Meanwhile vitamin C is a go-to skin brightener, transforming dull complexion to soft, luminous and dewy for the day ahead.
TRY:Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask, Face Inc Brighten Up Sheet Mask, Pixi Glow Mud Mask
Just because winter is here and the humidity has eased, it doesn’t mean breakouts aren’t an issue. Already dry skin combined with the constant contrast in temperatures as you go between indoors and outside leads to clogged pores and irritation, which then lead to unwanted spots. Blends featuring clay or charcoal will deep-clean pores, draw out oil to prevent future breakouts and leave skin brighter and more even.
TRY: Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque, Bobbi Brown Instant Detox Mask, Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque
Skin looking a little fatigued? There are a number of at-home masks featuring super-strength ingredients to emulate a professional face lift at home – if only for a few hours. Look for lifting masks that are spiked with tightening polymers to firm up skin and hydrating emollients to improve texture, plump up and restore your youthful glow.
TRY: Clarins Super Restorative Instant Lift Serum-Mask, La Mer The Lifting & Firming Mask, Shiseido Global Firming Massage Mask
From windburn and rosacea to an OTT skin routine – consider it too much of a good thing – signs of irritation and stress can only be amped up in winter. Relieve redness with a masked specifically designed to soothe inflammation and build barrier function. Look for hydrating sheet masks and cool on contact to instantly soothe, while cream formulas containing hyaluronic acid and shea butter to nourish and restore balance.
TRY: Ultraceuticals Ultra Replenishing Mask, SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask, Lancôme Advanced Génifique Hydrogel Melting Mask