Friday, 7 March 2014

An Ode to Face Masks


Since the age of about ten when I started using Montagne Jeunesse at every girls sleepover, I have loved face masks. I know people say stick to 1-2 a week, but I have to seriously restrain myself to keep up with that. Working from home means I can keep a good eye on my skin, and always feel like popping on a face mask, although I do have to be careful to avoid the postman or my neighbours whilst I do! I've got a few favourites that I regularly use and make all the difference to my skin.

My current go-to mask is the REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask; this is a clay mask with a bit of a difference. It uses french clay to help draw out any of the congestion under the skin, and usually helps to really reduce the size of any cystic acne I have without making my chin break out in lots of tiny little spots. It also uses seaweed which helps to rejuvenate and encourage cell renewal on the skin so also helps with scarring. It really clarifies the skin and helps with any blemishes without being the slightest bit drying, and I've noticed such a big difference with my skin after using this face for the past few months I've had it.

A great budget clay mask is the Superfacialist Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask by Una Brennan. Like the REN offering this helps to really draw out any impurities and leaves my skin looking clear and fresh, but doesn't particularly help with any of my scarring like Invisible Pores does. I love their Rose Intense Moisture Mask too - using so many clay masks I do get a little paranoid my skin might be getting a little dry, so I like to apply a moisturising one immediately afterwards, and this is by far my favourite. It leaves my skin looking bright and plump, and I experience absolutely no dryness on any areas of my face.

I really need to rediscover Lush Mask of Magnaminty as it's been sat in the cabinet untouched for a month or so now. This has got a variety of different natural oils in to help treat the skin, as well as some seeds and beans so you can gently exfoliate the skin whilst removing the mask. I don't think this is quite as effective as the others mentioned, but if you're skin isn't too bad but you experience the occasional small breakout, I'd give this one a go. Sisley Black Rose cream mask is something I just got a little sample of in an advent calendar, but good lawwwwwd is this stuff expensive! That said, it makes my skin look absolutely incredible - so bright, plumped and moisturised, and I actually don't wash this off I just let it all sink into my skin, and afterwards it really has never looked better.

Last up is my latest purchase - I've not actually tried this yet, but I'm guessing the majority of you don't need much of an introduction to the Antipodes Manuka Honey mask. I've ummed and ahhed over this for so long, but after reading so many fantastic reviews on how it's effected people's skin, whether they have dry or oily skintypes, I knew I had to buy it. Manuka honey helps to draw the moisture under the skin to the surface, so it's perfect for dry or dehydrated types, as well as having anti-oxidizing ingredients so fantastic for those who need a deep cleansing mask or if you have oily skin. I'm actually off to jump in the bath and give this a go now, I've waited too long!

What are your favourite face masks? Are you a fan of any of these?

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