The best face masks promise a quick and simple fix to a bad skin day. Whether your complexion is looking dull, tired or you’re eager for an instant glow, we’ve rounded up our go-to face masks that solve a multitude of skincare problems.
Face masks may be considered a bit of a luxury, especially if you barely have the time or money for a standard skincare routine but they’re a worthwhile investment if only to allow you to concentrate on yourself for five minutes.
We’ve deliberately chosen masks that are easy to apply, and have selected a number of peel-off and sheet masks. This means you can apply them and get on with things, without having to wash them off. We have a whole page full of the best sheet masks as well, if that’s more your thing.
We tend to put on a peel-off face mask first thing, brush our teeth and do our eye makeup or hair while it’s setting, before peeling it off and putting on our foundation and other skincare products. Or at the weekend, while we’re making our sons’ breakfast.
This is time we’d be spending doing other things anyway so it’s an easier way to incorporate a face mask into our already stretched daily schedule!
£22 | Buy now from Origins
Why we love it: This metallic peel-off mask from Origins carefully lifts away dead and dull skin, leaving you with a clear and radiant complexion. It’s made with coffee beans and PanaxGinseng, which help revitalise skin and tighten pores. Just apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, let it dry and peel off. You can read about the benefits of caffeine on skin and hair in our guide to the acids in your skincare.
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It’s no surprise we rate this mask so highly. Origins has previously proved itself enough to join the ranks in our best anti-ageing cream and best hair mask lists and this face mask lives up to the high standards these products have set.
£2.99 | Buy now from Superdrug
Why we love it: If you’re after the best face mask on a budget, we highly recommend the Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask, priced at just £2.99. The ultra-thin tissue is infused with chamomile and hyaluronic acid, perfect for those who want to soothe and hydrate dry and sensitive skin.
We tend to use this mask on a weekly basis and save some of the more expensive masks for a monthly treat. If you keep this mask in the fridge, it’s also a hugely refreshing wake-up call in the morning. If the best sheet mask is what you’re after, we’ve also rounded up our favourite here.
£44 | Buy now from GLAMGLOW
Why we love it: Our Editor’s Pick is a face mask that beauty gurus are currently raving about – the Gravitymud Firming Mask from the GLAMGLOW range.
Priced at £44, this firming treatment is far from cheap but it leaves skin looking renewed and youthful, even after one use. Containing liquorice and marshmallow leaf, this mask is great for anyone who wants to lift and tighten their skin. Sweep on the product with a brush and peel it away once it’s dry.
£7.99 | Buy now from Superdrug
Why we love it: Fortified with charcoal and pure clay, the Pure Clay Detox Mask from L’Oreal’s range helps to draw out impurities whilst detoxifying the skin, making it the ideal product for anyone who suffers from acne. Despite not being as cheap as our budget buy, this mask is more than affordable and offers a deeper cleanse. This is an ideal mask to use on a Sunday night to detox your skin from the week before to get it ready for the week ahead.
£26 | Buy now from Kiehls
Why we love it: Next up is a product that’s perfect for those who suffer from oily and blemished skin. The Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque draws out dirt and toxins while minimising the appearance of pores. It contains aloe vera, which soothes and comforts the skin, and Amazonian white clay which removes bacteria. At £26, it’s a mid-range face mask, so is more of a treat mask than a weekly one but we find it works particularly well as we’re about to come on our period when our skin gets clogged up and gross.
If this is a problem you also suffer with, we want to give a mention to Faace’s Period mask.
The Chin Lift Sculpting Sheet Mask from Huda Kattan’s Wishful Skin is made from material typically used for athletic tape. This tape mimics the elasticity of your skin and moves in the same way your skin moves. Within the Chin Lift strap, which are secured over your ears, are ingredients including adenosine, peptides and niacinamide, plus peppermint to cool and calm the skin. The Chin Lift is designed to be worn for up to 30 minutes and can give you a more defined jawline for an average of three hours. You can read our Wishful Chin Lift review to see before and after photos of our experience with the mask.