My 3 favourite….. Face Masks
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This is the first in a new feature that I will be doing occasionally, looking at my favourite products. Today I will be discussing my 3 favourite face masks and explaining why I like them so much. There are so many face masks out there – drying clay masks, moisturising cream masks, clarifying gel masks – it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start, so I have picked 3 products that are all great at doing different things for your skin.
The first face mask that really makes the grade is Clear Improvement charcoal mask from Origins. I first tried this out last Summer when I received a free sample of it, and I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to find it. I now make sure I always have a full size tube of this clay mask in my bathroom cabinet.
Clear Improvement is a thick black-coloured active charcoal face mask that helps to clear the pores. It dries extremely hard on the skin which can be a bit uncomfortable if you leave it too long, and the charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out pore-cloggers. After using Clear Improvement my skin feels soft and looks really clear and I love the results that it gives. I use it once every couple of weeks to help keep my pores clear. I would suggest you steer clear of this mask if you have dry skin but otherwise I would definitely recommend giving it a go. Plus Origins products contain no parabens, phthalates, paraffin or other nasties so you don’t need to worry about what you are putting on your skin.
If you want to know more read my full review of Origins Clear Improvement mask.
The second of my favourite masks is Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask from skincare experts REN, and I think this could possibly be my favourite mask ever! It gives such great results whilst still being gentle on the skin.
This mask removes dead skin cells, combats congestion and targets fine lines using a combination of gentle fruit acids. The orange-coloured gel mask is very sticky, with a sweet fruity orange smell, and should be left on the skin for 10 minutes before wiping off with the little muslin cloth that comes with the mask.
After removing this mask my skin always feels slightly rough, but after moisturising and waiting for 15 minutes my skin feels smooth and refreshed. The effects increase with use over time too, use for 4 weeks and you will really start to see an improvement in the clarity of your skin. Plus all REN skincare products contain ‘only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and are free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients’ which is really important to me, everyone should know exactly what they are putting on their skin.
I would suggest you avoid this mask if you have sensitive skin, and apply a moisturiser that contains SPF after using it as the fruit acids can make skin a little sensitive afterwards.
If you want to know more read my full review of REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask.
Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask
The final mask that I really rate is one that I only discovered a couple of months ago, it is Pure And Radiant Mask from Clarins’ Truly Matte range.
Pure And Radiant Mask is a deep-purifying mask that contains Pink Clay. It aims to clean and tighten the skin leaving a fresh matte result and comforts red or irritated skin. Despite containing clay the pale peach mask has a soft creamy texture and doesn’t dry hard on the skin – it feels very much like a moisturising mask when it is on the skin rather than a clay mask. The mask should be left on the skin for 5-10 minutes, before removing with a warm, damp facecloth.
Pure And Radiant Mask leaves my skin feeling really plump and soft, a feeling that continues for around 24 hours after using it. It helps to erase dry patches and moisturises the skin but as it is from the Truly Matte range it doesn’t leave skin feeling oily or greasy and is suitable for all skin types including oily and sensitive skins.
This is a really lovely, gentle mask, and I use it when my skin feels stressed or dehydrated. It is perfect for the Winter months, to treat skin after the effects of a long walk in the cold weather.
If you want to know more read my full review of Clarins Pure And Radiant Mask.
I’d love to hear what you think about my choice of favourite face masks. Have you tried any of them, and what did you think? Which face masks are your favourites?
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