Masquing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide

Winter is hopefully coming to an end, so shouldn’t your weathered skin end too? To give your skin that extra boost start masquing! Just an extra 15-minutes once or twice a week can make all the difference. Masques can brighten, tighten, lighten, decongest, calm and hydrate your skin, prepping it for the week to come. Layer one on at night while you’re cooking dinner, watching Big Little Lies or getting ready for an evening of partying.

First things first, let’s find the right masque for you! Here we’ve put together our staff favourites based on what you want your masque to deliver:

You want – Glowing Skin

Ingredient to look for: Antioxidants

Antioxidants are designed to neuralize free radical damage that is caused by our daily exposure to sun + pollution which causes inflammation and dark spots. Look for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Jasmine and exfoliating acids that will enzymatically exfoliate the surface skin cells to reveal a bright and even complexion

Hammam Team Picks

  1. Decléor Aurabsolu Instant Glow Hydrogel Masque
  2. Dernalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque
  3. Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque
You want – Hydrated Skin

Ingredient to look for: Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold 1000 times its’ weight in water making it a super hydrator. In skincare, hyaluronic acid binds water to the skin surface and increases the hydration of the outer layers making them look and feel softer, smoother and more hydrated. By plumping the skin with hyaluronic acid the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is also improved.

Hammam Team Picks

  1. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque
  2. Decléor Hydra Floral Ultra-Moisturizing & Plumping Expert Masque
  3. Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque
You want – Nourished Skin

Ingredient to look for: Oils & Botanicals

With dry skin, a lack of moisture can result in tight and rough skin. By adding oils which can penetrate deep into the skin to increase moisture without clogging the pores, skin will feel supple and smooth. Choose rich ingredients like marjoram and magnolia or soothing ingredients like cucumber and thyme for deep and healthy moisturization.

Hammam Team Picks

  1. Décleor Intense Nutrition Hydra-Nourishing Duo Masque
  2. Décleor Orexcellence Energy Concentrate Youth Masque
  3. SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque
You want – Clear Skin

Ingredient to look for: Clay

Natural earth clays like kaolin and bentonite help clear oily, acne prone skin by decongesting pores, lifting impurities and removing excess oils. Here’s a little tip from the Hammam Team, after your clay masque dries, remove with your Clarisonic device to flush out the pores, leaving your skin squeaky clean. You can also look for products that contain Ylang Ylang essential oil which cleans and purifies the epidermis and helps reduce oil flow.

Hammam Team Picks

  1. SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque
  2. Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque
  3. Décleor 2-in-1 Purifying & Exfoliating Masque
Looking for more?

Layer your masque on top of a Dermalogica Booster, SkinCeuticals Serum or Décleor Arromessence Serum to boost your at-home treatment.

You can easily add any of these products to your weekly routine & we promise you’ll notice a boost in your complexion. You can pick up these masques in-store or online here.