Show your skin some tender loving care with a luxurious face mask and see how much this extra step in your skincare regime can help transform your face!
We tried out face masks to boost our skincare routine. Find out which were our top choices.
We don’t know about you, but our favourite way to unwind when we have a little time to ourselves is to slap on a cold sheet mask and take a 20-minute nap, just long enough to feel refreshed and let the mask work its magic! Applying a face mask has become routine for many of us, not only because it improves the overall appearance of our skin, but also because of how therapeutic the experience can be.
To truly get the full benefits of your face mask, you need to choose the right one for your skin, so we’ll break it down for you. Hydrating, brightening and plumping masks work well for normal skin types, while de-congesting and brightening masks usually give tired skin a boost. Purifying, cleansing or balancing face masks are made with oily skin types in mind, nourishing masks for dry skin, and finally lifting, toning and anti-wrinkle formulas are for mature skin. Don’t worry; with the cornucopia of masks available to us now, you’ll definitely be able to find one that suits you and works well with your skin!
June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque, RM315, Sephora What attracted me to this mask was actually the packaging and the fact that it comes in a travel-friendly, multi-use pack. It smelt amazing— like a freshly-made fruit smoothie— and the texture was soft and creamy. It felt quite ‘heavy’ when applied so it’s not great if you’re looking to freshen up in the humid weather. It dried quite quickly though. I left it on for about five minutes before rinsing it off with cold water and my skin actually felt really hydrated afterwards. It’s great for when your skin gets dehydrated from sitting in a dry, air-conditioned environment all day.
Zoé, Fashion & Beauty Editor
Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque, RM198 There’s nothing more relaxing than a good lightweight gel mask that you can slather on. This Kiehl’s masque was my skin’s saviour this week as my face had been feeling tight and a touch sensitive. I put my tub in the freezer for about 10 minutes, and then spread a generous amount of the cold gel evenly across my face. After a good 10 minutes (recommended time is only five minutes, but I fell asleep), I washed it off, and my face felt immediately less tight, more plump, and all the rough, dry patches had disappeared! I swear, this is a miracle in a tub, and the best part is, you literally see the results in minutes so there’s no excuse not to use it.
Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, RM295, Sephora The moment I applied a thin layer, I felt a slight tingly sensation—it didn’t bother me much and it stopped after a few minutes anyway, but what was tricky was getting the leaves (probably the Camellia Sinensis leaf) that was in the mud to stick to my face. After 10 minutes, the mud became cakey and started peeling off. I washed it off with warm water while gently using the remainder mud on my skin like an exfoliator. It left my skin feeling smooth, soft and even. I could really feel the difference when I applied my moisturiser after putting on the mask, and there was a noticeable difference in my skin texture.
Shirley, Art Director
Naveen Firming Mask, RM39, www. prettysuci.com I really love my night mask sessions, especially on Sunday nights to prepare my skin for the busy week ahead. What I love most about sheet masks is that they are so convenient to use. Naveen Firming Mask is the world’s first facial sheet to be made of 100-percent fine organic cotton! Since it isn’t attached to a plastic sheet, I was a little worried at first that unfolding the mask would be a tricky and delicate task. But luckily, the material is thicker than that of normal masks; therefore, the whole process turned out to be rather easy. Another plus point is that it’s soaked in essence that isn’t thick and sticky. I found the entire 15-minutes process fairly relaxing and comfortable. After the session, my skin appeared to be slightly brighter, and it felt very soft. Next time, I plan to leave the mask in the fridge for maybe half an hour before use so that it has a cooling effect.
June, Senior Web Editorial Assistant
Caolion Hot and Cool Pore Pack Duo, RM131, Sephora This dual-step product comes with a warming charcoal blackhead mask as well as Caolion’s Pore Original Pack, which contains Alaskan glacial water and menthol for a cooling effect. I’m generally not a huge fan of warming products, but after using both, I can see how these products work best in synergy for skin that looks radiant and glows. The first warming mask also contains grains to exfoliate and assist the de-clogging process, while the second cooling mask felt divine after the ‘steaming effect’ of the first one. After washing both off, I was pleasantly surprised by how fresh my face looked. I don’t know whether my pores looked any smaller, but they definitely looked cleaner.