If, like me, one of your favourite past times is applying a face mask in the hopes that it will overhaul your skin within minutes, then read on. A self proclaimed skin mask addict, I never go a week without applying a mask. It’s a self indulgent Friday night ritual that I’ll do regardless of who might be around. From sheets, gels, foams and peel offs, there’s a mask to suit every skincare concern (and sometimes it’s the saviour your skin needs within minutes). Besides offering a plethora of skincare benefits, these masks are either practical or a whole lot of fun to apply.
PETER THOMAS ROTH ROSE STEM CELL BIO-REPAIR GEL MASK
This mask is up there with one of my favourites due to its practicality and results. The best thing about this mask is the fact that you can put it on before bedtime and you don’t need to wash it off. It comes in a gel formula with a beautiful rose scent that isn’t overwhelming, smooths on skin leaving it instantly feeling moisturised and hydrated. It’s a moisture surge in a tub that feels natural and luxurious on the skin.
PETER THOMAS ROTH ROSE STEM CELL BIO-REPAIR GEL MASK | RRP $73 | Available at Sephora.
SKIN INC MULTI MASKING BENTO SET
What’s not to love about Skin Inc’s set of Rose Gold, Platinum, and Gold Masks, a trio of divine face masks for the sheet mask enthusiast. Each mask has a targeted outcome, from the Rose Gold ‘Lines Be-Gone’, through to the ‘Sooth-N-Purify’ Gold Mask. These masks work best when you’ve got time to settle in and relax, allowing the sheet to stay put firmly in place and do its work. Results are instant hydration, minimised lines and a glowing, even complexion.
SKIN INC MULTI MASKING BENTO SET | RRP $46 | Available at Sephora.
SISLEY EXPRESS FLOWER GEL HYDRATING AND TONING MASK
Just like luxury in a bottle, Sisley’s Express Flower Gel Hydrating and Toning Mask is a favourite for Emily Ratajowski and now a favourite of ours. In her own words “If it’s a long flight, I’ll wash my face before sleeping and put this on. It’s a mask that you don’t have to wash off. It’s perfect for the plane.” Leaving your skin rehydrated and toned after a couple of minutes, Sisley’s Express Flower Gel Hydrating and Toning Mask is a leave on and go solution for radiant skin.
SISLEY EXPRESS FLOWER GEL HYDRATING AND TONING MASK | RRP $160 | Available at Sisley.
LANCÔME ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE HYDRO GEL MASK
This sheet mask is another hard working skin care saviour, literally melting into the skin and leaving it moisturised, supple and radiant. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Hydro Gel Mask is perfectly formulated with probiotic extracts, which work to strengthen the skin’s barrier function by improving its quality and resistance to external stress. It’s one of those masks that you can put on after a stressful day at work and instantly feel like its doing wonders.
LANCÔME ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE HYDRO GEL MASK | RRP $29 | Available at Lancôme.
DR. JART RUBBER MASK MOIST LOVER
Holy sheet! Whilst this mask may look like you’re an extra in a horror film, the benefits are absolutely worth it. Naturally I tried this mask when I was home alone and 40 minutes later the results were none other than magnificent. Working very similar to a sheet mask, Dr. Jart’s Rubber Mask includes an Ampoule Pack full of formula which you smear on like a serum, before applying the rubber sheet mask like a protective barrier on top. If you’re into beauty selfies, then this hyaluronic acid-powered mask is the perfect accessory to make a statement on your Instagram feed.
Dr. JART RUBBER MASK MOIST LOVER | RRP $18 | Available at Sephora
THE BODY SHOP JAPANESE MATCHA TEA POLLUTION CLEARING MASK
This mask combines two hot trends (Japanese Beauty and Pollution Clearing) to bring you a deeply purifying at-home facial experience. After a recent trip to Japan got me noticing the glorious skin of Japanese women, I’m almost certain it’s because they use all natural ingredients. The best things about this mask is that it’s 100% vegan and packed with the finest natural ingredients. Inspired by Japanese traditions, this mask is an exfoliating yet gentle formula containing antioxidants from the Japanese Matcha Tea. Packed with anti-pollution dandelion extract and skin smoothing aloe vera, The Body Shop’s Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask is perfect to restore and refine tired and stressed skin.
THE BODY SHOP JAPANESE MATCHA TEA POLLUTION CLEARING MASK | RRP $35 | Available from The Body Shop
SKIN REPUBLIC BUBBLE PURIFYING + CHARCOAL FACE MASK
No one does masks better than Skin Republic. In fact, Skin Republic is Australia’s number 1 sheet mask brand and it’s easy to see why. With an epic range of sheet masks, charcoal peels and under eye masks, it’s hard to choose the best one but perhaps the Bubble Purifying Face Mask is up there due to the fun factor. Activate mask by rubbing sachet before applying on skin, then wear for 15 minutes whilst watching the mask bubble and foam. The results are a deeply cleansed, exfoliated and refined complexion.
SKIN REPUBLIC BUBBLE PURIFYING + CHARCOAL FACE MASK | RRP $7.99 | Available at Skin Republic.
JUNE JACOBS PORE PURIFYING MUD MASK
This pore-purging clay mask removes impurities through its anti-bacterial extracts of geranium, lemon peel and rosemary. Helping to remove dead skin cells and surface impurities, it soothes the skin and leaves complexion looking refined and rejuvenated. The powerful anti-oxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts help to neutralise free radicals and protect the skin. What more could you want?!
JUNE JACOBS PORE PURIFYING MUD MASK | RRP $77 | Available at Sephora.
ELLA BACHÉ INTENSIVE EXTREME REGENERATION MASK
Literally like a drink for your skin, Ella Baché’s Intensive Extreme Regeneration Mask is a beauty cabinet must when you want an instant skin refresh. This bio-cellulose sheet mask instantly plumps and enhances absorption of moisture to create a protective barrier, keeping skin perfectly hydrated. Within just 15 minutes you’ll notice skin feeling moisturised, smoother and radiant. So what are you waiting for, get glowing!
ELLA BACHÉ INTENSIVE EXTREME REGENERATION MASK | RRP $78 for 2 sheets | Available at Ella Baché.
THESEEKE ROSE CLAY MASK
This multitasking mask can be used as a leave on option, or mixed with a beauty oil or water for the perfect skin exfoliator. Gently drawing out toxins without drying out the skin, Theseeke’s Rose Clay Mask is derived from Australian ivory clay & pink French Argiletz clay. Use as an exfoliator or leave on, the results are refined and purified skin ready for a close up.
THESEEKE ROSE CLAY MASK | RRP $39.95 | Available from Theseeke.
DR. HAUSCHKA REVITALISING MASK
For a glowing, radiant complexion that evens out skin tone and reduces redness, look to Dr. Hauschka Revitalising Mask. Packed full of skin loving ingredients like quince, apricot kernel oil, anthyllis, jojoba oil and chamomile, this mask will hydrate, clarify, balance, reduce pores and cool down sensitive skin. The formula helps to maintain moisture, leaving skin refreshed and toned for that ‘just had a facial’ look.
DR. HAUSCHKA REVITALISING MASK | RRP $79 | Available at Dr. Hauschka.
KIEHL’S INSTANT RENEWAL CONCENTRATE MASK
Sheet masks have become my obsession and so too will this little beauty from Kiehl’s. Infused with an exotic blend of three plant-derived cold-pressed oils from the Brazilian Amazon, this beautiful mask offers immediate, dewy hydration, resulting in a softer feeling, smoother looking skin over time.
KIEHL’S INSTANT RENEWAL CONCENTRATE MASK | RRP $46 for 4 sheets | Available at www.kiehls.com.au
SKINSTITUT HYRATING MASK
Skinstitut is quickly becoming one of my favourite skincare brands, I use their cleansers and exfoliators every single day. Their products are gentle on the skin yet hard working, perfect for those with sensitive skin but that need products that work just like the rest. Skinstitut’s Hydrating Mask is another skincare item I can now add to my routine, offering intense hydration and leaving skin feeling luxurious after only 10 minutes!
SKINSTITUT HYRATING MASK | RRP $49 | Available at Skinstitut.
NU SKIN GLACIAL MARINE MUD MASK
This is the ultimate mud mask that makes you feel like your skin has truly been rejuvenated. Rich in minerals, this mud has been derived from remote glacials in the Pacific Northwest and then combined with natural sea botanicals (sounds all very fancy but it actually works)! I especially love the fact that it has minimal ingredients, meaning it’s focussed on being natural which usually means better for your skin.
NU SKIN GLACIAL MARINE MUD MASK | RRP $51.50 | Available from Nu Skin.
BOBBI BROWN MASQUES
All hail the trio of Bobbi Brown’s Masques, each offering a skin care benefit that is much needed and therefore makes it too hard to choose between the three. From Radiance Boost, Instant Detox to Skin Nourish, Bobbi Brown’s Masques are perfect for that instant skin fixer you need within minutes. Just smooth on damp skin and leave for 2 – 5 minutes, and voilà, skin is left refreshed, rejuvenated and radiant.
BOBBI BROWN MASQUES | RRP $68 | Available at Bobbi Brown.
CLINIQUE PEP START DOUBLE BUBBLE PURIFYING MASK
The ultimate quick fix, Clinique’s Pep Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask takes just 2 minutes to leave your skin feeling radiant and purified. Just shake the bottle, apply the epicly pink formula and leave on for 2 minutes as it bubbles away, then wash off. The perfect addition to your skin care routine, it’s a time saving miracle in a bottle.
CLINIQUE PEP START DOUBLE BUBBLE PURIFYING MASK | RRP $52 | Available at Clinique.
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