I do love a face mask and tend to have one once or twice a week depending on the condition of my skin at the time. If I do a clay mask, I always nearly follow this up with a hydrating mask to inject some moisture back into the skin, and sometimes I will give my skin the ultimate pamper by having an exfoliating mask to start everything off with. I have a few masks on rotation at the moment, which are all ones I love and can rely on and there is always one that will tackle my skin concern at the time. Just to recap if you are new to my blog, I have combination to oily skin, which is quite reactive, blemish prone and dehydrated, so with that in mind here are my top five face masks (I have linked my previous posts on these for a more in depth review):
This creamy mask is targeted at reducing visible redness, blotchiness and reactivity and it is just the best when your skin is feeling angry and irritated for whatever reason. I suffered quite badly with my skin about 4-5 years ago and it really helped at restoring, decongesting and calming my skin. My skin is much better these days, but I still like to use it if my skin needs calming or I have reacted badly to another skincare or makeup product.
This is the newest mask in my skincare arsenal and I am obsessed, it is brilliant! It is a clay mask so designed to give you skin a deep clean, however compared to a lot of another clay masks, this is extremely lightweight and does not strip the skin. Instead it gently removes impurities, leaving the skin firmer and brighter. Some clay masks tend to bring everything to the surface and leave you with more problematic skin then when you started, but this still decongests, whilst calming and balancing the skin. If I were to pick just one mask, this would be it, my blemish-prone, dehydrated skin loves it.
This is just a sample size that you can see in the photos but I have previously had the full size and think it is fantastic. It is an exfoliating mask formulated to renew the complexion, improve skin tone and radiance, whilst also tackling the appearance of fine lines. It applies a bit like marmalade, which I actually love and contains four different acids (glycolic, lactic, citric and tartaric) to remove dead skin cells and resurface the skin leaving smoother, firmer and more radiant. It is great used on its own to rejuvenate the skin leaving it fresh and glowing, or sometimes I like to use it before a clay mask to really treat my skin!
This is another clay mask, but is creamy and smooth on the skin and has a heavenly scent of frangipani which transports me back to Spain, where the clay is actually from. The white clay removes impurities, whilst rosehip and sweet almond oil nourish and condition the skin so leaves the skin fresh and glowing, whilst feeling smoother and firmer. Actually, the firming effect is quite significant, so I love using this as a morning mask or before a special occasion when I want my skin to look lifted. My skin never feels stripped after this and my skin feels more refined, so it creates a perfect canvas for makeup.
As someone with dehydrated skin, that lives in a climate which is either air-conditioned or centrally heated, I need to ensure I hydrate my skin as much as possible so use this 1-2 times a week at night (normally after a clay mask) to really plump and condition the skin. It smells of tropical holidays so is a joy to use and by the morning my skins looks so much fresher, plumper and smoother, I really do notice the difference and love the results is gives. It is also fantastic on flights to hydrate your skin whilst in the air, although I tend to take the Origins Drink Up Mask (which results are similar, but I enjoy the Glamglow one more) because of the more travel friendly packaging. I definitely think that everyone needs a hydrating mask in their skincare lineup.
Do you use any of these masks? What are your favorite face masks?
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