Whether you have combination skin, adult acne or just the occasional that-time-of-the-month break-out, now and then we all feel like our complexion could do with a bit of a deep cleanse. And in these cash-strapped times, unless you’re Kate Moss or a Kardashian, you’re probably not booking in for weekly facials. The next best thing? Why, the humble face mask, of course! Blasting blemishes, unclogging pores and cleansing the skin of dirt and toxins, an effective mask can really detox your complexion – and help prevent future breakouts too. Read on for our pick of the very best deep cleansing masks…
Yes, this is spendy but it’s also totally worth it. Not to mention that it last AGES. Used once a month, this really is a treat for skin, tackling congestion with a deep-cleansing mineral-infused mud to draw out impurities, plus Omorovicza‘s famous healing, super-hydrating thermal water. For an extra indulgent experience, use while you’re luxuriating in the tub – the hot water will open the pores and help the mask to penetrate deeply. Fast-forward ten minutes or so, and you’ll be left with skin that feels purified, smooth and baby soft.
Clay is a key ingredient when it comes to giving acne-prone complexions a deep cleanse and drawing out impurities, and Murad‘s Clarifying Mask is designed to clear and clarify stressed-out combination skin. If you’re having a break-out – or feel like one might be on the horizon – this powerful mask works like magic. It also contains liquorice extract and zinc oxide which help reduce redness, and calm and soothe irritated skin, plus blemish-banishing active sulphur.
Created by renowned skincare expert Una Brennan, the Super Facialist range of products are not only genuinely effective, they also don’t involve having to flash a credit card either. Costing less than a tenner, this mask gives the luxe lot a run for their money, with mineral-rich Dead Sea Mud unclogging pores, clearing skin of excess oils and dirt and giving your complexion a serious detox. Use a couple of times a week to ensure skin stays clear, clean and blemish-free. There’s a reason beauty editors have Ms Brennan on speed dial.
If you’re after a bit of a spa experience from the comfort of your sofa, give Sanctuary’s Thermal Detox Mask a whirl. Once applied to the skin, the mask heats up, helping to open pores and allowing the ingredients to penetrate and really draw out impurities. As the lovely Ruth Crilly explains, it’s a mask that doesn’t dry the complexion out – as some treatments for combination skin can tend to. Something else you might not be aware of – uber facialist Nichola Joss is Sanctuary Spa‘s Global Beauty Ambassador, and when it comes to facials, she definitely knows her stuff.
This fast-acting mask from Gazelli is used in the innovative skincare brand’s luxurious facials – currently available at Harrods’ ultra-indulgent Urban Retreat spa. If a mud mask can look, feel and smell luxe, this is it. But this isn’t just any old mud you know, it’s Volcanic Mud from Azerbaijan’s mud volcanoes! Naturally rich in minerals and anti-oxidants, it’s a multi-tasking ingredient when it comes to cleansing, soothing, calming and healing the skin. The mask also contains collagen to help kickstart cell renewal, leaving skin feeling tighter, brighter and more radiant.