One of my favourite parts of my skincare routine is a weekly face mask. Actually, if I’m honest it’s a little more often than weekly as my skin needs all the help in can get at this time of year. A Sunday night bath and pamper has been part of my routine for as long as I can remember. It’s the perfect way to end the weekend. To me, there is nothing more relaxing than lighting my favourite candle and easing myself into a hot bubble bath. Add a face mask and it is not only a relaxing way to spend an evening but also a skincare essential.
I love trying out new skincare and face masks are a great way to try out a new brand without completely switching up your routine. However, I always find myself reaching for 3 types of face masks hydrating, radiance and charcoal masks. Which type I go for depends on how my skin is feeling at the time. Each of these types of face mask does very different jobs. And for that reason, I think you should have a least 1 of each type of face mask in your beauty stash.
This is the perfect solution for dry, dehydrated winter skin. My favourite hydrating mask is Origins Drink Up Intensive overnight mask. I’ve been using this for years and always replace as soon as it runs out. This mask is basically a thick night cream which you leave on overnight to let it soak into your skin. Not only does it leave your skin soft and hydrated it smells amazing. I’ve been known to wear it during the day if my skin is particularly dry that day. It’s also amazing on long haul flights. Another great option is Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask.
As I get older I find myself reaching for products which promise radiance more frequently. Anything which leaves my skin glowing gets a thumbs up from me. My current favourite radiance mask is *The Body Shop’s Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask. This face mask has the weirdest texture, it’s like putting jam on your face. But if you can get over that it is a brilliant face mask. It leaves the skin glowing and feeling so soft and smooth. Another radiance mask I love is REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask which like The Body Shop one leaves skin feeling soft and smooth with a glow to it.
You can’t beat the deep cleansing of a charcoal face mask. I just love how clean and fresh my skin feels after one. I’ve recently been trying out a new charcoal mask from Nugg and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourites. The mask I’ve been using is the *Nugg detoxifying face mask. This is a traditional charcoal mask which you leave on your skin for 10 minutes and as it starts to dry the charcoals cleanses your skin. At first, I wasn’t sure about the individual pod. I normally prefer a tube which allows me to control how much I want to use. But after using it I like the pods. It helps you work out exactly how much to use and reduces waste. However, if you only want to use the face on one area then you will need to find a way to reseal the pod. There is also the issue of throwing away the plastic pod after every use. But forgetting about the packaging the mask itself is lovely. It feels so good on the skin and doesn’t become tight or uncomfortable after a while like most charcoal masks. And most importantly my skin feels so clean and fresh after removing. Another great charcoal mask option is Origins Clear Improvement Mask.
Disclaimer: Products marked with * have been sent to me for the purpose of review. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own