When it comes to luxurious skincare there's nothing quite like a face mask. You see, even the least expensive versions are heaven - mainly because they require you to take a moment to put yourself first. That's right - applying a face mask forces you to take a moment and provide a little conscious self-care - and who doesn't need more of that?
Nobody - that's who.
On top of the fact they force you to take a breather, face masks are also powerful skin rejuvenators, packed with active ingredients that have the power to soothe and soften, deeply hydrate and even draw out toxins.
So you can see why we all need to use them and more often.
You like the sound of all that right? Us too! But which one to use and when? If you're not sure don't worry. We have done the hard work for you and below is a quick round-up of our current favourites, complete with a brief explanation as to what they're designed to achieve and who they're best suited for.
Come on - let's mask!
First cab off the rank, Dr Lewinn's Reversaderm Brightening Vitamin C Face Mask, $9.95.
This is one luxe mask, which is kind of amazing given the budget price. It adheres to the face acting like a second skin providing both an instant and continuous moisture surge. Loaded with a highly potent serum of Vitamin C and B3 it hydrates and also brightens dull skin. Lime Pearl and Nutgrass promote gentle exfoliation and even skin tone so you can look forward to a youthful-looking complexion.
Each mask duo features smooth and colourful peel off formulas designed to revive your complexion with cutting-edge ingredients and a serum pad to remove any mask residue and moisturise the skin. Also, these masks look seriously AMAZING when applied, so if you're a fan of sharing your beauty images on social media then this is the one for you.
This seriously silky, smooth textured mask comforts and relieves dryness and brightens the skin and fast. This mask is a genuine multi-function product in that it's a treatment mask as well as a pre-makeup complexion enhancer. Perfect for application before that big (and very important) event.
It provides firming and also rejuvenates plus works as an ideal foundation primer.
This detoxifying sheet mask contains the rejuvenating properties of bananas and strawberries to even out skin tone and texture for a radiant and healthy looking complexion. The natural and powerful addition of paprika, carrot and cabbage extracts energise and create a long-lasting brightening effect on your skin. And excuse me - but PRICE!
Energise, purify and deeply cleanse with hearty doses of rosehip, kaolin and pohutukawa. These three ingredients are kind of amazing and here's why. Mineral-rich kaolin clay delivers instant radiance with a deep cleansing action. Native New Zealand pohutukawa extract helps tone and regenerate while emollient oils rosehip and evening primrose nourish and hydrate.
Oh and you get to relax and take some much-needed me-time while it's applied. Yes - you deserve it. Don't ask again!
These hydrogel under eye patches are super-charged with retinol to reduce the signs of ageing for younger-looking eyes. Brightness-boosting retinol helps brighten dark circles and also improves the appearance of pigmentation - yep, sun spots. The ultra-gentle retinol formula helps smooth skin texture and plump fine lines. It is also enriched with vitamin B5 to calm and soothe skin too.
The unique charcoal sheet formula creates a foam when it reacts on the skin, the bubbles exfoliate dead skin cells and you’re left feeling super smooth. Playful bubbly fun you just have to snap and share! Perfect for teenage skin or adult skin that thinks it's teenaged! The price is unbeatable plus you can pick one up when you do the weekly groceries.
This mask is loaded hyaluronic acid so that it instantly quenches dry skin leaving it deeply hydrated, radiant looking and feeling smooth and supple. Seriously. Naturally found in the skin, hyaluronic acid helps to replenish moisture instantly and also, continuously throughout the day.
This is no ordinary sheet mask. It is made of 100 per cent hydrogel material, which contours to your skin, sealing in the formula for optimal absorption. It is clinically proven to hydrate and soothe too and you cannot complain about that price.
This intensive mask rids skin of impurities and excess sebum - yep, the stuff that blocks pores - and leaves it fresh, clean and lovely.
It contains unique properties of silt collected from European freshwater lakes and it detoxes skin leaving it super soft and smooth. The highest quality earth clays work to unclog pores and also absorb excess oil (goodbye breakouts). Indeed, if you use it regularly skin is left looking polished and smooth and visible pores are noticeably diminished. Hurrah!