I have been using face masks on a weekly basis since I was a teen. When I first started getting into them I think I used the same mask for at least a year. It was from Yves de Rocher and I had a lot of blemishes at the time, so the sales assistant recommended a peel off mask that was meant reduce the oiliness in my skin and help it clear up. At first I was super excited because the mask seemed to be doing what it was supposed to, but after using it every week for a whole year it didn’t really do much to my skin anymore and actually ended it up drying it up too much and in turn I actually broke out more.
Over the years and many Lisa Eldridge videos later, I have learnt that your skin needs different things at different times and face masks are a great way to fulfil these needs and that is why your routine can’t be static. I love masks that provide an instant result, and I feel that most good masks do, after putting them on you can immediately tell the difference and consistent use of some sort of mask on a regular basis really helps my skin.
Another thing I have discovered is that layering masks works wonders for my skin. I don’t know if this would work for everyone but it has changed my skin completely and I love doing it, especially when I have a big event coming up and I want my skin to be in top condition. By layering I don’t actually mean putting one mask over another, but using them one straight after the next. On a normal week I will use at least 3. I’ll start of with an exfoliating mask, my favourite is Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream exfoliant, which is a chemical exfoliant that you leave on your skin for 15 minutes and it gets rid of all impurities, dead skin and debris leaving your skin deeply cleansed and very smooth. I will follow this up with a clay based mask of some sort given I have quite oily skin especially on my t-zone. If my skin is in pretty good condition that week, I love using the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask which subtly cleanses you skin and avoids blemishes and blackheads but doesn’t leave it feeling dry or stripped. If I am feeling a little puffy the Clarins V-Facial Intensive Wrap is amazing to getting rid of any liquid retention and it is also clay based which means it cleanses the skin of impurities. Finally I will use a hydrating or brightening mask depending on how my skin is feeling.
Lately I am super into sheet masks, and I find they really make a huge difference. They are perfect if you have an event because the results are so instant. My favourite are the ones from Masque Bar, a Korean brand which you can purchase online at Boots. They are very reasonably priced given sheet masks can be quite pricey, and their quality is incredible. My favourites are their Anti-Wrinkle mask, a collagen hydrating mask that visibly lifts and tightens your skin as well as leaving it super hydrated without making it greasy; and their Brightening mask with vitamin C, which literally makes your skin look radiant and also fades any pigmentation or blemish marks.
For an event I can end up using up to 4 masks one after the next depending on how my skin is feeling, but in my opinion this works so well because I am listening to my skin and just giving it what it needs. So my advice if you want to improve the condition of your skin is be consistent with your skincare and treat yourself once a week to a little face spa but always using products that are responding to the condition of your skin; if it feels dry then give it moisture and if its feeling oily then use something that will reduce the oil, but if after using hat your skin feels striped or flaky then give it back the moisture it has lost. Having an evolving and adaptable skincare routine for me is the ultimate secret to beautiful skin!