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Why we love masking in Winter

If you're trying to tighten the purse strings or just perpetually short on time, face masks are the DIY alternative to facials.

Especially during the winter months when the unforgiving combination of freezing temperatures, central heating, late nights and the occasional glass of mulled wine takes its toll on the skin, we like to keep a diverse range of masks to hand. One for acne flare-ups, one for moisturising, one for exfoliating and one (or five) for that essential glow. These little pots are more than just a skin solution. They're a way of taking time for yourself during the week, with the added bonus of keeping your skin in good condition.

Perfect for during a bath or quiet night in, apply a thin layer and forget about it and everything else for a short while. Masking is a great way to supplement your routine in times of breakouts, dryness and dullness. Skin can be unpredictable, but you can often identify reoccurring problems depending on your skin type. If you have oily, blemish-prone skin it might be worth investing in a clay mask to regulate sebum production and clear the pores of impurities; the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque and our Clay Face Mask effectively decongest the skin, preventing future breakouts and balancing the skin.

For the toils of dry skin, a hydrating mask is an essential. Look for products with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, or essential oils to stave off flakiness. The Hydrating B5 Masque is a hyaluronic hero, targeting dehydrated skin with high concentrations of the moisture molecule. If ceramides are your thing, look no further than the Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2. Though technically a cream, the highly restorative formula offers the results of the most indulgent mask. More than just intensive moisture, it bolsters the skin's natural barrier, making it look refreshed and radiant.

For a cocktail of essential oils, our Wonder Balm can be used as an enriching multitasking mask. Avocado butter and a blend of rose absolute and lavender essential oils softens and hydrates the skin. With vitamin E and F and Retinol found in the Kahai Nut oil, a healthy layer of this on the skin offers an all-natural dose of anti-ageing goodness.