MAXIMISE YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE WITH MASKS


Filled with nutrients, masks are superfoods for skin. Whether you have dry, oily or acne prone skin, masks are a great way to not only treat yourself, but also nurture your skin back to good health. Here are a few types of masks to help you maximise your mask routine.


Peel-off or rubberising masks

What’s in them?
Skin-firming and skin-clarifying ingredients such as glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and activated charcoal.

What are they good for and why?
Peel-off masks are suitable for most skin types and work to help improve your skin’s elasticity, tone and texture. After regular use and over time, your skin will become firmer and plumper.

How often should I use them?
Not more than twice a week.

Clay masks

What’s in them?
Most clay masks consist of natural kaolin clay – a very gentle clay that can be found in the ingredients list of many skincare products.

What are they good for and why?
Clay masks are an effective way to combat oily and acne-prone skin. They work like a magnet, pulling out excess oil, debris and toxins from the skin while providing light exfoliation.

How often should I use them?
Not more than three times a week.



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Sheet masks

What’s in them?
Originally from Korea (the global trendsetters in skincare), these face-shaped masks are made of thin cotton material soaked in a serum formula. Serums typically include water-retaining and skin-plumping ingredients like aloe extracts, retinol, collagen, seaweed, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C (for additional brightening effects).

What are they good for and why?
These masks are great for really dry, parched skin. They are individually sealed in airtight plastic pouches to ensure that a measured, concentrated dose of hydration-boosting nutrients is delivered to your skin. The sheet fabric helps to prevent moisture from evaporating.

How often should I use them?
Once a week is enough.

DIY Natural masks
If buying face masks becomes too costly, there’s always the make-it-yourself option. Try this one that’s suitable for every skin type:

Banana booster
Bananas contain moisture, potassium and vitamins C and E, all of which promote growth of new cells. The lactic acid in yoghurt helps dissolve dead skin and tightens the pores. Honey is antibacterial so it’s great for acne.



INGREDIENTS
One medium-sized ripe banana
1/4 cup yoghurt
2 Tbsp honey

METHOD
  1. Mash the banana well and mix in the yoghurt.
  2. Add the honey and stir until you have a smooth paste.
  3. Apply gently to your face and neck and leave for 10 to 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with cold water. (If you don’t have yoghurt and honey, plain mashed banana will also work wonders).

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Hot tip
These common ingredients make great beauty aids, but not all can be used in their raw form

ALOE EXTRACTS: Help plump your skin
LEMON: Can help lighten acne scars
CUCUMBER: Strengthens and revives your skin
PEPPERMINT: Soothes and stimulates your skin
GINGER: Stimulates and tones your skin



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