I don’t usually blog about beauty. Mainly because there are so many more people out there who can give you better advice than me. That said, over the past few months I’ve invested more time in my self-care and having a little ‘me time’ to pamper myself and that wouldn’t be complete without a face mask or two so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.
Before I started using a regular face mask my skin was grumpy, extremely sensitive and constantly flaring up in some way. It felt like it was out to get me. I tried drinking more water, changing to dermatologically tested soaps and stopping wearing make-up. The only thing that helped was aloe vera but I wanted to be able to wear make-up and not be embarrassed of my skin again.
Whilst visiting a friend we had a mini pamper session with some of her Body Shop products. I was worried at first but I figured if I’d known her since high school she wasn’t going to run screaming if I had a bad reaction. The reaction I was expecting never came and now the majority of facial products I buy are from The Body Shop including my make-up.
So of course, the face masks I’m writing about today are from Body Shop. They are all cruelty-free, naturally inspired and ethically sourced. Not to mention an absolute godsend. I have tried four different face masks from them now but today I’m writing about the two I’ve had the best results with.
Body Shop sells this as a 100% vegan refreshing gel face mask is infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and organic Community Trade aloe vera. Reveal skin that’s replenished with moisture and visibly smooth with a youthful dewy appearance.
I was dubious about using this mask at first as I have sensitive combination skin that breaks out at the drop of a hat, but honestly, it’s been a life-saver over the winter months, especially with all this snow. I always struggle with dry patches and what I can only assume is wind chill (?) when winter roles around making make-up application flakey at best. Yet a weekly 5-minute application before I go to bed leaves me with a fresh, dewy complexion in the morning without the usual oily, greasy residue left by other moisturising face masks. I know if I’ve been using it too much as I start to break out, but it’s also great for soothing the dry skin and eczema on my chest and shoulders. Definitely, one I’d recommend.
Body Shop sells this as a 100% vegan tingling clay mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. This invigorating charcoal face mask draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows.
Honestly, I’ve got to agree with them. I mean what woman doesn’t want minimal pores and glowing skin? This mask helps to draw out all the pollutants and dirt that has found its way into my pores and thoroughly decongests my skin. Perfect for when I have a breakout or my skin is being particularly oily. A weekly application is enough to leave me fresh-faced and happy – even though I have to sit quietly without moving my face for 20 minutes while it dries!
Do you have any favourite face masks suitable for sensitive, combination skin?