Super-charge your skin care with a powdered mask. Admittedly, they're not as 'Instagrammable' as sheet masks or as oooh-inducing as the latest crop of foil-effect face masks (we're looking at you {Peter Thomas Roth}), but when it comes to making skin look 'wow', these clever dusts works wonders. 

When you buy a standard 'liquefied' face mask - a cream or gel or clay - the key ingredients have already been activated. However, for the new wave of farm to face brands (who use only the most potent home-grown ingredients), dehydrating the formula means that the actives stay dormant 'til use - eliminating the need for preservatives, and extending the product's viability.

What's more, powdered masks are perfect for customisation - you can tailor the treatment to address the needs of your skin. If your skin's extra oily, you might wish to mix up with apple cider vinegar (instead of water) to enhance the balancing effects, or if you're battling breakouts, stir in a swirl of raw honey to bolster spot-stopping abilities.

Yes... things are prone to get messy, but believe us when we say the beauty benefits are worth the faff. Make it part of your Sunday night pamper routine, and get experimental with your skin-perfecting formulas. Invest in a {mixing bowl} and specialist {mask brush} to make the process much more ritualistic. This is the perfect excuse to indulge in some much-needed 'me time', so make sure its suitably special.

With antioxidant-rich raw cacao, reparative bamboo charcoal and circulatory-boosting spices, to encourage the elimination of toxins, May Lindstrom's {The Problem Solver} turns into a fluffy mousse when mixed with water, to clarify and kick-start sluggish skin cells. It's warming when applied (prepare for things to get quite hot), and quickly quells unwelcome breakouts to leave your skin clear and glowing.

Detoxing, revitalising, brightening and tightening, Odacité's {Synergie[4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque} stars clay and activated charcoal with a cocktail of enzymes, fruit acids and probiotics to combat almost all common concerns - from dullness to dark spots. Mix with a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten, organic milk to combat pigmentation or coconut oil to hydrate and reduce irritation.

Soothing and softening, MV Organic Skincare's {Signature Mask} relies on the world's most refined white clay - rich in silica, zinc and magnesium - to gently refine your complexion's texture and relieve skin sensitivity. Mix with water or MV's exquisite {Rose Hydrating Mist}, and don't allow the mask to dry out - remove before it 'sets' (you can keep spritzing if you want to prolong the skin-calming benefits).

Hannes Dóttir's {Marine Collagen Lift} is phenomenally plumping and replenishing - promoting 'bounce' and firmness with a cocktail of supplement-grade, 100% natural ingredients, including Icelandic sea kelp, marine collagen peptides, albumen honey and vanilla bean extracts. Perfect ahead of a special event, this mask softens fine lines and bestows an ethereal glow.

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