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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.