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Friday, 17 June 2016

Behind the (Face) Mask

Using a face mask may seem like an additional time consuming step when it comes to your skincare routine, but not only can they offer an excellent treatment to help with your skins concerns, they also act as the perfect solution to an affordable pampering session in the comfort of your own home. Say hello to a mini facial in minutes!

But what is it in facemasks that make them so beneficial to the skin? Stacey Holverson, Expert Therapist at Debbie Thomas says, “A good face mask usually contains higher levels of active ingredients than our daily products and therefore act as a boost for the skin. They can help with a range of concerns from dehydration to acne.”

Where as moisturisers, cleansers, and other daily products help to remove the surface dirt, facemasks are able to go that little bit deeper and draw out all the impurities from beneath the skin and stimulate your blood circulation, leaving you ultimately with smoother and softer skin. This in turn unclogs your pores so your toners and moisturisers work more effectively.

So if you’re willing to invest the time in your regime, facemasks are just as important. With sheet masks, clay masks, overnight masks and many other textures and styles to choose from you have full rein to find a mask that is tailored to your skins needs.
Stacey suggests the amount of times you use a mask a week depends on the active ingredients it contains. “Most masks however are designed to be used around 1-2x per week,” she adds.

So what do you need to look out for? If your skin is dry, you need to look for a mask that will quench its thirst. Hydrating masks that include nourishing oils such as rose hip or grape seed oil will really help lock in moisture and leave you with a healthy glow, whilst ingredients such as coconut or sugar granules will gently exfoliate any flakes away.

If its oily skin you are trying to combat, keep the excess oil at bay with a mask that will balance out your skin. Masks that contain clay will provide a deep cleansing to your pores and pull out any impurities whilst witch hazel will work to tighten pores as they dry.

If you suffer with sensitive skin that is prone to redness, you want to look for a mask that is full of natural ingredients and will calm and sooth any irritation away. Masks that can be put into the refrigerator before use will calm and relieve the skin whilst the natural ingredients will ensure your skin will not be irritated.

If you’re still unsure on where to start, here are our top suggestions for your skin type. You’ll be masking in no time.

The Evolve Organic Beauty Radiant Glow Mask is perfect for those who suffer with dry skin due to its exfoliating and moisturising benefits. With a rich blend of raw cacao-powder and organic baobab seed oil, both high in anti-oxidants, it will help protect and nourish, whilst the small coconut granules will buff away any unwelcome dry, flaky skin and leave you with a silky smooth and brightened complexion. Fragranced with organic vanilla oil, once you rinse, the natural sugar extracts turn this exfoliating mask into a creamy milk, leaving you with that radiant, nourished and hydrated complexion you have been searching for!

If your skin tends to get slightly red, the Lush Love Lettuce facemask is great for sensitive or irritated skin. Packed with nutrients, the mask features natural ingredients such as agar seaweed gel, honey and almond oil, which will sooth and moisturise your skin, whilst the small almond shells will gently exfoliate. With the sweet smell and calming properties of French lavender you can bring the spa to the comfort of your own home, just sit back and relax.

A company that focuses in using all natural, food grade and therapeutic ingredients, the Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask is ideal if you want to try and clarify oily and breakout prone skin. The masks ingredients consist of aloe leaf and white willow bark, both of which contains salicylic acid which acts to gently unclog pores and sooth the complexion, fruit enzymes including papaya and pineapple which help to gently exfoliate any dead skin cells, and blue tansy oil which is high in azulene which in addition to adding a nourishing oil, the blue colour works as an anti-inflammatory reducing redness. This mask promises to gently resurface and decongest your skin, leaving it feeling soothed and silky smooth.

If your skin is looking a little dull or tired, or you have trouble with oily skin, the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing facemask is an excellent mask to brighten up your complexion. Whilst the purified clay draws out impurities, the Aloe Vera works to ensure your skin doesn’t feel tight. The mask also contains Rosehip & Parsley Seed extracts, which will deliver vital anti-oxidants to perk up your skin. We suggest using this before you go out as it will balance oily or combination skins & perks up a gray complexion.

If your skin is lacking firmness and elasticity, you want to find a mask that will lift and brighten the skin. The Starskin Close Up Forming Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask is a serum sheet mask that will firm and sculpt the skin, leaving you with a brightened youthful complexion. The translucent sheet mask contains Glacier extract and Tripepride-1, both of which improve the appearance of saggy skin, whilst the premium bio-cellulose is formulated with naturally fermented coconut juice, which will work to firm and nourish. We recommend popping it in the fridge before use to enhance the cooling benefits. Rest assured your skin will look healthy and supple in no time. (Twenty minutes to be exact!).

*This piece was first published in Cleanse Magazine Issue 1.


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