Whether you already enjoy the occasional home spa facial, have a weekly face mask ritual, or swear by repeat multi-masking, there’s no denying that smearing on creams and muds is part of any good skincare routine. Of course, not all masks are the same: some clean out pores, some are moisturising, while others have a brightening effect. No matter what your skincare goals, these decadent face masks will have you positively glowing from within.
For something to slough off the dirt and grime of the day, there’s nothing better than a regular skin detox. Rather than using a harsh scrub, Malin+Goetz’ mild Detox Face Mask lightly foams up for a deep-cleansing sensation, leaving only smooth, dewy skin behind. The cream-based mask smells pleasantly of almond oil, while the vitamin C gives an instant brightening kick.
HK$400 from STRIP, 7/F & 9/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3950 3950
While we stand by Korean herbal skincare brand Belif’s miracle-working moisturisers and serums, its newest Bubble Mask is equally trusty for a weekly ritual. Working to brighten the skin with Moringa extract, a potent skin-purifying and soothing ingredient, the self-bubbling decoction deep-cleans your skin down to the pore in just five to seven minutes. Just wash it off, and immediately enjoy beautifully bright skin.
HK$295 from Belif, FACESSS, 4/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2110 0131
Good for dry, combination or mature skin, this new kid on the block in Hong Kong (though a veteran in the certified organic skincare game) pumps the skin with all-natural botanicals such as healing calendula, super-hydrating shea butter, the anti-aging powerhouse that is rice, anti-inflammatory aloe vera, and aspen bark, a natural preservative and antibacterial. It also works to protect against free radicals and promotes collagen production. The result? Super soft, nourished, luxurious-feeling skin with no heavy waxes or oils. For those with severely dry skin, you could use this mask every day of the week.
HK$365 from John Masters Organics, Shop B236, B2/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3421 0726
This leave-on mask can be used like a rich moisturiser morning and/or night after your preferred serums and essences, and alone or under SPF and makeup — which makes us wonder: Just what can’t this mask do? The nutrient-rich formula treats the skin with over 35 active ingredients, including peptides, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. For stressed-out and dehydrated skin — especially skin with acne or acne scars — this will be a godsend.
HK$660 from Joyce Beauty, Lane Crawford, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3572 0364
For something to really help you unwind after a long day, Chantecaille’s gentle Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask will do the trick while totally soothing your skin inside and out. With a luxurious feel, the mask cools upon touch and helps protect the skin against the most extreme elements — whether it’s damaged by dryness, jet lag, or plain old daily stress — thanks to natural ingredients including vitamin B5, lily bulb, macadamia oil, evening primrose oil, glycyrrhetinic acid (an active derived from liquorice), and a base from pure rose water. It can be used as an overnight mask or a rich night cream; either way, you’ll wake up looking flawless.
HK$790 from Joyce Beauty, 1/F, New World Tower, 18 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2869 5816
This highly Instagrammable peel-off mask has been all the rage recently. With a pretty formula infused with marshmallow and liquorice leaf, the creamy white mask is painted on the skin with a shiny chrome finish. Peel the mask off after 30 minutes to reveal nicely toned and lifted skin, plus a brighter and more youthful complexion.
HK$560 from Joyce Beauty, 1/F, New World Tower, 18 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2869 5816
We simply can’t get over this luxurious three-step treatment. Sold in a box with enough ampoules for four treatments, Natura Bissé’s Diamond Instant Glow is a mini 10-minute facial in itself. The Peel ampoule is a potent glycolic acid and AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) complex for cell renewal. Step two is a Radiance ampoule, filled with carob seed and other actives to repair and soothe the skin. The final step is Lift, leaving your skin tightened and hydrated. Your skin will look balanced, healthy and alert — perfect for a quick, effective fix before an important occasion.
HK$780 for four treatments (12 ampoules) from Joyce Beauty, 1/F New World Tower, 18 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2869 5816
We’ve learned to love our glycolic acids, and with this three-in-one fruit peel mask, you’ll harness the power of mango and pomegranate enzymes to gently exfoliate, stimulate healthy new skin-cell growth with a V8 Peptide Complex, and hydrate the complexion all at once. Leave it on as a mask for five minutes, and rub it off gently as a gommage or with a little water. This is suitable for all skin types, but avoid using it on inflamed or red, sensitive skin.
HK$370 from The Skin Gym, Unit 2106, 21/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 8088
For those of you plagued by puffy, tired eyes, Bioeffect’s newest Eye Mask Treatment may be the closest we have to the fountain of youth as far as modern skin-rejuvenating treatments go. The Icelandic brand’s signature plant-derived epidermal growth factor (EGF) won its discoverers a Nobel Prize for medicine back in 1986. Considered an age-preventing power-protein, it supports cell renewal and wound repair while stimulating collagen growth. The Eye Mask Treatment combines the best-selling Bioeffect Eye Serum, as well as six pairs of Bioeffect Eye Mask — a hydrogel mask which gives the under eye area an intensive zap of youthfulness and energy.
We suspect a thorough chocoholic designed this lush cream mask. Enriched with cocoa microcapsules that burst upon massaging application, the mask slowly transforms to dark brown — which sounds about identical to the process of baking brownies. In addition to the antioxidant properties of chocolate, the cream mask actually provides a large dose of hydration for supple, glowing skin. It smells ridiculously good, too, like hot cocoa. Perhaps something for an indulgent girls’ night in?
HK$550 from Joyce Beauty