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If you’re complying with social distancing guidelines, many of us (myself included) are using this unforeseen time at home to indulge in self-care — and that includes face masks.
While they aren’t exactly an essential step in skincare, the extra addition of masking gives your complexion the extra boost it needs to help you reach your skincare goals. Whether that’s calming redness, clearing stubborn dark spots or energizing tired skin, below, are Yahoo Canada’s top 10 picks of the best face masks on the market — so far.
For replenishing irritated skin while you sleep:
How does it work?: An overnight replenishing mask that delivers intense moisture to help soothe redness and strengthen the skin barrier for healthier, less stressed skin. Formulated with fermented forest yeast extract, it’s been proven to provide more skin strengthening benefits than traditional Cica products with madecassosides, making it perfect for reactive skin types. For the best results, use one to two times a week.
Customer Review: “I have to force myself not to use this every night I have extremely sensitive skin (most things labelled safe for sensitive skin are still too harsh for me), and this is a great product. The scent is nice and clean. Extremely moisturizing, I use this 2-3x a week as a leave-on sleeping mask. Once I run out, I'm buying more!”
SHOP IT: Sephora, $45
For an instant boost of hydration:
How does it work?: The newest addition to Glamglow’s fan-favourite lineup or face masks, THIRSTYMUD uses the newest, most advanced, and extreme hydration active technologies. It moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps deeply hydrate skin for a dewy, glowing complexion, while HydraPack leaves skin with an instant silky, soft and supple feel. Ultimately, it smooths and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.
Customer Review: “I used this product for the first time last night. I was really hesitant because most masks result in me waking up with at least one new pimple. But, I just got a really bad sunburn on my nose and I was looking for any product in my cabinet that looked hydrating. I woke up and felt my face and 1) my redness went down by 80% and 2). I have had these stubborn remnants of pimples on my cheeks for years and to my surprise, they were completely gone! Which I definitely wasn’t expecting. So I will definitely be using this again. This is the third Glamglow product that I’ve used and so far I’ve achieved amazing results with all of them!”
SHOP IT: Sephora, $77
For a clearer complexion:
How does it work?: In just 10 minutes, this gentle glycolic acid peel mask reveals softer, brighter and more even skin by buffing away dead skin cells. Perfect for those with large pores, oily skin and blemishes.
Customer Review: “This is the first product that got me started on my skincare journey. I absolutely love it and it has done wonders for my skin. I’m extremely oily and acne-prone and this product have literally been a lifesaver. It has cleared my skin pretty well and given it an amazing noticeable glow. I’ve been using it for about 4 years now and I don’t plan on stopping.”
SHOP IT: Caudalie, $47
For firmer, youthful skin:
How does it work?: Inspired by the new generation of aesthetic procedures, this powerful delivers an injection-strength dose of hyaluronic acid, gave extract, liquorice extract – for unbeatable smoothness and firmness in an addictive gel texture.
Customer Review: “This is an amazing product. My skin immediately plumped up and looked radiant the next day. I noticed a great improvement in the texture and tone of my skin. This is truly an amazing moisturizer. Great for combo skin.”
SHOP IT: Vichy, $60
For the ultimate detox:
How does it work?: Fortified with charcoal, this mask is made to help draw out impurities and environmental pollutants that accumulate throughout the week. Mango seed butter, coconut oil and avocado oil provide intensive moisture replenishment and nourishing fatty acids for softer, more supple-feeling skin, while volcanic sand exfoliates to reveal a radiant complexion.
Customer Review: “Throughout my career as a beauty blogger, I have tried countless face masks all promising a myriad of benefits. However, I have never truly found a detox mask that works quite as well as my newest addition.”
SHOP IT: Rodan and Fields, $71
For an instant facial on-the-go:
How does it work?: This unique dry face sheet mask is designed with a biomimetic delivery system, which means it prolongs the release of ingredients such as vitamins, floral extracts and peptides into your skin. With its built-in technological five Skin Solution IQ, it tailors those ingredients to your skin type, too. And best of all, this mask doesn't harbour bacteria because it's dry, so you can wear it up to three times — just store the mask back in the packet until next time.
Customer Review: “At first I was sceptical about the mask being dry but as you begin to massage you feel your skin being completely nourished. A very luxurious experience and the shape of the mask/ ear sockets make it convenient and easy to use. Upon taking off the mask your skin is glowing (similar results to Magic Cream), brightened and super soft to touch. You can feel your skin has been deeply hydrated.”
SHOP IT: Charlotte Tilbury, $27
For a full, all-in-one facial:
How does it work?: Powered by a CO2 Octolift compound and essential botanicals, it increases collagen and reveals a smoother and brighter complexion. Also formulated with Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, a non-invasive alternative to Botox, it magically reduces the appearance of wrinkles after just one use.
Customer Review: “I came across Hanacure online and I decided to give it a try. Throughout the years, I have always had problematic skin, blemishes, pimples, and really dull skin. I went to numerous esthetician's, tried so many products, only seeing limited results with my skin. At first, I was skeptic about the ad so I only bought one facial just to give it a try, and oh my, did this work! This treatment is like anything else I have ever tried! My skin became so soft and my forehead blemishes diminished! I just bought the 4 treatments and the lotion and can't wait to continue! Thank you Hanacure! I am really looking forward to beautiful skin!”
SHOP IT: Hanacure, $38
For the perfect glow-up:
How does it work?: Packed with AHAs and powered with pink bentonite clay and nordic birch sap, this age-fighting face mask that works like a facial to exfoliate, illuminate, and brighten skin.
Customer Review: “This is one of the best masks I’ve ever used. I put it on when my skin is looking tired or dull and it does wonders in terms of adding life back into my skin,” reads one five-star review. “I have very dry and sensitive skin and it doesn’t bother me at all. I plan to continue purchasing this. I use about once a week and it has lasted me over a month too so don’t let the small bottle fool you. The scent is amazing too, so unique.”
SHOP IT: Sephora, $66
For gently exfoliating oily skin:
How does it work?: Affordable but effective, this drugstore must-have removes and eliminates impurities while instantly mattifying skin. Made with 99.1 per cent natural ingredients, the clay formula features the superfruit Kakadu Plum, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, to help refine pores for a smoother, healthy-looking complexion. Gentle on the skin, it exfoliates and unclogs pores and removes impurities from within the skin for a smoother texture. Suitable for oily and acne-prone skin.
Customer Review: “I got this product in a sample size. I have so far used it a few times and am enjoying the refined pores clean skin feeling. Smells great too.”
SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $20
For reviving dull, lacklustre skin:
How does it work?: Rich in active anti-ageing ingredients, thanks to the rare black rose, this rich mask immediately gets to work on signs of fatigue and leaves your skin looking youthful and energized. It brings together three actions—revitalizing, softening and hydrating—to restore a luminous complexion and re-densify skin in just 10 to 15 minutes. Its bounty of ingredients also smoothes skin, fights free radicals, protects, soothes and repairs — perfect for ageing and tired-looking skin.
Customer Review: “I have had this mask for about 6 months now and I love it. It is my special treat for when I know I have an event the next day and want to pamper my skin. Before splashing out I made sure I tried a sample of this cult product. I was not disappointed, my skin the next morning was so nourished and soft. It is quite thick and a little sticky but your skin will thank you for it.”