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Real men wear masks

In the same way a long soak in the bath will leave you feeling cleaner than your standard two-minute shower, masks are designed to be left on the skin long enough to allow the active ingredients to sink in and thoroughly nourish it.

So in this cold month, maybe it's time embrace the masks. There are loads of different options out there that do different things. For your face you can choose exfoliating ones that scrub away dead cells or clay masks that warm on the face and draw out impurities. But it’s not just your face that deserves a deep treatment at this time of year. You can get masks for your hair and other parts of the body too, doing pretty much the same thing – deep cleaning. 

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Face masks have come a long way in recent years. Like most grooming products they’ve got smarter, more targeted and use active ingredients that will really deliver results – depending on what particular area you want to focus on. If your skin is feeling generally clogged and a bit dirty, go for a charcoal mask (we love Anthony Deep Pore Cleansing Clay, £23, mankind.co.uk).

Activated charcoal will warm and dry on the skin drawing out all impurities under the skin’s service. If your face is a bit shiny we recommend an oil control face mask like Bull Dog’s Oil Control Face Mask, £6, bulldogskincare.com. It contains witch hazel, willow bark and juniper to minimise excess oil. And an excellent all-rounder for the post-party season is Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask (£30.50, malinandgoetz.co.uk) which will deeply cleanse, seal hydration into the skin and address any signs of ageing too. 

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There are some bespoke hair masks that will work way harder on your scalp and hair than your regular conditioner to give it a much needed moisture boost. Ref 552 is a very stylish Swedish brand using natural but potent ingredients. The Moisture Treatment Mask (£12.95, thegroomingclinic.com) smells like a posh cake shop and is packed with good stuff like Lingonberry and Macadamia Seed Oil.

Leave it on overnight if your hair is particularly dry. We also rate Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak (£26 kiehls.co.uk) which rehydrates and restores your hair’s shine. And for a perfectly decent high street job you can’t beat The Body Shop’s Rainforest Moisture hair Butter (£3, thebodyshop.com). 

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Give your body a bit of love now and, when the sun eventually starts to come out and you want to flash some flesh, it will definitely thank you. Art Naturals Dead Sea Mask (£14.95, amazon.co.uk) is for the face, body and hair and packed with minerals from the Dead Sea that will help eliminate acne, boost circulation and leave your skin super soft.

The Body Shop’s Spa of the World Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay (£16, thebodyshop.com) is an amazing product that will leave you purified, cleansed and de-stressed thanks to the Lavender aroma. Finally – don’t forget your gnarly old feet. Starskin Double Layer Foot Mask (£6.99, Asos.com) is a pair of socks infused with a special serum and lactic acid to remove dead skin. Wear them for an hour while you’re watching Narcos, rinse with warm water and watch the dead skin drop off over the coming days. Kind of gross, but very satisfying too.

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