Face masks work deeper than daily cleansers and moisturisers to clear pores, hydrate and repair stressed skin.
Take 10 minutes out of your week or treat your skin overnight with a luxurious mask that targets your biggest concerns.
Bobbi Brown Radiance Boost Face Mask, $85.
This mask is just the trick for a quick pick-me-up. The exfoliating formula uses superfine walnut grains and orange oil to energise skin and gently slough off dull surface cells. Kaolin clay reduces excess oil, while algae extract and sodium hyaluronate balance moisture levels. Skin is left deeply cleansed, so your make-up will look better for longer.
Repair and restore
Dior Hydra Life Jelly Sleeping Mask, $150.
Our skin heals itself at night and this mask boosts that process for a brighter complexion by morning. The ultra-lightweight formula transforms from jelly into water on contact with skin, drenching it in hyaluronic acid and a cocktail of natural ingredients. It promises to smooth lines, even out skintone, hydrate, plump and increase radiance – all while you sleep.
Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Revitalizing Mask Noir, $458.
Inspired by the ancient therapy of dry brushing, this two-step ritual delivers fast results to fatigued skin. A custom-crafted brush increases blood flow to skin cells before the purifying and gently exfoliating mask is applied. The formula contains rare black diamond truffle extract to nourish and revitalise skin, while bamboo charcoal clears pores and eliminates toxins.
La Mer Lifting and Firming Mask, $350.
Devotees of Crème de la Mer, listen up! This anti-ageing mask boasts a potent combination of brown algae, marine peptides and plant stem cells to accelerate the production of collagen – the protein that keeps your skin looking firm. Use regularly for at least eight minutes before bed and you’ll soon notice visibly tighter and firmer skin.
Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque, $65.
Tackle the ageing effects of environmental pollution with this overnight mask, which helps to replenish skin and reverse the signs of damage. Cilantro extract (an oil derived from coriander seeds) strengthens the skin’s barrier function, while orange extract acts as a powerful and protective antioxidant for a brighter, clearer complexion come sunrise.
Lancôme Hydra-Intense Masque, $89.
Dehydrated skin can increase the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and redness, so it’s important to replenish lost moisture. As well as drinking lots of water, treat dry skin twice a week with this five-minute moisture-balancing mask. Skin is left looking smooth and noticeably more plump, thanks to the formula’s active botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid.
Sothys 2-in-1 Mask Exfoliant, $60.
This creamy paste is a super smoothie of goodness: blueberry acts as a skin-saving antioxidant, cranberry moisturises and pink clay cleanses and decongests. It also contains vegetable grains to gently exfoliate and oxygenate skin, leaving it soft, plump and hydrated. The multi-tasking formula can be used as a cleansing exfoliant first, then as a five-minute mask.
Clarify with clay
Evolu Triple Action Oil Control Clay Mask, $45.
Excess oil can lead to clogged pores, blackheads and pimples, so this quick-drying mask boasts a triple-action formula to clear, regulate and brighten congested skin. Kaolin clay, fennel and hops work to extract impurities, while lentil seed extract regulates oil production to minimise pores. Finally, kiwifruit oil and balm mint revitalise skin for a fresher look and feel.
Oasis Beauty Fruit Smoothie Exfoliating Face Mask, $39.
This multi-purpose, natural mask and scrub is a quick step to glowing, smooth skin. It contains natural clays to draw out impurities and jojoba beads combined with papaya, pineapple and pink grapefruit to exfoliate with ease. For best results, let it sit on the skin for five minutes or more, before gently massaging with damp fingers and rinsing off with warm water.
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