WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: MASKS
I've been on a bit of a skincare kick, if you haven't noticed, and this week's Wellness Wednesday was all about the masks that I use regularly throughout the week.
My biggest skincare concerns are dryness (pretty much only in the winter — I'm prone to eczema) and clogged pores. I do get pimples occasionally, but (*knock on wood*) not a bunch at once. When I have a "breakout" it's usually just one cystic (deep) pimple on my chin, or a teeny tiny little pimple on my cheeks that only lasts a day or so.
Now that I've given you a little background on my skin, here are the masks that I use to maintain my skin.
philosophy renewed hope in a jar
I know this mask has been mentioned in various other posts, and for good reason. It's truly amazing for hydration. My skin doesn't get overly dry in the winter, but it's definitely not nearly as hydrated as I'd like it to be. I completely cover my face when I'm in the bath and live it on for a little while and my skin absolutely DRINKS IT UP. The product itself is super smooth and gentle, and it really does leave my skin feeling like a baby's butt (I'm assuming — I don't actually know).
I use this 1-2 times a week.
GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment
As I mentioned in my Insta Story, I first tried this when I saw Lydia Millen raving about it. I happened upon her Instagram a couple of years ago, and have been religiously watching her YouTube videos ever since, so of course when I heard her raving about a product, I went for it. I was in need of a good clay mask after philosophy stoped making their "total matteness" mask (my holy grail), so I really had nothing to lose (except money if it turned out to be a fail...). I use this mask when my skin needs some extra TLC (bumpy forehead, chin breakouts, you know) and this definitely does the trick. It feels super tingly for the first couple of minutes after applying, but stops once it starts to dry. It is a bit of an investment ($75 for 1.7oz) but to me, it's worth it, because I know I'll use it all and it works for my skin. If you aren't totally sold and don't want to invest so much quite yet, they sell a package of 5 single-use packs (0.1oz each) for $24. You can also invest in the box set of all of the GLAMGLOW masks Sephora offers for $49, to get a feel for the different masks and see which one suits your skin needs the most.
I use this once a week.
Neutrogena Deep Clean Long Lasting Shine Control
I used to use this mask when I was using strictly Neutrogena products over a year ago, but moved away from it when I changed my routine up. I recently used it again and think I'll start incorporating it back into my routine. It can be used as a cleanser or a 3-minute mask; I've only ever used it as a mask. I usually leave it on for more than 3 minutes, though, because I feel like that just isn't long enough. The product feels great on the skin; not too strong or rough, and it has a nice cooling effect. It's also great because it's super affordable and you can get it at Shopper's or WalMart.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Mask
I've only used this a couple of times, but from what I can tell, I really like it. It can be used as a 10-minute mask or as an overnight sink-in mask, but I've only tried it as an overnight mask so far. It's great for colder climates and winter, when our skin can get particularly dry. I really liked it as an overnight mask, because you don't need to use a lot of product, so your pillow and hair don't get goopy during the night. In the morning, you can rinse of any excess product and your skin will be left feeling soft and hydrated.
SHOP: The Body Shop
And that's all she wrote! Those are all the masks I use on a weekly basis. I just got a new one from philosophy (purity made simple pore extractor mask) that I've tried out once, and so far I like it. I'll wait to review it until I've used it more regularly, so keep an eye out for that.
See you next week!