The festive season is apparently the most wonderful time of the year – full of joy, happiness and spending quality time with your loved ones – but people often forget to mention one thing. The stress. Oh, the stress. If buying presents wasn’t enough, there’s the prepping for interrogations at family dinners, as well as a jammed social calendar and constant eating (ok, so that part isn’t terrible).
But, while we know the effect the holiday season can have on our mental health, we often forget that it affects our skin, too. Stress breakouts, anyone? Thankfully, our Cosmo Beauty Awards shortlist is packed with the best facemasks to revive your skin and absolve you of your holiday sins, so you can fool people into thinking you’re well-rested on your first day back at work.
1. Dermalogica Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Masque
Put some life back into your tired, stressed skin and give yourself the boost of hydration you need during cooler months. Dhs251 at Dermalogica
2. GlamGlow BERRYGLOW Probiotic Mask
A super-moisturising mask jammed (ha) with berries to wake up your skin and repair its moisture barrier. Dhs220 at Sephora
3. Origins Active Charcoal Mask
This pore-clearing mask will suck all the nasties out of your skin that popped up from eating too much candy over the festive season. Dhs115 at Amazon
4. Shiseido Peel-Off Mask
A K-beauty favourite, this refreshing mask will give you that well-rested glow you probs haven’t seen since you started uni. Dhs180 at Ounass
5. Lush Brazen Honey Mask
Thoroughly cleanse and revitalise your complexion with this delicious mask that smells good enough to eat. Dhs75 at Lush