We think these face masks might just change your life (and your skin)
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, huh?!
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.
Homemade face mask
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 AHAs to dissolve dead skin cells and zinc to regulate your skin’s sebum production. Plus your avocado obsession will do your skin some serious good, as they’re packed with antioxidants and fatty acids that preserve skin’s moisturiser.
Not sure where to start when it comes to making your own face mask? Try out one of these 6 recipes for homemade face masks for an excellent skincare boost that’s on the cheap.
Best face masks for acne
Struggling with 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; spots wither under its glare as it gets a hand on your skin’s oil levels. 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. It’s 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.
Scroll through our detailed round up of the best and most brilliant face masks, to suit every budget and skin type.
A skin-improving mask that's great on pretty much all skin types, the Essential Clearing mask is effective, relaxing and soothing. Skin feels noticeably softer and clearer.
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).
This gentle, all-natural mask goes on like a gel and gets rid of any surface and pore-deep debris from your complexion without any of that stinging feeling. Your skin's texture looks kind of 'blurred' after the first use.
Charcoal is well-known for its ability to draw impurities from your pores, so along with Paula's name on the tube, you know this is a mask to trust. The gel formula is comfortable on the skin and easy to rinse off, and it leaves your complexion looking a bit less clogged.
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.
Kiwis and strawberries are not just for fruit salads you know?! If you're headed on a night out, this will give you party-perfect skin. The fruit enzymes will nibble away at dead skin cells, encourage cell turnover to brighten skin. Embrace the tingle effect - it means it's working.
It's kiwi again! This time it's teamed up with shea butter, pomegranate and mango extracts to soothe parched dry skin. Here's a handy tip: if you're dangerously hungover pop this on and it'll at least sort your skin out. We can't help with the headache and next-day-blues, I'm afraid.
This line was developed for Millenials who burn the wick at both ends, but don't want to change their lifestyles. If you fall into that camp, you'll love this retexturising formula from the Kings of face masks.
Oooh this is a bit different, this is a mask you wear whilst you sleep. Be sure to wait about 10/15 minutes for it to fully absorb so you don't leave a tacky mess on your pillow! The idea behind this is Korean-inspired mask is that it cocoons your skin in the rich texture, so that when you wake you're left with a baby soft, plumped and radiant complexion.
The reason that it says Brilliant Skin on the pot is because after using it you are left with brilliant skin. It detoxifies, tightens pores and gives you one hell of a glow. Just look at all of the results on Instagram if you don't believe us.