RE­TURN of the MASK

A new gen­er­a­tion of detox­i­fy­ing fa­cial treat­ments gives fast, fresh, and ra­di­ant re­sults. By Vic­to­ria Hall.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

Hav­ing long since fallen out of fash­ion, the face mask is mak­ing a come­back, and a strong one. There is now a huge choice of masks that work faster and harder, like turbo-charged face creams. They come in a range of tex­tures, from tra­di­tional clays and creams to hy­drat­ing gels and cloth masks. “With new tech­nol­ogy and sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies in skin­care, masks have now be­come so ac­tive that re­sults can be seen straight away,” says the fa­cial­ist Linda Pal­cic.

WHAT YOU NEED

Take the clay mask: af­ter years of fu­tile, messy, skin-dry­ing sa­chets, brands such as Clayspray and GlamGlow are us­ing finer French clays, which are softer on skin, but still draw out im­pu­ri­ties and detox­ify. Clay masks are now es­sen­tial to skin­care, as “clear pores help nour­ish­ing and anti-age­ing ingredients to pen­e­trate the skin prop­erly,” ex­plains the fa­cial­ist Alexan­dra Soveral. Use one be­fore ap­ply­ing a re­plen­ish­ing cloth mask, and the re­sults are on a par with pro­fes­sional fa­cials. “Cloth masks de­liver hyaluronic acids and vi­ta­mins deep into the skin and re­ally help to im­prove its qual­ity, tex­ture, and ra­di­ance,” says Pal­cic. Our cur­rent favourites in­clude La Mer the Hy­drat­ing Fa­cial Mask, SK-II Skin Sig­na­ture 3D Re­defin­ing Mask, and Dior Cap­ture Lift Corset Mask.

We are also fans of skin-plump­ing overnight masks that ab­sorb into the skin, such as the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, which ef­fec­tively re­duces puffiness and al­lows the nat­u­ral noc­tur­nal re­newal process to take place overnight. Use one weekly in place of a night cream for a con­cen­trated hit of hy­dra­tion, and wake up to in­cred­i­ble soft­ness. Multi-pur­pose masks are also huge hits – the brand new Sothys Grape-Pear 2-in-1 Mask Ex­fo­liant is an in­vig­o­rat­ing scrub and mask that comes with an aro­matic ex­pe­ri­ence and in­duces an in­stant light-up ef­fect for the face.

Al­though these new masks won’t ob­vi­ate the need to see a fa­cial­ist reg­u­larly, they are an easy, ef­fec­tive, and ac­ces­si­ble way to re­ju­ve­nate and re­fresh your skin.

To get rid of dry patches stat: La Mer The Hy­drat­ing Fa­cial Mask, RM1,030 for six pieces

To nip and tuck the jaw line in a few min­utes with­out go­ing un­der the knife: Dior Cap­ture Lift Corset Mask, RM385

For prob­lem skin that still wants a pol­ished glow: Sothys GrapePear 2-in-1 Mask Ex­fo­liant, RM198

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