Beauty Masks

Who doesn’t love a good mask? They promise endless benefits and give you a reason to pamper yourself a few times a week. What’s great is that there are so many different types to satisfy your specific skin type and to treat different beauty concerns — there’s always something for everyone. Here’s a round-up of my current favourite masks that address my different skin needs.

Acne-Fighting

After many failed attempts to move on from Proactiv, I’ve accepted that this is a product that I will have to live with. Back in January, I tried to stop using the 3-step system again and my skin ended up breaking out in ways that I have never before. I tried everything to restore my skin and even went back on Proactiv to help clear it, but nothing worked. While continuing to use Proactiv, I discovered this Dr. Dennis Gross Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask after reading reviews on how effective it has been for some on clearing acne. It is an overnight mask that is meant to draw sebum, pollutants, impurities and bacteria out from the skin, all while you are sleeping. I applied it to my affected areas every night before bed and used it as a primer underneath my makeup during the day. After using it for 3-months and seeing all of my acne clear up, I can honestly say that this is my holy grail and skin saviour.

Once in awhile, I will still get the odd pimple and have been trying this Mizon Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot to treat it. The treatment has two parts — a top yellow layer, formulated with BHA/AHA to help rid of residue, blackheads, and dead skin cells while the pink powder helps calm inflamed spots. Make sure to let the product set first so that you can see the two layers. 

Pore-Minimizing

One of the few products that I would splurge on because they work like a charm. This Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask helps draw out any impurities in the pores and leaves the skin feeling tight and refreshed. As gross as it may sound, it was actually fascinating for me to see my pores as the mask dried, but that only means it’s working! I make sure to apply moisturizer immediately after washing off the mask because it can be quite drying on the skin.

I’ve only used this Caolion Pore Original Pack once, but already love it. It’s a deep cleansing and pore minimizing mask that gently exfoliates and provides oil control. After applying it, I felt an immediate tingling and cooling sensation which was nice and refreshing.

Cleansing

For some reason, using makeup remover and a cleanser at the end of the day isn’t enough to remove the dirt and leftover make-up from your skin. I recently introduced this Cremorlab O2 Bubble Energizing Mask into my skincare routine and use it a few times a week for a deeper cleanse. This frothy, bubbling mask is formulated with oxygen bubbles and thermal water to help hydrate the skin and to remove any leftover makeup residue. It’s also a lot of fun to use because you can feel the bubbles forming on your face!

Hydrating + Relaxing

Sheet masks are best to be kept around the house and used when you’re due for some much needed R&R. They are contoured to rest on the face and is ultra-hydrating and relaxing. I keep all sorts of sheet masks around so that they can be used to treat my different skin concerns — from blemishes and uneven skin tone to large pores. The ingredients are usually mild enough so that they can be used on sensitive skin. Here are a few that were sent over to me from Peach & Lily to address my sensitive and acne-prone skin: Leaders Amino Clearing Mask, Leaders Coconut Gel MaskLeaders Tea Tree Relaxing Mask and Ariul 7 Days Lemon Mask.

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