If you don’t follow my social media channels you may not know I’ve just spent a few weeks overseas in beautiful, but humid Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. The trip was absolutely brilliant (more travel stuff coming soon) but unfortunately my skin wasn’t the happiest on returning and I’ve had a major break out since getting back! I’ll admit I let my skin care regime slip a little whilst I was away (too busy having fun), plus the extreme change in weather wouldn’t have helped. Thank goodness for face masks since my return. I’ve compiled a mini guide on my current favourite masks for you all, hopefully you find something perfect for your skin too, whether you need a little bit of extra nourishment or just like the idea of a mini pamper session!
Dubbed the “Beyoncé” of sheet masks, this pretty lace patterned mask is collagen boosting and perfect for combating the signs of ageing. Besides being a very pretty alternative to your usual sheet masks (some look so scary), the formula is plant based and smells so fresh on application. The mask also splits in two (top and bottom halves of the face) so you can either go the whole hog and treat your entire face, or use half if you’ve got a problem area that needs attention. Like most sheet masks the face mask is packaged in a little foil packet, and a lot of extra “product” will remain in the bag once you’ve applied the mask so feel free to rub any excess product into your skin post application – it’ll just add that extra boost! The masks can be purchased online via Trefiel’s website individually or in a combination with their other masks (Brightening, Moisturising and Repairing). They also have the option to subscribe to a monthly box called “The Pamper Box” which features multiple different products every month. So many options!
I’m obsessed with Loreal’s new clay mask range, especially the purifying and mattifying Eucalyptus version. The product was designed by combining three different types of clay, and adding the fresh smelling eucalyptus to create a mask perfect for deeply cleansing the skin. What I love about this mask is you can use it as often as you like – it is so gentle you don’t have to wait days in between masks and can pop it on whenever you feel necessary. My skin is quite sensitive and I’ve never had a reaction to the product, in fact my skin drinks it up and glows afterwards. There are two other masks in the new-ish range, the Exfoliating & Refining Red Algae Clay Mask and the Detox & Brighten Charcoal Clay Mask and all three can be used together to create a personally tailored experience. I can’t praise this range enough! You can grab it at Priceline now.
Probably the freshest and best smelling mask I’ve come across, this Lush mask is pure heaven! Made with all natural products including cooling and invigorating peppermint oil and cleansing and absorbing kaolin, you could probably eat this mask it’s that natural (don’t though)! Thick and luxe, I love smothering on this mask when my skin is acting up. It’s not harsh at all, giving your skin a slight tingling feeling on application (it’s just the peppermint doing its job), and the smell is unbelievable. My tip for this mask – keep it in the fridge! Applying the product at a cooler temperature is so much more satisfying than room temperature. Obsessed! I’ve reviewed a bunch of other Lush goodies here. This mask is available online or in store at Lush.
Made with green tea, fruit extract and vitamin E, this thick clay mask is perfect for tired or dull skin that just needs a bit of a kick! It exfoliates, smooths and removes dead skin cells leaving your skin fresh and supple. I find this product very cooling and calming on my skin, and always feel extremely moisturised post application (probably due to the vitamin E which is so good for dry or cranky skin). It doesn’t have much of a smell unlike some of the other products I’ve mentioned, but it does the job. I used this one over the weekend and I saw a real difference in my dull post holiday face. Milk & Co products can be purchased online or at Big W Australia.
Who doesn’t love Sephora’s in house range of sheet masks? I always stock up whenever I am overseas as they’re the perfect pick me up. See my review on Sephora’s Pearl Eye Mask here. The Avocado Face Mask is all about nurturing the skin and is perfect for those with sensitivity issues. It nourishes, repairs and soothes without being too intense or bogging your skin down. Like your usual sheet masks it does look a little scary, but the results are worth the 20 minutes of looking like a serial killer! It does leave quite a bit of excess product on your face once you take the mask off, but you can either rub it into the skin or wash it off if you don’t feel it necessary. You can find the entire mask range at Sephora or online.
What’s your favourite mask? What do I need to try next?
* I accumulate a bunch of PR samples and gifted product thanks to the blog, and I like to try out and test what I receive, sharing the best bits with you guys so you too can discover new brands and services. I will only share the products I have faith in and actually love as per my disclosure policy. Trefiel and L’OREAL masks gifted for my review – all opinions are honest and my own.