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Don't let the mask slip

Wednesday, 1st August, 2018 4:57pm

Masks are a powerful way to reboot your skin every week and keep it looking and feeling its best. They’re also super handy fixer-uppers for when your skin just a bit is 'blah'!

The weather has been a somewhat contributing factor to my skin going a bit gaga recently, but whether it’s caused by stress, hormones, diet or new makeup, your skin can quickly and easily go from glowing to dull or from smooth and clear to bumpy and blemished.

Masks are a quick and effective way to deal with these issues as they arise. Your everyday skincare deals with the type but masking can deal with a current condition. They are also an excuse to have some you time.

If you don’t have time for a professional peel, you can give yourself a gentler version right at home with Image's Ageless Total Resurfacing masque (€42).

This peel exfoliates the surface dead skin cells that cause a dry, dull complexion, while minimising the appearance of fine lines and dark spots. The skin’s surface is completely rejuvenated thanks to a potent blend of alapha hydroxy acids and micro-crystals that gently slough away dead skin cells.

Quick tip: Mix with any Image skincare cleanser to boost its exfoliating properties or use on rough skin on the body such as elbows and knees.

To hydrate and renew dry, dehydrated and polluted skin, Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque (€43.50) is one of my favourites as my skin tends to be dry.

When your skin is feeling extra thirsty, experiencing some temporary redness or feeling the effects of environmental damage, count on this mask to bathe your skin with hydration and vitamins.

Using natural enzymatic exfoliants that gently dissolve clogging dead skin cells, this mask first sweeps away the 'serious stuff' and allows for an infusion of antioxidants and vitamins that nourish and promote healthy-looking skin.

Inspired by customer demand for a sheet mask that fits all face shapes and allows for no-mess application, Kiehls Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask has a two piece design that comfortably adheres to any face shape, ensuring optimal absorption of key ingredients. For an improved application experience, the mask features a unique hydrogel-biocellulose technology - no drip, no mess - while delivering quick absorption and instant, dewy hydration.

Dermalogica Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask (€22.50) targets blackheads before they turn into breakouts. This mask activates upon application, helping to open pores, decongest skin and facilitate blackhead clearing. The good stuff in this mask include sulfur which provides anti-microbial benefits to help keep skin clear, kaolin clay absorbs excess oil and purifies the skin while apple fruit extract helps hydrate the skin.

Juliette Armand has also launched an oxygen rejuvenation facial mask for all skin types. The Oxygen Foaming Mask (€39) instantly renews the skin by offering toning, freshness and liveliness.

The science behind this is quite fascinating: the mask transfers the air’s free oxygen into the skin. When the mask (in a gel form) meets the skin, the Gransil component (an elastomeric network that it contains) binds oxygen from the atmosphere to the skin and it becomes a foam.

The skin tissues are oxygenated and the skin’s defense mechanism is enhanced to combat adverse environmental factors and free radicals.

Oxygenation of the skin brings deep renewal and radiance, it reduces erythema and regulates excess oiliness.

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