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YOU MIGHT HAVE NET­FLIX AND E-SHOP­PING SORTED, BUT GET­TING THE RE­SULTS OF A PRO FA­CIAL OR SEN­SORY SPA EX­PE­RI­ENCE WITH­OUT LEAV­ING YOUR BED? NOT AL­WAYS SO EASY. AILEEN LALOR SIN­GLES OUT THE LAT­EST MUST-KNOW SKIN­CARE – FROM AT-HOME HOT STONES TO DRY MASKS – T

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The lat­est skin­care of­fer­ings to cre­ate spa-like fa­cials right at home.

THE AT-HOME HOT STONE EX­PE­RI­ENCE Es­tee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ul­ti­mate Di­a­mond Trans­for­ma­tive Mas­sage Mask, $640

What else says “spa” more em­phat­i­cally than a hot stone mas­sage? It’s sup­posed to help re­lax mus­cles and im­prove cir­cu­la­tion, so that any ac­tive in­gre­di­ents ap­plied to the skin will be ab­sorbed bet­ter. To use this, pop the ce­ramic “stone” in warm wa­ter while you ap­ply the black di­a­mond and 24K gold en­riched cream to your face, then use the stone to mas­sage it in. The combo is said to boost ra­di­ance, re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and have anti-age­ing ef­fects.

THE DECA­DENT SPA RIT­UAL (IT IN­VOLVES “CHOCO­LATE”) Leahlani Kokoleka Rit­ual Dessert Pu­ri­fy­ing Mask, $94, The Nat­u­rally Bet­ter Com­pany

Part of the joy of the spa is the rit­ual. This mask comes as a pow­der, which you mix in a bowl with wa­ter till it looks like melted choco­late, then ap­ply with a brush. Not only does it look like dessert, it even smells like it, thanks to or­ganic ca­cao, co­conut milk and cit­rus oils. The com­bi­na­tion is said to detox, soften, soothe, cleanse and hy­drate.

THE COVER-ME-IN-ROSE-PETALS TREAT­MENT Lan­come Ab­solue Pre­cious Cells Nour­ish­ing & Re­vi­tal­iz­ing Rose Mask, $285

This light, gel-tex­tured mask is the ul­ti­mate flo­ral treat: Rose ex­tracts in­clude the nec­tar to soothe and re­gen­er­ate, while the petals and fra­grance recre­ate the lux­u­ri­ous sen­so­rial ex­pe­ri­ence. Use twice weekly in place of night cream, and rinse away the residue. If your skin tends to be dry, add a cou­ple of drops of fa­cial oil be­fore ap­pli­ca­tion.

THE EASY MULTI-MASKS Clar­ins SOS Masks, $62 each

Your fa­cial­ist will use dif­fer­ent masks on dif­fer­ent zones of your face based on their re­spec­tive skin con­di­tions – these al­low you to do the same at home. There’s Hy­dra for de­hy­drated ar­eas that lack wa­ter and feel tight, Com­fort for ar­eas that lack oil and feel rough, and Pure for oily patches. Use in the bath after ex­fo­li­a­tion, so that skin’s clean and pores are open.

THE ICE-COLD DE-PUFFER Anne Se­monin Ex­press Ra­di­ance Ice Cube, $95 for eight, www.net-a-porter.com

One thing that’s of­ten done at sa­lons – but hardly at home – is play­ing with tem­per­a­ture: hot stones, cold tow­els etc. These sin­gle-use fa­cial treat­ments come in ice-cube trays to be stored in the freezer for three hours. Each has wild indigo – said to re­lease en­dor­phins – and sup­pos­edly gives im­me­di­ate bright­en­ing, hy­drat­ing, mat­ti­fy­ing and de-puff­ing ef­fects. Re­move one after freez­ing, wrap in the gauze pro­vided, then rub over cleansed face. Rec­om­mended for use post­flight.

THE OXY-FA­CIAL EQUIV­A­LENT Skin Inc Oxy Recharge Bub­ble Mask, $76

Oxy­gen fa­cials in the sa­lon are said to help skin re­gen­er­ate. Same goes for this, which con­tains an in­gre­di­ent that re­leases oxy­gen on con­tact with skin. It also has an­tiox­i­dants yuzu and green tea, sooth­ing aloe and an ex­fo­liant. When ap­plied to clean, dry skin, it starts to bub­ble. After 30 sec­onds, mas­sage over skin to al­low the ex­fo­liant to scrub away dead cells, then rinse.

THE GEN­TLE ACID PEEL Kat Burki Restora­tive Dual Acid Peel, $175, Es­cen­tials

This five- to 20-minute mask un­clogs pores, smooths and bright­ens with gly­colic acid, but sans the bit­ing, sting­ing, dry­ing ef­fect, thanks to sooth­ing cold­pro­cessed av­o­cado oil and hyaluronic acid.

THE MULTI-MASK­ING SHEET MASK Laneige Two Tone Sheet Masks, $5 each, sold in packs of four

Into multi-mask­ing, but pre­fer sheet masks? These masks come in two halves, with the top tar­get­ing a dif­fer­ent con­cern from the bot­tom, al­low­ing you to mix and match ac­cord­ing to your con­cerns. Avail­able in com­bi­na­tions of Mois­tur­iz­ing/ Lift­ing, Pore Care/Re­lax­ing, Bright­en­ing/Hy­drat­ing and Clear­ing/Nour­ish­ing.

THE REV­O­LU­TION­ARY DRY MASKS Nan­nette De Gaspe The Art Of Masquolo­gie, $482, www.net-a-porter.com

The ra­tio­nale be­hind this is that tra­di­tional sheet masks are 80 per cent wa­ter, and thus have only a small amount of ac­tive in­gre­di­ents. These fab­ric masks (five in a pack – for the face, hands, mouth, eyes and neck) have zero wa­ter, and are said to have 87 per cent ac­tive in­gre­di­ents, ac­ti­vated by skin pH and body tem­per­a­ture, and re­leased deep into skin. A sin­gle use sup­pos­edly gives long-last­ing re­sults for pig­men­ta­tion and wrin­kles (and no drip­ping since it’s dry). Each can be used three times.

THE BO­TOX-ALIKE Estet­ica Est.lab Vi­talift A+ Bril­lage Mask, $98 for six, www.es­tet­i­cabeauty.com

Noth­ing can repli­cate the ef­fect of Bo­tox in­jec­tions that paral­yse wrin­kle-caus­ing mus­cles, but this sheet mask claims to have a mus­cle re­lax­ing ef­fect, thanks to a hexapep­tide in­gre­di­ent. Made from a nano bio-cel­lu­lose ma­te­rial that clings tightly to skin, it also has anti-age­ing pro­bi­otics, mush­room ex­tract and niaci­namide to even skin tone and im­prove skin’s bar­rier func­tion.

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