You may already have a comprehensive regime that you’re sticking to faithfully, but don’t forget to indulge in a facial mask at least once a week. Facial masks serve as a great booster to your skincare regime, and care for your skin in a more intensive manner.
Sheet mask or leave-on mask?
One is not better than the other, it really depends on what your skin needs and your personal preference. Fans of sheet masks love them for their convenience (just put it on then throw it away!) but many who love leave-on masks think they feel more nourishing on the skin.
But if you have oily skin, you may find clay masks the most effective for you – they are great for mattifying skin, preventing the clogging of pores, and keeping acne at bay. Clay masks always come in the form of a leave-on mask.
DV Mask TipsNever leave your masks on for too long - whether it is a sheet mask or a leave-on mask. 15 minutes is usually sufficient for your skin to take in all the goodness from the product. Leaving it for too long may, in fact, have a bad effect on skin; for instance, a dried up sheet mask removes your skin's natural moisture. For a leave-on mask, remove it gently with a wash cloth or cotton pad, and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Whether you prefer sheet mask or leave-on mask, what your skin concern may be, and what budget you have left aside for skincare products, our list of recommendations in this article will probably get you covered.
1. Hydration + Antioxidants
The only time we recommend over-dosing on red wine? When it’s on your skin. The Watsons Tencel Red Wine Facial Mask is packed with polyphenols from red wine, which is a great source of antioxidant for combatting free radicals and help to rejuvenate skin. It also contains sodium hyaluronate and Vitamin B5, both of which offers hydrating benefits to the skin. Eco-conscious women will be happy to know that tencil is a type of sustainable fabric that is regenerated from wood cellulose. This retails at SGD14.90 for a box of ten masks at all Watsons stores.
2. Hydration + Soothing
Aloe vera is great for soothing and moisturising, even on sensitive skin. The Guardian Aloe Vera Soothe Daily Solution Mask helps care for skin that’s exposed to the sun, and also contains ingredients like Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit extract and oat extract, which helps to restore hydration and smoothen skin texture respectively. This retails at SGD1.95 per sheet at all Guardian stores.
3. Firming + Hydration
The DHC Bio Cellulose Mask is made with plant-derived cellulose (including coconut water) and its fibres is significantly finer than most masks in the market, making it retain water better, so the moisture in the mask is able to last longer. This mask contains skin-loving vitamins C and E, as well as collagen and placenta. Together, the ingredients are able to help delivering firming and hydrating effects so that skin feels supple. This retails at SGD9.90 per sheet.
4. Revitalising + Clarifying
The Body Shop has launched a series of leave-on mask with ingredients sourced from all over the world. We are particularly intrigued by The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. This is a creamy exfoliating mask that features natural ingredients from two ends of the world – Northeast Asia (ginseng extract and rice extract from China) and South America (organic sesame seed oil from Nicaragua). This helps to cleanse out pores and leave skin tone looking more even and radiant. This retails at SGD32.90.
4. Pore-refining + Antioxidants
Purify your skin with the Biotherm Wonder Mud, which is fortified with Ghassoul mountain clay and Astaxanthin-rich H. Pluvialis, an antioxidant-rich algae-extract. Apply it to cleanse and purify skin, particularly to fight environmental aggressors from polluted air. While it has strong purifying capabilities and is able to absorb impurities and oils, it is gentle on the skin and is hydrating to the skin. This retails at SGD59 at all Biotherm counters.
5. Whitening + Anti-ageing
For Beloved One is well-known for their biocellulose masks and for good reasons. Using a specially-made material, each mask adheres snugly on the skin, and also enhance the absorption of the skincare goodness by the skin. Try the For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask, which helps improve several skin issues: skin whitening, reducing blemishes, eliminating the look of wrinkles, and hydration. This retails at SGD63 per box of three masks.
6. Detox + Brightening
You probably have heard of detox routines for the body; our skin needs a detox from time to time too. Consider the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque, which contains Binchotan charcoal, known for its ability to absorb impurities. The formula also contains other skin brightening and purifying ingredients like volcanic ash, sea silt, and bamboo extract. Use this weekly to help unclog pores and brighten the appearance of dull-looking complexon. This retails at SGD94, and is available at all Asterspring outlets and exclusive Dermalogica salons.
7. Brightening + Energising
Fresh is known for many of its luxurious masks, and the latest to join the family is the Fresh Vitamin Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask. Formulated with a concentrated citrus blend of crushed oranges, lemons and clementines, this mask refines the appearance of skin by gently exfoliating it, and infuse skin with vitamins C, E and B5. The result is vibrant, healthy-looking complexion that feels soft and smooth. It also smells incredibly delectable – stop yourself from wanting to lick it! This retails at SGD105, and is available at Fresh boutiques and Sephora stores.