Health & Beauty: Face Masks

Even though spring is right around the corner, it’s still winter. I’ve been using face masks once a week to combat the cold air when can be really drying on the skin especially if you live in a big city where air pollution can also lessen the air quality. Here are a few I’ve tried that I’ve had good luck with and would definitely use again:

Sephora Pearl Face Mask
This is probably my favorite face mask ever. These Sephora face masks (and lip and feet masks) each have a specific active ingredient for different skin types. The pearl face masks is: enriched with natural origin white pearl to even out skin tone and help minimize irregularities, stimulate skin for higher luminosity, for skin that is even, fresher and brighter and IT WORKS. You leave it on for fifteen minutes and each time I’ve used it my skin has looked brighter and healthier with a nice glow.

Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask
Laneige has been becoming more popular recently thanks no doubt to it being featured in Target beauty boxes the last few months. This one is incredibly hydrating. It comes in two pieces, a top and a bottom face mask, that you leave on for thirty minutes. That’s the only downside to me, as fifteen minute face masks tend to be my limit for sitting still 🙂 However the results are  worth it because afterward your skin feels really fresh and hydrated.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask
This purifying black mud mask was mind boggling but not in the greatest way. The consistency is like brownie batter, it looked good enough to eat (I didn’t) and yet I didn’t feel a thing while it was on. Not a thing! Even washing it off there was no tingly sensation or the tightening feeling signaling pores being cleansed or anything. So I’m not entirely sure it even worked which is a bummer. I’ve used it more than once, but nothing’s really happened. Unfortunately high-priced name brands are sometimes just not worth the hype!

L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask
This clay mask is a good one for soothing skin with break outs or just general redness. It’s a little hard to spread evenly because it is so thick but the more the merrier 🙂  You leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash it off to reveal tightened and calmer skin, and you can use it 1-3 times a week. I liked this one a lot and have been using it about twice a week, there are two others as well (the charcoal one is great, too!)

Glam Glow
Glam Glow is worth the hype and I rarely say that. I love it so much. Hands down my favorite (aside from the pearl face mask). It’s got a consistency of being a mud mask but it’s very exfoliating and when you wash it off your skin feels tight and kind of tingly and very clean. I personally wouldn’t splurge for a giant container of it, because a small sample bottle will last you a while. The snapshots here are so funny and give you an idea of what the product looks like.

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask
Another that I got as part of a sample set from a Target beauty box but which is also available at Sephora, the First Aid 5 in 1 bouncy mask promise to nourish, calm, firm, plump and refine. If you aren’t too into the mud masks or exfoliating masks this would be a good one for you. The product itself is clear so when you put it on you can’t even tell it’s there; other than a little tightening I felt on chin and sides of my nose I almost forgot it was even on. It’s a quick ten minutes before you rinse it off and while my face definitely felt rejuvenated and perked up, you really have to use it daily to notice a difference.

You shouldn’t use harsh facial products too frequently or use too many different products on a daily basis, so it’s good to know that when you are doing for example, a face mask, that you are using the right one that works for you. Any recommendations?


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