These masks will leave you fresh-faced this new year

These masks will leave you fresh-faced this new year

Peel fresh

Text: Renée Batchelor

If you woke up this morning seriously hungover or just plain exhausted, treat your skin to one of these instantly refreshing face masks

Did you wake up this morning, look in the mirror and go... woah? If you're nodding emphatically it's likely you enjoyed your New Year's Eve celebration a tad too much. Alcohol, late nights and general tiredness shows up on your face in the form of dull, lifeless-looking skin and dark grey circles under your eyes.

But don't step out this weekend without giving skin some emergency resuscitation in the form of a mask. Slap one on, take a 15-minute breather and emerge with a refreshed complexion. These are five masks that work particularly well — note that three of these have the word instant in them, and with good reason.

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, $144
We love how this retexturising wonder leaves skin plumped-up, hydrated and smoother after just one application. The jar is pretty tiny  — or maybe it's because we're piling this on as it's so good — but boy, is it worth every ounce.

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
For Beloved One Extreme Hydration Bio-Cellulose Mask, $63 for three pieces
The original bio-cellulose mask is a good option if you're too busy to sit or lie down while your mask works. The jelly-like texture moulds perfectly to the face and 'injects' the skin with a dose of hyaluronic acid — so it works well for skin that is very dehydrated.

For Beloved One Bio-Cellulose Mask

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask
This gel to foam mask is an oldie but goodie. Massage it onto the skin while in the shower, wait for it to literally fizz and foam up, and rinse off after five minutes. Vitamins C and E, and grapefruit extract energise and supercharge skin so it feels like your face has had a workout. 

Bliss Triple Oxygen

Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment, $92
This celebrity favourite — ageless actor Keanu Reeves and the Queen Bey herself are said to be fans of the brand — comes in a variety of options. Thirstymud is a non-drying mud mask that is designed to lock in moisture and leave skin feeling silky and supple.
Glamglow ThirstyMud

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask Instant Youth
If your skin is in dire need of some anti-ageing benefits as well, put this on. This smooths, softens and plumps up skin, helping to erase signs of fatigue while relaxing you with its calming rose scent. Utter bliss... plus who doesn't want instant youth in a tube.

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask