My mum always instilled in me that skincare was so important. ‘The one thing you should look after is your skin’ she’d always say, still to this day. I look at my mum and agree, for her age she hardly has any wrinkles and her skin still looks plumb and glowing.
I stick to a routine and my skin thanks me for it. I do the usual cleanse tone and moisturise twice a day, once in the morning and then in the evening, but every so often, usually on a Sunday, my skin needs that pick me up. This is wear I head towards one of my trusted face masks all depending on how my skin is feeling and what it needs.
1. REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, £30 I purchased this product when there was a blogger hype about it! I jumped on that bandwagon and I’m so happy I did. I use this fruit acid based face mask when my skin looks tired and dull. I find that it gives my skin a dramatic improvement in skin tone, reduces the appearance of any fine lines and it helps relieve any congestion.
How I use the mask is after I have cleansed usually with my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, I slather on the mask on my face and neck, leave for 10 minutes. I dampen a muslin cloth (one comes with the bottle) with warm water and gently wipe off the mask. I then follow up with an intensive moisturiser to leave my skin hydrated.
2. Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque £27 Sometimes my skin needs a deeper cleanse than my usual Liz Earle Cleanser so I head straight for this mask. It gives me that deeper/refreshing feel and relieves my skin of any impurities and clogging of the pores whilst providing a smooth feel of the skin. I also love the lavender scent, so if you hate lavender this mask wouldn’t be for you.
How I use the mask is by applying a thin layer to my face and neck after cleansing with my Vichy cleanser. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse it off with warm water. I then follow up with a toner and a hydrating moisturiser.
3. Alpha-H Liquid Gold £46 They have since re branded their products so the one you see in my photo is of the older bottle. This mask has that famous ingredient in it called Glycolic Acid and because of this, really helps exfoliate, freshen, brighten my skin whilst leaving it looking youthful, firm, plump and radiant. It’s great for all skin types too. When I have this mask on I really do feel like it’s getting to work. I think this mask is perfect for that super quick boost if you need your skin looking great before a night out or something.
How I use the mask is after cleansing applying a thin layer (only a small amount is needed) to your face and neck for 10 minutes. Your skin will tingle which actually frightened me and I thought my skin was going to come out in a horrible rash, but trust me it won’t. You then remove the mask with warm water, follow up with a hydrating moisturiser.
4. Lancome Hydra Intense Mask, £32 I tend to reach for this mask when my skin is looking lack lustre and requires some intense hydrating, which to be honest isn’t very often as I have combination to oily skin. I use this more in the colder months as it leaves my skin feeling supple, hydrated and helps to diminish dry lines. This mask is enriched with Imperata Cylindrica, a sub tropical plant that’s well known in the southern hemisphere for it’s amazing capacity to resist the worst droughts, fancy!
How I use this mask is by applying a thick layer to my cheeks and T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) leave for only 5 minutes and then remove it with a dampened muslin cloth. I then follow up with my usual toner and moisturiser.
From left to right you can see the difference textures.