A good face mask can make any skin better fast, Newby Hands chooses the best.

After years of being banished to the beauty wilderness, a good face mask is now seen by beauty pros as the difference between a good skin and great skin. Fast acting, effective and targeted to do one specific job (deep clean, plump out, brighten up) the best masks can now be viewed as a one-step mini DIY facial. Here is my pick of those that really deliver:

  1. BEST FOR Office to out

    When you need a fuss-free skin refresher, these clever little eye masks work to plump up dry lines around tired eyes, and can even be used over make-up at the end of long day – we also use one on any lines between the brows. Keep in your desk drawer for a fast face fix. Try bliss triple oxygen eye mask  or Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Eye Mask .

  2. BEST FOR Overnight treatment

    Rich and creamy, but not greasy, this multi-tasker smoothes, soothes, calms and nourishes dry, sensitive or any skin that needs a boost. Massage in generously before bed for rosy, plump skin the morning after. Tip: It’s a great late night face saver, helping to hide the morning-after effects of too little sleep. Try Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Night Mask or Aromatherapy Associates Overnight Mask .

  3. BEST FOR Pre-party

    Giving any skin (even an oily one) a shot of hydration is the fastest way to lose a few lines and get that dewy, healthy skin finish – in fact some lines can be more down to skin being dry rather than just ageing. Apply all over, then a few minutes later re-apply where it has been absorbed (in super-dry areas). Try Decleor Hydra Floral Expert Mask or Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask .

  4. BEST FOR Skin brightening

    Whether tired, run down or just looking a bit dull, this radiance-boosting mask gives the drawn, pasty and grey a much needed healthy glow. Try Darphin Youthful Radiance Mask or bliss triple oxygen energizing mask .

  5. BEST FOR A deep clean

    Great for balancing oily skin, or giving city skin a good spring clean, this works gently but effectively to leave skin with that velvety matte finish. Try md formulations Vit-A-Plus Clearing Complex Masque or Decleor Aroma Purifying Mask .

  6. BEST FOR Anti-ageing

    Used regularly, any mask that’s packed with powerful skin repairing ingredients can work to boost your usual everyday skincare. Use it at least once a week, even layering it over a favourite serum or face oil for a more intensive treatment. Try Dior Hydra Life Rehydrating Mask or The Organic Pharmacy Collagen Boost Mask .

  7. BEST FOR Polished skin

    A skin peel can leave the skin surface more evenly smooth than a grainy scrub, plus they are a fast way to get that glow back to dull, rough skin. Tip. Using an AHA based peel before using a self tan helps ensure an even colour and a more golden colour. Try Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask or Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask .

Tip: Remember that anything cold on the skin equals firming, so to add an extra boost to a favourite mask keep it in the fridge before applying – especially good if it’s for hydrating the skin or pre-party.
Tip: To get the most from a mask, first use a skin scrub to ensure you have got rid of any thick, uneven skin surface so your mask can penetrate more easily.

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