7 best brightening masks for a fuss-free, D.I.Y glow
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturizing Bio-Cellulose Mask, $63 for three pieces
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.