How to choose the right face mask for your skin type

From black heads to redness to a much needed deep cleanse.

By Tracy Davis

Why put one mask on when you can put several on at once?

Multi-masking is the latest craze and it involves applying more than one type of mask simultaneously on different parts of your face to address specific concerns.

That might mean a detoxifying mask over your T-zone, a firming one on your cheeks and a hydrating one on your forehead, for example.

These latest mask offerings deal with everything from dull skin to redness. Give them a go…

To deeply cleanse

Reach for this one to relieve your skin of that greasy, grimy feeling it can get. Three clays and eucalyptus extract will make sure your pores are left spick and span.

1. L’Oréal Pure Clay Mask Purify + Mattify with Eucalyptus, $24.99.

To quench dry skin

Fruity acids from mango, papaya and pineapple boost cell turnover, while avocado oil and jojoba oil give parched skin a good dose of fatty acids.
*2. Sukin Hydrating Facial Masque, $20.99.

To deeply cleanse

The inclusion of jojoba beads and fruity enzymes in this clay mask provide an exfoliating double whammy – rough, scaly skin cells won’t stand a chance!
3. Oasis Fruit Smoothie Exfoliating Face Mask*, $39.90.

To calm redness

With a combination of the healing powers of Avène spring water to soothe and Ruscus extract which reduces redness, this pacifying formula helps to reduce the frequency of flushing the more you use it.

4.Avène Antirougeurs Soothing Repair Mask*, $39.90.

To firm and tone

Make the most of your skin’s night-time repair cycle by massaging this anti-ageing booster on top of your regular serum and night cream before your head hits the pillow.

1.Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask*, $120.

To combat a hot flush

Expect an instant cooling sensation from this lightweight gel mask. It will help put the fire out and give you a refreshing pick-me-up.
2.Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque*, $65.

To balance

Bentonite clay absorbs any nasties without leaving your skin feeling tight, while rosehip oil and shea butter give this blush-tinted mask a nourishing kick.
3.Essano Clarifying Clay Masque*, $16.99.

To refresh tired eyes

This is the ultimate way to relieve that awful tired-eye feeling and plump out crow’s feet before a special night out – especially if you put them in the fridge first. Bliss!

4.Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask*, $92 for four.

To peel away blackheads

There’s nothing more satisfying than a peel-off mask. Allow this honey and bee venom one about 10 minutes to dry, then take pleasure in peeling it off – lifting dead skin cells and pore- clogging debris in its wake.

1.Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Face Mask*, $49.95.

To refine
A clay-based mask that has a lotion-like feel and soaks up excess oil. Massage it off with wet fingers to bare a polished, hydrated complexion.
2*Environ Skin EssentiA Hydrating Clay Masque*, $57.50.

To infuse anti-oxidants

All skin types will reap the benefits of the antioxidant and cell-boosting ingredient CoQ10 – you can literally feel the skin-polishing enzymes gobbling away at old skin cells. Rinse away for a renewed glow.

3.Osmosis Enzyme Firming Mask, $110.

To brighten dull skin

Gentle Kaolin clay delivers the radiance factor, while pohutukawa tones pores – and we all know the incredible nourishing properties of gorgeous rosehip oil.

4.Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask, $37.99.

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