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Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR BEAUTY -

MAFTER YEARS LOST I N A B E AUTY SIBERIA at the back of the cab­i­net, face masks are cre­at­ing a niche for them­selves as fast-act­ing, mul­ti­task­ing skin saviours with a mix of new and tar­geted prod­ucts.

Wait­ing for a mask to work is a thing of the past; I now use Dior’s Hy­dra Life Beauty Awak­en­ing Re­hy­drat­ing Mask as a night cream and the re­sults are ex­cel­lent: It leaves skin plump, dewy, and healthy-look­ing. The makeup artist An­drew Gal­limore started my ad­dic­tion for this mask (although any that hydrate, such as Clar­ins Hy­draQuench CreamMask and Glamglow Thirsty Mud [`4,500 ap­prox] give the same re­sults) after telling me how he lay­ers it on un­der makeup.

So I now do the same with La Mer’s The In­ten­sive Re­vi­tal­iz­ing Mask, be­cause it’s a waste to re­move a mask (un­less they are of the clay or peel­ing va­ri­ety). Plus, as the fa­cial­ist Ni­chola Joss ex­plains: “Mas­sag­ing it in gets the ac­tive in­gre­di­ents deeper to work bet­ter.”

Gel masks can be pat­ted on over makeup to freshen up dry skin, and masks are a bet­ter choice than creams for long-haul flights; SK-II’s Fa­cial Treat­ment and Sarah Chap­man’s 3D Mois­ture In­fu­sion Masks (`700 ap­prox) are popular with those who face the pa­parazzi on land­ing.

For those masks that come in in­di­vid­ual sa­chets, my tip is ei­ther to chill one in the fridge to help firm and de-puff skin, or warm it in the bath to re­lax tight mus­cles.

The new overnight masks make sense as a more po­tent, tar­geted al­ter­na­tive to a night cream, such as Filorga’s Sleep and Peel Mask; Aro­mather­apy As­so­ciates’s Overnight Re­pair Mask (`3,800 ap­prox), and Clinique’s Mois­ture Surge Overnight Mask. For when you need a quick im­prove­ment, peel­ing masks de­liver: My reg­u­lars in­clude La Prairie’s Cel­lu­lar 3-Minute Peel (`14,200 ap­prox) and Elemis Pa­paya En­zyme Peel (`2,800 ap­prox). Both re­move dead sur­face cells, ideal to pre­pare skin for ei­ther a sec­ond treat­ment mask or an in­ten­sive cream. Follow with Sensai’s mul­ti­task­ing Lifting Ra­di­ance 3D Mask (`9,200 ap­prox) or Elemis Pro-In­tense Lift Ef­fect Su­per Sys­tem (`16,400 ap­prox) whose ‘chin-sling’ mask is low on glam­our but high on re­sults. Although it has to be re­moved, Dr Se­bagh’s Skin Per­fect­ing Mask (`6,100 ap­prox) is worth the work, as it leaves oily, puffy, and dull skin look­ing vel­vety, clear, and even. No longer a once-a-week treat, th­ese can be lay­ered and mixed up; blend­ing a hy­drat­ing mask with a nour­ish­ing one is bril­liant for dry or stressed skin, or even add a dab to foun­da­tion. The fa­cial­ist Sarah Chap­man lay­ers her masks over serums “to re­ally su­per­charge your treat­ment”. So, far from be­ing for­got­ten and dusty, th­ese are a new es­sen­tial; in my bath­room I re­cently noted that I now have far more masks than I do face creams.


Clock­wise from top left:

Dior Hy­dra Life Beauty Awak­en­ing Re­hy­drat­ing Mask, 3,000 (ap­prox); La

Mer The In­ten­sive Re­vi­tal­iz­ing Mask, 10,600 (ap­prox); Filorga Sleep and Peel Mask, 4,000; SK-II

Fa­cial Treat­ment Mask, 9,000 (ap­prox); Mois­ture Surge Overnight Mask, 2,950; Hy­draQuench Cream

Mask, 2,450.



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