Masks are having a moment. Not only did sales soar throughout 2015, but the trend for multimasking (using different masks to target different parts of your skin) has just about anyone and everyone slathering on a dose of the good stuff. face mask
There’s no need to be anxious about possible reactions, from angry red skin to post-treatment pimples, because if you get your hands on the perfect mask for your skin’s needs, the only thing you’ll be waking up to is a glowing, hydrated, model-worthy complexion. Who wouldn’t want that?
To help you on your way, we’ve put together a guide to the best masks to match your skin type.
Skin Type: Dry
Your mantra should be peel, mask and then moisturise. Sheet masks are a great go-to for instantly quenching the most parched of complexions, because they drench your skin in a high dose of hydration, fast. Doused in a heavy dose of serum, they’ll replenish your skin and soothe any redness.
We love: Starskin Behind The Scenes Calming Bio-Cellulose Face Mask, £8.50 at ASOS
Skin Type: Blemish-prone
Salicylic acid is a dream for skin that suffers from acne or blemishes. You see, it’s an anti-inflammatory and also a skin resurfacer, so calms any aggravation while helping to banish blemishes. Mud masks are an utter lifesaver when your skin is congested and Glamglow’s works to fight breakouts while drawing out any dirt for a clearer, brighter and smoother complexion day after day.
We love: Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, £40 at Feel Unique
Skin Type: Sensitive
Something uber natural, soothing and simple. Sensitive skin is often an unwelcome sidekick to winter, but there are plenty of ways to look after it. This clever herbal-based mask from Unani has two key missions: to care for your skin and to keep it protected. It ensures your complexion stays hydrated and nourished.
We love: Unani Dermo Defense Face Mask, £11.36 at comprarcosmetica.es
Skin Type: Aging
When you’re under 20, your skin cells turn over every 28 days but as you get older this slows, causing dead cells to pile up. Not only does this result in a dull looking complexion, but it also stops products penetrating your skin in the same way they once did. So to help your mask on its merry way, exfoliate your skin first. Masks that herald ingredients capable of repairing your skin’s barrier function are a must and it just so happens that bees produce some of the most effective natural healing substances, so anything with honey or royal jelly is perfect. Guerlain’s gel-textured mask plumps and smooths to recover the density of your complexion and ultimately, nourish. And it’s (mainly) all thanks to a little thing called honey.
We love: Guerlain Abeille Royale Honey Gel Mask, £88 at Selfridges
Skin Type: Oily
Clay masks in particular are great for oily skin, as they help to draw out any impurities and leave the skin calm, fresh and balanced. With naturally active ingredients including green clay and manuka honey, Liz Earle’s Deep Cleansing Mask can be used all over your face or just to treat specific problem areas.
We love: Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask, £15.75 at Liz Earle
Skin Type: Combination
The best way to approach combination skin? Multi-masking. This means you can provide your skin with a combination of treatments – from a deep cleansing mask on your T-zone to decongest and remove oil to a hydrating mask over the rest of your face.
We love: Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask, £6.66 at Boots (T Zone) and Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask, £23 at Boots
Skin Type: Dull
For skin that glows with a new found radiance, you need to get your hands on a mask that will reoxygenate and slough away dead cells and therefore rejuvenate dull skin. Filorga’s scrub and mask combo does just this, and will leave your complexion smooth enough to reflect the light for a lit from within glow day after day.
We love: Filorga Scrub & Mask, £38 at Marks & Spencer
Want to know more? Here’s how to apply a face mask for the best results…