Best SOS Face Masks For Any Pre-Party Skin Emergency
#1 For Congested Skin: Arcona Magic Black Ice Volcanic Exfoliating Mask, $94 (59 ml)
If you’re plagued with clogged and enlarged pores, chances are, you’re also facing dull and lacklustre skin. To give your complexion a new lease of life, try this exfoliating and purifying mask. Made with volcanic sand and charcoal, it draws out impurities and excess sebum while also providing an astringent effect so your pores look more refined. At the same time, mandelic acid helps to speed up cellular turnover for brighter, smoother skin.
#2 For Dry and Dull Skin: Clarins SOS Comfort Nourishing Balm Mask, $62 (75 ml)
Made with wild mango butter and mango seed oil, this intensely nourishing mask infuses skin with rich emollients and humectants that soften dry and rough skin while preventing moisture loss as it strengthens skin’s barrier layer. Its ultra-rich cream has a balm-like texture that also provides instant relief to dry, tight and flaking skin. Apply a thick layer onto cleansed and dry skin and tissue off excess after ten minutes for a perfectly comforted and plumped complexion. Alternatively, use as a sleeping mask, leave it on overnight and wake up to soft and supple skin.
#3 For An Antioxidant Boost: CNP Laboratory Propolis Deep Moisture Pack, $48.90 (80 ml)
If you are starting to notice early signs of ageing like dull and uneven skin tone, try upping your antioxidant game when it comes to your skincare routine. Try this overnight sleeping pack from CNP Laboratory. Made with Amazon Bee’s Propolis Extract, it strengthens skin’s barrier function and improves skin’s elasticity while you sleep. It also has a skin-compatible formula which penetrates deeply into all skin layers to maintain sebum and moisture balance for a healthy and plump complexion. Plus, it is infused with madacassoside, a skin-soothing agent that neutralises inflammation and protects skin against environmental damage.
#4 For Smoothing Dry and Flaky Skin: Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Mask Box, $32 for five sheets
We all know that makeup goes on best on skin that is smooth and plump. So it you ever find yourself headed to a big event yet struggling with dry and flaky skin, you better have these sheet masks on hand. Developed to immediately soothe, moisturise and help skin heal, this handy masks are saturated with a skincare essence that contains Ceramide 3 and hyaluronic acid of five molecular sizes to effectively target all skin layers. It is also made of a unique hydro microfiber sheet material, which adheres closely to skin for superior delivery of active ingredients for instant results. And thanks to its gentle formula, it is also suitable for sensitive skin or those recovering from aesthetics procedures.
#5 For Relieving Dry and Itching Skin: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask, $40 (56.7 g)
Perhaps you just spent the past several hours on a long-haul flight where your skin was exposed to harsh cabin air, or maybe you had a bad reaction to a new skincare product that left your skin dry and itchy. Whatever the cause of your discomfort, try this ultra-calming mask from First Aid Beauty. With an impressive ingredient list that consists of super soothing Colloidal Oatmeal and bisabolol, it instantly calms any sensitive skin flare-ups. It also contains shea butter, which replenishes skin with fatty acids that help rebuild skin’s lipid layer so it becomes less prone to transpidermal moisture loss. Plus, a slew of botanical antioxidants also help minimise free radical damage for healthier, calmer skin.
Perfect after prolonged periods of sun exposure, treat your skin to this cooling gel mask from Kiehl’s. Made with calendula flower and aloe vera, it infuses skin with a refreshing surge of hydration and cools skin instantly to reduce redness. All you have to do is apply it onto clean, dry skin and leave on for about five minutes before removing it with a damp cloth. You can use it anytime, anywhere as its mild formula soothes and hydrates without any harsh ingredients.
#7 For Reducing Redness: Medicube Red SOS Modeling Capsule Pack, $20 (110 g)
Perfect for those with sensitive skin that is prone to redness, bumps, itching, stinging or burning, this DIY face mask pack relieves inflammation and restores skin moisture. To use, open the capsule and mix both sachets with the spatula enclosed. Apply directly onto clean and dry skin as it envelops your skin completely for optimal production absorption. Formulated with tea tree, centella asiatica and calamine, it is even suitable for those with acne-prone skin as it instantly neutralises redness and reduces discomfort while keeping bacteria at bay. Within 15 to 20 minutes, your skin is smoother and calmer.
Text: Joyce Cheo / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha