Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A Face Mask Experimentation...

Face masks always make me think of sleepovers with my BFFs back in my school days! I remember we used to buy those 99p face mask sachets from Superdrug after school, and they always had a 'peel off' or 'heat up' novelty to them. I don't remember them ever really having any special skin benefits but boy did we love pulling our hair back with a massive headband and scrunchie, slapping on the face mask and putting cucumber slices over our eyes, only to get grossed out by the cucumber smell (I still hate cucumber).

I had pretty much forgotten about face masks since then, but in a recent attempt to get in to skincare I decided to experiment with them again. The only difference being that this time I wanted to try them for their skincare benefits and there isn't a scrunchie in sight (thank god!).

The world of face masks can be a little bit overwhelming - clay masks, exfoliating masks, moisturising masks.... where do you even begin?

Well I personally decided to start with my favourite skincare brand, The Body Shop. I know that I can rely on their products to take care of and not aggravate my overly sensitive skin. I use a number of products from their Aloe skincare range on a daily basis so decided their Aloe Protective Restoring Mask would be a good face mask to start with.

As someone with dry skin, I was looking for a face mask with hydrating/moisturising benefits and this one was a perfect choice. You simply apply the mask to the face using your hands and leave it to sink in. It is a thick cream formula and it can take around 15 minutes to sink in to the skin so I usually just apply it before bed and leave it while I go to sleep. When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks plumper and feels soft and moisturised.

I was using the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask about once a week for about 3 months and was so impressed with the results I decided to branch out and try another face mask from The Body Shop. After hearing so many positive things about their Vitamin E skincare range I knew I wanted to try out some of the products and their Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask sounded ideal.

This mask has more of a wobbly jelly-like texture and you're meant to apply it to the face, leave it to sink in for 10 minutes and then wipe away any excess with a cotton wool pad. I have found however that the mask sinks in really quickly and there is nothing to wipe away after 10 minutes. Perhaps my skin is extra thirsty?? Or maybe I am not applying it thickly enough. Either way, I am still getting great results from it. Similar to the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask, it seems to give the skin a much needed injection of moisture, leaving the skin feeling soft with a youthful dewy appearance.

I am really happy with both of these face masks and will continue to alternate them in my skincare routine, using one about once a week or whenever my skin is looking a bit dull and dry.

What are your favourite face masks? Are there any other brands you would recommend? Let me know by commenting below...

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