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Which face mask is best for you?

Apply different masks to treat your skin’s separate concerns at once.

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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.

Hydrate
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.

Top picks for hydrating and purifying masks
Top picks for hydrating and purifying masks

Purify
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.

Firming
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.

Top picks for firming and brightening masks
Top picks for firming and brightening masks

Brighten
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

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