If you’re running short on time and want a product that makes a discernible difference to the appearance and feel of your face within minutes, look no further than the latest breed of exfoliating masks. I road tested a couple of the top contenders to see if they could turn my winter pallor into something pleasantly peachy.
Dr Sebagh’s Deep Exfoliating Mask uses a mixture of acids to slough away the top layer of dead skin cells that can leave the complexion grey and lifeless. Five to ten minutes is all it takes to feel the benefit of this apricot smelling dream cream. My face was a little red and patchy immediately after removing the mask but I could already see the new super-smooth texture of my skin. I’d recommend leaving half an hour before you intend to apply your make-up to allow skin to calm down. Applying a cooling moisturiser such as Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief ensures your skin drinks in nourishing ingredients and provides a perfect smooth base. Dr Sebagh also offer a version of the mask for sensitive skin: Deep Exfoliating Mask Sensitive Skin Formulation. Although I haven’t tried it, I’d definitely err on the side of caution if your skin tends to flair up easily. Best of all, according to the Doctor himself, I’ll experience the maximum effect of the mask after three months of weekly use. Bring on February!
Nude’s Miracle Mask also promises to rid skin of dulling debris, revealing a refreshed skin surface and revitalised complexion. It was quite runny but easy to apply and only felt a little tight while on my face. After five minutes I washed the thin film off to reveal immediately smoother and brighter skin. This mask is a good option if you want something just as effective but less aggressive than the Dr Sebagh option. The whole Nude range also boasts top sustainable and skin-friendly credentials. Organic and fairtrade ingredients are used wherever possible and recyclable packaging and a freepost address to send your empties ensures your conscience is as clear as your skin. All products are also free from common chemical ingredients such as parabens, sulphates, PEGs, mineral oils and silicones. If green skincare is top of your agenda the Miracle Mask means product effectiveness need not come at the cost of your ethical intentions.