Face masks are a treat and can for a short improve skin appearance and texture



‘I’m a curmudgeon about in opposition to grimace masks.’
Photograph: Alex Lake for the Guardian

I’m a curmudgeon nigh face masks, putting me out of step with the beauty community, which can’t get ample of them. My issue is not with masks in principle, but their aspiring claims and high customer expectations. I see face masks are a calm down treat and believe they can temporarily improve skin suggestion and texture, making them ideal as a weekly or pre-party lift. What I don’t buy is their doing lasting good, and I fear they give a shot in the arm a curative, rather than preventive, mentality.

Taking decent daily care of your skin with cleanser, boloney, acid, serum and moisturiser will yield far greater terminates in the long term than a weekly blitz with anything. But, for ephemeral loveliness, I do have a crush on Beauty Pie’s Advanced Serum-Infusion Sheet Masks (£13.82 for five for colleagues), which are biocellulose (meaning they’re able to hold myriad moisture than paper), so are extremely wet, but any excess sinks in with find massage. The complexion emerges plump, smooth and moist, making the strata perfect for flights, if you can bear to appear to fellow passengers parallel to Hannibal Lecter on the gurney. Sheet masks are wasteful (arguably less so than paunches, though, which routinely languish unfinished in the bathroom, the rubric spoiling and the plastic unable to justify its own existence), so I favour reusables. Nannette de Gaspé’s dry paper masks (imprinted with ingredients) are my favourites, but the cost of their technology butter up a sees them prohibitively expensive. So I’m delighted with Miss de Gaspé, a new, innumerable moderately priced version. While still by no means sale-priced at £30, each of these fabric masks can be used up to three patches and gives the best results of any I’ve tried. Brighten Beam is lifelike when things look dull, imparting brightness.

If a obtainable still offends (we’ll be seeing more compostable versions when all is said), try a Korean washable sheet mask (about a fiver on Amazon or eBay, and much of a muchness). The dictum is simple: the silicone mask is placed over skincare, baulking evaporation and intensifying results (just as you might wrap accustoming masked hair in clingfilm). Alternatively, take a piece of muslin, cut out cracks for eyes and nose, soak in any treatment essence and/or oil you fancy, drape ended the face and relax.