Putting a face mask on is my favourite weekend ritual. There's no need to limit yourself to just one kind of mask, though.
Try the new trend of multi-masking which treats various complexion concerns at once.
When your skin is parched, it needs a mask to comfort it by infusing it with moisture and restoring its suppleness.
Application: Apply anywhere dry patches appear, especially on your forehead, cheeks and along your hairline. If your skin is feeling particularly thirsty, leave your hydrating mask on overnight.
My picks: Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque, $74, has an oil-free gel formula that quenches dehydrated skin to leave it beautifully plumped. Linden Leaves Replenishing Masque with Fennel & Green Tea, $34.99, is particularly soothing and gives skin a potent hit of antioxidants.
To target oily zones and blackheads, look for words such as “detoxifying” and “oil-absorbing”, and trusted ingredients like charcoal and clay.
Application: Apply to your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and other areas that need a deep clean. Once dry, emulsify with a little water and use a warm facecloth to remove.
My picks: Evolu Oil Control Clay Mask, $44.99, refines the look of pores, regulates sebum production and makes the skin look more even. Sukin Anti Pollution Facial Masque + Charcoal, $20.99, uses quince to mattify oily skin and bamboo charcoal to draw out impurities.
For areas that are prone to sagging and crepiness, a cocktail of peptides and amino acids will help to tighten the skin and give it a more lifted appearance.
Application: By massaging the mask onto your skin, you’ll not only give your facial muscles a workout, but you’ll help to increase blood flow and stimulate collagen and elastin production as well.
My picks: Layer Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask, $120, on top of your usual serum and night cream before you go to bed, then wake up to firmer-looking skin. Apply Clinique Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream Mask, $100, in combination with massaging movements to rev up your skin’s energy.
If your complexion is tired and dull, a mask full of brightening ingredients and exfoliating acids will instantly boost the appearance of your skin and make it look more luminous.
Application: Use on any areas that are in need of a pick-me-up. If you only apply it to one place, make it your cheeks to give them a healthy glow.
My picks: You’ll feel the stimulating effect of Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, $65, kick in as it dries on your skin, then the crushed cranberry seeds act to gently polish the skin as you remove it. In the Oasis Exfoliating Face Mask, $39.90, fruit enzymes combine with jojoba beads in a pink clay base to get rid of dead skin cells that can make skin look dull.
Give it a go
- Apply each mask with clean, dry fingers
- Wash your hands between each individual application to avoid mixing the formulations
- Alternatively, take a tip from the pros and use a brush to apply your mask
- Be sure to rinse the bristles clean ans dry with a towel between each coat
- Massage your mask onto cleansed skin before hopping in the shower
- The warm steam will help to boost the skin's micro-circulation
- Try layering your favourite facial oil or serum under hydrating masks to help active ingredients penetrate