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The Brightening Face Masks That Give Skin An Instant Glow

Bid farewell to tired, dull or spotty skin.

Over the years, as the definitions of beauty continue to evolve across the world, there seems to be one skin quality that appeals to women regardless of their age and where they’re from: radiant skin. Whether you’re battling dullness due to fatigue, uneven skin tone due to spots or redness or roughness due to irregular cellular turnover, adding a brightening mask can help to improve skin texture and tone as well as boost clarity for a luminous complexion. Here, the best face masks to get your hands on for instantly brighter and smoother skin.


Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Instant Glow Mask, $72 for 70ml
If you have always felt hesitant about brightening products that contain AHAs because you have sensitive skin, this will put your mind at ease. Using pineapple and papaya enzymes, this gently resurfaces skin and stimulates cellular turnover so that your complexion gradually becomes smoother, more refined and more luminous. And that’s not all, as it also contains micronised tourmaline which boosts microcirculation and increases oxygen flow to skin cells for healthier skin. Fresh Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask, $125 for 100ml
Formulated to support skin’s self-repair mechanisms while you sleep, it contains ingredients such as peony, licorice root extract and vitamin C to target melanin so they can be inhibited and eliminated. Plus, those who sleep in air-conditioned rooms will appreciate that it is also enriched with cucumber extract which provides additional  hydrating and soothing properties so you wake up to healthier, brighter complexion. Lu Ming Tang Tea Bio-Shield Super Treatment Mask, $80 for five pieces
If living in an urban environment is taking its toll on your skin, this is what you need to resuscitate asphyxiated skin. With each sheet mask saturated in Lu Ming Tang’s Tea Bio-Shield elixir, each application replenishes skin with potent antioxidants to neutralise free radicals. Consisting of Pu’Er tea extract, vitamins C and E, as well as hyaluronic acid, it also soothes cellular inflammation, locks in moisture and strengthens skin against further environmental damage. With repeated use, dullness is replaced with radiance as your complexion is re-energised and has a revitalised glow. Starskin Orglamic™ Pink Cactus Mask, $24
Transform dull and dry skin with just one use of this deeply replenishing mask. Firstly, massage the face oil into skin for a potent dose of nutrients like camellia seed oil, sunflower seed oil and vitamin E. Next, apply the mask and leave it on for 15 minutes to allow your skin to drink up its blend of powerful antioxidants, humectants and glow-inducing ingredients such as turmeric root extract, licorice root extract and Chinese skullcap root extract for a plump and radiant complexion. Saturday Skin Cotton Cloud Probiotic Power Mask, $9
Did you know that there’s a colony of microorganisms living on our skin? They are responsible for regulating which active ingredients make it through our skin’s barrier layer and which don’t. Which explains why it’s important to maintain this delicate balance of microfauna that’s thriving on our skin, otherwise, potentially irritating ingredients might be let in while skin-conditioning ones could be left out. Formulated to keep things in check, this mask contains probiotics (microorganisms that are beneficial for our skin) as well as prebiotics (the food that these probiotics require in order to function optimally) so that our skin remains healthy. Plus, it is also soaked in a serum that contains glycerin, niacinamide, vitamin E and other antioxidants to hydrate, soothe and protect the skin. For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Lumi’s Key Bio-Cellulose Mask, $63 for a box of three masks
Even though this isn’t technically a brightening mask, there’s no chance of getting your skin to glow if it isn’t first deeply hydrated. And this For Beloved One mask does just that. Made with dense, premium quality bio-cellulose fibres, each sheet mask is able to adhere closely to skin, infusing it with hyaluronic acid and copper peptides to lock in moisture and speed up skin’s healing process. After just 15 minutes, skin is plump and dewy, with results lasting for days. MDNA Skin Rejuvenator Set, $890
While many might balk at the hefty price tag, this skin-renewing set promises visible improvement to the skin’s texture and clarity with each use so you can think of it as a series of DIY facials. To use, apply a suitable amount of the Chrome Clay Mask evenly over skin and leave on for about five minutes. Next, while holding the magnetic head of the Skin Rejuvenator about one to two centimetres from your skin surface, allow it to attract and remove the magnetised mask without pulling and tugging on skin.   Made with Montecatini Clay derived from volcanic ash, the Chrome Clay Mask is rich in minerals that are essential to healthy skin functions. Plus, it’s non-drying texture only absorbs dirt and impurities that have accumulated within pores without stripping skin of its moisture. And once the mask is thoroughly removed from the skin, use the infusion head of the Skin Rejuvenator to aid the absorption of the serum that remains, thanks to its Auto Skin Search system. Previously a technology only used by professional facialists, it auto-adapts to each individual’s skin condition and emits a suitable micro-current that optimises product penetration for instantly clearer, brighter and plumper skin. Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask, $95 for 50ml
As its name suggests, vitamin C lies at the heart of this formula as it contains two different forms of the brightening ingredient. Japanese beautyberry, which is also a powerful antioxidant, is also added to protect the skin and stabilise vitamin C. Meanwhile, AHAs also sweep away dead skin cells and stimulate cellular turnover to reveal softer, more luminous skin. And when used two to three times a week, it improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of dark spots and dull skin. Allies of Skin Fresh Slate Vitamin C & Enzymes Brightening Cleanser + Masque, $59 for 70ml
As its name suggests, this two-in-one product is packed with brightening vitamin C as well as enzymes that eliminate dead skin cells on skin surface to unveil glowing skin. We like using it as a mask as it not only improves skin radiance, but also boosts skin moisture and calms redness — all in just ten minutes. Skin Inc Mask-Have Matte & Glow Duo Mask Set, $98 for 2 x 25ml
Perfect for those with dull skin and enlarged pores, this mask duo essentially packs two different masks in separate chambers so you can enjoy the benefits of both in one handy tub. Inspired by the concept of multi-masking, apply the Pores Be-Gone Mattifying Mask on your T-zone or wherever you’re prone to over-active sebum glands. Made with volcanic ash, it detoxifies pores, draws out impurities and has a refining effect so skin texture looks smoother. The Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask is infused with vitamin C and licorice complex, which  targets melanin production so apply it on areas you’re prone to pigmentation, i.e. your cheeks. Leave on for about 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly to reveal a well-balanced complexion.   Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Mask, $85 for 80ml
Made with White Ginseng and honey, this exfoliating mask buffs away dead skin cells, revives dull skin and locks in moisture for a bright and radiant complexion. Containing White Ginseng Powder, the ultra-fine exfoliating beads has a gentle action on the skin so it effectively removes debris without causing micro-damages to skin’s barrier. Meanwhile, honey not only has humectant properties but also keeps bacteria at bay. And best of all, it comes in a cooling gel-like texture to leave skin refreshed and revitalised. Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask, $105 for 75ml
Inspired by the skin-brightening effects of chemical peels, this gentle, at-home version combines low concentrations of AHAs and BHA for a synergistic effect on improving skin texture and skin tone. On cleansed skin, apply a thin layer of this rosy gel and leave on for about a minute as it transforms into a white creamy texture before rinsing. Made with potent botanical extracts, a host of plumping and soothing ingredients is also infused into skin for a natural glow. Cle de Peau Beaute Illuminating Concentrate Mask, $190 for a box of six masks
Comprising of three steps, this intensive treatment mask pushes brightening and moisturising ingredients deep into skin layers for an instantly rejuvenated mien. Firstly, dispense the lotion in the step 1 capsule onto a cotton pad and sweep all over your face. This clears away residual dirt and debris, prepping skin for optimal absorption of products that follow. Next, apply the content of the step 2 capsule onto your skin, massaging while it absorbs. This replenishes skin with powerful brightening and hydrating actives. Finally, remove the two-piece mask from its packaging and leave on the skin for about ten to fifteen minutes before revealing a luminous complexion like you’ve never witnessed before.