Over the past few months I’ve been getting in to the ritual of doing a weekly face mask as I found I had so many sitting round in my skincare collection but barely used them. It’s a great way to set aside 15 minutes to relax and have some much needed ‘me-time’. Different masks come with different results and are made to tackle a whole host of different skincare concerns. In this post I thought I’d share a few of my favourites and what they can do for your skin’s needs.
If the festive party season, the alcohol, the chocolate, the cheese, has left your skin feeling a little, well, meh, then it’s probably time to give it a good detox. I worked on the launch of this mask so I may be slightly biased but it really is perfect for giving your skin some much needed cleansing and balancing when it’s all got a bit too much. Clay masks often, rightly so, get a bad rep for being drying and tightening on the skin and I have tried a few which do just that but the Australian pink clay in this is very hydrating and the mask doesn’t dry down and set hard like other clay masks. It refines pores and removes impurities leaving skin looking and feeling fresh, soft, radiant, and clean. It also helps to reduce redness in the skin which is always a good thing for me as I can often look a bit pink.
Even though I’m constantly trying new skincare products it is rare that I find one I fall in love with after just one use. It usually takes me a couple of tries to be truly convinced. However, when I tired the Vitamin Nectar mask for the first time I was very impressed with the results and could instantly see the brightening effect it had on my skin. In fact, this would probably be a great one if you have time in the morning so you could really benefit from the brightness in the day rather than going straight to bed. The texture is a little unusual and I’ve compared it to spreading a dollop of marmalade on over your face but once you get over that you can just relax and enjoy the citrusy scent. As well as a combination of vitamins C, E and B5 this mask contains AHA fruit acids which will help gently exfoliate the skin over time.
I got a tiny pot in an event goody bag and I’ve been savouring it because it is a little pricey and I’m not ready to part with that cash but I guess in this case you get what you pay for.
OILY & BLEMISH PRONE
Living and working in London it sometimes feels like there is no escape from pollution, and I’ve definitely seen my skin suffer because of it, so I’m always interested in anything that promises to help combat the effects of pollution on my skin. Though it has calmed down in recent years I have always had a very oily T-Zone and can be prone to small under the surface blemishes and blackheads. I like to apply this to my T-zone to help calm down any oiliness and also along may jawline as this where I get a few blemishes. It contains bamboo charcoal to help draw out impurities and clear pores. You can definitely notice a mattifying effect when it’s removed so if you also suffer from oil slick syndrome then this is your guy.
NOURISH & HYDRATE
100% the best thing about this mask is the scent. It smells like Turkish Delight which is pretty much my favourite thing. As a sleep mask it is recommended that you apply a thin layer and wear overnight as the scent is relaxing and it deeply nourishes your skin whilst you sleep. It’s quite a thick buttery texture in the jar but when massaged in in turns in to a light oily texture which is comfortable to sleep in. After using this, not only did I feel very much ready for bed but when I woke up my skin felt very hydrated and nourished. Perfect if you’re lazy, don’t have too many skin concerns, and just want beautifully soft smooth skin.
FIGHT SIGNS OF AGEING
Having bright, well moisturised skin is all very well and good but every now and then there’s no harm in going in with something that’s going to work a little harder and actually resurface the skin and fight signs of ageing. None of us are getting any younger you know. The Liquid Gold Ultimate Perfecting Mask from Alpha-H contains glycolic and lactic acid to help speed up cell renewal and fight signs of sun damage, pigmentation and ageing. It’s like a mini chemical peel you can do in the comfort of your own bedroom. You get a slight tingling feeling which personally I love as I feel like it’s really working its magic and then remove after a maximum of 10 minutes. You know its hardcore stuff when they give you a time limit.
Have you tried any of the face masks in this post? When I was writing this I realised most of them are pretty pricey and I know there are more affordable options out there so I’m going to make it my mission to test a fewer more purse-friendly options and let you know my thoughts.
Disclaimer: Due to the nature of my job in the beauty industry some of these products may have been received free of charge however all my views are 100% honest. There are no affiliate links in this post.