Over the years, as the definitions of beauty continue to evolve across the world, there seems to be one skin quality that appeals to women regardless of their age and where they’re from- radiant skin. Whether you’re battling dullness due to fatigue, uneven skin tone due to spots or redness or roughness due to irregular cellular turnover, adding a brightening mask can help to improve skin texture and tone as well as boost clarity for a luminous complexion. Here, the eight best face masks to get your hands on for instantly brighter and smoother skin:
#1 Allies of Skin Fresh Slate Vitamin C & Enzymes Brightening Cleanser + Masque, $59 (70 ml)
As its name suggests, this two-in-one product is packed with brightening vitamin C as well as enzymes that eliminate dead skin cells on skin surface to unveil glowing skin. We like using it as a mask as it not only improves skin radiance, but also boosts skin moisture and calms redness – all in just ten minutes.
#2 Clé de Peau Beauté Illuminating Concentrate Mask, $190 (box of 6)
Comprising of three steps, this intensive treatment mask pushes brightening and moisturising ingredients deep into skin layers for an instantly rejuvenated mien. Firstly, dispense the lotion in the step 1 capsule onto a cotton pad and sweep all over your face. This clears away residual dirt and debris, prepping skin for optimal absorption of products that follow. Next, apply the content of the step 2 capsule onto your skin, massaging while it absorbs. This replenishes skin with powerful brightening and hydrating actives. Finally, remove the two-piece mask from its packaging and leave on the skin for about ten to fifteen minutes before revealing a luminous complexion like you’ve never witnessed before.
#3 Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask, $105 (75 ml)
Inspired by the skin-brightening effects of chemical peels, this gentle, at-home version combines low concentrations of AHAs and BHA for a synergistic effect on improving skin texture and skin tone. On cleansed skin, apply a thin layer of this rosy gel and leave on for about a minute as it transforms into a white creamy texture before rinsing. Made with potent botanical extracts, a host of plumping and soothing ingredients is also infused into skin for a natural glow.
#4 For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Bio-Cellulose Mask, $63 (box of 3)
Developed to even out skin tone as a result of lack of sleep and poor microcirculation, this mask packs a blend of energising vitamins and minerals to recharge sluggish skin. Plus, it is made of premium quality bio-cellulose, which adheres to skin surface perfectly to ensure at active ingredients are effectively absorbed into the skin for a noticeable difference after just one use. At the same time, it also delivers moisture for a plumping effect.
#5 MDNA Skin Rejuvenator Set, $890
While many might balk at the hefty price tag, this skin-renewing set promises visible improvement to the skin’s texture and clarity with each use so you can think of it as a series of DIY facials. To use, apply a suitable amount of the Chrome Clay Mask evenly over skin and leave on for about five minutes. Next, while holding the magnetic head of the Skin Rejuvenator about one to two centimetres from your skin surface, allow it to attract and remove the magnetised mask without pulling and tugging on skin. Made with Montecatini Clay derived from volcanic ash, the Chrome Clay Mask is rich in minerals that are essential to healthy skin functions. Plus, it’s non-drying texture only absorbs dirt and impurities that have accumulated within pores without stripping skin of its moisture. And once the mask is thoroughly removed from the skin, use the infusion head of the Skin Rejuvenator to aid the absorption of the serum that remains, thanks to its Auto Skin Search system. Previously a technology only used by professional facialists, it auto-adapts to each individual’s skin condition and emits a suitable micro-current that optimises product penetration for instantly clearer, brighter and plumper skin.
#6 Skin Inc Mask-Have Matte & Glow Duo Mask Set, $98 (2 x 25 ml)
Perfect for those with dull skin and enlarged pores, this mask duo essentially packs two different masks in separate chambers so you can enjoy the benefits of both in one handy tub. Inspired by the concept of multi-masking, apply the Pores Be-Gone Mattifying Mask on your T-zone or wherever you’re prone to over-active sebum glands. Made with volcanic ash, it detoxifies pores, draws out impurities and has a refining effect so skin texture looks smoother. The Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask is infused with vitamin C and licorice complex, which targets melanin production so apply it on areas you’re prone to pigmentation, i.e. your cheeks. Leave on for about 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly to reveal a well-balanced complexion.
#7 Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Mask, $85 (80 ml)
Made with White Ginseng and honey, this exfoliating mask buffs away dead skin cells, revives dull skin and locks in moisture for a bright and radiant complexion. Containing White Ginseng Powder, the ultra-fine exfoliating beads has a gentle action on the skin so it effectively removes debris without causing micro-damages to skin’s barrier. Meanwhile, honey not only has humectant properties but also keeps bacteria at bay. And best of all, it comes in a cooling gel-like texture to leave skin refreshed and revitalised.
#8 Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask, $95 (50 ml)
Packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, yeast extract and rice ferment extract, this creamy mask mops up free radicals, accelerates cellular turnover and reduces future pigmentation for a more even-toned complexion. It also locks in moisture so your skin instantly looks more dewy.
Text: Joyce Cheo / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha