I’m definitely not one of those people that manages to fit in a face mask every other night or even once a week, but I do love indulging in them whenever I find the time. Depending on how my skin is feeling I reach for one of these three, and they generally do the job required. Two of them I’m in love with and one is just okay; hit me up with recommendations if you know of something better!
First up is the one I’m not completely sold on: L’Oreal’s Pure Clay Detox Mask, which uses three types of clay and charcoal to really deep clean the skin and draw out any gunk. I find it a little bit too drying on my already dry skin, but I do find that my skin feels baby soft and extremely clean afterwards, but I always want to follow it up with some intense moisturiser. I tend to reach for it if I’m feeling kind of run-down and grimy, as I sometimes do after a really rough week. It’s the cheapest of the lot here at £7.99, and I wouldn’t pay a lot for a clay mask as clay is cheap as chips and I reckon if you pay more than £25 you’re getting ripped off.
For when my face is looking kind of dull and feeling a bit flaky (aka, all of Winter) the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is my best friend. I’ve talked about it in the past, and it’s still a firm favourite a year later and I’m not even halfway through the jar. It smells like a pumpkin spice latte and clears up any dry and dead skin, generally acting as resurfacing agent. It’s got a bit of bite to it, but even if with my newly hyper-allergic skin I find that I’m okay with this so long as I don’t leave it on for longer than four minutes. I look a little pink immediately after using it, but this quickly fades and I’m left with baby soft and brighter skin. At £55.50 I swear the price has gone up, but this stuff is worth it as it lasts so long and works so well. Make sure you wear sun cream the day after, though.
If I’m having one of those days where my skin just hates everything I put on it, this is what I reach for. My skin can be irritated and red, sore and itchy where my contact dermatitis flares up and generally just kind of angry. The REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask helps bring down that angriness and make my skin a happier place. My skin is really soft and moisturised after using it; I’ll generally follow up with a moisturiser and leave it. Once, when my skin was really having a paddy, I left it on overnight and it seriously helped sort things out. My eczema and dermatitis were reduced and my whole face and neck was generally looking a lot healthier by morning. At £28 it’s not cheap, but for the effect it has on my it’s well worth it.
Have any of you tried any of these face masks? And let me know what clay face masks you’d recommend as an alternative to the L’Oreal one!
This post is part of All-in August, where I attempt to post every single day in August, despite it being one my busiest months. Keep up with it here!