It’s a skincare troupe that’s been overdone, for sure. But we’d be lying if we said lazing around the house in a permanent state of sloth-dom, wearing nourishing face masks wasn’t as the top of our to-do list this long weekend.
It’s not often four days off (without the ned to dip into annual leaves) come around, so whatever you plan on doing, we hope a spot of skin self care is on the agenda.
Below, find 7 editor-approved face mask formulas for every complexion, from old favourites to new discoveries. The common denominator? Really, really good glow. Keep scrolling to shop.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, $130. SHOP NOW
This iconic sheet mask is a best-seller for a reason. The foil backing ensures every last drop of the serum infuses into the skin, while the formula itself (a souped-up version of Advanced Night Repair) is supremely hydrating. If you do happen to have plans, it’s excellent to prep the skin for makeup.
Susanne Kaufmann glow mask, $121. shop now
Rich in coffee and papaya extract, this resurfacing mask transforms dull, congested or lacklustre skin in minutes. The exfoliating properties are quite mild, so it’s safe to use in conjunction with the rest of your skincare routine. Plus, there’s glycerin and shea butter for hydration and skin nourishment.
111Skin oxygen express mask, $195. shop now
This featherlight gel is an excellent choice for thick, oily skin as it helps to oxygenate and refine without the use of heavy butters and oils. It has a zingy, cool feel to it, and after just 15 minutes will leave your face noticeably brighter and more balanced. If you’re tired or hungover, chill it in the fridge for 10 minutes prior.
Dr. Barbara Sturm clarifying mask, $217. shop now
If your face is feeling congested or breakout-y, this calming mask from Dr. Barbara Sturm is for you. It’s packed with zinc, kaolin, purslane and balloon vine (yes, it’s a plant extract) to decongest, balance, soothe and rehydrate. Honourable mention as it’s not drying in the slightest, as so many clarifying masks tend to be. Use it all over, or simply to spot treat.
Alpha H Liquid Gold Ultimate Perfecting Mask with Glycolic, Ferulic + Lactic Acids, $90. shop now
If you want to sweep away the top layer of your face to make room for fresh, shiny new cells, this is the mask that’s up to the job. It’s made with a triple acid blend of glycolic, lactic and ferulic acids to remove dull skin and accelerate turnover, leaving you smooth, plump and glowy. This one is best for those who are used to using accelerating acids.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Repair Mask, $115. shop now
If your complexion feels tight, dry, or uncomfortable, you need creamy nourishment in the form of Chanel’s Camellia Repair Mask. It’s rich in camellia flower wax to prevent water loss, plus hyaluronic acid, panthenol, glycerin and blue ginger to plump the look of fine lines.
Tata Harper Radiance Mask, $107. SHOP NOW
It’s tricky to find an exfoliating mask that’s kind to sensitive skin, but Tata Harper’s Radiance formula is a cut about the rest. It uses a delicate blend of self-neutralising AHA’s that gently resurface without irritating, plus probiotics to replenish barrier health. it even contains a little kaolin clay to help dislodge debris from the pores. Try it after a warm shower for best results.