If you haven’t already seen all over social media and in the beauty columns, facial masks are trending in every single form, all over the world.
From tissue sheet masks, to clays and even glitter masks seen on Instagram, it’s easy to get lost in a mask minefield. Knowing when to use a clay mask and when to use a sheet mask can be confusing and using the wrong mask can give you the opposite result to what you wanted. We decided to demystify a few cult favourites so you can solve your skin problems and brush up on your face mask knowledge.
Detoxify and Brighten
If you’re looking for a one-size-fits-all product, Sand + Sky pretty much have you covered. The 4-in-1 face mask cleanses and detoxifies and refines pores and brightens the complexion. Drawing impurities and pollutants from the pores, leave for 10 minutes to regenerate skin cells, stimulate collagen and leave a healthy, radiant glow. This is a suitable mask for normal skin but try not to use on open skin irritations as it could aggravate it further. For regular skin maintenance, this mask is all-encompassing and smells lovely too.
Sand & Sky, Beauty Bay, £39.50
For tired eyes suffering mid-winter dryness, the Codage Moisturizing Mask is a rich emulsion that works to intense nourishment and hydration. Enriched with oils and plant-based waxes, it’s designed to regenerate and revitalise dry skin, leaving it looking soft, healthy and supple. A little goes a long way with this product so you get a lot for your money.
Codage, Look Fantastic, £43
If your skin is acne-prone or easily irritated, this Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque is a calming and cleansing option to absorb excess oils. Evening primrose oil and tea tree are known for their anti-septic and calming properties for a really nourishing treatment. Twice a week, apply a thin layer to a freshly-cleansed face. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly, follow with toner and a moisturising lotion.
Aesop, Liberty London, £29
Sheet masks are a great way to treat the skin by applying a concentrated serum for a period of time. Not only do they feel dreamy like you’re having a facial, they allow the product to seep into the skin intensely. Farmacy’s supercharged Deep Moisture Coconut Gel Mask delivers an intense and potent skin boost. For moisturisation that is deeper than a normal moisturiser, your skin will look incredibly plump and replenished.
Farmacy, Cult Beauty, £8
Award-winning skincare brand Mario Badescu have been known for their high-quality botanical ingredients for over 40 years. If you’re noticing fine lines or tired-looking skin, the Super Collagen Mask claims to firm and tone mature and sensitive skin. The mask is clay-based and filled with collagen to tighten, nourish and purify the skin. It’s also made with Azulene and Oatmeal, natural soothing ingredients for easily irritated skin so is suitable for all skin types.
Mario Badescu, Beauty Bay, £18.50