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IN DEEP: FACEMASKS 101

IN DEEP: FACEMASKS 101

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IN DEEP: FACE MASKS 101

Suffering from dry skin? Breakouts? Dark circles? There’s a face mask designed to target just about every skin concern. From sheet masks infused with active ingredients to creams that nourish and soothe the skin and penetrating clay masks that will clear your pores, here’s everything you need to know. Get ready for your best skin yet.

FOR THE EYES

As the most sensitive part of your face, the delicate under eye area needs some special attention. Whether you want to target dryness, help reduce the appearance of dark circles or depuff the skin after a bad night’s sleep, it’s worth investing in an eye-specific mask. Soaked in caffeine and niacinamide, Peace Out’s Puffy Eyes patches work to refresh tired eyes by depuffing and brightening. Sarah Chapman’s Platinum Stem Cell Eye Mask has a 360 approach, targeting all the typical eye complaints, smoothing lines and lifting the skin. And Verso’s Reviving Eye Mask packs in retinol to minimize the signs of ageing.

SHEET MASK

What began as a K-beauty trend has become a skincare routine staple. Packed full of active ingredients, they work to target various skin concerns, fast. The sheet acts as a shield, preventing water from evaporating and keeping ingredients on the skin for longer. Lancôme’s Génifique Hydrogel Sheet Mask contains the same amount of Bifidus extract found in one bottle of Advanced Génifique Serum. 111 Skin’s Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment has gained cult status for its inclusion of 24k gold and Damask rose, used by famous faces to perfect the skin pre-makeup. While Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask packs shea butter, avocado oil and sunflower seed oil into a clever dry mask.

DEEP CLEAN

Suffer from oily skin? What you need is a face mask that penetrates deep into the skin and helps to draw impurities and toxins out of the pores. Dr Sebagh’s Skin Perfecting Mask does just that, helping to combat the effects of pollution on the skin. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque uses clay to absorb excess oil and help to eliminate impurities and toxins. GlamGlow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask has long been used by Hollywood makeup artists to prep the skin, thanks to its blend of six acids, activated charcoal and clay. The result? Skin that feels instantly smoother.

EXFOLIATING + RESURFACING 

Great makeup starts with smooth, clear skin. And this, is where these masks come into their own. Each one uses a mix of acids and enzymes to gently exfoliate the skin’s surface for a smoother texture. Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask features BHA from white willow bark and pomegranate enzymes to restore radiance, refine pores and smooth and soften the skin’s texture. Goldfaden MD’s Fresh A Peel uses lactic acid and multi-fruit enzymes to gently exfoliate the top layer of skin. While Lancer’s Caviar Lime Acid Peel removes surface cells to improve the look of pores and skin tone. 

HYDRATING + SOOTHING 

Used as the last step in your masking routine or simply as an injection of hydration for stressed-out skin, a luxe, thick cream mask is a must-have for your collection. Irene Forte’s Pistachio Face Mask packs in vitamin B5, olive oil, pistachio, pumpkin seed and olive oil to deliver 12-hours of hydration. Sisley’s Black Rose Cream Mask includes anti-ageing ingredients alongside rose to soothe. And Epara’s Intense Hydrating Mask cleanses, nourishes and purifies the skin, removing toxins and controlling sebum production in one.

WHILE YOU SLEEP

Skincare that’ll help you fake eight hours of sleep? Yes, please. Don’t worry, we don’t mean rinse-off masks that sit on the skin; we’re talking rich, creamy formulas that sink right in. Clinique’s bestselling Moisture Surge Overnight Mask strengthens the skin’s barrier and delivers a shot of hydration. Want something that targets skin tone? Omorovicza’s Midnight Radiance Mask works overnight to brighten the skin - targeting dark spots and uneven texture - to leave you with a glow come morning. And Medik8’s Sleep Glycolic slowly releases through the night to minimise irritation. Clever.