Should you be adding a facemask to your skincare routine?

By Natasha Sidiropoulos

The Facemask.

Easily the most recognizable sign of a night spent pampering yourself, preferably with trashy reality TV, chocolate and wine.

No free evening is better spent, I agree, but there so many products on the market it’s hard to tell what’s best for your skin.

With stores like Sephora peddling out nearly 500 different types of masks – I’m talking creams, peels, sheets and gels – it can be daunting trying to figure out what’s going to work…and what it’s going to cost.

Beauty does not come cheap, nor does it come easily – for me, anyway – but I can certainly start you off by listing my favourite products for the five major skin types.

  • Normal

Ah, yes – the skin everyone wants: Normal skin is usually very radiant, virtually pore-less and marred by very few imperfections.

Sephora Pearl Face Mask – $6, Sephora

This baby is said to perfect and brighten your skin, reducing any of those little flaws that may be throwing your game off and enhancing the smoothness of your face.

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  • Oily

Oh, how those oily pores can ruin a perfectly good photo. I consider myself a proud member of this group, and I like to use these masks once a week.

Sephora Green Tea Face Mask – $6, Sephora

This Green Tea Mask is perfect for mattifying oily skin types all without stripping your poor face of it’s much needed moisture.

Mario Badescu Special Mask for Oily Skin – $25.20, BEAUTY BAY

Mr. Badescu knows how to make a mask, I’ll tell you that. This mask helps by stripping the oil from every crevice, and declogging pores.

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  • Combination

Dry and Oily, such an odd combination, and yet deadly when ignored.

Garnier Green tea Hydrabomb – $4.99, Priceline.

For dryer Combos, hit your face with a 15-minute session with this mask, as it’s great for mattifying and hydrating.

GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment –  $65, Amazon

GLAMGLOW has changed the game, and with their Supermud Clearing Treatment, you can wave goodbye to oil and hello to rejuvenation thanks to the included glycolic, salicylic acid, and lactic acid.

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  • Dry

For all my Dry sisters and brothers out there, fret not, we have your backs.

Dr. Jart Moist Lover Rubber Mask – $18, Sephora

I cannot praise this mask enough! The hydration levels will raise your skin from dried mackerel to mermaid. No, really, this mask is designed for hydration, and it’s rubbery texture helps to cool your skin while giving you endless amounts of entertainment.

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  • Ageing

Last and not least, all you beautifully ageing skin types: crow’s feet, laugh lines, wrinkles, you name it, and I’ve got you covered.

Sephora Orchid Face Mask – $6, Sephora

This sheet mask is designed for smoothing out those deep lines and the anti-ageing orchid extract is designed to even out your skin tone.

Clarins Extra Firming Mask – $95, Myer

Let’s get down to business: this stuff may not be cheap, but the hyaluronic acid, palmitoyl glycine and jojoba oil act to smooth lines, firm your skin and renew radiance.