Peel-off face masks remind me of being a preteen and wanting to be a grown-up. I'd sit with one on my face that my mum had helped me to apply while watching Blind Date and Gladiators (I'm showing my age here). Thing is, back then, there wasn't any need for my skin to use a mask. My skin was blemish-free (this was before my teenage years) and I didn't need anything in the way of anti-ageing (obvs). All I remember is how much I loved the feeling of peeling off the mask, as if it were a layer of my skin, revealing a newer, fresher, complexion underneath (even though it was already great to begin with).
Now I'm considerably older, the peel-off face mask is something that I love to incorporate into my skincare routine. But it's less about enjoying the addictive peeling factor (although that is a bonus) but more about the different skin-boosting treatments that they give our complexions. Firstly, these masks are a dab hand at helping to get rid of all our dead skin cells. This means that when we apply our other products, they skin much better in our skin. Secondly, there are so many different types on the market that offering an array of brilliant results.
So whether you're trying to shrink pores, anti-age or get an added glow, keep scrolling for our guide to the best peel-off face masks.
Thanks to key ingredient Viniferine, if you suffer with dark spots, this one is for you. Handily, this mask also helps with tightening pores and an overall glow.
Looking to reduce your pores? Urban Decay's mask might be the one. Wonderfully described as a "vacuum for your pores," this helps to cleanse skin while shrinking pores.
The charcoal in this shine-busting mask is what will help rid your complexion of excess oil. Natural-beauty lovers will also be pleased to know that this is free of all parabens.
Don't let the name put you off—just because it looks like it's for men doesn't mean you can't use it. Think about it: Men's razors always work better than ours...
If your skin is dulled by city pollution and daily stress, this mask from Elizabeth Arden offers to brighten skin while removing impurities.
Thanks to the vitamin C, bilberry and seaweed extract, this mask transforms into a rubbery layer that you can peel off leaving smoother skin behind.
I've been a longtime fan of this range from Superdrug, thanks to it catering for sensitive skin. Not only is it easy on the purse, but it also gently cleanses skin without leaving it red.
While this one takes a little longer than most (you can wear it for up to half an hour), it will leave your skin looking more youthful. Quicker than a face-lift, eh?
Infused with coffee, this mask gives skin a welcome boost by ridding the complexion of dead skin cells and dirt.
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