Dear Derm: What Are The Best Masks To Multitask In?

Including which ingredients to avoid and which to pick above all else.

One of the few benefits of working from home is the ability to wear a face mask while doing so. 

Not enough can be said for the satisfaction of working a full day while feeding your skin the ingredients it needs to look and feel radiant.

And if you haven’t already assembled a wardrobe of face masks to pick from day to day, now is the time to do so. 

For expert advice, we asked Dublin-based skin specialist Ciara Darcy to recommend a few of her favourites.

"My twice-weekly masking ritual is a non-negotiable when it comes to my self-care.," she tells Irish Tatler.

"Masks work hard to target specific skin concerns; breakouts, dehydration, uneven texture, sluggish cell turnover. The key is to identify your main concern and choose a mask to tackle it.

"Selecting a mask can be the tricky part so I always look for certain ingredients. If it's my first time using it I'll only apply it for a couple of minutes to make sure there's no irritation. Increase the time gradually to the recommended amount. Expect a slight tingle and a little redness immediately after with some of them."

She recommends the following ingredients for any of your masks of choice: 

In hydrating masks ––

  • Topical Probiotics, Hyaluronic Acid (ideally low molecular weight HA), Copper peptides 

In exfoliating masks ––

  • Fruit enzymes (papaya, pineapple) AHA's / alpha hydroxy acids (lactic acid, glycolic acid) BHA's - beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid) 

While there are so many on the market to chose from, Ciara's three favourites centre around hydration, cell turnover and light exfoliation;

Skingredients PreProbiotic Cleanse, €25

"Leave this daily cleanser on for 20 minutes and let it do it's magic! Packed with skin soothing and exfoliating ingredients, it does the job of two masks. Topical probiotics keep your skin's microbiome balanced while the three P's – Prebiotics, Probiotics and Polyhydroxy Acid – work to exfoliate and to hydrate.

"Boosts cell turnover to create healthy new skin cells and locks in moisture for plump dewy skin. Apply a thin layer all over your chest, neck and face. Remove with tepid water on the Cleanse Off Mitt."

Alumier Enzymatic Peel, €84.50 (with Ciara's code 4A149499)

"This mask – with 10% lactic acid and fruit enzymes – munches away at dead skin to boost cell turnover. An instant glow is always the goal and that's what you'll see! Start slowly, apply for three minutes gradually increasing to five minutes. Remove with tepid water and a soft face cloth/Cleanse off Mitt. Apply your serum/moisturiser, it's that quick!"

Seoulista Super Hydration Sheet Mask, €9

"This beauty contains 25ml of hyaluronic acid to quench parched skin. Leave on for 20 minutes and don't rinse off, tap any remaining product onto your skin then apply your favourite serum on top."

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