Part skincare, part self-care – a face mask is the ultimate Sunday afternoon treat.
Oily, dry, breakout-prone, sensitive, mature… every face has a unique set of needs. And as a result, skincare isn’t a one-size-fits-all equation.
To cater to the needs of savvy consumers, there is a face mask out there for every skin concern. The catch? With so many options to choose from, navigating through online stores and cosmetics aisles can sometimes feel like a battlefield. There are sheet masks, clay masks, under-eye masks, sleep masks and more to choose from – and that’s before you even delve into their respective claims.
With a little bit of guidance, it is possible to sort through the noise and find a face mask that works. Ahead, the best face mask for every skin type. Your skin won’t know what hit it.
If you have… oily skin
Try: a clay mask
Clay-based skin treatments actively soak up oil and draw out impurities, toxins and dirt. Bonus points if your clay mask also contains charcoal – a proven anti-pollution ingredient.
If you have… mature skin
Try: anything with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)
Anti-wrinkle ingredient AHA is a chemical exfoliant that gently dissolves dead cells on the skin’s surface. It also encourages cells to reboot and renew, creating a more youthful complexion. AHA can be found in a number of products, including sheet masks, modeling masks and sleep masks.
If you have… dry skin
Try: a sheet mask
Sheet masks offer parched skin a much-needed drink. Look for a mask with added hyaluronic acid – an ingredient that plumps and moisturises like no other.
If you have… combination skin
Combination skin has more than one concern. Usually, the t-zone will be oily and the outer-edges could be sensitive, acne-prone or dry. In this situation, two masks are better than one. Paint a clay mask on to the t-zone and try a soothing treatment mask on the rest of the face.
If you have… acne-prone skin
Try: a mask with rose and/or beta hydroxy acid (BHA)
While it may be tempting to dry out acne-prone skin (and dry-out blemishes in the process), avoid over-stripping the skin as it can lead to more oil and more pimples. Look for masks with antibacterial tea tree oil or pore-clearing BHA.
If you have… sensitive skin
Try: a modelling mask
Modelling masks deliver a solid hit of serum to the skin without risk of evaporation. Opt for a mask that contains skin-soothing rose extract or hyaluronic acid.