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There is nothing quite like the holiday season to play havoc with your skin. Parties, indulgent food, alcohol and all that entertaining can bring us straight into January with a dull, lackluster complexion.
‘Hangover Skin’, as we like to call it (because technically, that’s what it is) tends to be associated with severely hydrated and spot prone skin, caused by a high sugar diet, lack of sleep and stress. The sugar overload consumed by the majority over the holidays also effects skin plumpness, radiance and an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.
No matter what your skin type, face masks are needed as the ultimate beauty repairing product, to give life back into your complexion. Starting January with glowing, fresh and revitalized skin is the absolute perfect way to kickstart a brand new year, so ensure you save some time aside to indulge in these skin saviors.
If the big wide world of face masks scares you a little, we’ve broken it down to a simple guide, highlighting the benefits of each type of mask. Take a read and decide which type you need to inject that all important breathe of fresh air into your complexion, and shine your way into 2017…
Stressed out skin which suffers from acne, clogged pores and blackheads often needs a thicker textured mask to draw out the impurities. This is where clay masks come in, acting as rich, nourishing treatments which soften the skin as well as un-clogging all the dirt and grime that may be locked into the skin.
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque uses the power of healing botanicals to rid skin of dulling residues, and reveals light, bright and healthy skin. For those with more irritation and breakouts, Dermalogica’s Dermal Clay Cleanser balances out the oil in your skin, ridding skin of any excess oil causing spots. It also calms and moisturizes too.
Gel masks are brilliant options for skin that feels flushed, and benefits from the cooling, soothing effects of gel textures. These are great for sensitive skins which need healing and moisturizing, as well as redness calming.
Ilike Rosehip Gel Mask is a great choice for taming your oily, red skin, and is packed with calming Peppermint. It decreases the oil production of your pores while calming irritation, balancing out moisture levels, and tightening the skin. Kerstin Florian’s Rehydrating Algae Gel Mask is also a lovely choice for rehydrating the skin with a fresh, lightly scented gel textured mask, which cools the skin immediately and brings out a fresh glow.
Sheet masks are the perfect masks for when you are taking some time out, and want to pop on a fuss-free, peel back, apply-and-relax facial treatment. Although in appearance they may look a little scary (basically a sheet with a cut out eye and nose hole), they are often packed with nourishing serums, vitamins and minerals which soak deep down into the skin.
When it comes to sheet masks, we always turn to WEI. The Huang Qi Vital Action Sheet Mask is an anti-ageing mask designed to lift and smooth using a potent herbal blend. The main ingredient is Haung Qi (Astragalus Root Extract), a root-based herb that is revered in Traditional Chinese Medicine to improve blood flow and circulation.
Their Dang Gui Deeply Nourishing Sheet Mask is another firm favorite, soaked in a concentrated formula enriched with the powerful antioxidant Dang Gui, renowned in traditional Chinese medicine to stimulate blood flow throughout the body and help preserve youth.
Both helps inhibit the enzymes that break down elastin to keep skin feeling supple and firm.
A more potent type of mask, Enzyme formulas are deeply exfoliating, in which the main focus is to slough away dead skin cells and reveal brighter, newer skin. Many of these are packed with fruit enzymes, which are great natural alternatives to shed away old skin. Aside from offering gentle exfoliation, fruit enzymes also have skin-brightening properties, which will give you that healthy glow that you’ll see almost instantly.
Favorites include the popular Elemis Papaya Enzyme Mask, which uses natural fruit enzymes from papaya and pineapple to gently remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin smoother, softer, and brighter. For those who suffer more acne-prone skin, DermaQuest’s Skin Therapy Mini Pumpkin Mask is an at-home spa treatment loaded with pumpkin pulp to gently exfoliate the skin. The enzymes in the pumpkin digest dull, dead skin cells to promote radiance and vibrance.
Eye masks are much more of a newer invention when it comes to masks, and in our opinion, they are plain genius. When it comes to facial treatments, automatically everyone looks at treating the ‘wider’ skin area, but in actual fact, people will notice your eyes and the skin that sits around them much more than you think. This skin area is the most delicate, and gives away your age and health from one little glance.
Work on targeting those dark circles, puffiness and fine lines which are visible around the eye area with a weekly intense eye mask. Darphin Eye Sorbet Mask is a refreshing mask which instantly softens the delicate skin. The efficient formula boasts a subtle fresh fragrance while working to revitalize the eyes to give a radiant, younger look instantly.
On the more luxe side, the Peter Thomas Roth Gold Hydra Gel Mask contains Hyaluronic Acid and Hydrolyzed Collagen to deliver intense hydration. It aims to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reducing puffiness with the help of Caffeine.
I’m a busy Beauty Content Manager during the day, exploring the best finds in skincare. By evening, I’m a dedicated beauty blogger, experimenting with fun make-up looks . I trained in make-up artistry just to satisfy my cosmetics addiction. Currently loving any skincare products which give a radiant glow.
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