If you’ve spent any time with me in the evenings, you’ll know that I am an AVID face mask fan. Charcoal masks, mud masks, sheet masks – you name it, I’ve probably tried it. To me, a good mask fixes everything, and if you’re like me, your face could use a little extra TLC in the summer. When it’s hot my skin gets quite dry, and yet it can be oily at the same time – classic combination skin. Sweating from the summer sun doesn’t help either, and my pores can get insanely clogged, causing massive breakouts if I’m not proactive about it. Depending on the day, my skin does different things, and therefore needs different things to balance it out. So I’ve decided to feature some of my very favourite face masks to help your skin stay fresh this summer!
Before I go into the masks I’ve been using, here’s a quick pre-mask tip:
The best time to use most masks is either pre-shower or post-shower. Mud/clay masks are ideal to do before taking a shower, as they are easier to wash off that way, and sheet masks or serum masks are best to do after taking a shower so that your pores are open completely from your shower, and the intense serums can sink into your skin as much as possible. Be sure to fully cleanse your face and wipe off your makeup before applying!
I’ve been loving everything L’Oreal lately, and I’ve got no shame in saying that I’ve got every single type of clay mask they make. I recently picked up this #multimasking set, and I absolutely love it! It’s a great way to test out which masks work best for your skin before purchasing a larger jar that you may not use! It’s also great because you can use multiple masks on different parts of your face at the same time! My husband and I both tried different masks, and our skin felt amazing afterwards! Though admittedly we both felt quite silly with all the colours on our faces.
L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask
When I was transitioning from thicker makeup in the spring, to lighter and thinner makeup in the summer, this detox mask was my absolute go-to mask. The London smog is a bit thick, and so within the first few months of being here I needed to really detox my skin. This mask helped to get out all of the gunk that was clogging my pores, and rebalance my skin without drying it out. This is a perfect end of the week, end of a vacation, or end of a long day kind of mask.
L’Oreal Pure Clay Blemish Rescue Mask
The past couple weeks in London we’ve been having a crazy heat wave. The unfortunate side effect of this for my skin is oiliness and breakouts from all the sweating that my face has been doing. To balance that out, I’ve been using this mask that is specifically formulated for breakouts – literally every night. I kid you not, I would come home from work, wash off my makeup, grab a glass of ice cold rosé, and put on this face mask. You don’t even know how much it has helped my skin – it’s a real lifesaver for breakouts! The key with this one is consistency – if you’re breaking out, I recommend using this mask for at least 2 days in a row in the area you are breaking out, and by then your breakouts should diminish significantly, if not vanish altogether!
L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask
This red clay mask was definitely interesting to try, as it has rougher grains within it so it feels like it would be a scrub, but it isn’t! It was really refreshing and helped my skin in some areas where it was discoloured which was good. This mask is good for your t-zone and I liked using it specifically on my forehead. This mask is definitely one I would use with another mask, as I feel like it would be overwhelming for my entire face, but it really does the trick when used as a spot mask for a specific area. The infographic guide on the back of the #multimasking box was so helpful to determine where to use it, and It was so much fun to use!
L’Oreal Pure Clay Bright Mask
This mask was quite hilarious to me at first, because as you can see above, once I had it entirely on my face I looked like I had smeared dijon mustard all over. It really did work to brighten my skin though! For those looking to brighten up their tone and even it out – this is the mask for you. For me, I tend to focus more on breakouts and detoxifying, but as I said at the beginning, go with what works for your own skin! If brightening is what you’re looking for, this mask is what you need!
L’Oreal Smooth Sugars Kiwi Scrub
This Kiwi Scrub is definitely more of a scrub than a mask (as the name would imply) but I love to use this scrub post-mask to really get off anything that was left on my skin from the mask, and just slough off any dead skin.This is definitely the best scrub that I have ever used, hands down. It’s different to get used to because it has a built in warming agent in it, and the heat can be odd at first, but once you have finished rubbing your face and have rinsed it off entirely, your face will feel amazing! Both my husband and I noticed a difference in the look and feel of our skin immediately after rinsing our faces – our skin felt so smooth and clean.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask
Okay, I’ve saved the best for last. These under eye masks are the best thing ever. I have tried other brands eye masks, and nothing beats these. I use these religiously. They’re a bit more expensive, but they are completely worth it. I save these for special occasions where I am either just so exhausted that my eye bags are UNREAL or I’ve just come back from a vacation and want to look fresh when returning to work. As someone whose eye bags can be deeply purple – so much that they can look bruised sometimes – this product is a miracle. I can literally remember the first time that I used them, about a year ago, and I was returning from a hectic vacation back home in Winnipeg, and didn’t get back to my apartment until 1am – and was intending to go to work the next day! I turned on the light in my room, and my roommate had left one of them on my pillow with a cute note saying that she hoped it would help me refresh after my trip. I quickly took a shower and decided to test it out before bed, and WOW. My eye bags were already diminished significantly, I felt more refreshed, and when I woke up in the morning the next day my eye bags were even MORE diminished to the point where I could not even tell that they had been that bad the day before. You really have to try these, I am absolutely obsessed!
Some final thoughts for you – face masks are amazing, but be sure to cater to your individual skin when choosing which masks to use! It’s best to not overdo it when you are first starting off, so try doing a mask once or twice a week to get your skin used to it, and to see if you will have a reaction. It’s always important to follow up your mask with your daily moisturiser or serum – or both! You’ve stripped your skin entirely when doing a face mask, and it’s important to rehydrate afterwards; just like you need to drink water after exercising, you need to hydrate your skin after washing it. If you don’t have a daily moisturiser, I recommend this one from L’Oreal (of course) which is a new addition to their line; hydrating aloe water.
Enjoy #multimasking !!!