You must have noticed that facial treatment masks have become a ‘thing’, it seems like the world of skincare has gone mask crazy! Now it’s not that face masks ever went away of course, more that we stopped talking about them, probably due to the lack of innovation. A good selection of masks has always been a part of my skincare regime, although I’ve not always been good at maintaining a regular regime.
Thankfully, over the last couple of years, the beauty brands have been working to re ignite our passion for using masks as part of our skin maintenance regime. Suddenly face masks are sexy again and we are able to see tangible results often with just one use which is amazing. There is a mask for every skin condition, whether its sensitive skin, dehydrated, oily, dry or blemished there is a mask for it.
One of my favourite types of mask is the sheet mask, I guess that for me there is something very satisfying about the process of performing my cleansing routine and then applying a sheet mask, pressing it into the contours of my face, and then waiting for the big reveal :) and with my favourite masks it’s always a ‘Ooh, my skin looks fab’ moment.
In case you don’t know sheet masks originated in South Korea, where they have elevated the daily skincare routine to an art form. Most sheet masks are made from some form of tissue or paper, with cut outs for eyes, nose and lips, saturated with nutrient rich serums and essences and are worn for anything from 10-20 minutes and then as if by magic your skin looks better…way, way better, especially when you use the hydrating, skin plumping masks!
I love the portability of these masks, you can either buy them individually or in a multipack, so you can keep one in your handbag, a couple at work, so that any time your skin needs a boost when you’re away from home, you’re covered; they are especially great when you’ve had a busy day and are going from office to event and of course when you’re travelling ….nothing like a sheet mask to boost ‘post flight’ skin with a shot of intense moisture.
If you are treating a particular skin concern like dehydration you can use most hydrating sheet masks as an intensive treatment 3x a week with your favourite serum underneath for extra oomph!
Try different ones based on your skin needs and see which works best for you
When you remove the mask, rub any excess product into your face and neck…do not rinse, just pat the remaining nectar into your skin.
Have you tried using a sheet mask yet?
💜Here are some picks for Brightening
Starskin – Energizes and recharges visibly dull, tired and lackluster skin and -Minimizes dark spots and evens skin tone. Available for £8.50 from beautybay.com
111Skin – the bio cellulose instantly locks moisture into your skin and enables a deeper penetration of three key ingredients that we have added. This mask contains Arbutin to brighten, Silk Amino Acids to condition and Centella Asiatica to stimulate collagen production. Available for £20 from 111skin.com
💜Here are some picks for Firming
Starskin: Firms, lifts and sculpts for a supple, youthful appearance -Improves appearance of saggy, dull skin available for £8.50 from beautybay.com
Anatomicals: great for firming available for £1.50 from www.urbanoutfitters.com
💜Here are some picks for Lifting
Magicstripes – This mask is soaked with an effective cocktail of collagen, caffeine, vitamin C, vitamin E, macadamia nut oil and water, which helps to visibly lift, form and streamline the skin of the lower face. 5 for £39.00 available from feelunique.com
Rodial Pink Diamond- Infused with pink grapefruit, diamond powder and skin-tightening peptides, this mask works to instantly lift, tighten and brighten skin for a more youthful looking, radiant complexion with lifted facial contours £85.00 for a box of 8 available from rodial.co.uk
💜 Here are some picks for Hydrating :
Skin republic CQ10 & Caviar mask – is rich in antioxidants & amino acids to nourish the skin. £4.99 from hqhair.com
Starskin-Deeply infuses dehydrated skin with intense organic hydration-Rejuvenates and smoothes skin available for £8.50 from beautybay.com
Sarah Chapman – These are super hydrating, plumping and soothing masks that really nourish and revitalise and they are hard to come by available for £35.00 for 4 from qvc.com
💜 Here are some for reducing dark spots and increased radiance
Nuxe Splendieuse – is full of active ingredients like vitamin C that work to help reduce the appearance of dark spots, blemishes and Hyper pigmentation. Available for £30 for 6 from feelunique.com
Skin Republic Cleanse & Refine mask – a great pore cleanser thanks to ingredients like tea tree oil and salicyic acid. available from hqhair.com
These are all really great and effective masks, that all deliver on their promises …. I’d love to know what you think ….