Which are the best face masks for 2018?

Which are the best face masks for 2018?

Face masks are intensive treatments, which work to target very specific skincare concerns such as oiliness, dryness and dullness.

They’re great to use once or twice a week depending on your skin’s needs as an extra step in your beauty routine. We have selected our edit of the best face masks for all skin types to help you get the most out of them and keep your skin beautifully healthy.

Which is the best face mask for me?

Whether you have normal, combination, sensitive, oily, acne-prone or congested skin, there is a face mask to suit you and target your skin’s individual needs. We have selected our favourite for 2018 below.

Best face mask for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can be hard to treat, but face masks are great starting points as they act like more intense moisturisers without any potent actives that could cause irritation.

REN’s Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask is a super soothing 10 minute treatment, which helps to calm, nourish and strengthen sensitive skin to reduce redness and stress.

It’s rich in white mushroom extract to soothe and reduce redness, whule arnica and red algae relieve irritation and help to replenish lost moisture.

Plus, like all other REN skincare products, this face mask is free from all chemical nasties.

Best face mask for dehydrated skin

If your skin feels a little tighter, duller and more irritated than usual, chances are it’s dehydrated and in need of a moisture injection.

ESPA’s Overnight Hydration Therapy is the perfect treatment. It contains konjac root and hyaluronic acid (which holds 1000 x its own weight in water), which help to hydrate the skin and keep it plumped-up and moisturised.

Chicory root extract works to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier and prevent future moisture loss and damage.

Best face mask for dry skin

Signs of dry skin include extreme flakiness, tightness and intense itching due to its barrier being compromised, meaning you need a nourishing face mask to combat and remedy.

The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is one of the best face masks for dry skin as it contains conditioning avocado and apricot kernel oils which help to replenish lost moisture and shield against damaging environmental aggressors to break the cycle of dryness. Japanese seaweed also works to repair the skin’s natural barrier function for longer-term hydration.

The important thing to remember if you have dry skin is that you need to continue with the products even after you feel like your skin is recovering. Dryness can come back at any point, so by including a face mask such as this Origins one into your weekly beauty routine, you will find your skin stays healthy and stable.

As it’s an Origins product, it’s also free from the common chemical nasties such as parabens and sulphates, and smells beautiful.

Best face mask for acne

If you have problematic skin, you need to be careful about the ingredients you use on your skin. Luckily, Dermalogica have already done their research for their cult mediBac Sebum Clearing Masque.

Made with niacinamide, zinc gluconate, biotin, salicylic acid and yeast extract, the face mask helps to deeply cleanse, inhibit overactive sweat glands which cause clogged pores and excess sebum production, as well as purify and refresh.

Cinnamon bark and spiraea help to slow the growth of acnegenic bacteria to prevent future breakout and keep the skin beautifully clear and refreshed.

Best face mask for oily skin

Oily skin produces excess sebum, which results in a shiny complexion, blocked pores and breakouts.

La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Clay Mask works to unclog pores within 5 minutes thanks to its powerful clay-based formula. It contains kaolin and argilla, which absorb excess sebum and also target sebum deep within the pores to prevent future spots from forming.

For those who are worried about it causing dryness, don’t worry. The face mask also contains a base of 5% panthenol, which nourishes and hydrates without making the skin oily or greasy.

Best face mask for dull skin

There can be a number of factors which contribute to dulling skin, but changing seasons, weather and the environment can all play a huge part.

OSKIA’s Renaissance Mask is perfect for brightening dulling complexions as it contains a cocktail of fruit acids which work to slough away dead skin cells and reveal a glowing complexion underneath. It also contains nourishing botanicals, so if you have dulling skin with slight sensitivity, you can still use this face mask too as it soothes and protects.

Certified organic, we love to use this mask once a week or before a special event when we need our skin to look and its best.

If you’re in a rush, try Sanctuary Spa’s 1 Minute Daily Glow Mask; it contains a blend of Vitamin C super fruits to reveal glowing skin in 60 seconds.

Best face mask for congested skin

Symptoms of congested skin can include blackheads on the cheeks and t-zone, alongside flakiness and small under-the-skin bumps which don’t go away.

Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask is packed with impurity-removing extracts including pink clay and grape marc, which deeply cleanse, absorb toxins and gently exfoliate to purify and refresh.

Papaya extract is also included in the ingredient line-up as it helps to tighten pores and prevent further congestion.

Best face mask for ageing skin

Mature skin requires a little extra nourishment and hydration to keep it plumped-up, healthy and glowing.

Chantecaille’s Gold Recovery Mask contains 24k gold and silk proteins, which help to condition, while probiotics and peptides help to tone, firm and lift the skin for powerful results.

Blackcurrant seed oil penetrates deep into the skin to reduce the appearance of puffiness and redness and leave the skin visibly smoother and healthier.



Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!