By: Daniela DiStefano
Whether it’s exfoliating, polishing, hydrating or deep cleaning, face masks are essentially a weekly treat for your face. Wash it off, peel it away or leave it on overnight to reveal the fresh new skin just waiting to make its debut. We’ve put five face masks to work over the last few weeks and are ready to share the results from the time spent with our face coated in clays, gels and creams.
The Hydrating Mask: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque, $33
Sensitive and acne-prone types will find the soothing and rehydrating properties of this velvety-fresh gel masque a gift from the beauty gods. You apply a thin layer for 10 minutes and let it go to work releasing the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to hydrate for a soft and supple outcome. Tissue off the excess, or leave it on over night to really quench.
The Clay Mask: SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, $54
Unlike so many other clay masks, this one doesn’t feel crusty when it’s ready to come off. It simply gets tight enough for you to know that its natural earth clays and botanicals have done their job to unclog your pores while the hydroxy acid got rid of the dead layer of skin. I was left with the feeling of refreshed and nourished skin and didn’t find the clay to be drying.
The Warming Mask: The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask, $17
This mask has superpowers. I don’t know how, but it magically warms itself up as soon as you smooth it on your face. Imagine your skin being gently wrapped up in a heating blanket, because that’s what it feels like. The warming formula has Kaolin clay to deep cleanse and draw impurities out, and you can actually see what it’s pulling out of your face as it’s working. Kind of gross, kind of cool. Seaweed, ginger and cinnamon oil also help control shine while hydrating and restoring natural balance.
The Peel Mask: Elizabeth Arden Peel and Reveal Revitalizing Mask, $44
This is the first peel mask I’ve used that didn’t leave me with a stringy mess to clean up. That’s because it comes with a handy rubber applicator so you can apply a thin layer of the ruby-coloured liquid to your face with precision. Genius! It gives a slight cold and tingly feeling as it sets, and promises to exfoliate to reveal a clearer complexion in 15 minutes.
The Overnight Mask: Vichy Aqualia Night Spa, $44
Lazy girls, you no longer have an excuse for skipping a face mask, because this is as low-maintenance as it gets. You won’t have to wait impatiently for it to dry, it doesn’t get all over the sink and it won’t get stuck in your hairline. Apply a layer before bedtime and sleep on it as it calms any irritation and dry spots with its gentle paraben-free Vichy Thermal Water and Hyaluronic Acid.
Which face masks do you use and swear by?
Daniela DiStefano is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @ddeestefano.