Wintertime is the best time for a ‘me-time’ face mask session.
To serious skincare scholars (and you, dear GP reader, are most definitely hardcore beauty buffs), face masks are as essential as cleanser, and they’ve rightly earned a rep for delivering spectacular results, fast.
Whether you’re using a clay or sheet mask, looking to amp up your glow or take down a pimple, we’re here to help you put your best face forward.
First, do your homework
Ask yourself: what are hoping to achieve? If your skin is a little spotty or oily, look for masks with detoxifying ingredients like clay, charcoal, and salicylic acid (try The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque, $21.90, or Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask, $32.
Anti-inflammatory ingredients, like niacinamide and aloe vera, can help soothe sensitive skin (like The Body Shop Aloe Calm Sheet Mask, $7), vitamin C can give dull skin a brightening boost (find it in This Works Morning Expert Vitamin C Power Mask, $77), and peptides and ceramides can help tighten slack skin (like Aceology Anti-Aging Gold Modelling Mask, $79 for 4).
And if your face is starting to feel thirsty, as is probably the case at this time of year, you might be tempted to pick up a ‘watery’ mask–don’t. Instead, look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and nourishing oils, that come in an “emulsion or creamy formula, or even an overnight mask, as these are more effective for dry skin and the damaged moisture barrier that can happen during cold weather,” explains Innisfree facemask expert Hyejung Oh.