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TAKING care of your skin regularly is the key to a healthy glow.
We list some of the best face masks the beauty world has to offer - from clay masks which help to reduce acne to a quick and simple detoxing mix.
Best for: Speed and ease
Mess-free mask? Yes, please.
With holes cut out for your eyes, nose and mouth, you simply pop it on and let the ingredients get to work.
Typically a sheet mask will need to be left on for 15-20 minutes.
“Conventional masks can evaporate quickly, but a sheet mask acts as a barrier, preventing evaporation and allowing a much deeper penetration of ingredients,” says pharmacist and physician Dr Howard Murad of Murad skincare.
And don’t forget to scrub beforehand.
“Sheet masks work more effectively after an exfoliator, as you’ll get a faster delivery of the active ingredients into your skin,” Dr Murad adds.
You may feel a bit silly wearing one, but just lie back and relax as your skin drinks up the goodness.
We love: Filorga Time-Filler Mask, £10; Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, from £16.50
Best for: Any type of skin in need of a detox
If you love a product you can actually feel working, grab one of these.
What looks like a standard mask on application soon transforms into a face full of tiny, fizzing bubbles that work to cleanse, brighten and deeply hydrate skin.
“The bubbles are created when water and oxygen react together, allowing the ingredients in the mask to dive deep into the skin for the ultimate detox,” explains Shannon Dellimore, co-founder of Glamglow skincare.
Be warned, some bubble masks foam more than others, so try applying less product than you would for a conventional mask.
We love: Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask, £24; ELF Hydrating Bubble Mask, £17
Best for: Oily, acne-prone skin
If you suffer from clogged pores and that dreaded greasy shine, then a new non-drying clay mask is the one for you.
These contain vitamins and exfoliating acids which hydrate, absorb oil and draw out congestion.
“Clay masks help skin feel renewed, clean and less inflamed, thanks to their detoxification properties,” says dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross.
Just don’t leave it on for longer than the label specifies, as this could dry out your skin.
“It will work best when the mask is completely set, which is usually after 5-10 minutes,” advises Dr Murad.
If your skin is only oily or congested in patches, you don’t have to use the mask all over.
Instead, think of it as a targeted treatment and apply only on problem areas.
We love: Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask, £15; L’Oréal Paris Clay Blemish Rescue Mask, £7.99
Best for: Deep skin penetration
Don’t be put off by the word “peel” – the new generation of these leave clean, glowy results with no pain or irritation.
Once the mask sets, it boosts exfoliation and unclogs pores, plus it lifts away dead skin cells as you remove it.
So what’s the difference between this and a wash-off mask? “It drives ingredients into the skin, by using a film barrier to block out oxygen.
This means concentrated ingredients can sink in deeper,” Dr Gross explains.
It makes for a cool Insta pic while you’re waiting, too!
We love: Skyn Iceland Arctic Hydration Rubberising Mask, £30 for three; Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel, £40 for four
Best for: Dry/sensitive skin
Balms tend to contain ingredients that are calming and soothing to skin.
“Look for a combination of green tea and other antioxidants with oils, shea butter and humectants (substances designed to reduce loss of moisture) like glycerine,” recommends Dr Murad.
If your skin is in need of an intensive moisture boost, opt for one that can be left on overnight.
“Some formulas can be applied before bedtime and removed in the morning, while others are more active and will lift, firm and hydrate after just 3-5 minutes,” adds Dr Murad.
We love: Garnier 3 In 1 Nourishing Honey Botanical Balm, £12.99; Beauty Pie Jeju Overnight Moisture Superinfusion, £70 (or £12.28 for Beautypie.com members)