There is nothing quite like the ritual of applying a face mask whether it's whilst in the bath, lounging on the sofa in front of Netflix or reading a book in bed. In fact, some get to work while you sleep—that's serious multitasking right there. Not only is slathering on a face mask and whiling away the minutes as it does the hard work super relaxing, but also, face masks these days are expertly concocted to bring facial-worthy results at home. Seriously, the 13 face masks below tackle everything from glow-boosting exfoliation to skin plumping and even firming.
When it comes to a face mask, there are a couple of things to consider. The texture is key (do you prefer a sheet mask, clay, gel or cream?), and often this is determined by the result you want. Hydrating and nourishing masks are often sheets or cream while those that slough away dead skin cells usually come in a gel form. Below, I'll take you through each and every mask so all you need to do is select one (or more—you may fancy multi-masking), then slather, sit back and relax.
The soft pink whipped texture of this mask looks good enough to eat but better to massage it into your face before bed. You'll wake with firmer skin by morning and even firmer complexion with continued use.
Okay, these are a bit pricey (they work out at £17 per mask as you get five in a pack), but it's one of my all-time favourites. The gel-like mask hugs the contours of the face and works in just 15 minutes to brighten, hydrate and plump. My skin always looks seriously dewy afterwards, basically like I've been for a very good facial.
A true cult classic, this face mask is one that you have to try before you die. It whisks away signs of fatigue to leave your skin looking smooth and rested. Oh, and it also tackles an uneven skin tone too. Apply two to three times per week for 10 minutes, then tissue off any excess.
A favourite of deputy editor Shannon Peter, this is a seriously nourishing and hydrating option, she tells me, great for anyone who loves facial oils. With a floral scent and infused with petals, it's a luxurious treat.
For parched complexions, this mask is a godsend. Simply apply before bed and wake up to a supple, pillowy and hydrated face looking back at you in the mirror.
Citrus scented and packed with acids (lactic, glycolic, tartaric and citric) plus papain enzyme from papaya, this makes light work of dead dull skin, nibbling it away in a flash to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion beneath. Apply for 10 minutes, then rinse.
Totally vegan, this mask is packed with antioxidant-rich matcha from Japan and organic, community-trade aloe vera. It purifies the skin and gently exfoliates to remove any stubborn pollution particles that may have stuck to the skin. Post-cleanse, this takes just five minutes to work its magic.
For troubled skin (read: redness, blemishes), this soothing mask clears out pores and calms the complexion. Packed with kaolin clay, it mops up excess oil, leaving skin velvety-matte. Oh, and it contains vitamin-rich leafy greens, kinda like a green juice for your face. Leave on for 20 minutes and chill.
Sarah Chapman is basically a skin whisperer with magic hands. Thankfully, her at-home range is the next best thing to an hour in her company. These sheet masks ply the skin with hyaluronic acid and rose water to seriously soothe and plump while zinc, copper and magnesium work to reduce redness, leaving you with a more even, dewy skin tone in just 10 to 15 minutes.
When I asked our Facebook community, The British Beauty Line, for their face mask recommendations, this got a firm thumbs-up. If your complexion looks a bit meh or has gone into absolute meltdown, reach for this. Papaya enzymes gently exfoliate to remove dead, pore-clogging skin cells whilst pink clay and coffee tackle the excess oil deep down in your pores. Expect cleaner, clearer skin in just 10 minutes.
A whipped, buttery balm, this is a good choice for anyone wanting to tackle both spots and lines (why, why?!). Lactic acids soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and kick your skin cells into gear while prebiotics fight spot-causing bacteria.
One member of The British Beauty Line wrote that this "calms blemishes and leaves skin as soft as a baby's bum, not dried out like some clay masks." Slather on and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Super affordable and packed with hyaluronic acid, this mask is like a tall glass of water for your skin, ideal for taking on your summer holidays, to soothe a dry skin type, or just if you want a little extra glow. The addition of seaweed extract tackles any skin impurities, too.
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