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It's only a handful of days into June and you may already be seeing symptoms of dry, winter skin: tight, dull and dehydrated. While applying moisturiser or face oil will help prevent you looking like a White Walker, your skin needs a little more TLC to combat cold weather conditions and maintain a beautiful, healthy glow.
Anyone who knows their hyaluronic from their glycolic acids will know that face masks (which typically contain one or both of these acids) are the salve to dry, winter skin. They provide industrial-strength moisture and hydration, but also targets other skin issues like clogged pores and dull skin. And with the latest innovation in skincare, this means a slew of new face masks for you to try out at home and treat your skin — the best part is, you can do it all in your pyjamas while catching up on Game of Thrones.
Here's the best new face masks to try this winter:
What is it: Originating from Korea, sheet masks are paper-based and soaked in serum-based formula which seals in moisture.
Why we love it: Sheet masks are very hydrating and convenient in application — simply place the mask over your face, wait 10 minutes before removing, and press in any excess. Individual packaging also means they are portable and you don't have to gauge how much you need to use.
What is it: Activated charcoal targets impurities and absorbs them, detoxifying your skin and giving it a really deep clean.
Why we love it: Charcoal masks are perfect for oily skin, plus it helps minimise pores and removes blackheads.
What is it: From cranberry seeds as an exfoliant to hydrating florals like lily and rose, the active ingredients that make up these masks are botanically-based, proving that sometimes nature is best.
Why we love it: If you're partial to naturally derived skincare, these products provide the same skincare benefits without relying on toxins or synthetic products.
What is it: Taking sheet masks to a whole new level, this foil-backed mask is new and exclusive to Estée Lauder. It has a double dose of hyaluronic acid which means it provides a highly concentrated treatment to help fatigued skin look more radiant, hydrated and renewed.
Why we love it: The foil backing works with the body's natural heat which enhances the penetration of the formula into the skin, while creating a lovely warming feeling.