This article is a reminder for you to take a few minutes out of your daily hustle to pamper yourself. Self-care is key because you need your best self to conquer the world! Ladies and gents, face masks can really do the trick when it comes to pampering yourself when you’re low on time. Plus, using a face mask will elevate your skincare routine – I’m talking brighter, clearer, hydrated skin!
Sleep, stress, water in-take, air pollutants; these are just a few factors that can affect the vitality of our skin. Sometimes upkeeping a skincare routine can be difficult especially when you’re half asleep by the end of your workday, but sparing five to 15 minutes at least once a week to indulge in a face mask should be doable. You can do many things while wearing a face mask, like cuddling with your pet, catching up on Real Housewives or Snapchatting your besties that you’re living your best life behind a face mask. Aside from treating yourself, face masks deliver results that’ll give you the confidence to go bare face throughout the day or provide an even canvas for makeup application.
Continue reading to find out what my five must-try face masks are:
SEPHORA COLLECTION Face Mask, $9.00 CAD
Nothing beats the simple application of a sheet mask. My favourite would have to be Sephora’s aloe vera face mask. Pricepoint, we already know it’s practically a steal. The aloe vera face mask is perfect for introducing a surge of cool moisture to your face. Best of all, there’s no need to rinse after removing the mask; just massage any excess product into your skin and let it absorb. With a variety to choose from, there’s a mask for everyone.
HERBIVORE Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask, $63.00 CAD
The Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask is easily a favourite for its cooling, gel-like texture and incredible scent. Certified clean at Sephora, this mask is great for calming the skin when it comes to acne and redness. White willow bark helps to clarify the skin. Fruit enzymes work to gently exfoliate and smooth the skin’s surface. Last but not least, the blue tansy oil, giving this mask its deep sea blue colour, works to soothe irritated skin.
ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, $34.00 CAD
When it comes to detoxifying and tightening pores, I turn to Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask once a week. Active charcoal is great for absorbing oil and pulling out dirt and toxins from pores. The best time to use this mask is after a hot shower because your pores will already be open from the steam. Some people like to apply this all over the face, but I personally like to apply this in my T-zone area and onto my pores. Leave on for 10 minutes at most (no more than that or else your skin will feel stripped) and then rinse with warm water or wipe off with a warm, wet cloth. Voila, you’re left with cleaned, tightened pores and a clearer complexion.
LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask, $33.00 CAD
A cult favourite, Laneige makes wearing a face mask convenient with its Water Sleeping Mask – that’s because you wear it in your sleep! Perfect for those with dry, dull skin, this gel mask delivers through brightening and hydrating. Infused with apricot and evening primrose extracts, this overnight mask gently exfoliates and gradually brightens the skin. Containing ionized mineral water and ceramides (lipids that help with skin barrier formation and moisture retention), your skin will be supercharged with moisture throughout the night. I adore the soft scent as it helps lull me to sleep.
KORA ORGANICS Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening and Exfoliating Mask, $63.00 CAD
I was intrigued when I heard that Miranda Kerr created a skincare line called KORA Organics. Her range of products are certified organic, naturally-sourced, sustainable and environmentally friendly. If you’re looking for an effective exfoliator, the Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening and Exfoliating Mask is the one for you. The exfoliant is made up of super-fine granules of rose hip seeds. Rubbing this mask onto your skin upon application and washing it off afterwards helps remove dead skin cells and improves blood circulation. Turmeric brightens and evens out skin tone; peppermint oil helps control sebum production; papaya enzymes clear clogged pores and stimulate cell renewal. Applying this mask is a treat, as I love the tingly and cooling sensation it gives.
Hopefully one of these face masks will bring calmness to your life, and clarity to your skin. Taking a few minutes out of your day or week to pamper yourself will help to alleviate stress and improve your quality of life.
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