The best face masks for every skin concern
Pick your poison
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Junior Beauty Writer / September 08 2020
Self care should be relaxing. And that means, at least in our opinion, when it comes to selecting a face mask for an impending chill sesh, we want something that we can just chuck on and forget about while it does it’s job.
So, in order to facilitate an optimum state of relaxation, we’ve selected the best face masks – no matter your skin concern – to take the guesswork out of the whole process for you, so you can get chillin’ ASAP.
Clogged Pores: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
This unassuming jar of powdered Aztec clay may not look like much but try telling that to the cult-following this bad boy has amassed on Amazon: “I live by this product,” said one 5-star reviewer of the mask. The genius of this stuff is the no-frills formula and application; simply add water, apply to skin, and let dry. The 100 per cent natural calcium bentonite clay draws out impurities, dirt, oil and pollutants from pores, revealing a refined complexion after rinsing.
Stressed Out Skin: Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
Skin stressed out? Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask combines a mix of antioxidants, ceramides and vitamins to target those pesky tell tale signs of fatigue. Think dull, dry, tired-looking skin that’s in desperate need of a bit of TLC. Pop this guy on for a cruisy 10 minute masking sesh to instantly refresh skin, or layer with your night time skin care as an overnight mask and let it go to work on your skin as you sleep.
Sensitive Skin: SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque
When skin is irritated and red, this soothing phyto corrective mask from SkinCeuticals acts fast to relieve symptoms of sensitivity by utilising a blend of highly-concentrated botanical extracts, a calming dipeptide, and hyaluronic acid. Skin that’s been exposed to heat, the sun, chlorine, salt-water, and even post-procedures such as laser treatment, is restored to its smoothest, most radiant state in minutes.
Dry skin: GARNIER Nutri Bomb Milky Tissue Mask Almond Milk
If the fact that this tissue paper mask is a total bargain and stocked at your local Priceline isn’t enough of a selling point for you, then let us direct you to the ultra-hydrating almond milk formula. It helps to deeply nourish skin while bringing it back from the dehydrated abyss, meaning you can say goodbye to those dreaded dry patches, flaky skin and dull complexion. Score!
Oily, Pimple-prone skin: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
For all our pimple-prone friends, this salicylic acid mask is a literal godsend. Its heavenly qualities have been lauded the world over due to the product’s popularity on social media platforms like TikTok. The real magic of this product lies in the formula, which features a high concentration of pore-cleansing BHAs at a healthy pH level, ensuring clear pores, regulated oil and sebum production, and a refined complexion, without disrupting or damaging the skin’s natural barrier function. Genius.
Premature ageing: SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
Definitely a little pricier than your average face mask, this 6-pack of sheet masks from SK-II holds their much-loved Pitera™ complex, which features in their famous treatment essence too. A naturally rich source of a blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, the essence refreshes for radiant, soft, refined skin. Don’t want to take our word for it? Brand ambassador Cate Blanchett swears by the stuff for keeping her skin looking so youthful.
Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.