Top 5 Face Masks

I am an avid user of facial masks, both tube/tub form and sheet masks. I wanted to highlight my favourite traditional masks that I frequently use (no white sheet masks included here...although that may come in a future post). Each of these masks targets a different skin concern and I feel they form a well-rounded skincare arsenal. 

Manuka Doctor Rejuvenating Face Mask
This is the newest product to be added to my range of masks. I have only had the pot for 2 months (which was received as a free gift in an online purchase). I love a mask that you can slather on your face and not have to rush back to the bathroom after 10 minutes, to rinse off. This mask is intended to be left for 30 minutes (I have left it on longer) and once smoothed over the skin, appears transparent. Not one that you would be embarrassed to wear, if the doorbell rang. It is the complete opposite to masks that make you appear like an extra from a horror film- this is the mask that no one can tell you are wearing. The effects are plumped and firmed skin. I personally also find any redness on my face appears calmer after using this mask too. No redness, no dryness, just calmed and firmed skin. 
Texture: Creamy, very thick and balm-like. Transparent on the skin. 
Aim: to help firm skin.
Available from: Look Fantastic

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

I am in desperate need to repurchase this mask, as I finished my current tube a few weeks back (which will make tube No 4 of this amazing product)! It was my first foray into chemical exfoliants upon learning the damage physical exfoliants can do to the skin. This is so soft and creamy to apply. It does not set hard, or make your face feel tight while wearing. There is the slightest tingling sensation, which is the lactic acid working away at removing dead skin cells. If you have sensitive skin, I believe this to be one of the most gentle masks to use if you want to exfoliate your skin (hence the name...). I use this mask twice a week (or three times if I feel my skin needs it). 
Texture: soft and creamy. Does not set, appears white on the skin.
Aim: to exfoliate (great for sensitive skin types). 
Available from: Mecca and Dermalogica stockists such as Pure Indulgence stores.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Whenever my skin is feeling tight (a sign of dehydration), I know I need a good hit of moisture. I get that in the form of the green Origins mask. No need to worry, the tube is green but the product is transparent. The product is so smooth and you just gently wipe it over your face (do not rub it in) and tissue of the excess. The mask is designed to be left on overnight and it honestly has visible effects on fine lines in my forehead. I love this mask so much and my sisters both love using it too. Origins have a great range of masks (I also like there pink tube Clay Mask) and price wise, they don't break the bank.
Texture: soft and silky. Transparent on the skin.
Aim: to provide hydration and moisturise.
Available from: Mecca.

Sephora Mud Mask Purifying and Mattifying

This is also relatively new to my routine and it is courtesy of my sister (thanks Kate!). She picked this up from Sephora and was raving about how good it was at mattifying her skin. I get very oily around my nose and T-zone so naturally, gave this a try. The mask is your typical clay mask and is very dark in colour and dries whilst on the skin to a lighter hue. Once I washed the mask off I had a genuine "Holy s**t" moment. My skin was sooo matte...and it was not uncomfortable or dry. It did not feel like my skin had been stripped of its hydration, but the excess oil and shine around my nose was gone! If you suffer from excess oil, I would recommend giving this a try!
Texture: dark, thick paste, slightly grainy. 
Aim: to clarify skin and control excess sebum/oil.
Available from: Sephora.

Charlotte Tilbury's Goddess Skin Clay Mask

Although this mask is also a clay mask like the above, it is completely different. First of all, it is a pink clay mask (very feminine, which is very in line with Miss Tilbury) but it is also combined with Almond Oil to provide moisture to your skin. Unlike other clay masks, this does not set or dry while on, and your skin is left deeply cleansed but also bright and glowing. It is not like any other clay mask I have tried. I love wearing this mask while having a long bath on a Sunday evening. My skin is left glowing and feels baby soft. 
Texture: soft, pale pink cream formulation.
Aim: to brighten and clarify the skin.
Available from: Charlotte Tilbury (most expensive), Net-a-Porter and Feel Unique (least expensive). 

So that is a run down of my current favourite masks. I like having this range available when my skin needs it, as they all target different issues. I think an important thing to remember is that you can apply different masks in different zones of your face- you do not have to apply it all over. For example, my nose is oily but my cheeks usually need moisture, so I use the Sephora mask around my nose and the Origins mask on the sides of my face.

Let me know in the comments below, if you have tried any of these masks or if you have other masks you would recommend. I always love trying new products! Also, I have worked on creating both a Facebook page and Twitter account for my blog, so please click the social links at the top of the page to follow me. I will always leave updates for new blog posts through these channels! 
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