Ace Your Base - Part 3: Face Masks
The next step in my skincare routine and one of my favourite ways to relax is with a face mask. Not only does this force me to sit back for some 'me' time but once applied works wonders on my skin and provides a more intensive treatment!
In this post I share the different types of face masks available as well as some of my must-haves!
TYPES OF FACE MASKS
There are a number of different face mask formulas on the market, here are a few I enjoy using:
Sheet Masks originated in South Korea and are a huge part of the K-Beauty trend but are now made and sold all around the world. A sheet mask is typically made from paper, plastic or rubber and is saturated in a serum formula containing essential vitamins and ingredients within the packet. Unlike masks which you apply and wash off, a sheet mask is face-shaped and adheres to the face while it works. Once removed any excess serum can be massaged into the face and neck. You can also get sheet masks designed specifically for the eyes, lips and décolletage
Cream face mask formulas are the same consistency to that of a moisturising cream and melt into the skin to deeply draw out impurities and soften the skin.
Pictured: Estelle & Thild Deep Cleansing Detox Mask
Mud + Clay Masks
Mud and clay masks can contain different ingredients such as Kaolin, sea mud and charcoal and are great for exfoliating and polishing the skin. Once applied a mud or clay mask will dry and tighten over the skin and can be removed using warm water or a damp muslin cloth.
Pictured: Assorted GlamGlow Mud Masks
Oil facial masks are an oil concentrate packed with anti-oxidants or can alternatively be made using natural ingredients such as olive and coconut oil. There is often a misconception that oil based masks make your skin oily but results have proven that they actually work to deeply nourish, hydrate and repair the skin.
Pictured: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask In Oil*
MY FAVOURITE FACE MASKS
I have way too many favourites to list so I have featured the masks I reach for most often.
When I first heard of an oil mask I will admit I was sceptical. I thought it would make my skin feel oily and that is something I did not want but in fact it does the complete opposite! I apply the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Mask In Oil on my cleansed skin by pressing it into my face and neck with my fingertips. Then I go straight to bed, no rinsing required. When I wake up my skin feels soft, supple, hydrated and in no way oily. I have been using this concentrated formula for the past few months and not only has it worked wonders on my skin but it has secured a permanent spot in my skincare routine - I love it!
If you have read parts 1 and 2 of this series you will know I am a huge fan of the Alpha-H skincare range, so it will come as no surprise that their Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask is on my favourites list. This formula contains 15% Glycolic Acid, lavender and essential oils to exfoliate, smooth and hydrate the skin. Due to the glycolic acid (click here to read more about Glycolic Acid In Part 2: Toners) it does make my skin tingle slightly but it isn't painful and I love the brightening results as well as the way it reduces the redness in my cheeks and balances out the oils in my skin.
This is probably one of the most unique and luxe sheet masks I have ever used. The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask goes on dry and the serum is activated out of the mask only when it is massaged on the face. This mask makes my skin feel hydrated, smooth and stays in place thanks to the built-in ear hooks which are genius!
GlamGlow is a cult classic when it comes to intensive face masks and after hearing only amazing things I had to try them for myself and I am hooked! I got the smaller tubes as part of a holiday set from Mecca so I could try before I invested in the full size jars but the GlamGlow YouthMud TingleExfoliate Treatment Mask was a must! After I apply a thin later of this mud based mask (did I mention the mud is from the South of France Mediterranean Sea? Ooo la la!) it makes my skin tingle and slightly tighten as it dries on my face and neck. After ten minutes I wash it off with warm water in circular motions so it exfoliates the skin while I remove it, revealing softer and smoother skin.
The order of swatches from left to right is:
GlamGlow YouthMud TingleExfoliate Treatment (green mask - black jar)
GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment (grey mask - white tube)
GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment (yellow mask - blue tube)
The Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask is a mask I have been using for years that I can't live without! This all natural mask contains mineral-rich kaolin clay which delivers instant radiance with a deep cleansing action while the native New Zealand pohutukawa extract helps tone and the rosehip and evening primrose oils nourish and hydrate the skin. What I love about this mask is that it doesn't dry or crack on my face but rather deeply cleanses, nourishes and hydrates the skin leaving it feeling silky smooth, clear and soft.
The award for the most Insta-worthy face masks definitely goes to Trefiel. Available in 4 different mask types to suit the skin concern you're targeting, these masks are cruelty-free, GMO-free and contain ingredients such as Vitamin E, aloe and hyaluronic acid to really hydrate and restore the skin. The mask comes in two halves, the part you apply over the eyes and nose and the part you apply over the mouth. Once applied and you have taken your selfies, sit back and relax for 15-30 minutes while it works its magic. When I removed the mask there is some excess serum which I massaged into my face and neck but my skin instantly feels soft, plump and thoroughly hydrated!
What are some of your favourite face masks? What formula do you prefer to use?
*These products were sent to me in exchange for a review. Products have been tried, tested and all opinions expressed are honest and my own.