If ever there were a day that was designed for a facemask it would be Sunday. Whilst you’re chucking your work clothes frantically into the washing machine and praying to the Gods that they’ll be dry by morning, a facemask can be sinking in and doing its thang.
It’s only been in the last few months that the prospect of using different facemasks for different skin troubles across the face AT THE SAME TIME, has occurred to me. And let me tell you – what a time to be alive it is now.
If you saw ‘My Skin & Me’ post, you’ll know that I was an acne sufferer for several years and that you could usually fry chips in the oils that my skin produces. But, that’s just my T zone. The rest of my skin, well, your guess is as good as mine.
So having an assortment of facemasks for an array of different skin woes is a must, and I thought I’d share.
The ‘my skin has erupted, plz make it stop’ scenario
I’ve been using the ‘Health & Beauty Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay’ for about 3 years. When my skin was at its worst, this was the only thing that vaguely calmed it down. The tub is full of powdered clay that you have to add raw apple vinegar/water to in equal parts, try your best to make the mixture smooth and slather yourself in it.
It is extremely heavy duty, like industrial strength. And it not for the faint hearted, as it completely dries out any blemishes and really does pull all the oils and moister from your skin. But it’s f’ing glorious if your skin is having a tantrum.
The ‘my skin has turned to scales’ scenario
The ‘Simple Deep Cleansing Face Mask’ is a wonder. 3 minutes with this creamy mask on and it glues back together those cracked skin cells. Plus it’s absolutely perfect for anyone with sensitive skin, and leaves the skin feeling supple and refreshed.
The ‘can me skin stay like this forever?’ scenario
‘Dr. Jart+ – Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay’ is the perfect mask for keeping your skin looking healthy and if you’re lazy. As it’s a mask and cleanser in one. You leave the mask on for 10 minutes, get your hands wet and massage your face. The mask will turn to foam, getting deep into the pores and you’re done.
And you thought 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners were life changing.
The ‘why are my pores so big?’ scenario
A clay mask is essentially the answer to most of life’s issues, and the ‘Pixi – Glow Mud Mask’ is no exception. You leave this mud mask on for 15 minutes and you can feel your pores tightening up, making it the perfect companion before a night out when you want your makeup to look fierce. Not only that it brightens your complexion, giving you that ‘glowing from within’ look. And I am all about living a radiant life.
The ‘I can feel a monster spot brewing’ scenario
This is a challenge I am faced with on the regs, largely down to the fact that I eat a lot of Galaxy and wear makeup to spin classes. (It’s in my lunch hour from work before y’all get mad, sacrifices must be made). However, the ‘L’Oreal – Pure Clay Detox Mask’ is the don when it comes to dragging all the rubbish to the surface.
Within a few hours of using this mask, everything gross that is brewing below the surface of my skin begins to rear its head. And that’s exactly what we want (obviously before an event or an occasion where you need to be seen).
The ‘I want to rip out the gunk’ scenario
As an oily girl, I get my fair share of buildup. Which equates to a hella lot of black heads no matter what I do. And I bring out the big guns to rectify this constant issue. I got the ‘Blaq – Peel Off Mask’ in my March Birchbox and my lord it’s intense. It’s like a wax strip for you blackheads, once it’s on there’s no going back. It’s eye-watering and takes an age to find the edge to start peeling, but there is no trace of a blocked pore in sight. And it is beautiful.
What’re your favourite facemasks?