Face masks are the best way to add an extra boost to your daily skin care routine or to give your complexion a quick pick-me-up. Bulk up your beauty arsenal with formulas that target different concerns. You might reach for a hydrating mask after a long-haul flight, a detoxing mask to clear congested pores, an exfoliating mask to brighten a dull complexion, or a soothing mask to calm irritated skin after the sun. Whether it’s to prep for a big event or to restore your complexion after a heavy night of partying, these face masks deliver instant results when your skin needs some extra TLC.
Hydrating and Plumping
La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask
This quick 8-minute cream mask instantly awakens, plumps and protects the skin with La Mer’s famous Miracle Broth and proprietary ferments. Use it before an event for a lit-from-within glow or leave it on during a flight for hydrated skin.
HK$1,650 at lamer.com.hk
Chantecaille Gold Recovery Mask
This rich, moisturising mask is infused with 24-karat gold, silk extracts, and peptides to tone, strengthen the skin and impart a healthy glow, while blackcurrant seed oil soothes and reduces redness. Rinse-off for instant radiance or leave on overnight for intensive nourishment.
HK$2,710 at net-a-porter.com
Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask
A long-time editor’s favourite. Sisley’s famous Black Rose Cream Mask is jam-packed with active anti-aging ingredients that instantly restore moisture, glow and firmness, leaving skin feeling energized and perky. This “instant youth” treatment is delicately scented with rose for a luxurious experience.
HK$1,050 at lanecrawford.com
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
This hydrating, antioxidant mask has a velvety whipped texture that immediately cools the skin for a reinvigorated effect. Black tea ferment softens, smooths, and enhances luster while lychee and jicama root extracts hydrate and maintain the skin’s elasticity for a slight firming effect. Great for summer.
HK$780 at Fresh Hong Kong
111SKIN Sub-zero De-puffing Energy Facial Mask
Triggering circulation to brighten, energise and de-puff lacklustre skin, this 20-minute gel mask is from the brand born out of cult London clinic 111 Harley Street. The drainage-stimulating and cooling ingredients, including acetyl tetrapeptide-5, caffeine, alpha glucosyl hesperidin and dawnergy, leave skin looking instantly more toned and refined, and with a natural glow. Let the mask cool in the fridge beforehand for added effect, and allow the residue to be absorbed afterwards for boosted hydration.
HK$800 for a pack of five at joyce.com, from June.
Calming and Soothing
REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask
This mineral-derived bio-active formula instantly soothes irritation, swelling, redness and inflammation. White mushroom and arnica extract calm complexions while beta-glucan from yeast helps regenerate stressed skin. Great for sensitive skin or post-sun exposure.
HK$264 at net-a-porter.com
Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque
A lightweight gel mask that soothes, hydrates and reduces signs of distress. Hand-picked calendula flower petals and aloe vera quench skin with cooling hydration and healing benefits. Stash it in the fridge for an extra punch, use it as a quick morning mask to awaken the complexion or as a soothing after-sun treatment.
HK$390 at Kiehl’s Hong Kong
Eve Lom Rescue Mask
Reach for Eve Lom’s award-winning mask to instantly rescue worn-out skin or target a single blemish. This clay-based formula features camphor to deep cleanse the epidermis, absorbing excess oil and drawing out toxins. Moisturising honey, ground almond exfoliants and glycerine help reinvigorate tired skin.
HK$660 at net-a-porter.com
Brightening and Exfoliating
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
For an instant glow, Tata Harper’s best-selling, all-natural mask gently but effectively resurfaces skin with BHA from white willow bark, pomegranate enzymes and pink clay. It exfoliates and smooths uneven texture, minimises the look of pores, and absorbs oil and buildup to reveal your healthiest complexion.
HK$490 at JOYCE beauty
Oskia Renaissance Mask
This luxurious balm mask increases cell turnover to boost radiance and reveal super-soft skin. Natural fruit acids gently exfoliate the upper epidermis while prebiotics help fight bacteria for a balanced, blemish-free complexion. Brighter, smoother, softer skin like a brand new canvas.
HK$550 at cultbeauty.com
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
This pumpkin enzyme mask exfoliates, peels and polishes dull skin to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion. This slightly tingling formula helps get rid of dead skin cells and blackheads and speeds up the fading of dark spots.
HK$645 at sephora.hk
Detoxing and Clarifying
Aēsop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque
This clay-based mask is great for treating and calming troubled, acne-prone skin without leaving it feeling tight. Chamomile concentrate and evening primrose calm irritation and alleviate redness while antibacterial tea tree leaf and clay draw out impurities. Also great as a spot treatment.
HK$310 at aesop.com
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
True rehab for your skin after a heavy night of drinking, this detoxifying mask draws out accumulated toxins, pollution, and excess sebum from clogged pores, reinvigorating the complexion and bringing life to dull skin.
HK$240 at sephora.hk
Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask
Like a green juice for your face, Algenist’s prebiotic mask helps treat surface skin bacteria to rebalance the skin’s natural ecosystem. This magical mask morphs from a mint green shade to pink upon application and leave skin hydrated, clarified and more resistant to pollution.
HK$376 at net-a-porter.com