Best Masks

If you want to sit back and give your skin a little TLC, then a face mask might be exactly what you need. Choosing a mask that’s right for you and your skin can leave your complexion looking smoother, clearer, and brighter. Continue reading...

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Peppy Co. All-In-One Sleeping Mask

Peppy Co. All-In-One Sleeping Mask

4.6  (44) Summary
Darcii
DarciiVIC
 
Alya Skin Clay Mask

Alya Skin Clay Mask

3.8  (284) Summary
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Kat
Kat2 posts
 
Boring Without You For Face Sake Multi-Mask

Boring Without You For Face Sake Multi-Mask 🏆 2024

4.7  (29) Summary
Shivani Sanjay Kansagra
Shivani Sanjay Kansagra2 posts
  Fair Incentive
Skin says thank youThe best ever product for combination skin. My skin is very happy. This is now a staple in my skincare routine. ❤️ Show details
Flawco Australian Blue Clay Mask

Flawco Australian Blue Clay Mask

5.0  (22) Summary
Nikki
Nikki QLD
 
The mud mask I have been searching forI have been searching for this for a long long time! Everyone has sheet masks which I never notice a difference using. Flawco was beautiful to use and smells devine! I have sensitive skin and had no issues, I even used it on my 7 year old daughter and she loved it too. The next morning I woke up with soft skin still glowing. I'm hooked! Show details
La Roche Posay Effaclar

La Roche Posay Effaclar

4.3  (28) Summary
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Anna380
Anna380QLD3 posts
 
Skin Clarity Range

Skin Clarity Range

3.4  (27) Summary
Bex
Bex2 posts
 
The best, the only thing that worksLiterally the only product that works to keep my acne at bay plus keep my skin supple and smooth. I kid you not. I’m gutted I can’t find this product anywhere anymore. Show details
Sukin Purifying Facial Masque

Sukin Purifying Facial Masque

4.0  (15) Summary
Dan U.
Dan U.NSW8 posts
 
Sukin suxs and is a fake natural product brand hurting teens facesUsed this product to my detriment and as a result my skin feels like it was burning... and I have to persist.. This is an example of how valuable feedback is cause AZ authorities in approving this drug did not do their job.... bad irritants in this product keep away at all costs Show details
Aduro Personal LED Light Mask

Aduro Personal LED Light Mask

3.2  (32) Summary
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Lily R
Lily R
 
Fanola No Yellow Mask

Fanola No Yellow Mask

3.2  (25) Summary
Jessie M.
Jessie M.QLD
 
Garnier Hydra Bomb Tissue Mask

Garnier Hydra Bomb Tissue Mask

4.3  (8) Summary
Kanom
KanomSA52 posts
 
Hydra runThis is so refreshing and a good excuse to take it easy for 15mins. I have quite tough skin so I had no irritation or redness when removing. I actually find there is too much moisture in the packaging so it tends to run down my neck haha. Great mask though
L'Oréal Pure Clay Mask

L'Oréal Pure Clay Mask

3.6  (11) Summary
Mezz
MezzNSW24 posts
 
Excellent younger looking skin without paying a large amount of money!This is an excellent mask. My face looks smoother with less lines and it's soft. It's so cheap too! 5 STARS! I'm 43 and makes my skin younger and smoother Show details
Chick flick
Chick flickSA29 posts
  Multivitamin Power Recovery
ALDI Lacura Sleep Care Masks

ALDI Lacura Sleep Care Masks

5.0  (5) Summary
Mel
Mel
  Overnight Face Mask
great productsoaks in well i was worried it would leave my face feeling greasy but it’s lovely. smells nice and not overpowering Show details
Sada
SadaVIC747 posts
 
Christian Dior Capture Totale

Christian Dior Capture Totale

4.0  (5) Summary
Robin
Robin
 
Wella SP Hydrate Range

Wella SP Hydrate Range

5.0  (3) Summary
Bridgettttt
BridgetttttNSW2 posts
  Shampoo
Wella needs to bring this back!!This was my all time favourite shampoo and conditioner for many years. My frizzy hair was always tamed with this duo and was left silky soft and strong to the pull. My scalp was always conditioned aswell with this. Show details
Ego QV Face Purifying Mask

Ego QV Face Purifying Mask

5.0  (3) Summary
Gabriel D
Gabriel DQLD3 posts
 
Ozswan
Ozswan
 
Kasia Zed
Kasia ZedVictoria
 
mug
mug
 
best mask ever i,ll always buy these and tell my friends and other sisters aboutthe fantastic resultmy sister gave me the miracle rejuvenation mask ..it was the best mask i,ve ever used ,the results were fantastic...soft smooth hydrated skin ,lines around eyes and mouth were almost invisible i,ll certainly be ordering more of thesemasks ,...thankyou for creating such a beautiful mask tat delivers results ....Marion

pearls
pearlsCanberra7 posts
 
Louisa K
Louisa K
 
PerfectLeaves my skin feeling soft and radiant. I highly recommend this product to everyone. I use this with their toner and moisturizer and my skin has never been better.

rene th
rene th
 
Foreo UFO

Foreo UFO

3.3  (3) Summary
Fangarang
FangarangQLD15 posts
 
Lovely but hate that I have to use my phoneMy FOREO UFO 2 is a lovely 2 minutes of indulgence but I hate that I have to use it with an app on my phone. I’m really careful now not to buy products that require an app to use. I don’t want my phone in the bathroom and having to need Bluetooth is also a pain in regional areas Show details
Steph
StephMelbourne7 posts
 
Amazing!I was lucky enough to get this as a freebie after purchasing a Neutrogena face wash.

This is my first ever sheet mask and I love it. It feels amazing on the face. It doesn’t feel heavy or slimey it feels very cool and relaxing.

Easy to put on. Not at all messy!

Might have to make this a regular or occasional purchase! :) :) Show details

Rhiannon H.
Rhiannon H.WA
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Kmart Peel Off Face Mask

Kmart Peel Off Face Mask

1.5  (8) Summary
Ebony
Ebony
 
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Kori
Kori2 posts
 
Can really feel the differenceThis mask is very effective for me. I am 57 so my skin soaks up a lot of moisturiser to keep the wrinkles at bay. I apply at night and the skin is noticeably more plump, tighter & hydrated in the morning. My skin is oily combination and highly recommend for my skin type. I have used this product for many months.
Corinna L
Corinna L234022 posts
 
japat63
japat63Townsville
 

How do skincare masks work?

Woman with her hair wrapped in a towel applying a creamy face mask to her skin

Skincare masks work differently to other types of skincare, such as moisturisers, as they’re generally on your skin for a short period of time. These facial masks penetrate the skin to usually do one or a combination of the following:

  • Hydrate the skin
  • Absorb excess oil
  • Unclog and refine pores
  • Reduce acne
  • Minimise the appearance of fine lines
  • Smoothen out textured skin
  • Improve the elasticity of skin
  • Brighten your complexion

Applying a mask should follow cleansing (and toning if you use a toner), so that your skin is free of impurities and excess oil for your skin to better absorb the mask.

Do beauty face masks work?

If you use a quality mask that’s intended for your skin type and concern, then yes, masks do work.

Because masks are usually on your face for a short period of time, it’s understandable that there are people who don’t think face masks actually do anything for your skin, but a high-quality mask has a much higher concentration of active ingredients that let a mask have visible effects on your skin.

Can face masks damage your skin?

Face masks can potentially damage your skin, particularly if you don’t use them correctly or if the ingredients in them are too harsh for your skin.

Leaving a face mask on for too long, for example, can cause irritation and dry out your skin - while it may seem that leaving it on longer means you’ll reap more benefits from the mask, doing this is often counterintuitive.

It’s generally recommended not to use face masks everyday because of this, especially if you have sensitive skin. Stick to using a mask once or twice a week.

Should I wash my face after wearing a mask?

Generally speaking, no, you shouldn’t cleanse your face after washing or taking your mask off. Most masks are designed to be applied after you’ve washed your face, and washing again after using a face mask can dry out your skin.

Some masks still continue to nourish your skin after you’ve removed them, such as sheet masks, which still leave some serum on your face after you’ve taken one off. This is where washing your face would prevent you from absorbing all the goodness a mask can give your skin.

Types of face masks

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer choice of face masks and difficult to understand what they can do for your skin, so we’ve outlined the different types of face masks below and what type of skin they’re suited for.

Clay masks

When you see a thick layer of paste on someone’s face, chances are they’re sporting a clay mask. These masks contain clay and other minerals that have healing properties. A popular clay type is pink clay, which is rich in silica and helps make your skin smoother and more supple.

Clay masks help get rid of excess sebum and can remove toxins and other impurities from the skin, making them great for those with oily or acne-prone skin.

Sheet masks

A staple in South Korean beauty, sheet masks are single-use sheets (usually made from cotton, hydrogel, or biocellulose) that are either drenched in a serum or essence, or infused with active ingredients that nourish the skin.

Although different facial mask sheets treat different skin concerns, they’re generally suited to people who want to add moisture to and brighten up a dull complexion.

Peel-off masks

Peel-off masks are usually applied as a cream that when dried, is supposed to be peeled off your face rather than washed off. Along with the mask, you also peel off the top layer of dead skin, making these masks great at exfoliating.

These masks don’t often have many active ingredients, as they’re designed to remove dead skin rather than penetrate the skin.

Peel-offs are great for those who want to smooth out bumpy or more textured skin. Use them with caution if you have ultra-sensitive skin, as they can irritate your skin as you peel them away.

Cream masks

Cream masks are ones which you wash off your face after a certain period of time (usually somewhere between 10 to 20 minutes).

Depending on the active ingredients in a cream mask, they can be used by people with all skin types. They are however often hydrating, so are generally suited to those with dry skin.

Overnight masks

If you want a facial while you sleep, you can try an overnight or sleeping mask. These are applied before you hit the hay and work their magic on your skin while you sleep. They’re usually packed with more active ingredients than your standard night cream.

Overnight masks are great for people of all skin types, particularly for those who need some more hydration or want their skin to look revitalised the next day.

Other types of masks

  • Charcoal masks: These are great at targeting specific issues, such as removing dead skin and bacteria or removing excess oil from the skin, making them generally suited for those with oily skin. You can also use them as a spot treatment to target inflammation.
  • Bubble masks: Yep, these are the funny masks that foam up while on your face, and are thought to help with skin circulation. They’re harder to find and the benefits of them aren’t proven, but they do make for a great photo.
  • Eye masks: Eye masks are often sheet or gel patches that are placed under the eyes to help reduce the appearance of dark circles or fine lines.
  • Body masks: Name a body part and there’s probably a mask out there for it, but the most common body masks are those that hydrate the hands and lips.

Common ingredients in face masks

Face masks contain a host of active ingredients that work together to nourish your skin - we’ve listed a few of them below.

  • Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate the skin and aid it in retaining moisture.
  • Alpha hydroxy (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin, making it more even in tone and texture.
  • Salicylic acid can help remove dead skin and unclog pores, making it a popular ingredient for masks designed for acne-prone skin.
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps prevent hyperpigmentation, making it great for brightening dark spots. It also boosts the production of collagen, helping tighten sagging skin.
  • Azelaic acid also brightens the complexion, as does kojic acid.
  • Retinol increases the turnover of skin cells and lowers oil production, making it effective in fighting acne, reducing wrinkles, and giving your skin a healthy glow.
  • Shea butter softens and smoothes skin.
  • Vitamin E protects skin from pollution and sun damage, making it a great anti-aging ingredient that can help prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Jojoba oil adds moisture to the skin.

There are also plenty of household ingredients that are commonly found in face masks - oatmeal and aloe vera, for example, have soothing properties and so are great for those with easily inflamed skin.

Other things to consider

Ease of use

How easy a mask is to use can often depend on how you like to do your masking. If you’re a multitasker, you may find that sheet masks - which can slide around your face - aren’t particularly convenient for you, while those who like to sit back and relax may love that sheet masks make them lie still.

Masks which require you to wash them off may also be annoying for some people to use, especially if they’ve applied a thicker mask (such as a clay one) that can be more difficult to remove.

You should also consider how long the mask is meant to be kept on your face for - some people find that masks that require a longer time on your face to work don’t really suit their routine.

Skin sensitivity

If you have sensitive skin, you’ll probably have to do a bit more research before buying a face mask. You can find masks designed for use on sensitive skin - these usually don’t contain strong exfoliants (such as retinoids) or particularly drying ingredients.

If you have skin that’s easily irritated, try to avoid masks containing alcohol, parabens, dyes, essential oils, and artificial fragrances - these are all known irritants.

Price

Sheet masks can cost anywhere from $2 to $190 for a single sheet (yes, you read that right). Other types of masks can cost anywhere from $10 to almost $500 for a tub or tube.

High-end masks that set you back over $100 are often enriched with “luxurious” ingredients (such as gold or even placenta) that are thought to improve the appearance of skin.

Pricier doesn’t necessarily mean better when it comes to masks; our tip is to look first at the active ingredients a mask has to determine whether it represents good value for money.

The bottom line

Although they can help improve the appearance of your skin, don’t expect a face mask to work miracles. While masks are a short-term solution to glowing skin, having a skin care regime that’s suited to your skin type and concerns and using a face mask a few times a week can help you maintain a healthy complexion.

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