Long gone are the days when face masks were known as an unnecessary skincare step and instead using them as an instant treatment that does wonders for your skin – and your mentality.
Too busy? Apply a mask. Too tired and stressed? Apply a mask. Hungover? Apply a mask. Got a lot of work to do but just want to spend your Friday procrastinating? Apply a mask. Applying a good mask makes us feel like we’ve got our life in order (right?) but now are the days that face masks have had an upgrade and evolved into something more. Formulated with the latest innovative ingredients with the promise of instantly perking up our complexions, face masks are now the answer to helping with any emergency skin concerns. Here are our top picks for every skincare situation.
The all-over mask
This mask is super effective for moisturising, balancing and transforming dull-looking skin not just on your face but your body too. Blended with shea butter, kaolin and argan oil, this innovative make-your-own mask can be used alone or to be mixed with a choice of essential blends, fragrances and exfoliants.
The ‘I don’t know what I need’ mask
If it’s the little things in life that excites you then this won’t disappoint. This creamy yet lightweight facemask changes from mint green to pink upon application and we’re all here for it! Most of time we don’t know what our skin needs so choosing a mask that can help replenish hydration levels, protect against free radicals, detoxifies and brightens – and change colour – covers all bases.
The pore-shrinking mask
The uproar trend of pink clay masks has been seen everywhere from social media influencers to high-end stockists and online stores with several sell outs over a matter of weeks. This blend of Kakadu plum, vitamin C, Aloe vera, witch hazel and rosemary is a formula worth trying to help tighten pores, detoxify and brighten in just minutes – and it’s under a tenner!
The intense overnight mask
Need an intense dose of hydration but don’t have the time? This mask is the answer to your problems. Antioxidant raspberry seed extract, skin strengthening niacinamide and hydrating hyaluronic acid work together as an intense treatment or overnight mask that leaves your skin feeling and looking radiant, calm and plump.
The ‘I just need a glow’ mask
The one thing we all want is glowing skin. This pineapple infused gel mask also packs prickly pear, lemon and apple to deliver a boost of radiance, a smoother complexion and a glow that shines through your foundation.
The hangover combo
This two-layer treatment mask is a total hangover cure for dry, dehydrated skin. It instantly cools a dried-out complexion whilst pumping the skin full of moisture to help balance skin tone leaving the skin glowing and revitalised. Pair with the 111Skin Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Masks, £12 for a double shot of hydration whilst alleviating puffiness and dark circles – what late night?
The blemish-fighting mask
Instantly cooling the skin, this spot-busting mask soothes, reduces redness and tightens pores whilst fighting blemishes. Thanks to the spirulina, bamboo charcoal and ginger, this formula is guaranteed to draw out impurities and kill blemish-causing bacteria for a healthier-looking complexion in under 30 minutes. Can also be used on individual blemishes.
The detox mask
Perfect for anyone with skin that needs a refresh. The natural charcoal deeply cleanses whilst leaving your face smooth and complexion refined. Blended with kaolin, this mask is the go-to for any last-minute pick-me-ups and is great for travelling with too.
The moisturising mask
The most important ingredient in this mask is green tea and if you read our latest feature on green tea being the next ‘it’ ingredient, you’ll already know the amazing benefits. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties help fight acne, rebuild collagen and repair cells and with this mask, its accompanying ingredients help deliver intense hydration and improves skin clarity.
Text: Laura Ward
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