Seven of the best face masks to fix all of your skin concerns
There isn't much else to do at the moment other than lounge about in comfy co-ords in front of Netflix, so why not use this time to address any skin concerns you may have and stick on a face mask while you're doing it?
Whether you're tired of your skin always looking dull, dry or patchy – or you just want it to look more bouncy and youthful – we can guarantee there is a face mask to solve that. So we had our expert panel of OK! beauty testers try out seven new launches to see what magic they could perform on their skin…
Lumene Nordic Hydra 72 Hour Hydra Gel Mask, buy it here for £20.90
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What? From Finland, where women apparently defy the harsh Arctic winds and remain perma-youthful thanks to natural Nordic bounties – such as the spring water and birch sap in this mask. It can be used as a 15-min wipe off or left overnight.
Tester says: "This has a really satisfying texture – gloopy like gel yet also non-sticky, cooling and refreshing. I used it after a particularly desiccating fake tan and I could feel the parched surface plumping out like a raisin being soaked in water. My skin felt super-soft afterwards."
Tired Faace Mask, buy it here for £22.50
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What? A mask for ‘skin disrupted by life’ – which seems pretty apt right now. It has caffeine, brightening vitamin C and lactic acid for gentle exfoliation
Tester says: "Smells seriously zingy, like freshly squeezed orange juice. It’s quite a thin, gel-like texture, and it didn’t feel remotely moisturising as it sat on my skin. I wasn’t expecting anything when I wiped it off so I was surprised to see what I can only describe as ‘glass skin’: that glossy, Korean beauty trend you see all over Instagram. I think 20-somethings will love this. It wasn’t bad on 40-something me either."
For damage repair:
Beauty Pie Japanfusion Bio-Ceramide Moisture Mask, buy it here for £12.26
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What? This antioxidant-laden mask promises to be a clean-up crew for dry or sun-damaged skin. Think yuzu ceramides to boost skin barrier, vitamin C to target pigmentation, a wrinkle-fighting yeast derivative and vegetable squalane to moisture bomb your face.
Tester says: "This feels lightweight and moisturising but not pore clogging. My skin felt nicely revived and hydrated afterwards. This is a great moisturising mask for all skin types (although I can’t see how it could possibly be worth the ‘non member’ £100 price tag).
Simple Ultra Calming Sheet Mask with Hemp Seed Oil, buy it here for £2.99
What? A weekly fix of hemp seed chillaxing for skin that’s stressed out. This mild-mannered mask is fragrance free and claims to replenish 16 days worth of moisturiser in a single use.
Tester says: "My skin reacts easily to retinol and acids, and I found this was a really good one to use when it needed to be instantly calmed down. The sheet isn’t the neatest fit but it’s a good option if your skin needs quick relief. It gets bonus points for being biodegradable."
Garnier Nutri Bomb Milky Tissue Mask Almond Milk & Hyaluronic Acid, buy it here for £2.99
This mask contains a milky serum enriched with moisturising and plumping hyaluronic acid.
Tester says: "The mask sits a bit wrinkly on the face but it doesn’t drip or slip. The result was not so much a drink of water for the skin as a big glass of full-fat milk. My skin looked really plump, hydrated and soft with an instant glow, and areas of dry skin had disappeared."
Luneia Radiance Ritual Mask, buy it here for £40
What? This once-a-week mask is a potent mix of glycolic and salicylic acids to exfoliate and hydrate your skin, for a mini facial effect.
Tester says: "This left my skin looking smoother than it has in weeks and any blemishes I had were definitely more faded. It does make skin look instantly brighter too. Just make sure you stick to the 10 minute limit, as it’s an intensive formula."
Nivea Q10 Power Sleeping Melt-In-Mask, buy it here for £10.99
What? Is it a mask? Is it a night cream? Well, kind of both. This concentrated dose of anti-ageing CoQ10 is designed to be slathered on as a thick layer, then massaged in and left overnight 2-3 times a week.
Tester says: "I really liked this from the very first night I used it. It was very nourishing and I thought I looked like I’d had a better night’s sleep than I had. By the time I’d used up the pot (it lasted over a month) I thought my skin looked smoother and less lined."
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