Best Face Masks For Pampering Your Face

We think these facemasks might just change your life – and your skin.

It’s easy to write the best face masks off as non-essentials. After all, you wear them for 10-minutes, watch a little Netflix, then wash your hard-earned pennies down the plughole. Or so you might think.

The truth is, the right face mask, used in the rightway can work out-and-out miracles on tired, blotchy, dehydrated skin. No joke.

Here’s why you should use a face mask (if you’re not already that is): beautifying ingredients, likehyaluronic acid and retinol, are able to penetrate further into your skin where they can impact cell turnover, collagen and elastin production and, ultimately, have a huge impact. That’s because face masks literally hold these ingredients captive against your skin for 10-minutes or so, and your face has no choice but to suck all that goodness up.

If your skin is dull and dry, a face mask makes for a great exfoliator. Grainy scrubs are not only harsh on the environment, but they’’re not too gentle on your precious face either. Look for masks containing mild peeling actions or ingredients like fruit enzymes, which will nibble away on dry, flaky skin to reveal the softer, plumper stuff underneath. No scrubbing involved.

We’’re obsessed with sheet masks. In South Korea women buy sheet masks by the box-load and use them daily. Yes, it sounds a little high maintenance but then again women in South Korea are known for their perfectly flawless, smooth-as-silk faces so they’re probably onto something. Sheet masks come saturated in skin plumping and brightening ingredients and, left on for 10-20 minutes, force all that goodness into the skin.

And, where would we be without eye masks? They almost instantly plump up dehydration lines and boost brightness around the eye area.

There’s a new kind of product in town and it boosts the efficacy of your face mask even further; it’s a mask primer. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Our skin is designed to keep stuff out, it’s how it protects itself… but we want all these incredible ingredients to get as deep as possible into our skin where they can really make a difference. A mask, by nature, pushes ingredients further into the skin than, say, a face cream but, being the greedy lot that we are, we want our face masks to work even harder.

That’s where mask primers come in. We’re loving both Origins Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer, £18.50, and Elethea Boosting pH Mist, £26; they both increase the absorption rate of active ingredients into your skin. Just apply a fine layer onto clean skin before painting on your mask.

So, here’s a round up of the best and most brilliant face masks, to suit every budget and skin type.

Try them and let us know what you think…

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