Within my resolutions for this year was a pledge to myself to ensure that I use face masks more regularly. Face masks work to unclog pores, remove excess oils, detoxify the skin, stimulate blood flow, tighten and tone the skin, the lists goes on.. And whilst I cleanse (make that double cleanse), tone (um, make that double tone..) and moisturise to my heart’s content on a daily basis, the visible difference to my skin when incorporating masks into my routine can’t really be ignored. In pursuit of healthy and glowing skin (aren’t we all *sigh*), I have vowed to whip out a face mask at least three times a week and these are the products I’ll be turning to..
My Regular Face Mask Selections
ANTIPODES AURA MANUKA HONEY MASK
The All Rounder – Now my skin always feels clogged but also a little dry in places (thanks skin), so a cleansing yet hydrating mask is a must to keep the blemishes at bay and this one by Antipodes (a natural skincare brand from New Zealand) has been well loved by me to the point of repurchase. The key ingredient as you would expect is Manuka Honey, which is known for not only being deeply cleansing but also very nourishing and hydrating. After use my skin really feels cleansed, smooth and any redness is reduced – the ideal mask for a mid-week skin boost.
ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT MASK
The Cleansing One – Clay based masks such as this are great for offering the deepest cleanse and dry to provide the ever hilarious ‘statue face’. Origins describes its’ key ingredients of charcoal and white clay as acting ‘like a magnet to draw out pore-cloggers’ and after use my skin does feel much firmer, oil-free, more refined and just generally clean with noticeable improvements to the tone of more congested areas on my face over time (yes chin and nose, I mean you).
REN GLYCOLACTIC RADIANCE RENEWAL MASK
The Exfoliating One – The beautifully brightening effects of these types of masks are courtesy of the AHAs that they contain (as in, Alpha Hydroxy Acids – yep) and can be found most commonly in the form of glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid. This mask from REN contains a whole pile of fruit acids that slough away dead skin cells to leave behind a renewed and glowing complexion. Although not recommended for sensitive skin, the improvement this can have on your face after 10 minutes really is impressive.
ORIGINS DRINK UP INTENSIVE MASK
The Hydrating One – Heavy duty moisturising masks like this offering from Origins contain a plethora of hydrating and renewing ingredients that leave your skin feeling soft and plumped. Applying this to my face before bedtime ensures that I wake to my skin looking healthy and glowy, with the mask having disappeared along the way. It doesn’t feel uncomfortable at all to sleep with this on and the fact that it seems just like peaches and cream makes it almost good enough to eat.
MONTAGUE JEUNESSE CLAY SPA MASKS
The Easy One – For those nights when I’m late home from work or generally just feeling lazy but still want to squeeze a quick face mask in before bed, it’s these sheet masks from Montague Jeunesse that I’ve been reaching for (particularly the Red Earth and Glacial versions). They’re easy to apply, easy to clean up and so affordable whilst still very soothing on the skin. I can appreciate that sheet masks are fairly terrifying and may evoke thoughts of Michael Myers in Halloween but that’s not always a bad thing, right?
I apply my mask on to clean skin with an old makeup brush or even just my fingers, then sit back and relax while my skin reaps the benefits. And perhaps if I’ve got an afternoon to kill, I’ll follow up my mask with another and then maybe even another..