The best face masks to soothe, hydrate, brighten and purify

If your skin is just a bit out of sorts – with redness, stinging, irritation – reach for Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque.

The cooling mask has a cocktail of skin soothing, redness minimising ingredients including chamomile and cucumber extracts.

Slather the mask onto the skin and then place a cold damp cleansing cloth over the top for rapid relief and topped up moisture levels.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque, £41,50, cultbeauty.co.uk, beautybay.com and lookfantastic.com

 

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

This 100% vegan face mask from The Body Shop is great at decongesting the skin without leaving it feeling tight and dry.

Its formulation combines charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil to draw out impurities and refining the skins texture.

The best-seller has been dubbed as ‘the best face mask ever’ among hundreds of reviews left by happy customers online.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, £17, thebodyshop.com

 

Patchology FlashMasque Hydrate

Cold weather, brisk winds, harsh soaps and central heating can leave your face dehydrated.

To quench the skin reach for a sheet mask, they’re convenient, can be applied just about anywhere, and offer an intensive treatment when your skin is crying out for extra care.

We love Patchology FlashMasque Hydrate mask; it helps lock in moisture in a matter of minutes thanks to its formulation of betaine, to balance the skins hydration and hylauronic acid, famed for its ability to attract and retrain up to 1,000 times its molecular weight.

Patchology FlashMasque Hydrate, £8, spacenk.com

 

Pixi Peel & Polish

If your skin has lost its glow or is plagued by dark spots or scarring, Pixi Peel & Polish makes your skin look fresh fast.

The jojoba-bead scrub is packed with natural fruit acids including papaya, orange and lemon, that are gentler than chemically produced AHAs that tend to dry out the skin.

They work hard to dissolve dulling, dead skin cells, accelerating cell turnover to polish your skin to perfection. Just leave on to work its magic for five minutes for additional exfoliation.

And remember; always follow with SPF after using acids to avoid sun damage.

PIXI Peel & Polish, £26, cultbeauty.co.uk and lookfantastic.com

Emma Hardie Purifying Detox Pink Clay Mask

This pleasingly coloured pink clay-based mask counteracts blackheads and battles congestion by absorbing excess sebum and drawing out impurities.

For best results steam your face with a facial steamer, or place a warm face cloth on your skin before applying. This will help to help loosen anything trapped and give better results.

If you have combination skin just apply the mask to the problem area to avoid drying out your complexion.

Emma Hardie Purifying Detox Pink Clay Mask, £40, lookfantastic.com and spacenk.com

 

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

If you’re not a fan of soggy sheet masks, dry sheet masks are your drip-free alternative.

Charlotte Tilbury’s dry sheet mask is infused with solid oils and butters that heat up melt into the skin when applied.

It feeds the skin with vitamins, peptides and floral extracts in a matter of minutes leaving skin brighter.

And because there is no water you can reuse the mask up to three times without bacteria building up.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask, £18, charlottetilbury.com, feelunique.com and cultbeauty.co.uk

 

FOREO UFO Smart Mask Treatment

For masking obsessives this skincare tool from FOREO is worth trying.

It comes combines six leading skin care technologies such as LED Light Therapy with mini Korean-created sheet masks.

Blue light treatment will target bacteria build-up and acne, red light offers overall skin rejuvenation.

For best results use the at-home device multiple times a week as LED light therapy is a slow burner.

FOREO UFO Smart Mask Treatment, £249, cultbeauty.co.uk, lookfantastic.com and johnlewis.com

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