With the changing season, we know a lot of us are dying for a facial to give our skin a hand to remain hydrated and blemish-free. However with all the social distancing, facials aren’t really an option right now. Save your skin from constantly wearing a face mask by adding…a face mask to your skincare routine!
While face masks are usually a once in a while treat for most of us, this soothing beauty ritual is one that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. There’s no better time to put on a face mask than in between your Zoom meetings, lectures or tutorials to give your skin a much needed boost!
With so many types of masks crowding the market, we’re here to break it down for you so you know which one to go for:
Cream Masks has come a long way since its conception. While the previous consensus is that cream masks will usually leave your skin tacky and uncomfortable, the beauty industry has come out with better formulas that have become staples of skin care routines. Now cream masks can detoxify, hydrate and do so much more than their predecessors while leaving your skin feeling nourished yet fresh! Cream masks are usually the go to for those who have dry skin, as it is usually the most nourishing and hydrating.
What we recommend: The Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask is worth every penny as it is designed to plump, brighten and awaken your skin within minutes. It’s hassle-free to apply and can be wiped off after 15 minutes or kept overnight to wake up to luscious and illuminated skin.
The Jet Lag Mask by Summer Fridays became an Instagram sensation since its launch two years ago with rave reviews from celebrities and influencers alike. This mask is perfect for stressed out skin – just like how your skin would feel after stepping off a flight. It’s pillow proof too, so you can sleep with it with no problem!
Another staple of the mask genre, these treatments harness the natural antiseptic and drying properties of clay or mud to detoxify and rid your skin of impurities. The feeling of washing off a clay or mud mask always feels super satisfying as you feel like the mask has just cleaned all the dirt from your pores!
Use them post-shower for extra spa-like pore cleansing. Always remember to moisturise afterwards, as these masks are usually more drying due to their deep cleansing ability.
What we recommend: For those who need extra care, try the Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask that removes blackheads, dead skin cells and dirt buildup. Does your face look oily by midday? Absorb excess sebum and grease away with this mask. The face mask contains volcanic clusters from Jeju that cleanses even the smallest pore.
Is this list even complete without the Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment Mask? Known for its ability to combat multiples skin concerns like blemishes, redness and scars, this gentle mud formula uses its propriety blend of six acids to lift away dead skin cells, stimulate cellular renewal and improve skin texture. Activated-X charcoal also eliminates pore-clogging impurities and thanks to the Pore Matrix technology, you can see exactly where the gunk has been mopped.
Innovative sheet masks have gained traction recently. Long popular in Asia, the idea behind sheet masks is sustained, targeted contact with skin. These full-face fabric masks can make you look like Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but well, you can’t really argue with the results. Bonus: most of these masks are fuss-free and don’t need to be rinsed off!
What we recommend: A cult K-Beauty product, the Egg Cream Mask by Too Cool for School is well known for its amazing instant results. They have three different versions to target different skin problems: Hydrating, Firming and Pore Tightening. The sheet mask is drenched in the serum, so you know you’re getting a bang for your buck. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and get instant visible results! Protip: use the excess serum in the pack to give your neck a quick mask too!
Unlike your regular serum-soaked sheet masks, Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Mask is dry! Charlotte promises this mask achieves “glowing-red-carpet-ready-skin” and after looking at the ingredients list it’s no surprise. Packed with Shea butter, avocado oil, mango seed butter and glycerin, this mask gives the most instant, noticeable results. While you will look a little like Leatherface wearing the mask, this mask leaves your skin surprisingly dewy and glowy like you’ve just put on makeup!
Gel masks are cooling, soothing and super hydrating, meaning they’re a perfect choice for all skin types. They are especially effective for dry, sensitive or stressed out skin. Gel masks are often infused with collagen and antioxidants, so they’re perfect for intensive skin recovery for break out or dry patches on your face.
What we recommend: Consider the Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask – a gel mask that works perfectly with the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner. Calendula is a flower which helps soothe and improve skin. This gel mask also contains Aloe Vera, which is a tried and trusted ingredient that cools the skin. You will definitely feel calmed and refreshed using this mask!
A cooling and quenching overnight mask, Drunk Elephant’s F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial plumps and restores with an electrolyte cocktail while strengthening the skin’s acid mantle. In addition to restoring the balance of hydration and moisture levels in skin, F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial can improve signs of damage, uneven tone and texture.
Incorporating an exfoliating face mask into your routine is one thing; knowing when and how to use it is another, as every skin type (and need) is different. Exfoliation should be done in moderation and shouldn’t be a daily step.
A heads up for those with combination and oily skin: be careful not to over-exfoliate, as it may remove oils that moisturise your skin naturally, leaving your skin very dry afterwards. From lactic acid to pineapple enzyme, take a closer look at our recommended exfoliating masks, plus the ingredients that give them their exfoliation.
What we recommend: While exfoliating face masks with lactic acid are easy to come by, we recommend Eminence Organics’ Clear Skin Probiotic Masque. If you have sensitive skin, the yogurt- (lactic acid) enriched face mask gently exfoliates and soothes the complexion at the same time. On top of that, it incorporates other sensitive skin-friendly ingredients like cucumber, shea butter and marigold to cool, soothe and moisturize the skin.
Much like papaya and pumpkin, pineapple enzyme is another natural exfoliating ingredient that wows in Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask. This exfoliating mask is also enriched with rice water, rose distillate and white tourmaline gemstone so it doesn’t just lift away dry skin buildup, it rejuvenates, tones, brightens, smoothes and promotes a healthier-looking complexion overall.