When it comes to replenishing moisture, firming saggy or tired skin, or calming hormonal flare-ups, these masks are multi-taskers that do the job.
D’skin Moisture Revival Masque, S$109 www.dskinlab.com Novena Square, Heartland Mall, The Seletar Mall, One Raffles Place
What’s so special: The mask has a moisture-retention ingredient called Lipidure that retains moisture and maintains hydration long after cleansing. Sakura flower extracts reduce inflamed skin while a by-product of Japanese saké, saké kasu, inhibits dark spots from forming and gives off anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Keeps skin clear and bright, free from spots and acne.
How to use: Apply on cleansed skin and massage over face until fully absorbed. Can be used overnight (wash off in the morning) or after 15 minutes.
La Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask, S$370 www.lamer.com.sg Tangs, Takashimaya, Robinsons Raffles City The Heeren, Metro Paragon
What’s so special: The luxe cream mask softens and conditions the skin on contact by increasing its natural ability to rejuvenate and plump up by supporting natural collagen production. Together with La Mer’s concentrated Miracle Broth, a new ingredient, the Lifting Ferment, penetrates with a powerful brown algae, marine peptides and active marine plant stem cells to increase elasticity and sculpt the face. What’s more, no wash-off is required.
How to use: After cleansing and toning, simply brush the cream mask over face and massage in. Let the mask stay on for 10 minutes before your moisturiser.
Sephora Invisilk Masks, S$4 per piece, www.sephora.com.sg from mid-October 2016
What’s so special: This feather-light sheet mask uses an almost invisible fibre that is a combination of small, light and super-thin microfibre sepa, with moisture-absorbent tencel. Each Invisilk mask includes silk protein to help with moisture on the skin’s surface and also reduces the onset of wrinkles. Its makers claim it is 100 percent natural and sustainable with its enviro-friendly materials.
Available in four types: Job’s Tears for lightening and moisturising; Marine Algae to hydrate and nourish; Orchid for youth-activating and regenerating; and Pearl for brightening.
How to use: Fit sheet over face for 10 to 15 minutes after cleansing and toning. Remove, smooth remaining fluid over skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask, S$83, www.sephora.com.sg
What’s so special: Using cutting-edge plant tech, the mask uses the stem cells of five different roses (including the exquisite damask, pale and desert roses) to repair signs of ageing and fine lines. It has reparative traits from the extracts of four roses rich in vitamin A and C, with moisture-retention and overall skin-balancing properties. This gel mask has a light and beautiful natural scent designed to relax and revive.
How to use: The dual-use mask can be used on clean skin for 10 minutes and rinsed off or, for a more penetrative and intense treatment, the gel can be used overnight and rinsed off the next morning. Best used refrigerated.
Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, S$89, Clifford Aesthetics and Dermacentre Westgate, selected pharmacies and clinics
What’s so special: The gel mask is designed to bring down the skin’s temperature by up to 3˚C and delivers a cooling effect to reduce heat inflammation and sensitivity (from scorching heat or non-invasive treatments such as lasers). Using botanical extracts of cucumber, thyme and olive, the mask can potentially reduce redness by up to 20 percent and sensitivity by almost 50 percent upon usage. Great for post-sun or heat exposure, intense exercise and facial treatments such as laser and chemical peels.
How to use: The clever mask can be used three ways: over clean skin for 10 to 15 minutes and rinsed off; as a day leave-on mask to help provide cool comfort for inflamed skin; or overnight for restful replenishment through the night.
Vichy Ideal White Sleeping Mask, S$59, at leading pharmacies
What’s so special: Brightens fatigued skin and lightens overall complexion with powerful ingredients that act on all three skin layers. Using an extract from pine trees to promote skin immunity, clarity and anti-microbial properties, skin is more clear and acne-free. In addition, angry redness and scarring is reduced with vitamin B3, adenosine and LHA working together to fight pigmentation across all layers of the skin.
How to use: The pink gel can be used daily by massaging over cleansed and toned skin until it has been fully absorbed. Alternatively, it can be used as an overnight mask once or twice a week.
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Empowering Thermal Water Sleeping Mask, S$42.90, Derma Centre and selected pharmacies
What’s so special: The hydrating molecule is so small and yet is able to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, ensuring that the hydrating traits are delivered to where they are needed. The mask is further enhanced with La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Spring Water to undo damage from free-radicals while locking in moisture throughout the day and night. It is also multi-functional and can be used as a normal face or overnight mask.
How to use: Layer on a generous amount for 10 to 15 minutes and tissue or lightly rinse off. Or use as a night moisturiser on face and neck; or as an overnight mask to be rinsed off the next day.