Face masks promise to make your skin look and feel younger, but which ones really do make a difference?
No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask for Dry/Very Dry Skin, £12.50/100ml
The claim: Formulated to help dry skin behave like normal skin, leaving it hydrated, bright, soft and smooth.
Gill Dewy (62) says:This product looks great and you can see how much is left. I already use a face mask but this is just as easy. You can leave it on for as little as three minutes or up to ten for an intensive treatment. Even though it's formulated for dry skin and is rich and creamy, it didn't feel greasy and afterwards my skin felt softer, although I haven't seen any long-term benefits.
Verdict: A little goes a long way and the price isn't bad – it would last ages.
Sanctuary Spa 30 Day Thermal Transformation Mask kit, £27.50 (mask 75ml and serum 50ml)
The claim: A dual action mask kit containing a peptide serum and rose clay mask. The products work to refine the skin's surface, minimise the appearance of fine lines and boost hydration.
Pat Turner (65) says: I was surprised that you should use this 2-3 times a week. The serum is applied first, then the mask. Both are easy to apply and I loved the warming effect. The included face cloth was a little harsh so I used my own. My skin felt moisturised and smooth and over the test period the appearance of my skin has got smoother and brighter.
Verdict: Great value as it lives up to the claims.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask, £48/50ml
The claim: Combines the power of quartz with padina pavonica to lift and hydrate the skin, plus minimise signs of ageing.
Sandra Moorfield (68) says: Clear instructions, though the words were tiny. My skin was silky smooth and plumper straight away. I could feel my skin tightening but it wasn't uncomfortable and felt like I'd had a facial. My skin feels and looks firmer, brighter and fresher with a definite glow.
Verdict: I'd always use Elemis if I could, but it's too pricey on a pension.
Removes dead cells
Nurture Radiant Skin Moisture Mask, £8.45/50ml
The claim: Formulated to restore radiance, moisture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with a combination of natural ingredients.
Jane White (82) says: I already use a mask twice a week and this one was easy to use. The granular texture was a bit scratchy, so I was quite sceptical. However, when removed my skin did look more youthful and I'd agree that it removed the dull surface layer of dead skin cells. The look of my skin has improved throughout the test and it's noticeably softer.
Verdict: Good value and does help, so I would buy it.
Super Facialist Neroli Lifting Treatment Mask, £10.99/75ml
The claim: A concentrated mask that contains hyaluronic acid and a peptide complex to plump the skin and minimise wrinkles.
Gill Dewy (62) says: It glides on well and feels cooling, which I found soothing. It left my skin firmer and fresher and after using it twice weekly my skin now looks tighter and the pores around my nose and cheeks have improved. My only concern was that I used it once after toning and found it irritated my skin, leaving it red. It faded quickly and I had no other problems, but perhaps not for sensitive skin.
Verdict: It worked for me, but be careful if you have sensitive skin.3/5
The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask, £12/100ml
The claim: Contains antioxidant Vitamin E and is intensely hydrating to bring skin back to its optimum moisture level.
Sandra Moorfield (68) says: It looked a bit cheap and it was quite tricky to read the instructions. Although thick and creamy, it caused immediate irritation. Afterwards my skin didn't look any different and felt drier. My 15-year-old granddaughter tried it and it left her skin nice and soft, so perhaps it's better for younger skin.
Verdict: Definitely not for me.
Stress relief for skin
Ark Age Repair Nurturing Masque £30/75ml
The claim: Soothes dry stressed skin, banishes puffiness and restores radiance.
Jane White (82) says: Lovely packaging and easy-to-follow directions. It's a clear lightweight gel that left my skin feeling fresher and smoother. With continued use my skin does look more youthful, brighter and with a lovely dewy glow. This would be great as a treat, but it's too expensive for regular use.
Verdict: A lovely product that works; shame it's so expensive.
Crystal Clear 10 Minute Glow, £24.99/100ml
The claim: A peel-off mask that deeply cleanses, hydrates and minimises pores to leave skin glowing and feeling revived.
Margaret Hobson (57) says: I haven't used a mask since my teens and this mask didn't make me want to use them again. The instructions are clear but applying the right amount is tricky. I didn't like the gooey feel of it on my skin and found the smell unpleasant. It didn't do anything bad to my skin, but I can't say it did much to improve it, either.
Verdict: Pricey and delivers few results.
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Renewal Face Mask, £4.99/75ml
The claim: Infused with kiwi and mulberry extracts to help revive skin radiance and even out skin tone.
Margaret Hobson (57) says: The writing on the back of the box was tiny, making it hard to read, however the instructions were clear and simple. It had a nice texture and smelt fresh with a pleasant cooling effect. Afterwards my skin felt unusually smooth and soft, especially around my cheeks. Overall my skin definitely looked better and the redness on my cheeks has been reduced, although sadly the results were only temporary.
Verdict: Great price, but not sure I'll buy it regularly.