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Glow From Head To Toe With These Magical Masks and Scrubs

Step into 2020 with fresh and flawless skin.

If you’re feeling the effects of the recent festive excesses, your skin may be dull and fatigued. Now, more than ever, your skin is crying out for a good exfoliation and face mask. Detox your skin this new year and make sure to keep up the habit as part of your weekly skincare routine.

You should exfoliate your skin at least once a week – any more and you run the risk of damaging the delicate skin barrier, which will lead to angry, red skin. Removing dead skin cells promotes new skin cell growth, ensuring smooth and elastic skin. In general, here are two types of exfoliators to choose from: chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliators include ingredients like acids and enzymes, while physical exfoliators include scrubs, facial cleansing brushes and even the humble wash cloth. Chemical exfoliators are more gentle on skin and are ideal for dry, dehydrated, sensitive and acne-prone skins. Normal and combination skins can handle physical exfoliation better.

After exfoliating, it’s time to soothe the skin with a mask. If you have oily skin, opt for clay-based masks that will help absorb excess oil. Combination types will benefit from ingredients such as almond, oatmeal and honey, which exfoliate gently and help retain moisture. Dry skin types should seek out seaweed and hyaluronic acid-based masks and other super hydrating ingredients such as shea butter or cocoa. Apply onto freshly exfoliated skin that you’ve gently patted dry, kick back and enjoy! Follow with a hydrating moisturising cream and if you’re heading outside, slather on the sunscreen.

Our pick of scrubs

1. The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner

Made with probiotics and lactic acid, this scrub exfoliates, hydrates and promotes collagen production, as well as targeting fine lines as a bonus. Ideal for breakouts and acne-prone skin.

Probiotic Skin Refiner 100 ml ON SALE

aed 676.00 The Beauty Chef
aed841.00 20

2. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder

Made with charcoal to help prevent clogged pores, this is another scrub suitable to oily and problem skin.

Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Exfoliatiang Cleansing Powder

aed 150 Origins

3. Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer

If you’re after smooth, glowing skin – and who isn’t – Dermalogica’s hydroxy acid, green tea and rooibos based exfoliant can be used daily to brighten skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Daily Resurfacer

aed 366 Dermalogica

4. Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub

Packed with antioxidants, this crystal exfoliator also features hyaluronic acid, nourishing seaweed and organic red tea extracts to help eradicate dull skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Doctor’s Scrub 50ml

aed 163.12 Goldfaden MD

5. St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub + Mask

This two-in-one product works both as a scrub and mask. Ideal for dry skin types, it’s made with oatmeal, honey and walnut.

Nourished And Smooth Oatmeal Face Scub And Mask 6 oz Pack of 1 ON SALE

aed 22.75 St. Ives
aed39 44

Our pick of masks

1. Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

Perfect for ridding skin of impurities and pollutants, this face mask, which is ideal for oily skin, is gentle enough to be used daily.

Purifying Daily Detox Scrub With Marine Algae and Activated Charcoal 4 oz

aed 79.19 Derma E

2. Missha Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask

This wash-off mask is great for cleansing pores and tightening the skin. Ideal for oily skin.

Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask

aed 70 Missha

3. Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

If you’re prone to blemishes but have dry skin, this face mask from Lush – made with antiseptic honey – is just the thing. It acts as a mask and exfoliator in one and smells delightful.

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

aed 75 Lush

4. Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose Formula Antioxidant Facial Mask

This award-winning mask is ideal for normal and dry skin types. Not only does it smell gorgeous, it also exfoliates gently, leaving you with brighter skin.

Rose Formula Anti Oxidant Facial Mask 50g

aed 199 Neal’s Yard Remedies

5. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

This mask for problem skin is not only a bargain, but can be applied to your face as well as body.

Indian Healing Clay 454 gm ON SALE

aed 29.95 Aztec Secret
aed46 37

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