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16 Pampering Face Masks For When You Don't Have Time To Hit The Spa

Of all of life’s little pleasures, we’re pretty sure we speak for like, everyone when we say none are quite comparable to hitting a spa and settling in for some well-deserved pampering. However, the cost of regularly visiting even the most affordable ones can quickly add up, and eat into that precious vacation fund.

Luckily for us, at-home face masks are plentiful, and some are just as effective as in-spa treatments. Here are our favourite 10 that you should definitely try, so you can rock glowing skin on your next vacation.

La Mer Treatment Lotion Mask, $230 for 6 pieces
Your favourite lotion in a hassle-free mask — each sheet is saturated with a full ounce of The Treatment Lotion’s energising and regenerating benefits to transform parched and dull skin instantly. Made with Japanese skin-hugging technology, this mask delivers a concentrated surge of healing hydration to plump and revitalise skin within minutes. After you’ve removed the sheet from your face, massage the excess lotion into skin and don’t let a single drop go to waste. FANCL Overnight Hydrating Pack, $58 for 30g
Designed to work its restorative effects while you sleep, the FANCL Overnight Hydrating Pack infuses your skin with hyaluronic acid, silk peptide and amino capsule to replenish and lock in moisture. The gel-serum forms a protective veil over your skin to smooth out fine lines and lock in hydration — perfect for those who spend long hours in air-conditioning. HERA Aqua Recharging Sleeping Mask, $38 for 50ml
Get a fresh boost of hydration when you apply this gel mask on your skin. Botanical oils are encapsulated into tiny beads which burst upon application to deliver an intense dose of moisture to revive dry and thirsty skin. In addition, green tea extract is also used to further soothe and improve skin resilience. Simply apply a generous layer onto skin as the last step of your skincare routine and head to bed to wake up to smooth and supple skin. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Mask, $36 for 5 sheets
Perfect as a skin SOS whenever your skin is feeling extremely dry and tight, each Ceramidin mask is saturated with ceramide, an ingredient essential in rebuilding the skin’s moisture barrier layer so that moisture retention is improved. In addition, it also contains five hyaluronic acid complexes to hydrate all layers of the skin. We also love that the hydro mask shee contains dense fibres to adhere to skin perfectly for maximum product absorption. The formula is also hypoallergenic so it’s gentle enough even for sensitive skin. Saturday Skin Quench Intense Hydration Mask, $43 for a box of 5
Like a refreshing cold drink on a hot day, this soothing bio cellulose sheet clings onto skin’s contours for optimal absorption of active ingredients. A mixture of hyaluronic acid, watermelon and aloe reduces redness, replenishes moisture and refreshes skin — great for after sun exposure or whenever your skin needs a hydration boost. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask, $68 for 4 pieces
Designed to combat skin issues that stem from dryness, this mask infuses skin with essential fatty acids, ginseng extract, botanical oils and the brand’s Hadasei-3 complex — an exclusive blend of Akita rice, Uji green tea, and Okinawa Mozuku algae. Couple that with the added detoxifying properties and a silky soft texture that is delightful to apply, throw your feet up and enjoy some me-time as you treat your skin to newfound radiance. Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, $76.60, www.lazada.sg
If acne is the bane of your existence, consider adding this mask that looks straight out of a sci-fi movie to your regime. Utilising technology actually used by real dermatologists, the mask uses light therapy to target acne-causing bacteria (blue light) and reduces the appearance of breakouts (red light). Suitable for daily use, simply put the mask on after cleansing for 10 minutes and see clearer and healthier skin. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energising Mask, US$42 (S$55.20), www.blissworld.com
One of the original at-home bubble masks, this oxygen and vitamin C enriched mask infuses your skin with time-release antioxidants and a healthy dose of moisture for immediate results. Designed to mimic the effects of bliss spa’s famous Triple Oxygen Facial in just five minutes, we love this as a quick pick-me-up anytime our skin looks dull. Bonus points for being fun to use too. Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, $88, Sephora
Considered a holy grail product around the world, this mask was actually clinically developed to address skin concerns such as blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps and even in-grown hair. Containing activated charcoal, a special blend of six different acids and kaolin clay, this helps to purge pores, tame breakouts and achieve brighter skin with regular use. Guys can definitely get on it too, as a post-shave treatment. Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial, USD$144 (S$189.30), www.net-a-porter.com
There are some weeks (or months), you find yourself burning the candle at both ends almost every night, which makes for dull dehydrated and exhausted-looking skin. Designed to combat the stresses of modern day living, this mask mimics the effects of a professional facial. Containing a powerful blend of AHAs, retinol, probiotics and hyaluronic acid, it’s like going for a peel as the ingredients work together to help skin achieve an optimal level of exfoliation and hydration levels in just two to three nights. Shangpree Gold Premium Modelling Rubber Mask, US$98 (S$128.80) for a box of five, www.peachandlily.com
Once only available at professional spas, rubber masks are practically commonplace now! They reportedly retain and seal in moisture better than their sheet counterparts and it honestly comes as no surprise that the Koreans have managed to take it to the next level by infusing this particular one with actual gold. It also contains Korean ginseng and caviar for anti-ageing, firming and ultra-nourishing properties. Simply peel off once the mask has set and marvel at your fresh-out-of-a-facial-like skin. Charlotte Tillbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask, US$77.29 (S$101.60) for a box of four, www.net-a-porter
Reduce wrinkles, smooth, brighten and hydrate skin with this revolutionary sheet mask – a dry textile mask that has been imprinted with active ingredients like vitamin B3, plant stem cells and Crocrus bulb extract to encourage collagen renewal and a blend of oils and butters to strengthen and nourish skin’s natural barrier. Also, because it uses a dry formula, you can use a single sheet up to three times. That’s a heck lot more bang for your buck than a trip to the spa. Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Maks, $38
We all know that fruits are good for you – both in your belly and on your face, and this award-winning mask by Fresh is in complete agreement. It is packed with the vitamin fruit complex of oranges, lemons and clementines that refine the appearance of your skin for baby smooth perfection. AHAs from the fruit gently exfoliate skin while vitamins C, E and B5 promote a healthy glow. Lush Mask of Magnanimity Self Preserving Face and Body Mask, $52
For the busy girl (or guy) constantly on the go, this multi-purpose mask by Lush is both a body wrap and face mask in one tidy package. Containing kaolin to cleanse and nourish, peppermint and marigold oil to stimulate and evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate, skin is left soft, bright and refreshed after use. We love that this mask also contains hydrating, anti-bacterial honey to keep itself clean, meaning it prevents the formula from growing any bacteria or microorganisms that could potentially damage skin. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask, $10.60, www.iherb.com
This mask is making waves all over social media, with influencers and beauty bloggers alike gushing over the supposedly magical prowess of this shockingly affordable mask. Dubbed as “the world’s most powerful facial”, it contains calcium bentonite clay to literally purge out your pores. If you have oily skin, you can mix this mask with apple cider vinegar for extra cleansing properties. Do note that it may not be suitable for dry or sensitive skin as the formula can be quite drying. Rodial Bee Venom Micro-Sting Patches, $193.95 for four sachets, www.asos.com
Designed to only target your fine lines and wrinkles, this “mask” is more of a patch that you apply to specific areas (think laugh lines, crow’s feet and frown lines), instead of your entire face. They contain pure hyaluronic acid that has been infused with bee venom and the patches literally dissolves into your skin to visibly plump up wrinkles and lines. Think of it as a non-invasive alternative to fillers or botox if you’re particularly afraid of needles. Main image: 123rf.com This story first appeared on www,herworld.com Like this? Check out the best Korean face masks to own, why mandelic acid is the new star ingredient you need in your beauty regime and the tinted sunscreens that will protect and perfect your complexion.