5 all-natural face masks for urban dwellers

Because we live in a world of skin-damaging nasties, and our skin deserves an all-natural detox treat. 

For tired or irritated skin
For tired or irritated skin
09 May 2017

For tired or irritated skin

Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque, $62/100ml

The newest mask in Kiehl’s line-up features hand-picked calendula petals (which is also the star ingredient for its cult fave Calendula Herbal Extract Toner and used in natural medicine for its calming, anti-inflammatory benefits) and soothing aloe vera, alongside lemon and chamomile essential oils for the fresh, delicate, all-natural scent. The paraben and colourant-free gel mask is gentle and works like a deep drink of thirst-quenching water for thirsty or sun-scorched skin. Put it in the fridge for an extra-cooling skin treat!

For jetlagged complexions
For jetlagged complexions
09 May 2017

For jetlagged complexions

The Herb Farm Revitalising Face Mask, $39, at selected Watsons stores

Most clay masks are formulated specifically for oily or combination skin types, but this unique formulation boasts a rich clay and seaweed extract from New Zealand to detoxify skin while infusing it with vital nutrients and minerals so skin doesn’t feel dry. Perfect for jumpstarting grotty, dehydrated complexions after a grueling long-haul flight.
 

For stressed-out miens (and minds)
For stressed-out miens (and minds)
09 May 2017

For stressed-out miens (and minds)

This Works Stress Check Face Mask, $50, from Sephora

We love the UK aromatherapy brand’s Stress Check line for its ultra-calming, de-stressing essential oil blend. So we obviously are also head over heels over this beautifully-scented aromatherapy mask that contains a ‘Superblend’ of botanical extracts like peppermint, tumeric oil and rose extract to calm and protect skin that has been irritated by external aggressors. A blend of plant oils also help to rebuild the skin’s barrier function, while the signature stress-relieving aromatherapy blend of neroli, patchouli lavender, vetivert and chamomile put us in the mood for bedtime.
  

For lacklustre, urban complexions
For lacklustre, urban complexions
09 May 2017

For lacklustre, urban complexions

Kew Organics Anti-Oxidant Superfood Mask, $78.40, from Kew Organics Facial Bar

Is all that late night partying and freezing office temps getting your skin down? Then you ought to arm your skin to protect itself from these urban skin woes with an mask that’s packed with antioxidants and hydrating actives like this one from local organic skincare label Kew Organics. Key ingredients include Asian botanical power plant extract gotu kola (also known as centella asiatica) which is chock-full of amino acids and beta carotene, green tea, kelp and coconut oil. All work together to not only tackle free radicals within the skin, but also deeply replenishes skin’s moisture levels.
 

For hyper-pigmented skin
For hyper-pigmented skin
09 May 2017

For hyper-pigmented skin

Blanc de La Mer White Brilliance Mask, $440

All those beach holidays (or heck, just getting out of the office for lunch) has meant that you skin is now peppered with dark pigmentation and an uneven, murky skin tone. For visible skin tone-evening effects, try this dual-phase luxury mask set from La Mer. It actually comprises of 2 products – a skin-soothing primer that’s infused with the brand’s proprietary Concentrated Miracle Broth and Calming Ferment; and a gel-mask with the Vital Brilliance Ferment, a potent blend of sea-derived actives, marine peptides and lime tea concentrate, to help clarify and retexturise the skin.
 

For congested, blemish-prone skin
For congested, blemish-prone skin
09 May 2017

For congested, blemish-prone skin

Fresh limited-edition Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, $95, available in June

The US-based skincare brand boasts quite a few impressive masks, and one of them is its bestselling Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, which contains a specially-sourced, mineral-rich clay from a small village in Umbria, Italy. The multi-tasking mask works on clogged, open pores to draw out impurities without drying out the skin, while sandalwood oil, chamomile flower, lavender water and olive leaf extract works to calm and re-balance out-of-whack complexions. It can be used as a cleanser, detox mask or a spot treatment for blemishes and open pores. Did we mention that it also smells amazing?
 

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