Masks: The first-aid skin fix for your face 

Face masks are facials in a flash. Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the perfect fast-fix mask for your face. 

Shopping for the perfect mask

If you have oily skin that tends to get pimply

Words to look for: Deep cleansing, clarifying, mud, clay

How to use: Most oily skin masks start off as a thick paste and then dry on the skin so it goes hard. Keep it away from your eye area and use a hot face washer to remove all traces. 

If you have snow-flaky and super-tight skin

Words to look for: Moisturising, hydrating

How to use: Apply, and then tissue off after the recommended time. Masks for dry skin shouldn’t go hard. 

If you have dull skin

Words to look for: Perfecting, botanical, replenishing

How to use: Smooth on; if the mask is a cream, tissue or wipe off. If it’s a peel-off type, once the mask has set, pull downwards (gently), starting from your forehead. 

If you have blotchy, super-sensitive skin

Words to look for: Gentle, soothing, relaxing

How to use: Smooth on to skin and gently wipe away with tissues or a warm face washer. 

Applying facial mask

How to get the most from your mask

  1. Cleanse: Using a mask on a dirty face is like putting polish on a dirty floor. 
  2. Read the instructions carefully: To get the best result follow the suggested masking time. 
  3. Go a little overboard: Most masks work better when you lay them on thick. 
  4. Avoid your eye area: The skin is too sensitive there. 
  5. Put your feet up and chillax: This moves all the oxygen from your lower body to your face and makes the mask work better. 
  6. Moisturiseafterwards: Now you’ve removed dead skin cells and unclogged pores, your moisturiser will work much better and give your skin a real glow.  

Don’t use a facial mask more than a couple of times a week.  

It can suck up the natural oil in your face, which will cause your skin to produce more oil than normal. 

Written by Nikki Yazxhi