After talking about pampering my skin every Sunday in a Daily Diaries post, I was asked to do a post on face masks. I thought it was a great idea! First I’ll tell you a little secret: I don’t just pamper my skin on Sunday’s, I like to do a mid-week face mask as well. Second, I’d like to give a little disclaimer. I am not a skincare expert, so all of the masks that I’m talking about today are masks that I’ve found through trying many different masks. These are the masks that make my skin feel and look better, so I’ll talk a little bit more about why I like them and when I like to use them.
There are three type of masks that I tend to reach for and a specific mask that I’ve been using that I’ll talk about today. First I’ll talk about the types.
1. Mud or charcoal masks. These are my deep cleaning masks. I’ll use them on Sunday. When I have other masks that I’m also using I reserve these for those days when I feel like my skin is freaking out, so if it feels off or I’ve noticed more blemishes these are the masks that I go for. I have used a charcoal mask from Michael Todd Organics and I’ve used a mud mask from Artistry Essentials (sold through Amway). The mud mask pictured is from Boots. I probably won’t buy this particular brand again because I thought it was a bit runny, which made it a really messy mask to use. I apply this (and most masks) with a foundation brush because I think it makes less of a mess and applies the mask more evenly. I only use this brush for face masks and wash it after each use; it has never been used with make-up.
2. Moisturizing masks. I have dry skin so I decided to give this mask a try and I really like it. It leaves my face feeling soft and refreshed. They also have an overnight version of the mask, but I opted for this one because of Little One. I have to hold her back sometimes because she’s intrigued by the masks, so I don’t want to leave a mask on overnight. I use this mask midweek.
3. Sheet masks.
These are the scary masks that might invoke nightmares in some people. I kid, I kid. But they do look strange. Basically, it’s a sheet with holes for your eyes, nose and mouth and you drape this over your face for 10 minutes. I think
the idea behind the sheet mask is that the sheet traps the treatment, which makes it more nourishing and moisturizing. It’s also easy to apply and remove. I have noticed that my skin feels refreshed and moisturized when I use these masks. This is another mask that I use midweek. When I wore this in front of my nephew, he exclaimed, “you’re a ghost!” And then he preceded to ask where the cumbers for my eyes were.
4. Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty. This is the mask that I’ve been using regularly on Sunday night and I’m giving it special attention because as I talked to my mom about the different face masks that I like to use I told her about the mud and charcoal masks and then said, “My skin hasn’t freaked out for awhile so I haven’t had to use them.” I’ve also started using different moisturizers so I don’t know if it’s this mask, the moisturizers or a combination of the two, but I have noticed a big improvement in my skin. This mask also has exfoliating beads. I like them because they’re gentle, but they also make a big mess. That’s the one downfall to the mask. This one is green, which elicited a drawn out, “Ewwwww!” from my nephew when he saw me wearing it once.
I have a few recipes for DIY masks that I’d like to try. I’ll be sure to tell you what I think of them when I do.
What are your favorite face masks? Do you have any DIY recipes that you love?
Note: I purchased all of the products listed in this post.