Skincare Diaries: Current favourite masks

I love to mix and match with my skincare, especially when it comes to masks. Two times a week, usually on a Wednesday and a Sunday, I like to detoxify my skin with a mask followed by a really nourishing balm cleanser (usually Emma Hardie's Moringa Cleansing balm). In today's skincare diaries I'm featuring my current favourites that I'm always coming back to, the most reliable of the bunch and the ones that make my skin feel the best. If your mask isn't doing anything for your skin, even if it's been raved about or is meant to do radical things, theirs no point in using it. What are your current favourites?

Botanics Ionic Clay Shine Away Mask

I feature a lot of Boot's wonderful Botanics range here on my blog because I simply love what they've come out with and how good their products are for the skin. My most recent discovery within the range is there Ionic Clay Mask, which I had to give a try because it's especially designed for oily skin.  It's not a very strong mask so it won't start stinging after a while, which is why I like to use it on Wednesday for a milder midweek detox. The key ingredient is Willowbark which is said to natures 'champion clarifier' and, something I definitely love about it, is a natural source of Salicylic Acid. With almost no other ingredients, this all natural clay mask is such an affordable (only £6.99!) yet must have addition to my collection.

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask

You'll probably notice that I'm currently a big fan of clay/charcoal based masks, I have no reason for it but right now they're the types of masks the are really getting the job done. I've always been a faithful user of Origin's Clear Improvement Mask (among many others) and it's yet to be ineffective for my skin. The beauty of mixing and matching is that no one mask becomes overused. The obvious key ingredient here is the Activated charcoal which is said to draw out all the horrible pollutants we pick up day to day and radically purify the skin. It also contains White China Clay and Lecithin which both also absorbs the unnecessary dirt and toxins from the skin. My only bug bear with this mask is that it's awfully hard to remove from the skin and leaves an horrible mess in your sink and flannel! This mask is a fairly strong, fast acting mask so I like to use if for a thorough Sunday skin detox.

Merumaya Mud Marvels Mask*

One mask that's a very hot top right now is Merumaya's Mud Marvels Mask, which I personally featured here recently as a new addition to my skincare collection. Since then I've found myself going back to it more than some of my older favourites, simply because the formula and the results are to die for. This mask is an AHA gold mine for the skin and whilst its deeply cleansing, its also super gentle. It's fast drying and really easy to remove with a flannel, which thankfully doesn't stain! If you're looking for a deep detox you can leave this mask on for a little longer until you feel a tingling sensation on the skin, or leave it on for a little less for a more gentle, light detox; its hugely versatile.

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream*

You may be wondering why Sudocrem is appearing in the mask category, and I myself was rather confused when I heard it could be used as a mask as well as a moisturiser. This classic, skincare essential was always in my mind a great moisturiser for the body whenever you needed a little more for you skin than a basic body lotion. However, I like to use Sudocrem with my Botanics Clay mask; on the T-Zone I apply the clay mask (because I have quite an oily T-Zone) and on the rest of my face iI apply Sudocrem. It's great for spots, dry areas and parts of skin that need a thorough hydration. Don't knock it till you try it!

I'm always looking for new masks to try and implement into my skincare routine so if you have any recommendations feel free to let me know! Some of the mask I'd like to try next include Charlotte Tilbury's Godess Skin Clay Mask, Omoroviza's Deep Cleansing Mask, First Aid Beauty's Red Clay Skin Rescue Mask, and Origins' Original Skin Retexturing Mask with Rose Clay. What masks do you want to try next?


What's your face mask routine? What are your current favourite masks?



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