Face Masks Problem Solvers

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Face Masks: Problem Solvers

They help brighten, hydrate, tighten and even banish blemishes - meet the face masks that offer problem-solving skin care solutions.

 Katie Campbell

Katie Campbell

Beauty Editor

They help brighten, hydrate, tighten and even banish blemishes – meet the face masks that offer problem-solving skincare solutions.

It’s official: face masks are the new skincare allies. Why? They provide a speedy hit of ingredients that deliver results - fast. “Masks are one of those ‘at home’ products that can be added to your routine to give facial-like effects,” says A-list facialist Sarah Chapman who has worked with Uma Thurman and Naomi Watts. And forget having to wait half an hour for them to dry; today’s offerings are super-quick, some promising results in as little as five minutes. “We live in a fast-paced world that doesn’t always allow for pampering, so companies have worked on masks to make them more user-friendly,” says Sarah.

Reap the benefits

From smoothing to exfoliating, today’s masks cater for every skin type. Gel masks can help dehydration and calm sensitivity. Depending on the type of mask, they can also deep-cleanse and exfoliate, helping to clear pores and brighten the skin,” says Sarah.

Choose your mask! 

Your target: dull skin
“Dull skin usually has a build up of dead cells on the surface and is often found on a sluggish skin with slow cell turnover,” says Sarah. “Exfoliating masks are usually quite invigorating and act as an instant pick-me-up for dull skin.”

Our pick of the best:
·  Boots Tea Tree Witch Hazel Peel-Off Face Mask
·  Origins Never A Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Face Polisher With Fruit Enzymes

Your target: congestion and blemishes
Ingredients such as clay help lift dirt and grime out of the pores, says Sarah. “Try applying in the bath or shower to allow the heat to activate it and open the pores. Always clean off efficiently.”

Our pick of the best:
·  Simple Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask
·  Mudd Hydrating Sea Clay

Your target: dryness or dehydration
Masks deliver an instant moisture boost – some can even be left on over-night to drench skin with hydration.

Our pick of the best:
·  No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration

Your target: soreness or sensitivity
Calming masks help deliver soothing ingredients to reactive, sensitised skin. You can keep in the fridge for extra cooling action.

Our pick of the best:
· Origins Dr Weil Mega Mushroom Ultra Calming Face Mask.

Your target: tired, ageing skin
Anti-ageing masks saturate skin with anti-ageing ingredients, often highly moisturising too they may provide a temporary lifted or plumped-looking effect.

Our pick of the best:
· Sanctuary Skin Time Reversal Face Mask
· Neal's Yard Remedies - Frankincense Firming Facial Mask

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