How to choose the best face mask

Who doesn't love a face mask? Homemade or bought, these miracle workers pump our skin full of goodness. But choosing the right one is another matter... Who doesn't love a face mask? Homemade or bought, these miracle workers pump our skin full of goodness. But choosing the right one is another matter...


Choose the best face mask for your skin type

Dry skin: If your skin feels rough, tight or flaky, then opt for a hydrating mask. They're packed with lipids, moisturising active ingredients, fatty substances (avocado, shea butter, argan oil) and soothing agents such as thermal or floral water. They deeply hydrate and soothe our skin. Leaving it plump and baby-soft. Apply once a week - or more if your skin's really dry or suffers during winter.   Oily skin: If your skin is too shiny, apply a balancing mask that will absorb and regulate excess sebum without drying out your skin. Go for purifying green clay masks. Make sure they also contain hydrating ingredients to protect your epidermis - vegetable and essential oils work a treat.   Mature skin: Treat yourself to anti-ageing masks that will smoothe, thicken and plump up your skin. Mature skin needs to be deeply moisturised and its cell renewal boosted for it to remain hydrated, firm and supple.   Blemished skin: Regulating masks close pores whilst zapping blackheads and spots. They contain clay and astringent active ingredients - you can apply them to your entire face or just target problem areas. Take care if your skin tends to be on the dry side!   Dull skin: Looking sallow, gray or pasty? You're worn out and so's your skin! Get back your glow with a peeling mask that contains fruit acid enzymes. They dissolve dead cells that dull skin and kick-start cell renewal.

Choose a mask according to its texture

Cream masks: Ultra-nourishing and fatty, cream masks suit pretty much all skin types, but are particularly good for dry skin that lacks lipids. The star active ingredients? Shea butter, avocado and other vegetable oils.   Gel masks: These are designed for dehydrated, sensitive skin or anyone who wants a lovely, fresh feel. Their vegetable oils moisturise our skin by reinforcing the hydrolipidic film and preventing water from evaporating.   Sheet masks: Sheet masks are gorged with active ingredients that easily penetrate the epidermis, making them superb for dry or mature skin.   Clay masks: Perfect for oily skin, their clay content absorbs excess sebum and closes pores. Their purifying properties also deal with blackheads.  

Choose a mask according to its active ingredients

Hyaluronic acid, collagen, aloe vera: These deeply hydrate the epidermis and keep our skin moisturised. Our bodies naturally produce hyaluronic acid and collagen, but their levels decline over the years. Using a mask to replenish our stocks prevents our skin from becoming dehydrated. 85% of aloe vera is a mineral and vitamin-rich juice that deeply hydrates skin. Aloe vera's also bursting with mono and polysaccharides, sugars that harness water.   Clay (green, white, rhassoul mud): The purifying properties of clays make them great for oily or blemished skin. Clay sucks up impurities and toxins, balances sebum levels, dries up spots, cleans, heals and reconstructs damaged skin tissue.   Nuts: A nourishing option. Shea butter, macadamia nuts, argan and sweet almond oils... These nuts and kernels pump our skin full of lipids, leaving it supple and comfortable. A pampering pleasure for dry and sensitive skin.   Royal jelly, honey, propolis: Rich in antioxidants, they neutralise free radicals that harm skin cells and accelerate the ageing process. Royal jelly, honey and propolis are all powerful anti-ageing superheros! Their regenerating, nourishing and wrinkle-busting properties make them ideal for mature skin.