When it comes to face masks, it's not a one-size fits all, which is why you need to find the perfect one for your skin type. We have selected 8 of our all-time favourites, so no matter what concern you have, you can find the best face mask for your needs.
How to find the best face mask for your skin type...
Problem: Congested skin
If you're suffering from large pores, angry blemishes, whiteheads or flakiness, chances are your skin is congested.
At this time of year, it's easy for skin to become clogged. Indulgent diets, changing weather and cold viruses can all contribute in making the skin work extra hard to keep itself healthy, which in turn can unfortunately result in congestion.
Emma Hardie's Purifying Detox Mask is Australian pink clay based; helping to draw out all manner of impurities and reduce excess sebum on the surface of the skin.
The face mask is also infused with the brands signature moringa oil to purify and nourish, alongside unique Defensil technology to soothe, hydrate, brighten and calm inflamed skin. So, even though this clay-based mask will rebalance, you don't need to worry about it drying out any delicate skin types.
Problem: Dull skin
Over the Christmas period and all throughout winter, skin can become fatigued and dull.
Although you might find yourself reaching for an extra illuminating primer, you need to tackle the problem at the root and opt for a brightening face mask that will leave the skin visibly renewed.
REN's Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask is one of the best face masks of all time for dull skin.
Rich in a blend of 4 AHA's, including citric, lactic, glycolic and tartaric acids, the face mask works in a multitude of ways to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells, brighten and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
We love to use this once a week on a Thursday night when we want our skin to look a little more refreshed and bright for the weekend. If you're already a fan of this coveted mask, you will love the supersize version.
Problem: Dehydrated skin
Cold weather and central heating can wreak havoc on our skin as it struggles to acclimatise and adapt to the changing temperatures.
If you have dehydrated skin, you'll have symptoms such as flakiness, itching and bumps under the skin. These can be caused by the skin overproducing oil to combat the dehydration, so it can become clogged and blemish-prone.
Solution:ESPA Skin Radiance Mask
Combat dehydration with the ESPA Skin Radiance Mask; a gentle formulation which contains a blend of mulberry, bearberry and liquorice to brighten and even out the skin tone.
Pumpkin enzymes lightly slough away dead skin cells to reveal a smooth and glowing complexion behind. Expect beautifully soft results.
Problem: Ageing skin
With mature skin, prevention is always better than cure, but there's a very special face mask from Filorga that defies the odds.
If you notice any signs of fine lines, wrinkles, crow's feet or sagging skin, you need to start using targeted anti-ageing skincare products to keep the complexion plumped-up and healthy.
Solution:Filorga NCEF Night Mask
Filorga's NCEF Night Mask contains a potent blend of anti-ageing actives, such as Melatonin’CX®, which helps to make the skin appear well rested and bright.
Hyaluronic acid and collagen help to plump-up and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles so that skin appears radiant and youthful-looking.
Problem: Tired skin
The Christmas holidays and winter weather can leave the skin looking and feeling less than fresh.
If you have tired skin, you will likely exerpience symptoms such as dullness, dark circles, and dehydration. Basically, if you feel tired, your skin will be feeling it too.
Solution: ELEMIS Peptide4 Thousand Flower Mask
The ELEMIS Peptide4 Thousand Flower Mask contains extracts of white and violet willows to help gentl exfoliate away dead skin cells and leave the skin smooth, refined and refreshed.
In addition, Brazilian black clay, Nordic peat and a yeast peptide, help to brighten and leave the skin looking radiant and healthy as they are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Problem: Sensitive skin
Sensitive skin can be really hard to treat due to its unpredictable and reactive nature.
If you have sensitive skin, it will easily become inflammed, reddened and irritated by weather, pollution and certain skincare ingredients. Look out for allergy-tested and calming products, which will help to reduce any irritation.
Solution:SVR SENSIFINE Calming Mask
SVR's SENSIFINE Calming Mask is both hypoallergenic and free from common chemical nasties that could cause flare-ups, such as parabens, silicones, alcohol and fragrance.
Instead, it contains nourishing shea butter and coconut oil, which help to calm and hydrate the skin, reducing redness and inflammation.
Problem: Troubled skin
During the winter months, skin can become blocked and it can result in blemishes and bumps underneath the skin's surface.
Troubled skin can be hard to treat due to the need to purify and refresh, but also calm and rebalance, so no harsh ingredients can be used. Enter Omorovicza's Silver Skin Saviour.
Solution:Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour
This very unique mask is gentle enough to use on sensitive complexion but helps to unblock pores and reduce uneven texture.
It contains a blend of naturally anti-microbial silver, alongside niacinamide to reduce inflammation, and a blend of salicylic and glycolic acids to sweep away dead skin cells and unblock clogged pores.
Problem: City skin
If you live in a city and are around very built-up areas, you will need a face mask that can help to battle pollution.
Polluted skin can look a little like all of the above problems. Environmental aggressors can cause blemishes, dehydration, fatigue and exxtreme dullness, so you need heavy duty skincare that will target all issues.
Elizabeth Arden's Prevage City Smart Double Action Detox Mask contains a unique blend of Polyvinyl Alcohol Polymers and mushroom extract to purify and extract impurities from the skin.
It also contains powerful antioxidants to further shield against external aggressors and pollutant particles and eliminate toxic build-up in the skin.