Face Masks Decoded

Whether you suffer from oily, congested skin, lack hydration or are looking to rid unwanted blemishes, there’s a face mask designed to tackle each concern head- on. From clay masks to eye masks, enzyme peels to thermal cleanser masks, below, the ultimate decoded face masks guide.

Thermal Masks

Designed to tackle anti-ageing concerns, thermal masks deeply penetrate the skin’s barrier to absorb oils, toxins, and dirt from deep tissue areas. The heat from the warming mask opens pores, allowing them to breathe and leaving skin feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Thermal masks are formulated to assist with pre-mature ageing and the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. Most commonly, thermal masks are packed with marine plant stem cells and nourishing botanicals known for their age-defying properties. Go on, heat it up!

We love: Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask, $7.99

Enzyme Peel Mask

Great for acne-prone skin, enzyme peel masks serve to gently remove the outmost layer of skin and even out pigmentation. The result? Vibrant, softer skin. With continued use, enzyme peel masks help to reduce pore size, scars, age spots and discolouration. Better yet? Sleep on it with an over-night mask and reap the benefits upon waking from slumber. Alternatively, opt for a luxe few-minute peel for an anywhere, anytime fix.

We love: Kiehl’s Over-Night Biological Peel, $46

La Prairie Cellular 3-Minute Peel, $305

Clay Masks

The purifying god-sent, clay masks serve to detoxify and brighten skin, tighten pores, boost radiance and protect against damage caused by external factors including pollution. For those with more oily-skin, clay masks serve to regulate sebum production – an over production results in oily skin – by soaking up the excess and cleaning out cloggy pores. Made of the earth’s minerals, the natural components work to detoxify and nourish skin, naturally.

We love: Sand and Sky, $69.90

For those with sensitive skin, we recommend: Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask, $29.95

Zone-specific Hydrating Masks

The aim of the game? To hydrate dry, dehydrated skin by absorbing moisture deep into the skin. By targeting certain areas, masks contain hydrating products most suitable and specific for the target zones. The eye area, for example, is much more sensitive and responsive to higher concentrations, resulting in fresh, youthful-looking eyes. For those prone to sensitive skin, hydrating masks serve to boost hydration, soothe skin and assist with irritation.

We love: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask, $18


Cream masks

For dry or sensitive skin, cream masks serve as the ultimate skin softener and injection of moisture to hydrate, soothe and rejuvenate skin. The creamy consistency offers just that – a thick dose of hydration, encouraging skin to soak up every ounce of moisture in full. Creams are a great mask option for those with sensitive skin as their cooling, hydrating and soothing properties work their magic in favour of easily irritable skin. Running short on time? Opt for an overnight mask to wake up to soft, dewy and glowing skin.

We love: Clinique Surge Overnight Mask, $55

And Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, $180

Detox Masks

If you’re embarking on any kind of detox program don’t forget the biggest organ of your body is your skin. Incorporating a gentle and naturally derived detox mask into your health program can help remove toxins, nourish, hydrate and even de-puff skin that’s shedding toxins.

We love: Peter Thomas Roth cucumber gel mask that can even be stored in the fridge and used as a post gym, beach or sweat sesh cooling treatment.

It’s exclusively at Sephora, $73

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