Masking, in the traditional sense, has taken a back seat as part of essential skin care routine as acids, chemical exfoliants, peels and retinols took over the industry. Applying masks is more of a pampering routine now for many with only high maintenance beauties (11 Step Korean Skin Care Routine, anyone?) opting for them regularly. However, this does not mean that masking is any less beneficial to the skin now. In fact, the newer kinds of masks have more nourishing properties and work more efficiently than the older ones.
From gel peel off masks to exfoliating ones to sheet masks, there is a kind of mask for every skin type. So if you are looking for some spa time over the weekend or just feel that your skin needs some nourishing goodness, read on:
Mask for Oily Skin
Clay works best for oily skin. While the good old bentonite clay was the go to option for everyone thenew trend is to use Pink Clay for your skin which is not only suitable for oily skin but also does not dry out dry or sensitive skin.
This particular one from the Land Down Under, Alya Skin – Australian Pink Clay Mask, detoxifies the skin and removes toxins, pollutants and nasties, reduces skin inflammation and assists in removing eczema and acne and tightens the pores. The mask sold out immediately when it was first launched and we can see why. It promises glowing skin with reduced redness and pores and that’s exactly what you get even after the first use!
Mask for Congested Skin
Large pores, blackheads and lacklustre, dull complexion are usually key signs of congested skin. The main cause of congested skin is the build up of dead skin cells caused by slow natural shedding of skin and irregular exfoliation on our part.
This is why Dermalogica – Charcoal Rescue Masque is a good option. The mask contains bentonite clay to purge pores and detox the skin, lactic acid to brighten skin via chemical exfoliation and witch hazel and glycerin to soothe inflammation and reduce redness.
Mask for Dry Skin
Looking to calm, reinvigorate and quench your dry skin? This professional strength mask by isClinical – Hydra-Intensive Cooling Masque, helps hydrate the skin with natural botanical antioxidants Centella Asiatica, Resveratrol, Green Tea, Aloe Vera, and Rosemary Extracts and nature’s most powerful hydrator, Hyaluronic Acid.
The lightweight gel masque feels luxurious to apply and leaves your inflamed, dry skin luminous, fresh and hydrated in just 10 minutes. It works wonders to treat sunburns too in this summer heat!
Mask for Dull Skin
Dull, lacklustre skin is often accompanied by pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Treating all of these problems together is somewhat of a feat and what you need is a powerhouse mask to pamper your skin.
The Eve Lom Brightening Mask is our absolute favorite when we need some instant help in the luminosity department. The 100% natural cotton sheet mask is chock-full of ingredients like Dermapep ™, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Vitamin E And C, Liquorice Root Extract And Sodium PCA to help correct pigmentation and even out skin tone, hydrate and boost luminosity, encourage collagen production and reduce inflammation.
Mask for Aging Skin
While aging skin needs a lot more than a masking session to help restore its time value, a good mask can and does help make the process a lot more efficient.
We are currently obsessed with the MagicStripes – Magnetic Youth Mask. This innovative mask by MagicStripes has integrated magnetic forces that help improve the blood circulation by creating a magnetic field within to accelerate cell renewal, detox and depuff, slow down skin aging, improve skin metabolism and prevent micro wrinkles from turning into deep wrinkles.
After using the mask, remember to pat in the leftover essence in your skin to get every ounce of anti-aging goodness from the mask!
Mask for Acneic Skin
Acneic skin is the toughest kind to deal with. Every kind of acne is different and their treatment unique. But a good mask with top of the line ingredients can not only reduce acne but also help keep it at bay in the future.
We find a product like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Therapeutic Sulfur Masque is perfect for the job. It only needs to be applied at infected areas and helps dry out oil and acne while unclogging pores. It is a medicated masque with maximum-strength 10% sulfur, purifying kaolin and bentonite clays to get the job done and done right.
Mask for Sensitive Skin
Its difficult to find a mask for sensitive skin that doesn’t further aggravate the situation and yet works efficiently to deliver the results you want.
This is why when we first used the new Whish Nourishing Dew Mask Rose Hip + Lotus, we quickly became obsessed.
The mask boasts of natural organic ingredients like cupuacu butter, mango butter, organic rose hip fruit extract, citrus australasica fruit extract, organic safflower oil, lotus corniculatus flower extract, mimosa flower extract and green tea leaf extract and promises to deliver intense intense hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines and inflammation.
The mask is gentle enough to be left on your skin overnight with dewy, luminous, moisturized skin to welcome you in the morning.
Mask for Dehydrated Skin
Dehydrated skin is often confused with dry skin. While dry skin is a skin type, dehydrated skin is simply a skin condition caused by a lack of mositure in your skin.
A good dose of hydration can help fix the issue quite easily. Our easy fix for skin that looks dull and ashen is Patchology – Restoring Night Cloudmasque Sleeping Mask.
The mask works while you sleep so that’s an added bonus and you wake up with brighter, more plump, youthful looking skin.
The mask is formulated with the ultimate hydrator – Hyaluronic Acid – and 17 other skin conditioning plant extracts along with Retinol and Peptides to give you additional antiaging benefits.