I loves a face mask. Something about the whole pampering ritual really just speaks to me, y’know. My skin needs to be coddled, basically, and a face mask is the perfect opportunity to indulge the skin whilst also spending some time doing… nothing. Good for the mind and the skin. I’ve been through quite a few in my 8000 years as a beauty blogger, but these are my favourite five. They’re all natural, they all work and I would recommend them all!
REN Radiance Renewal Mask
This glow-giver has been a favourite of mine for years – it definitely had a moment in the blogosphere about… 7 years ago, and I still love it. It’s potent (in that it might sting sensitive skins) and makes a noticeable difference to skin pretty quickly. It looks like marmalade and is packed with different acids to quickly get to work at exfoliating the skin and revealing super soft skin.
Glycolic Acid from Pineapple Extract
Lactic Acid from Passion Fruit
Papain from Papaya
Pai Deep Cleanse AHA Mask
And the award for my favourite clay mask goes to… This magical potion from Pai. The brand is one of my all-time favourites for skincare (I love their cleanser, serums, moisturisers, oil…) and so I did suspect that I might like this before I even tried it. It’s a ten-minute mask that removes impurities from the skin and leaves any oily areas of skin feeling a lot more balanced. I use once a week or daily if I’m having an SOS skin breakout.
Copaiba (removes impurities)
Pink Pomelo (super mild AHA)
Drunk Elephant Babyfacial
Babyfacial is what I would call a souped-up version of the REN mask – it’s even more potent and I wouldn’t recommend for the faint of heart, or sensitive of skin. It has glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric and salicylic acids in it, so the blend breaks down dead skin cells on the surface very quickly, leaving skin super smooth and even. It would be fantastic for getting rid of any pigmentation or minimising fine lines.
25% blend of AHA acids
Chickpea flour (brightens)
Fermented pumpkin (enzymes to exfoliate)
Evolve Radiant Glow Mask
A mask that smells like chocolate? Consider me sold. This has been a favourite for a while, and a recent reformulation means it now has lots of blueberries for added antioxidant protection. This is a great all-round option for adding a hit of hydration, gently exfoliating and revealing brighter skin.
Sweet almond oil
Coconut shell powder (exfoliates)
Tropic Deep Hydration Soothing Cooling Mask
Lastly, we have a mask designed to add lots of hydration back into the skin. I have tried so many hydrating masks – Origins, Bobbi Brown, Glossier, Clarins and this one is my favourite. One, it feels instantly cooling on the skin which is always welcome on thirsty skin. Two, it actually hydrates and the results stay around (rather than just plumping skin for a few hours).
Resurrection flower (hydrates)
Wild Australian berries (antioxidants)