Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Triple masking AKA my facial pamper routine

Regular facials in a salon has become a distant memory since having my children due to lack of time and not being able to justify expensive treatments on weekly/monthly basis. But one thing that hasn't changed is my passion for skincare and the need of looking after my skin. Ever since I started having consistent skincare routine in my late teens face masks were important part of it. And still are to this day. Once or twice a week I do a proper pamper session for my skin and that's when the triple masking is happening.
What's that?
Nothing more then using three specific masks, one after the other, for better results. My skin is loving those at home 'facials' and I can see real benefits of doing them as my skin has become clearer, smoother and plumper since I started this kind of pamper routine about a year ago.

Face masks for pamper session

My facial pamper session consists of three steps: exfoliate, deeply cleanse/detoxify and hydrate the skin.
I prefer chemical exfoliators containing AHAs and BHA as they're more effective for my skin but any type of exfoliation is good to get rid of dead cells and stimulate collagen production. The next step is to deeply cleanse the skin, to get rid of excess sebum and dirt gathered in our pores, this is especially beneficial for someone with oily/combination skin, if your skin is dry with a bit of oily T-Zone you should apply this kind of masks only where needed. The last step is to hydrate the freshly exfoliated and cleansed skin.

I always apply the three masks after I thoroughly double cleansed my face. I usually use mild acid tonner on daily basis but if I want to use exfoliating mask containing AHAs I skip the tonner, we don't want over-exfoliate the skin which can lead to irritations.

I have many different products I like to use for my pamper sessions but today I want to share with you some of my old favourites as well as new additions to my skincare stash.

Exfoliating masks
Exfoliating masks

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renew Mask, £32 for 50ml - this mask has been a firm favourite for a while and I always get some sort of travel size kit with it as the 20ml tube lasts a few months anyway. This mask contains Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric and Citric Acids as well as Papain enzyme which all work at exfoliating the skin to reveal bright and glowing complexion. I love how effective this mask is and it smells quite pleasantly of citruses.

Caudalie Glycolic Peel, £22 for 75ml - couple of months ago I bought a travel set of Caudalie masks including this one, I really like getting smaller sizes of face masks as I have so many 'on the go' that I worry they will go off before I manage to finish them up. This mask contains, as the name suggest, Glycolic Acid but also Papaya enzyme for gentle exfoliation and Viniferine, a patented Caudalie active ingredient that is 62 times more effective than Vitamin C to brighten the skin. The mask is really gentle yet still deliver good results, it has a creamy consistency and very light fresh scent.

Clay masks
Clay masks

Origins Clear Improvement, £23 for 100ml - another old favourite which I always reach for if my skin looks more congested or has some break outs. This is a clay mask with active charcoal which acts like a magnet to draw out impurities and does that really well. After using it I'm always left with much clearer complexion. This mask can be a bit drying so I recommend rinsing it of as soon as it starts drying which is a tip you should apply for any clay mask, after that point they will suck out the moisture from the skin.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, £22 for 75ml - this mask contains pink clay but also Papaya enzyme to gently exfoliate and draw out impurities leaving skin smoother and brighter. I love how effective this mask is, after using it my skin looks very smooth and my pores are instantly less visible. The mask is not drying and it has light lavender scent due to lavender oil which is one of the ingredients.

L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask, £7.99 for 50ml - newest addition to my skincare stash, I bought it out of curiosity and because it looks pretty in the glass jar although not very practical. It contains three different kinds of clay: Koalin, Montmorillonite and Ghassoul as well as Red Algae extract to absorb impurities, reduce imperfections and brighten the complexion. I'm really enjoying this mask, it's quite gentle but my skin still looks smoother and fresher after using it and it doesn't dry out my skin. It's worth noting that the mask has quite strong fruity/fresh scent so for those with very sensitive sense of smell might be a bit too much. It's a very good budget friendly option though.  

Hydrating masks
Hydrating masks

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, £23 for 100ml - another oldie but goodie, this mask is fantastic when my skin is in a real need for extra hydration and nourishment. Enriched with Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils deeply moisturises the skin and Japanese Seaweed repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration. I love the fresh, slightly citrusy scent of this mask and how amazing my skin feels after using it as an overnight treatment.

Caudalie Moisturising Mask, £22 for 75ml - beautifully moisturising and soothing mask which contains Vinolevure to strengthen and soothe, Grape Seed Oil to nourish, and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate. I use this mask as an overnight treatment as well even though you can remove it after 15 minutes and I'm always left with soft and plump skin when the morning comes. The mask has a very delicate fresh scent.

Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Moisture Boost Mask, £10 for 100ml - this is a very nourishing mask which I reach for when my skin feels quite parched, it contains organic Shea Butter, Honey, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil and Glycerine. It leaves my skin really soft and plumped. I usually leave it for longer then 5 minutes, I used to use it as an overnight treatment but found the formulation a bit too heavy for my skin so now rinse it off after about half an hour.

How does your pamper routine look? Do you use multiple masks, one after the other, in one session?



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