You know you’re getting old and sensible when you look forward to sitting in, in front of the telly with a face mask on. I know I’m not alone in this. How many of you ladies are guilty of sending a sneaky face mask selfie before?
Aside from perking up your complexion, it’s a great way of getting a few minutes of chill time in – something we could probably all do with a bit more of! I’ve only really integrated masks into my skincare routine in the last year or two but I’ve learned that you can’t survive with just one type (yes, it is a matter of life or death). I always have a variety of masks to hand, primarily a deep cleansing mask and one for hydration too but there are a couple that I’ve been consistently using for a while now and love!
Ragdale Hall Cocooning Cinnamon & Nutmeg Warming Mask (approx. €14, Ragdale Hall)
This face mask feels like pure indulgence and is nothing short of a spa treatment. This self-heating mask is a little bit of a strange sensation. You apply it to the skin and within a couple of seconds, it starts to warm up, not uncomfortably so but you can definitely notice the heat. The heating action works to open up pores and draw out impurities. I’ve yet to find something similar to this mask. Some people may not Iike the heating properties in this but it really does leave your skin feeling and looking like you’ve had a professional facial. It gets two big thumbs up from me!
Glamglow Thirstymud (€56, Millies)
Glamglow has become one of those beauty cult products. Designed by a US couple in 2010, it was originally used on Hollywood’s finest. Heralded as a “facial in a jar”, this product has big boots to fill but it certainly lives up to its reputation. Over the past year or so, I’ve tried a couple of products from the Glamglow range – all of which I adore. It’s hard for me to pick my favourite but at the moment, Thirstymud is my saviour! It’s a hydrating face mask and can be used as a quick treatment or left on overnight to pump some life back into your skin. Thirstymud is particularly good for dry to very dry skin but can be used by all skin types. My skin tends to be oily but also dehydrated, especially at this time of year. Anyone with oily or acne skin will know that some of the products designed for your skin type can leave it dry and irritated. Thirstymud completely alleviates this and will counteract many of the symptoms of using strong or medicated skincare products. This is a must for everyone! While it is pricey enough, you can often pick up samples or travel sized jars from stockists (Glamglow UK website stocks sampler packs but are currently out of stock), but believe me, this will be one indulgent purchase you won’t regret.
Mask of Magnaminty (approx. €14, Lush)
If the smell of Lush shops isn’t enough to convert you to the brand, then I don’t know what is! I’ve used a bunch of different Lush products and love the brand. Their use of natural ingredients, lack of harsh chemicals and cruelty-free manufacturing processes make them great for anyone who is ethically and health conscious. Mask of Magnaminty contains ingredients such as evening primrose, peppermint oil and honey. It’s grainy in texture so it provides a light exfoliation but it is so soothing on the skin. I started using this about a year ago when my skin was acting up and it was brilliant for relieving irritation. I leave it on for about 20 or 30 minutes and then I wash it off with a muslin cloth. It leaves skin feeling softer, smoother and fresh and can be used as often as required. If you’re having any kind of breakouts or problems with your skin, I’d highly recommend trying this.
Doesn’t look too delish but it smells minty fresh!
Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask (approx. €30, House of Fraser)
I have a love/hate relationship with this face mask – I hate it because it does tend to draw out impurities in the few days after using it but in the long run, I love the cleansing properties that this little number offers. It dries to form a lovely, thick, white clay-like texture (sounds delightful, doesn’t it?) and smells a little medicinal but being an Origins product, it features loads of great ingredients like Zinc Oxide, Sulfur and Camphor that heal and treat oily skin and clogged pores so if you suffer from problematic, acne-prone skin, this is a great one for you to really clear out the pores. Just be aware that you may get a slight breakout after using but be patient and just keep your skin clean during this time – it’ll thank you for it!
No7 Beautiful Skin Energising Mask (€17.50, Boots)
I don’t know any girl (and there’s probably many of you guys out there too) who doesn’t have a little guilty pleasure for peeling face masks. There’s something strangely appealing (no pun intended) about waiting impatiently for your face mask to set so you can peel it all off! This peeling mask from No7 is one of my all time favourites. The thing about peeling masks is that they take a good twenty minutes or more to dry so you have no choice but to sit back and relax. The Beautiful Skin Energising Mask is sticky and messy but leaves your skin hydrated and brighter looking. You’ll look like you’ve had 10 hours of sleep in a matter of minutes!
These are some of my absolute favourite masks, all of which I use on a regular basis and in conjunction with one another. Regardless of your skin type, you will need different masks for different skin concerns or different times of the year and these five are a great mix to ensure you’ve got glowing, healthy skin all year round.
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