Mud, honey, charcoal, peppermint, kiwifruit and… bubbles? Here are some of the best facial masks to slap on your skin right now.
TEXT: JOSIE STEENHART
I’ve never met a LUSH mask I didn’t love, but LUSH’s Mask of Magnaminty is the OG and bestseller for a reason. It feels cloud-like going on and is whipped up from zingy peppermint and caring marigold oils, lovely squishy mineral rich kaolin and antibacterial honey, with evening primrose seeds and adzuki bean for a gentle polishing as you wash it off.
She’s definitely on the pricey side, but the luxuriously formulated Eve Lom Rescue Mask feels as expensive as it is going on, and the results are what I’d definitely call ‘rich-girl’ skin. There’s also a smaller tube at a more entry-level price if you don’t want to drop all your precious coin on the larger pot. A special treat with genuine, instant results.
Baby I can see your halo
It’s mud, but not as we know it. Beloved Kiwi brand Antipodes have somehow taken sticky stinky volcanic mud from geothermal spots like Rotorua and made it into a truly heavenly facial experience. Maybe that’s why it’s named Halo? Antipodes’ Halo Skin Brightening Facial Mud Mask, to be exact. Expect this moussey beauty to go on like a dream and leave skin brighter and smoother when it comes off, thanks to that mineral-blessed mud plus antioxidant grape and kiwifruit extracts.
Anything but ordinary
Perhaps more business than pleasure, but that’s what The Ordinary is all about — results. The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is the only mask in their extensive range of skincare products, it’s all about deep cleansing and is best for oily and/or blemish-prone skin. A heads up — this affordable powerhouse is packed with pore-purifying charcoal and contains a solid dose of salicylic acid, both great for spots and excess oil, but not a BFF to sensitive skin.
This one’s my wild card, in the sense that I was only going to cover five favourites, but I couldn’t leave this true delight off the list. The name (Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask) is almost enough, let alone that once applied, this innovative Korean (best!) formula immediately starts fluffing up into a thick foam of tiny tickly bubbles, but when factored with quite nice results too, you’re onto a winner. Never underestimate the Milky Piggy.
Oh honey, honey
There’s a reason many face masks contain honey — not only is it antibacterial and highly antioxidant, it’s also a brilliant natural moisturiser. So while smearing sticky AF honey all over your face might take a moment to work up to, it’s as effective — in some cases more so — than many store-bought masks.
Not all honeys are created equal, of course, and that’s where Activist Manuka’s Raw Mānuka Honey 850+ MGO comes in — from the boutique local raw honey brand created by former fashion duo Luke Harwood and Gabrielle Mirkin that’s tapping into the magical properties of mānuka honey, which includes exceptional skincare powers.