My first blog post which remains posted to this day was about 3 skincare remedies you can made at home. Since then I have tried many face masks to tackle different skin issues; some being homemade whilst others are store brought. I use face masks quite regularly, approximately 3-4 times per week, especially in order to finish all the tubes I have opened and need to finish (-I think we are all guilty of trying too many skincare products at once). I’m always interested in other people’s face mask discoveries, so I though I’d share some more of my own.
Simple Kind to Skin Face Mask ‘deep cleansing’ – This is a very gentle cream mask. Even though the name of the product claims it is deep cleansing, it doesn’t aid the extraction of blackheads or anything firmly embedded into skin. It does however clean deep traces of sebum, leaving the skin free from excess oil without entirely stripping skin of vital natural oils which are needed for skin’s healing processes. The tube contains 75ml of product, which is less than the standard size tubes of other popular drugstore brands who produce face masks, but the tube’s contents provides enough quantity of mask to last quite some time. If you are unfamiliar with the brand ‘Simple‘ their products are aimed at soothing skin sensitivity, so just like their other products this mask contains vitamins E and B5. It’s non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.
Neutrogena Visably Clear 2-in1 face wash and mask – If I remember correctly, I think I can recall briefly mentioning this in another post. It is my all-time favourite mask. I first tried it about 4 or 5 years ago, with the intention of just using it as a daily face wash for both my morning and night skincare routines: back then I wasn’t using face masks often enough. After seeing the positive effects that the face wash was having on recovering my mild, sudden first experience of acne; I began using it as a mask every other night. The menthol ingredients which Neutrogena name as ‘mircoclear technology’ reduces spot size, soothes irritations and minimises redness. This is the kind of mask you don’t neccassarily have to put all over your face, alternatively you may apply it to targeted areas of concern just like a spot treatment. It acts like a clay mask, so it is easiest to rinse off with warm water as apposed to cold water. Using a face brush or buffing sponge/cloth helps the mask to really getting into stubborn spots which you should have hygienically pierced with a spot removal tool. I recommend this product to everyone and anyone. I swear by it.
Homemade mask using banana, honey and sugar – Occasionally it just doesn’t feel appropriate to constantly be using chemical based face masks, or you might not be able to get to the store in time to replace your mask by the time you need to use one. The mashed banana acts as a hydrator though mostly as a binder for the ingredients and easier application. Honey is a natural hydrator with antibacterial qualities. The sugar adds a light exfoliation as you rinse off the mask.
Homemade (well…partially) mask using Aloe Vera gel and Green Tea leaves – This is the ultimate acne recovery mask. Aloe sources skin with essential hydration whereas the antioxidants within green tea aid the healing of spots. It’s simple: combine wet green tea leaves with a tablespoon of aloe Vera gel. Leave on the skin for 10-15 minutes, then wash off with cold water to minimise pore size.
Pomegranate Sheet Masks – Pomegranate isn’t an ingredient you see used often in skincare, yet it should be. It has come to light that pomegranate can deter or heal spots caused by hormones changes and imbalances. Pomegranate also makes skin feel more plump and firm, with good elasticity. So brands who make pomegranate sheet masks are: Innisfree, Tony Moly, Avon, Sephora, Etude House, The Face Shop, It’s Skin, The SAEM, Missha, Skinfood and Natureby.
Garnier Skin Active Pure self-heating Sauna Mask – This white clay based mask, uses zinc to mattify oily skin for up to seven days after one use. As it’s warming, it’s alot more pleasant to have sitting on your face for 10-15 minutes than most other masks that seem to be cold even if not stored in a refrigerator. It’s not the kind of clay mask that drys and hardens. Warm water is best for removal. My skin definitely feels firmer and less shiny for at least 4-5 days after use.
Lush oatfix – So many people are obsessed by Lush so I doubt this will be unheard of by anyone who is reading this. To say simply Oatfix, has three key ingredients for nourishing sensitive skin: bananas, oats and vanilla. Its a fresh mask to be stored in a cold place, which feels lovely to apply on a hot summer’s day.