Your Ultimate Guide To Masking

Taking 20 minutes out of your day to relax with a face mask was perhaps the ultimate symbol of self-care for 2018. But modern masking is much more powerful than an excuse to slow down and take a break from life.

With the trend ever increasing in popularity, more and more masks hit the market and they’re packing some seriously beneficial properties. We’re at the point where you can target individual skin concerns with a concentrated punch of tailored ingredients and mask formulas. It completely up’s the ante on your skincare routine and could be replacing expensive trips to an aesthetician.

The power is in understanding which masks are right for your concerns and which ones actually do what they promise. That’s where our guide to all things masking will be your new go-to!

HOT TIP – Unless your mask has an exfoliating aspect or ingredients, it’s always a great idea to gently exfoliate before your use your mask for better results. A gentle swipe of a resurfacing product like Alpha-H Liquid Gold prepares your skin to better absorb and benefit from the masks’ ingredients.

TO TARGET ENLARGED PORES

Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask – More than just the perfect insta-moment, this bright turquoise mask purifies your skin while providing a cooling effect that helps to refine and tighten your pores. Charcoal sucks up impurities and controls oil while AHAs and BHAs provide a gentle exfoliation for smoothing your skins texture. Everything from the colour to the smell to the cooling effect gives a truly spa-like experience and regular use can really reduce the appearance of your pores.

TO TARGET PIGMENTATION

Philosophy Microdelivery Peel Kit – This mask combines the resurfacing powers of Lactic and Salicylic acid with a healthy dose of vitamin C. It comes in two parts that when mixed together exfoliate and refine your skin allowing the vitamin C and peptides to get deep into your epidermis. Their antioxidant properties fade pigmentation and promote a more even complexion. Just be sure to go heavy on sun protection when using it.

TO TARGET DULLNESS

Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel – Another product packing a two-step punch, this intensely hydrating mask uses Lactic and Glycolic acid to slough off dead skin cells so that the second step, a serum drenched sheet mask, can hydrate. The re-texturisng swab creates a slight tingle on the skin but it’s well worth the glow left behind after relaxing with the sheet mask on for 20 minutes.

TO TARGET DEHYDRATION

Aspect Gold Probiotic Sleep Mask – This intensely hydrating mask is worth every dollar and so much more. The rich formula is packed full of probiotics to deeply nourish and repair dry and tired skin overnight. It’s the consistency of a moisturiser so sits comfortably on your skin and won’t destroy your pillowcase. You can either apply a thin layer and wash off after ten minutes or leave it on overnight if you don’t experience too much oil production when you sleep.

TO TARGET LOSS OF ELASTICITY

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Mask – This gel mask works to tone and tighten your entire face, neck and décolletage thanks to the 24K gold, colloidal gold and Peridot, a gemstone rich in magnesium. It leaves your skin looking radiant and glowing but most importantly, hydrated and smooth. It’s gentle enough to work well on sensitive skin types and with regular use you’ll see a significant decrease in fine lines and sagging skin, particularly around your eyes and neck.

TO SOOTHE SENSITIVE SKIN

The Body Shop Mediterranean Almond Milk with Oats Instant Soothing Mask – Although my skin has become well-accustomed to a huge array of powerful ingredients, every now and then it lets me know it’s had enough and starts feeling a bit sensitive. It’s moments like those that this mask is perfect for. It’s porridge like blend of almond milk and oats helps to calm and hydrate your skin while gently exfoliating it. If you’re feeling a bit tight, dry or itchy, a single use of this mask resets your skin and leaves it feeling really nourished.

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