This weekend, I made a post on the blog's facebook page, where I asked you what you wanted to see the most, giving you some suggestions. This option was the most voted one, so, here it goes - my top facial masks:
First, we have REN's ClearCalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask, which I spoke of here. It's a calming mask for acne-prone skin. Most brands do drying masks for acne but REN chose to go the opposite (and more logical) direction. I must admit I love the brand's masks, as you can see. As I had described before, this mask's texture is like a clay-in-gel that doesn't dry. I always have it on stock because, with my skin, it's always needed from time to time (if not all the time).
We also have the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask by REN*, which has been talked and talked to death. It is wonderful! It's worth a thousand physical scrubs and it helps acne-prone skin a lot (if it's not too sensitized, otherwise F10 Smooth and Renew will have to do), because it encourages cell turnover, trying to avoid the clogging of the pores and the scarring of our skin, while also minimizing the red spots more quickly. The texture, as you must know, is a kind jelly that is grain-less (unlike its sis F10).
And, lastly, from this brand, we have the Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask, which I haven't spoken about yet. It's basically a regular clay mask, maybe a little thicker than usual, that purifies skin and its pores without the harshness - in times of hypersensitivity, like I am now, I get slightly reddish on some areas (symptom that goes away rather quickly), but it doesn't sting, nor do I feel any kind of cutaneous discomfort (if you feel like it's too much for you, you can always go spritzing a mist on yourself, like thermal water, so it doesn't come to a full dry as it is more comfortable). I love this mask and I use it when I feel my skin is more saturated and clogged or "dirty".
Getting into a moisturizing kind of vibe, we have Avène's Soothing Moisture Mask and Bioderma's Sensibio Mask - they're very similar. Actually, I bought the Bioderma to replace the Avène. They're both hydrating and soothing masks for sensitive or sensitized skin that you can use almost as a night cream - you can let it act for the time recommended and remove the residual product with a cotton disk (damp or dry), or you can just let it sink in completely before you go to bed (which is what I do). I love them both and I think they're very efficient, but I perhaps the Bioderma is more soothing and calming and Avène is more hydrating. The texture is quite identical - very light, non-oily and absorved easily and quickly, almost like a cream that you over-apply really.
In the same hydrating sea, but on a different wave, we have the mask than you have to remove after 10 mintues (I usually do 20). We're speaking of the Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask by First Aid Beauty. Lo-hove this shit!
I can't explain to you the love I bear for this mask - it's "hydrating, nourishing and calming", but the texture is completely different from the ones above: it's thick, almost like a balm, and it has pieces (and smells fondly) of oats. I really feel that what is so different about it is the word "nourishing" - it is indeed, there's no better way to describe it! When I feel my skin is really bad and complaining, I do a dose of this one and compliment it with a dose of one of the above - nothing better for a stressed acne-prone (and acne-medicated) skin (or any other dehydrated or dry and sensitive skin).
And yet, on a utterly different wave, we have the Hydra-Shock Hyper-Hydrating Water Burst Mask by Rexaline. I think the name says it all, it's really like a hydrating shot of hyaluronic acid. We can let it act for 15 minutes and remove or leave it overnight (which is usually what I do, the only con is that it is kind of tacky/sticky). The fresh gel texture has a pretty invigorating scent and it reveals a suppler, more flexible and lighter skin (instead of dehydrated and tired)! It's really a shame it's so expensive (I bought it on sale), I'm scared of the day it ends...
Then we have a mask with a league of its own, like Estée said - it's purifying and hydrating at the same time: the Aura Manuka Honey Mask by Antipodes! This mask, that had been in my wishlist for a while, came to meet me about 3-4 months ago and oh, how I fell in love with it!!
To start with, the texture is just lovely: it's fresh and light, a gel-cream that you just want to taste because it smells of vanilla and cinnamon (basically, it smells like churros ahah). Then it does really purify skin, without drying or irritating it! Calms the breakouts, reveals a more translucent and breathing skin and everything it better! :) Ain't what this is all about?
I already liked Antipodes, but now I love it - my eye got stuck on those creams, I think I'll give them a whirl.
And, finally, the fresh mask Cupcake by LUSH that I spoke of here - adorable name, wonderful scent and incredibly good! It's for teenage skin types (hello!). It detoxifies skin, leaving it visibly more luminous and healthy - I loooove it! It doesn't dry out skin, nor does it upset it! The only no-no is that it's kind of hard to take off, since the texture is pretty heavy. But, facing its results, it's well worth it! Don't let it slip by you because, for the price, it's a pretty good deal! :)
Tell me: Had you experimented any of the above? Did I spike your curiosity on any of them? Which is/are your favourite mask(s) and why? Spill it!