MAG­I­CAL MASQUE-RADE

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!

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - CONTENT - By Zoé Ng

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!

Amylia, Writer

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.

Sueann, Editor

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.

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