Nothing beats 'em
It’s easy to write the best face masks off as non-essentials. After all, you wear them for 10-minutes, watch a little Netflix, then wash your hard-earned pennies down the plughole. Or so you might think.
The truth is, the best face masks for your skin, can transform and treat all kinds of problem skin. From tired, blotchy and dehydrated skin to blemished, dull and congested skin.
Here’s why you should use a face mask: beautifying ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and retinol, are able to penetrate further into your skin where they can impact cell turnover, collagen and elastin production and, ultimately, have a huge impact. Thats because face masks literally hold these ingredients captive against your skin for 10-minutes or so, and your face has no choice but to suck all that goodness up. Neat, hey?
If your skin is dull and dry, the best face masks can make for a great exfoliator. Whilst you might be currently using a grainy scrub to rid your face of dead skin, they’re actually not gentle enough on skin. Look for masks containing mild peeling actions or ingredients like fruit enzymes, which will nibble away on dry, flaky skin to reveal the softer, plumper stuff underneath. No scrubbing involved.
Best face masks for acne
Struggling with adult acne can make you a bit wary about what you put on your face. The last thing you want is a product that causes you to break out even more or make existing breakouts even worse. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Anti-Blemish Clay Mask, £8.25, is formulated for oily, spot-prone skin. Use it a few times a week and you’ll notice a marked difference in your complexion – it’s no wonder that oily-skinned women rave about the entire range.
Best face masks for blackheads
If blackheads are your biggest issue, seek out something with exfoliating properties to help clean out your plugged pores. Salicylic acid is a well-known hero when it comes to treating congested skin, so if it appears on a face mask’s label you can put your faith in its ability to help get rid of blackheads. But think twice before trying one of those Instagram-famous black face masks, which can potentially ruin your skin.
Glamglow’s Supermud, £16, is a firm favourite of the MC Beauty Team. It has activated charcoal inside, which draws out dirt and toxins from the pores. As the mask dries, you can actually see the darker bits of oil and grim that have been extracted. Beyond satisfying.
Best face masks for dry skin
Trust us when we say that the best face masks will completely transform even the driest of complexions into soft and radiant skin. The key is to choose something that’s going to supply your skin with a high concentration of moisturising ingredients. While shopping, be sure to keep your eye out for hyaluronic acid, a mega-hydrating ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. Genius. The best we’ve tried? Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque, £55.
Homemade face masks
If you’re not so willing to splurge on a ready-made face mask, chances are you have some of the ingredients you should slap on your skin in your fridge or kitchen cupboards already. That supermarket-bought honey is seriously moisturising, while organic yoghurt is jam-packed with lactic acid to dissolve dead skin cells as well as zinc to regulate your skin’s sebum production. Your avocado obsession will also do your skin some serious good, as they’re packed with antioxidants and fatty acids that preserve skin’s moisture.
Not sure where to start when it comes to the DIY version? Try out one of these six recipes for homemade face masks for an excellent skincare boost on the cheap. Scroll through our detailed round up of the best and most brilliant face masks, to suit every budget and skin type.
The activated X-charcoal in this mask changes colour while you wear it, drawing out the dirt and grime from your skin. Once it's dried you can see what's been extracted from the skin, which is super satisfying, and you'll be able to see the difference once you've washed the whole thing off.
You know when you catch yourself in the mirror and something isn't right? When skin is looking a little blah? Well this mask is for those occasions. The potent mix of acids work in harmony to renew and refine skin. 10 minutes with this on and your reflection will tell a very different story.
The perfect fix for seriously dehydrated skin, this sweet smelling mask is enriched with avocado and apricot for the perfect dose of overnight nourishment.
The cult favourite Renaissance Mask combines fruit acids with rose and chamomile extract soothe, brighten and even out skin. Massage into your face and the mask activates changing from pink to white, so you know when it's started to work its magic. If your skin is in need of a pick-me-up this is just the thing to get it going.
The Moringa Cleansing Balm is a cult favouirte, so allow us to introduce something equally superb: The Renewal Mask. Boosting radiance and smoothing skin's overall texture, skin looks brighter with just one use. For an added boost, sleep with this treatment mask on overnight (unless you have sensitive skin).