Face masks are the ultimate beauty indulgence; skincare extras that, while not essential, are a pleasure to use and can give impressive, immediate results. The pampering ritual of face mask application (ideally while soaking in a bubble-filled bathtub) is one of our favourite ways to unwind while also improving the texture, appearance and quality of our skin. Here are some of the best ones around:
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
If you suffer from dullness or your skin just needs a pick-me-up, this exfoliating mask works a treat. It uses a mixture of natural fruit acids (glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric) to decongest pores and refine skin texture, leaving you looking brighter and more radiant. The results are instant and dramatic – you’ll be glowing in 10 minutes flat!
SKOON Ruby Marine Overnight Hydrating Mask
The skincare benefits of coconut oil are numerous and well-documented: it’s nourishing, moisturising, softening and soothing. This locally-made pot of joy is packed with the wonder ingredient, along with wildflower honey and Nordic marine extract to help trap moisture on the surface of the skin while you sleep. It’s an absolute winner! (launching soon).
Aēsop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque
This product is a worldwide bestseller for its powerful purifying properties. Made from pore-clearing kaolin clay, combined with soothing aloe extract, glycerin and lavender oil, it will leave your skin deeply cleansed, softened and refreshed. It’s suitable for all skin types but especially good for dry, sensitive faces.
Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask
We are fortunate/unfortunate enough to spend a lot of time on long-haul flights and it can cause absolute havoc with our skin. There’s only one thing that keeps everything in balance and that’s wearing a good hydrating mask while up in the air. This one is great because not only does it plump up the skin with hyaluronic acid amongst other things, but it dries down clear so you don’t look like a serial killer when the drinks trolley comes around.
Avène Soothing Moisture Mask
The mineral-rich spring water used to make this mega moisturising face mask is naturally soothing and anti-irritating, and really good for sensitive skin. The formula helps to restore the function of the skin barrier as well as keep it smooth, soft and well hydrated. It’s also great for relieving sunburn and tight, irritated skin.
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