Recently, you may remember I posted my full day to night skincare routine…
But something I didn’t really touch on was the little extras I do every now and then. So rather than having one super long blog post, I figured I’d split them up and dedicate a separate post to my face masks. So here we are!
When it comes to treatment skincare, I’m actually quite lazy. I’m good with the daily routine but face masks definitely stay neglected in my skincare tray. I tend to just whip these out when a) I remember I own them, b) I’m having a crisis or c)my skin is clearly in need of a lil extra something something.
My relationship with face masks has evolved a lot in my teens. From whipping up my own masks from ingredients like honey, oats and yoghurt (with the instructions of youtubers like Bubzbeauty), to collecting and testing every Lush Fresh Mask I could get my hands on. Now in my early 20s I own a whole host of different products to suit my needs at the drop of a hat. Whether that be hydrating, decongesting or a full fresh start. I’m pretty well stocked up.
So when my skin’s looking a bit all over the place.
I like to use The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask. Recommended to me by a friend and for good reason, this mask is amazing! Although messy to remove, this babe gives me pretty much instant results which I’m definitely here for. Super fresh and tingly, due to the tea tree oil inside, it’s one you can feel is working. This mask always sorts me out. Pores look smaller, skin looks smoother. You can’t beat a bit of charcoal.
When my skin needs a little pampering.
The Body Shop’s Ethiopian Honey Mask is straight on my face. A super thick, honey (duh!) texture, this leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and nourished. I love honey in skincare for its moisturising and apparently antibacterial properties – those bees sure know what they’re doing. A perfect choice for when I want to treat myself.
For both of these masks I apply them using The Body Shop’s Brush specifically made to go with the masks. Honestly, any old clean foundation brush would definitely do the trick. But using a brush makes the whole process a lot less messy, and a little more luxurious. I’d highly recommend this if you’re not doing it already. At home spa anyone?
When my skin needs a boost.
I love a good ol’ sheet mask. Literally any I can get my hands on – I’m not fussy. I always forget how much of a difference they really make. Used before bed, allowing the serum to get to work overnight, I always wake up with the best skin of my life. Hydration truly is key. There’s a bunch of sheet masks on ASOS for when you’re in desperate need. But I tend to just pick up a couple in boots whenever I remember they exist. Occasionally I’ll go for the Garnier Moisture Bomb sheet masks, but usually the Boots Ingredients masks are on offer. 3 for 2 or something similar I can’t resist. Also a v good use of Boots points. All sheet masks are and do the same for me. So whatever I can get, for as cheap as possible is good enough for me!
When my eyes feel left out.
Occasionally I like to use the Skyn Iceland Eye Gels but I’m not sure if these do very much. I think I just like the option of having them in case of emergency? I tend to get pretty dry eyes, but I think these are more suited for puffiness. Either way it’s a nice bougie pamper I do every now and then. But they aren’t half expensive!
And when my skin needs a fresh start.
When nothing else will do the job, I enrol The Ordinary’s AHA 30% and BHA 2% Peeling Solution. But it’s very rarely used. Don’t get me wrong, I love acids in skincare, but something about this intimidates me. I do see results when I use it. Basically completely fresh, baby smooth skin, but I never find myself drawn to it. Maybe in my mid 20s skincare? We’ll see.
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