My Top 5 Fave Face Masks

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I was about 11 years old and for some reason I’d been allowed to stay up watching My Best Friend’s Wedding starring Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. (There is a high chance my Dad has fallen asleep on the couch and I took it upon myself to take control of the remote and my bedtime.) Most of the jokes went waaayyy over my head – but then I saw the scene. The scene that would make me itch to be old enough to be allowed to do what they do!

Julia Roberts wakes up to Rupert Everett knocking on the door. And she’s wearing… a purple face mask! One she accidentally fell asleep in, and which Rupert Everett kindly washes off for her. Wow, I thought. Where do I get me one of those?

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After that, I started scouring all my mother’s products to get my hands on this mystical product. (If you remember from previous posts, my mother’s beauty range is quite simple so she didn’t actually own any face masks. I did however cover my face in her eye cream ‒ no dice, I’m afraid.) Unable to lay my hands – or face – on one only increased my desire/fascination/obsession with face masks. To me they are the ultimate luxury. There is nothing more relaxing than a face mask – it just has to touch my face and my troubles immediately fly out the bathroom window

My happy place: in the bath, with a book, a glass of wine or a cup of tea and a face mask.

I think you get what I’m screaming down: I love face masks, so I wanted to share my current 5 favourites. (I’ve been working on this post for MONTHS ‒ it’s been hard trying so many face masks, but I made it.) And I wanted to share the info that’ll actually help, including what not to do, what to be aware of and what skin types are suited best to which masks.

But before we get started, let’s recap quickly on the ol’ face masks rules.

Face Mask Rules

  1. ALWAYS have clean skin before you mask

  2. Never use a clay or exfoliation mask if you plan on going out in public (you’re just asking for a breakout)

  3. Whatever you take out, you must put back in (very much a shampoo and conditioner arrangement)

  4. Timing is everything

  5. Follow the instructions

OK, enjoy! (Bath and wine not included.)

1. Fresh Rose Face Mask, $36

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This mask is divine ‒ that’s the only word I can use to explain it: divine. It smells beautiful, feels heavenly while it’s soothes and hydrates your skin and you feel fresh AF after. You can buy it from Sephora, and they do mini tubs so you can try it without committing to the big tub. (Love me mini.) I strongly recommend trying it ‒ it’ll all come up roses, I promise you.

What do you use it for?

Hydration and toning.

When?

Anytime of day. It doesn’t inflame or aggravate the skin, so you can use it morning, noon or night. In terms of season, this is a particularly handy mask to have in winter when your skin in drier, lacking in moisturise and often affected by the wind and the cold. Although popping this mask in the fridge and then putting it on on a summer day is more refreshing than an ice block in January. (That’s if you live in the Southern Hemisphere. If not, an ice block in January is just plain crazy.)

Wearing the Rose Face Mask – you can’t really see it, except that I have a slight shine. I wish this was a scratch and sniff as it would smell heavenly, but you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Wearing the Rose Face Mask – you can’t really see it, except that I have a slight shine. I wish this was a scratch and sniff as it would smell heavenly, but you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Suitable skin types:

All – but particularly dull, dry, dehydrated or dog-tired skin (all the d-words). If you have sensitive skin, I recommend doing a patch test as some people react to rose petals – but don’t be put off. I have sensitive skin and didn’t react badly at all. (My only reaction was freshly hydrated skin.)

How do you apply it?

It’s a tub and you simply use your fingers (or a mask brush) to apply. I opt for my fingers as I really enjoy the feel. (Was that letting my creep flag fly a little too much?)

What not to do:

Don’t keep it on longer than the recommended 5-10 minutes. Some masks you can leave on for longer than the recommended time, but I found that when I did that with this mask, my skin didn’t feel as fabulous as when I left it on for the recommended 10.

 

2. Frank Body Glow Mask, $21.95

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This mask is the best “I’m going to have a long bath” mask. It’s gentle, natural and leaves your skin hydrated, soft, fresh and glowy (go figure that’s it called the Glow Mask!). It’s my go to mask as you can just whack it on anytime and kick back ‒ preferably in a tub of a hot water – and relax.

What do you use it for?

Hydration, de-puffing and glowing.

When?

Pre-make up, after a late night, when you want to relax in the bath, while travelling, before you go out ‒ the possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect anytime-anywhere mask.

Strategically placed book.

Strategically placed book.

Suitable skin types:

All ‒ it’s super gentle and won’t mess with your pH levels.

How do you apply it?

Squirt it on to your fingers, and apply all over your face.
Wait for however long you want it on, then just wash off.

What not to do:

It’s very hard to stuff up using this mask, but just to make sure we’re all on the same page: use on your face only ‒ don’t apply to your hair.

 

3. Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay, $31

Now, we get into the hard stuff. Clay masks are the hard liquor of face masks. They are not for the faint hearted (yeah, I don’t know how I slipped through the cracks either). The Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask is one of the best there is, but you have to make sure you use it correctly. (Remember the rule about following instructions? That very much applies here.)

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Before we get into that, a few key things to remember about clay masks in general:

  • Do not use if your skin is overly-dry as it will make it worse.

  • Clay masks are deeply exfoliating and their goal is to reach deep down into your pores and bring out all the bad stuff ‒ so do not, I repeat, do not use a clay mask before going out.

  • If you use an exfoliation mask like this, you need to rehydrate your skin after. I recommend using a hydrating mask. My favourite combo is the Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay mask followed by the Fresh Rose Face Mask (above).

What should you use it for?

Exfoliation ‒ they’re ideal for removing all the dirt, oil and grime trapped deep in your skin.

When?

The Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay is more of a summer-time mask when your skin is clogged up with sunscreen, sweat, oils and grime. As oppose to winter when your skin is often drier. If you have oily skin or large pores, this mask could be quite suited to you at anytime of year.

As mentioned, clay masks bring everything to the surface. I had a breakout the first time I used this mask (just small pimples as a result of everything coming out ‒ my skin was great a couple days later). So the best time to use it is at night when you’re staying in (think Friday night, pizza and Netflix).

If you have dry or dehydrated skin, I wouldn’t recommend using a clay mask at all. But if you really, really want to, then you MUST use a hydrating mask afterwards.

What not to do: ^

What not to do: ^

Suitable skin types:

Oily, normal or combination skin.

How do you apply it?

Get a little dish to mix your mask in.

Put some of the mask powder in the dish, then add small droplets of water. I emphasise the word small, or else you’ll end up like me in the accompanying picture. (Let me stress that picture is what NOT to do.)

You want to create a paste in your dish, then apply it evenly and smoothly over your face.

Wait till it hardens and dries, then use a face cloth to remove gently.

Once it’s off, use a hydrating or soothing mask to replenish the good stuff you took out along with the bad.

What not to do:

Be me in that picture, which means don’t use too much water. Just add tiny droplets of water at a time as you build up the paste. I can’t stress enough how much that picture is an example of what NOT to do.

 

4. Go-To Transformazing Sheet Mask, $9

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A Poem from me to Go-To
What did I do,
before Go-To?
How did I survive?
Was my skin even alive?

Now they’ve made a mask,
and we all thought ‘at last!
my skin’ll be perfect, forehead to my chin,
all thanks to the mask called transformazin’.’

I think that just about sums up my feelings. Stop! I am so not the next Shakespeare.

What should you use it for?

Hydration and glow. It’s ideal when you’re experiencing the aforementioned d’s: dull, dry, dehydrated or dog-tired skin.

When?

Before a big event when you want to look amazing but not like you’re trying to look amazing, just effortlessly amazing. When you’re hungover, exhausted, after and/or before flying, or when you’re having a girls night after a big week and want to feel fab. (I highly recommend using with friends and wine – I did and it was grand.)

Suitable skin types:

All ‒ however if you have oily skin, you’ll likely want to wash the remaining serum off, rather than leaving it on as recommended.

Friends and wine optional, but highly recommended.

Friends and wine optional, but highly recommended.

How do you apply it?

Simply remove from the packaging, and place on your face. (I tear the mouth hole open a little more as I have a big mouth and can’t drink my wine. Oh, and I also end up with serum in my mouth if I don’t.)

Keep on for 10-15 minutes.

Remove the mask, then pat the remaining serum in or wash your face with cold water. (I recommend cold water as it closes your pores.)

What not to do:

Forget to take a selfie.

 

5. SKIN REPUBLIC BUBBLE PURIFYING + CHARCOAL FACE MASK, $7.99

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Your skin benefits as much from the laughs this mask gives, as from the actual mask itself. (Honestly I look ridic, don’t I?)

This mask is a deep cleansing, purifying mask. If you want to give your pores a good but gentle clean out sans scrubbing, this is your gal. It’s basically a skin detox in 20 minutes. AND it’s available at Woollies, Coles and Priceline.

What should you use it for?

Cleansing and cleaning.

When?

Spring or summer. It’s ideal when your pores are feeling clogged, or your skin is feeling oily and grimey.

Suitable skin types:

Your nose is meant to be included.

Your nose is meant to be included.

All ‒ particularly oily, combination and dry skin. It’s a gentler option than a clay mask to clean out your pores.

How do you apply it?

You rub the pack (this is very important – don’t forget to rub the pack!), then pull the mask out. (It’s looks like a plain black sheet mask when you pull it out.)

Pop it on your face.

Wait 15-20 minutes, then peel off.

Pat the residue into your face, the wash off with cold water. (Again, it’ll close your pores.)

What not to do:

Accidentally get the nose piece stuck like I did (hence my bare nose).

Forget to rub the packet before opening ‒ you need to rub it to activate the bubbles.


 

Thanks for reading! There’ll no doubt be another 5-to-try face masks in the very near future – Let me know if there’s a mask you rave about.