The ritual of 'masking' is one of the most Instagram-worthy beauty pastimes and the range on offer is endless. Editor Trudi Brewer steps up this weekly ritual and explores the art of multi-masking.
From detoxifying to hydrating, deep-cleansing, and spot hydrating, you name it there is a mask to fit your every skincare need. And guess what you can apply more than one mask at one time. From hydrating under the eyes, correcting a blemish-prone T zone, you can create a bespoke, tailor-made skin treatment to brighten, tighten and revive your skin. Here are some of our go-to skin savers.
Detox and brighten
This is where you may experience your breakout. The skin on the forehead, around the nose and the chin, is often oilier than the cheeks. Invest in a detoxifying or purifying clay mask that targets oil control on the T-zone area. It's ideal for seriously deep cleansing, and refining skin pores, leaving the skin looking smoother and brighter within weeks.
Fatigue and stress show on the face and more dramatically under the eye area. This is where a fitted sheet mask is invaluable. These new generation sheet masks claim to be do-it-all, from hydrating to brightening here’s what we use weekly.
Estée Lauder ANR Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask 4 Pads, $92, not only are these cleverly fitted eye sheet masks, refreshing your eyes will look ten years younger in 10 minutes. Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask 4 pack $98, the hero ingredient retinol (vitamin A) is infused in this clever sheet mask to firm and smooth fine lines, leaving skin looking radiant.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, $83, leaves dry skin looking uber-dewy and ready for makeup. DR. Barbara Strum Face Mask Sachet Box $305, contains purslane, chamomile and aloe vera that boost antioxidants in the skin, just what you need during long haul travel.
More and more we seek out natural skincare options, and when it comes to moisturising and brightening. make sure you apply masks on freshly cleansed skin after showering. The steam in the shower helps loosen any dirt or grime in the skin, including clogging pores helping the mask work faster.
Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask, $50, 99.9 percent natural, this mask is a wake up call for dry skin, thanks to the clary sage locks in moisture. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Exfoliating Mask, $83. This peel packs a powerful punch thanks to BHAs and AHAs and vitamin A, C, and E that reduce the look of fine lines and brighten dull skin.
Freeman Polishing Charcoal + Black Sugar Gel Mask Scrub, $18, a cheeky beauty buy, we use this scrub all over our body. It buffs dry skin, hydrating and healing fast. Swisse Bamboo Facial Exfoliant, $12, tiny bamboo particles, maple sugar, orange, and bilberry fruit acids buff your complexion clear, while the addition of myrrh soothes and hydrates.