Current Skin Care Masks
October 17, 2017
Last month I posted my Current Everyday Skin Care Routine which featured some of my favourite cleansers and moisturizers (among other products). A lot of you received this last post really well so I figured I would cover another essential part of my skin care routine: masks. I use masks at least once a week, if not more, depending on my skin condition and season. Most of the products below are recommendations from my esthetician here in LA, however, there is a product in the mix I’ve been using for years. I’ve saved my favourite mask for last!
Let’s dive in, shall we?
Cinq Mondes 3 Min Phyto Peeling Mask | It took me a while (probably too long) to understand that exfoliation doesn’t need to happen only through the use of rough face scrubs. This Phyto Peeling mask takes only, yep you guessed it, 3 minutes to exfoliate for a more radiant and fresh looking face. It goes on clear and is easy to wash off. Also, it’s gentle enough to be used 1-2 times per week. I typically do this and then follow up with the Cinq Mondes Kaolin and Herbs Mask for an extra thorough treatment.
Cinq Mondes Kaolin and Herbs Mask | This mask is the typical white pastey mask that you want to leave on until it dries (usually 10 – 15 minutes or so). After exfoliating my skin with the Cinq Mondes 3 Min Phyto Peeling Mask, I use the Kaolin (pure clay) and Herbs Mask to help purify my skin now that dead skin cells have been cleared away. Make sure not to put it on too thick but rather just to cover all your pores and stubborn areas well enough. This one is also incredibly gentle and can be used 1-2 times per week. I typically dedicate Sunday nights for my in-home “spa treatments.”
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel | The Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel is for those of you who suffer from problematic skin like this gal right here! It has a two-step process using two separate pads. Super simple to use: after you’ve cleansed your face, open packet #1 and wipe all over your face until the pad is dry. This one exfoliates and smooths the skin in preparation for packet #2. Wait until your face has dried (less than a minute) and do the exact same thing with the second pad (wiping across your face until the pad dries out).
The second pad is an anti-aging neutralizer which helps reduce the three most common signs of aging: 1.) uneven tone & texture, 2.) fine lines and wrinkles, & 3.) enlarged pores. The box I get usually comes with 5 packets, but I’ve included a bigger box below if that just goes too quickly for you.
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish | This is purely an exfoliation for my lips. I probably do this only once a month (recommended 2 – 3 times per week!) or if I know I’m going to be wearing a red lipstick for hours and I don’t want my lips to have that awful dry cracked look. This is a great one to do in the shower too (it gets quite messy!) and washes off easily. It simply uses brown sugar for exfoliating away the dry flakes of skin and Shea butter with jojoba oil to nourish the skin.
Manuka Doctor Honey | I saved the best for last! I’ve been using honey on my face for years already, but was just introduced to Manuka honey. Manuka honey is a honey produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the Manuka tree (or tea tree). Honey has an incredible nutritional profile (most interesting to me is its antibacterial properties) but the Manuka honey has 4X the nutritional content of normal honey. I love putting this mask on. It feels amazing and smells great. So much so, that it’s tempting to want to just lick the stuff of your own face! (Don’t do this, of course). I initially thought that honey was going to be incredibly hard to wash off. Quite the opposite. It’s the most easily removable face mask I’ve ever had on. Warm water and voila! You’ve got a silky smooth face.
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I’m hope me sharing my current skin care masks with you was helpful! I’m always keeping my eyes out and learning about different products, masks, cleansers, etc. to try but am typically cautious as I’ve developed very sensitive skin over the years. These are products I’ve been using for years now and have had zero issues with. If you have any complimentary recommendations, or try any of the masks I suggested above, I’d love to hear from you!