Face Off – which mask?

Face masks. They’re the ultimate go-to product when it comes to pampering at home and especially at this time of the year, your skin is in dire need of some extra TLC. I think there is something special about slathering your face with a thick paste which when washed off, magically reveals a glowing new visage is not only satisfying but relaxing too. Unfortunately I’m terrible at committing myself to using a mask of some sort every week and only reach for one as and when I can be bothered to or if I have something important coming up that I want to look my best for. Well I’m making it my mission to change that.

Most of us don’t have the time (let alone the spare funds) to indulge in a salon facial every six weeks so using face masks in the comfort of your own abode is the next best thing. They’re cheaper, convenient, quick and you don’t have to get dressed and leave the house.

The traditional face mask is no longer as humble as it once used to be. Now there are so many options to choose from, depending on what your concerns are. Different masks address different matters.

Clay or charcoal masks

clayspray_redclay2These are brilliant at sucking out dirt and grease, particularly if you have acne-prone or oily skin. Slap it on thickly and allow it to get to work in drawing out impurities and stimulating blood flow to the surface. Don’t let it dry to the point that it starts to crack (as much as that’s enjoyable) as that will draw out the moisture from the skin and leave it dehydrated and possibly, cause irritation. There are also some brilliant masks with exfoliating properties so you get 2 for the price of 1.

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Sheet masks

templespa_contouristResembling an extra from a slasher horror movie, sheet masks are a personal favourite. They’re the lazy way out but they’re effective and give instant results. Sheet masks are also quick, hygienic and non-messy to use. They’re perfect for dehydrated skin and collagen-infused too so they help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, leaving it feeling soft and looking refreshed. What’s even better is they’re individually sealed in sachets so they’re ideal for travelling. 

I recently tried Temple Spa’s The Contourist* sheet mask (I’m modelling it above), which is soaked in a gel-like liquid. The mask loops over your ears so there’s no fear of it sliding off if you want to walk around and freak a few people out. After 20 minutes, you discard the mask and any residue left should be patted into the skin. Definitely one to use before a big night out for instant results but unlike its name, it doesn’t sharpen your features and give you model cheek bones.

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3. Overnight masks
Remember what I said about sheet masks being the lazy way out? Scrap that. Overnight masks are THE laziest way to get radiant skin. Essentially they are thick creams that you apply before you go to bed and as you snooze, the mask slowly and deeply moisturise the skins so come morning time, you’ll be prodding your face and gasping at how soft and youthful it feels and looks.

The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask is quite literally a bouncy mask in a glass jar thanks to its memory shape texture. Massage the creamy gel into the skin before bedtime and wake up with super soft, radiant looking skin.

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These are just a selection of masks I’ve tried and enjoyed using. Which ones are your favourite? I’d love to know your recommendations so comment below!

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