The best anti-ageing face masks
If you don't already have an anti-ageing face mask as part of your skin care regime, it's time to change that. These hard-working blends will not only give your skin an intense hit of hydration, but they'll also ward off the signs of ageing.
If you're in your roaring 20s or 30s...
Enriched with the "miracle" ingredient, Piteria, SK-II's Facial Treatment Mask is a cult product that's worth every word of praise it gets. Pitera is a nutrient-rich, natural ingredient that works to reveal radiant, crystal clear skin — and this mask offers a major hit. It's also potent enough to be considered the equivalent of a professional facial. To give your skin a boost, apply the cotton disposable mask once or twice a week and leave it on for 10–15 minutes. If you want proof that this product works, just look at Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth. Both ambassadors for SK-II, they have flawless skin that glows from the inside out. RRP $28 each or $140 for a box of six sk-ii.com.au.
Perfect for those who are fighting the odd breakout as well as the onset of fine lines, the SEACRET Mineral-Rich Clarifying Mud Mask is one of the best multi-taskers in the biz. Thanks to the concentration of Dead Sea minerals, the mask gently yet effectively purifies and detoxes clogged pores, leaving you with a clearer complexion. While the minerals are working hard to deep clean your skin, the aloe vera, chamomile extract, vitamin A, sunflower seeds and joboba oils nourish and hydrate. This may be a clarifying mask, but it won't leave your skin feeling dry or stretched out as some others do. For the best results, apply this mask once a week. Make yourself a cup of tea and let it absorb for about 10 minutes before washing it off. RRP $110 seacretspa.com.
Is your skin looking a little tired? Fatigue is one of the signs of ageing, so tackle it head on with Thalgo's Hyaluronic Eye-Patch Masks. Specifically made to target the eye area, these patches have a double whammy effect: They hydrate the skin and "plump up" wrinkles at the same time. As if that wasn't enough, the active ingredients of Kopara and Marine Hyaluronic Acid increase circulation and strengthen your skin's resistance to fatigue. Start using these masks when the first lines appear and then apply for 10 minutes weekly or just before special occasions. RRP $59.00 thalgo.com.au.
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If you're in your fantastic 40s...
When it comes to anti-ageing (or any skin care issue for that matter), it's hard to go past La Mer. The Hydrating Facial is a stellar example of the effectiveness of the French brand's range. This mask saturates the skin with hydrating ferments and potent marine extracts, both of which help to diminish the visible signs of ageing. With regular use, dark spots and discolouration start to fade and deep-set wrinkles become a thing of the past. It also delivers a hit of hydration to the layers of your skin. It's got a hefty price tag, but consider it an investment into the new, younger-looking you! RRP $480 cremedelamer.com.au.
Another miracle product, The Lift is a professional face treatment that is in a league of its own. Originally only available to A-list beauty therapists and celebrities, this mask has now spread to the masses. If "crepey" skin is your major concern, this is a product you want in your beauty store. It actively and visibly firms facial muscles and lifts sagging skin on your face and neck. In doing so, it restores elasticity and tightens and brightens ageing skin. Basically, over time, it delivers the same kind of results you can expect from surgical treatments like Botox (and for a fraction of the price!). RRP $235.00 eternalcosmeceuticals.com.au.
The Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum has only just launched on the market, but already it's on the path to cult status. Within a few days of using it, you'll understand why. The "hero" ingredient, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), combats some signs of ageing, like photodamage, before they appear. The serum is also rich in peptides, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, E and F. Like superfoods for the skin, these vitamins reduce hyperpigmentation, enhance cell turnover and lead to a smoother skin surface. In other words, this beauty buy ticks every anti-ageing box. Apply this under your moisturiser during the day. RRP $85.00 dermalogica.com.au.
If you're in your fabulous 50s...
If you're searching for a multi-tasking product but serums are more your thing, O Cosmedics Pure Age Defiance serum is a brilliant option. The secret to its success lies in its super potent ingredients. Its sky-high concentration of Hydraluronic Acid, Snap-8, vitamins and peptides, this serum repairs dehydrated, pigmented, lined skin. The serum formula also absorbs deeply, which will give your skin an extra hit of hydration where it needs it most. Use this serum every two or three days. RRP $89.00 stairwaytobeauty.com.au.