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The Best Face Masks For Your Skin Type

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Best Face Masks

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Is your skin congested, dehydrated, tired, ageing, looking dull, dry, lacklustre, angry, acne-prone or breaking out? Or, all of the above? 

The best face masks will soothe and smooth skin, no matter how overworked, under-slept and exhausted it (and you) may feel.

Hydrating face masks, sheet masks, J-Beauty face masks, cream masks, oxygen masks, 5-minute masks, moisture masks, overnight masks, clay masks, peel-off masks - there really is a face mask to suit your every skin type and skincare routine!

So, how do you find the best face mask for your skin type? Your perfect match should be one that boosts your skin’s brightness, radiance and gives you lit-from-within, dewy skin. We asked Marcia Kilgore (BEAUTY PIE Founder, beauty guru and skincare experimentalist) for her expert guide to mask-matching. Here are her very best face masks, aka the latest and greatest, of all time: 

The Best Face Masks For Your Skin Type

Best for dry, sensitive skin & rosacea

Japanfusion Bio Ceramide Moisture Mask

Japanfusion™ Bio-Ceramide Moisture Mask

  • Apply AM or PM – when your skin needs: Smoothing & Soothing 

  • Massage a generous layer of this Moisture Mask to clean skin; leave on for 10-12 minutes and then massage in any excess, or use it as an overnight sleep mask

  • Suitable for all skin types – especially sensitive skin

  • Made in Japan

A super-antioxidant clean-up crew for dry, sensitive or sun-damaged skin, this J-Beauty Jabara Vitamin C, Grape Extract and Yuzu Ceramide-loaded intensive hydration moisture mask is a 10-minute (or leave-on overnight) plumping, soothing, smoothing and vitaminising feat of genius for your face. Combine it with the rest of the bestselling Japanfusion™ range, or over your favourite serum, ampoule, oil or by itself for an instant blast of beauty!

 -Marcia Kilgore, BEAUTY PIE Founder. 

Best for anti-ageing & tired, dull skin 

BEAUTY PIE Oxygen Instant Facial Refuelling Mask

Oxygen Instant Facial Refuelling Mask

  • Use AM or PM, twice weekly, when your skin needs: Brightening & Purifying

  • Apply a thin layer onto clean skin; allow it to absorb for 15-20 minutes; remove residue with a damp washcloth before applying moisturiser

  • Suitable for all skin types (except very sensitive skin)

  • Made in Switzerland

Like a do-it-yourself  ‘Oxygen Facial’ – every time you apply it.  In 15-minutes it brightens, moisturises, re-energises, clarifies and clears skin. Formulated by a Nobel-Institute epidemiologist to re-oxygenate the skin,  and used in a leading Swiss  spa by his wife, this is the original stabilised Oxygen formula, the secret  to  the ‘Oxygen Facial’ and an absolute miracle for tired, dull and lacklustre skin as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 -Marcia Kilgore, BEAUTY PIE Founder. 

Best for dehydrated skin & anti-ageing 

Beauty Pie Japanfusion 10 minute sheet mask

Japanfusion™ 10-Minute Miracle Sheet Mask

  • Use AM – when your skin needs: Plumping & Hydrating

  • Cleanse; apply the mask for 10 minutes; remove (massage remaining product into the skin) finally, apply moisturiser/SPF 

  • Suitable for all skin types

  • Made in Japan

If celebrity makeup artists had a secret weapon, it would be this. A 10-minute nano-emulsion sheet mask that erases the exhaustion from your face. So impressive, you’ll want to use it in the morning. (Why head to bed, you’ll ask yourself, when your skin is singing?) It’s infused with Plant Squalane, Phospholipids and hypoallergenic White Mushroom Polysaccharides (which are more hydrating than Hyaluronic Acid) as well as the iconic Japanfusion™ ingredient, Fission-Y. Keep a few to hand to cure hangover face, as a pre-makeup base, or to have in your carry-on case.

 -Marcia Kilgore, BEAUTY PIE Founder.

Best for acne-prone, oily & combination skin

Super Pore Detox Purifying Black Clay Mask

Super Pore-Detox Purifying Black Clay Mask

  • Apply AM or PM – once or twice a week – when your skin needs a deep clean

  • Spread a thin layer onto cleansed skin and leave to set for 10-15 minutes. To remove – rub gently with a warm, wet washcloth - then pat skin dry

  • Suitable for oily and congested skin

  • Made in Switzerland

So what if you can't always drop two-hundred bucks on a professional facial? Your face will feel equally fresh, deep cleansed and fabulous with this. The master of all mud masks, the queen of the deep-pore clean and the 'super' of the skin detox, this features Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acids, Kaolin Clay, micro-buffing Bamboo, natural Liquorice and Eucalyptus. It's a pore de-clogging tour-de-force for an oily (or partly-oily) face.

 -Marcia Kilgore, BEAUTY PIE Founder.

Best for clogged pores, blackheads & combination skin

Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial

Fruitizyme™ Five Minute Facial

  • Apply AM or PM – weekly - or whenever you fancy a fresh complexion!

  • Use a hazelnut sized amount, scrub in circles, gently, then leave on for 5 minutes for a skin clearing surface peel

  • Suitable for all skin types – especially combination/oily

  • NB dry/dehydrated/sensitive skin types should apply less frequently

This triple–tasking, 5-minute peel formula is packed with dead-cell sloughing Glycolic Acids, powerful Pomegranate Enzymes, gentle Quartz and Bamboo scrub grains, purifying Salicylic Acid and anti-free-radical Stem Cells from Raspberries for complexion, perfection. The ultimate DIY facial.

 -Marcia Kilgore, BEAUTY PIE Founder.


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