Why are Masks so important for our skin? Why should we use them? Everyone has different skin and in today’s post I will talk you through what products I use for my skin and the type of skin I have. I want to also highlight in my post today about how you can enhance your natural beauty by taking care or your skin using face masks by showing you how I ‘multimask’.
My skin type; it’s combination. I have an oily t-zone and incredibly dry/dehydrated skin on my forehead and cheeks. I have been blessed with good skin and thankful that I did not go through the ‘breakout’ stage through my teenage years. I do however have incredibly large pores on my t-zone and this is something that bothers me. I am always on the search for products that will help my problem and I think I have found one from Bioderma, a review will be up soon so keep an eye out! When my skin gets to it’s driest it gets irritated and everything starts to react with it so here is a selection of face masques I use to help prevent my skin from getting at it’s worse. I get a facial every 6 weeks and for my skin this is a must. I lead such a busy lifestyle that this is not only a treat, but an essential for my face. A facial is not necessary for everyone but if your skin needs a pick me up or is looking a little dull you should treat yourself and you will see the difference. I recently had a Microdermabrasion facial in Oceana Spa in Portmarnock Co.Dublin, and my skin felt so great after this type of facial. It was my first time getting Microdermabrasion and it won’t be my last. Hannah, my therapist talked me through all the benefits and how my skin would slightly breakout but that was good as it clears out all of the bacteria. I got so many compliments over the weekend on how clear my skin was so I am thrilled with the results.
So how often should I use face mask? At least once a week, twice if you wear a lot of makeup and have a busy lifestyle. I leave mine on for 10-15 mins before the shower so even if you are in a huge rush you can still make time for a masque. If I have time on my hands however I will leave the mask on for a good 30 mins and relax.
In my teens my mum stressed the importance of using good skin care products at a young age for later years. As always she was right because when I look at her skin it is perfect. Want to know why that is, she used good products and looked after her skin (she was also a beauty therapist so that helped too!)
I have a selection of face masks that are on the luxury high end price scale but also masques that are the lower price scale.
Let’s have a look at my all time favourites first. These masks are products that I keep repurchasing because I love them. I forgot to say above that I usually exfoliate before I apply my mask but that is only when I have loads of time. I have featured my favourite facial scrubs in the following posts so you can read them (here, here and here). I use a Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask RRP €39.50 for hydration. This is a white, creamy, thick textured mask that you rub into your skin. My skin is more dehydrated than dry (yes I drink lots of water) so that is why I use this Clarins product. I apply it on my forehead and cheeks (not my t-zone as it is oily). My next mask is for my t-zone. I use Sanctuary 5 Min Thermal Detox Mask RRP €13.99 (I leave it on for more than 5 minutes). This is a grey, super thick mask. You really have to work it into the skin and then it heats up after a few minutes. I usually leave both of these of for about 15-20 minutes and then wash off with a face cloth. The warmth of this Sanctuary Thermal Detox self-heating mask helps to open up the pores so the charcoal and kaolin clay can help draw out the impurities from deep within the skin. First impression after using these products is that my skin feels really soft. The hydration lines on my forehead are reduced and my skin feels not as tight as it normally does with the use of the Clarins masque.
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque. This is a brand that I have always heard of but never got round to trying it until recently. I use this clay masque it on my oily t-zone and find it really works great if you have blackheads and open pores. I noticed from using this masque once a week that my pores were reduced in size (not completely but less visible). The feel of this product is lovely on your skin. No tightness that can often be felt when using clay masques. As there is aloe and chamomile in this product, your skin feels soothed after using and for me did not cause any irritation. This product is expensive at €65 but worth the money is you have problem skin or are concerned with your skin. As I have said before I am incredibly fussy with what I use on my skin as I have reacted in the past and have had breakouts. I really liked using this product & will repurchase. For stockist information click here.
Now I am sure everyone has seen these Montagne Jeunesse masques in Dunnes Stores and Penneys. I really like them for a girly get together. A lovely night in catching up with the girls and beautifying ourselves, well trying! They are so reasonably priced too. I have tried them out and they feel lovely on my skin. In saying this I didn’t notice a huge difference in the appearance of my skin. At less that €3 you really cannot go wrong and they smell super. A fun masque for girly night in.
If you use any other face masques that you think I should use, tweet me @k8_kell as I always like to try others out. Remember, beauty should be fun, easy, imperfect and personal – Gossier.com. There are so many ways to enhance your own natural beauty if you take good care of your skin.
Lv Kate x
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