I have a thing for face masks. Any kind, I love them all and I afford myself the luxury of using one every day right after I work out and before I take a shower. There is always a least 10-15 minutes where I’m doing nothing right after working out, usually trying to cool down, catch my breath and put away any equipment I might have used so I like to take advantage of this time and do something that I might not make time for otherwise. I really do feel like certain face masks make a huge difference in the way my skin feels and looks so fitting one into my schedule has been a skin care priority this year. Usually I choose one mask based on what I feel my skin needs the most and I always try to rotate between the ones that I have as to not use the same kind everyday. But if you’re feeling extra indulgent and have some time on your hands I love combining three or more masks to create an at home facial. Here are the three steps that I take to create my own at home facial and really pamper my skin.
1. First I purify with a clay mask, below are the three that I use on a weekly basis. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let dry then rinse with warm water, your clean will feel super clean and smooth. I would hands down recommend the Freeman one as it’s less than $4 and is definitely one of my all time favourite masks.
Nu Skin Epoch Glacial Marine Mud// Vichy NormaDerm Tri-Activ Mask// Freeman Facial Clay Mask Avocado & Oatmeal
2. Exfoliation is the second step and my favourite because my skin is really congested and I have lots of scarring from previous break outs. Right now I’m using the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, and while it’s a new purchase I think I love it. I got a sample of the GlamGlow Tinglexfoliate Treatment from Sephora and I really like it too but it’s expensive and I’m not sure if it’s worth the $70 price tag to be honest. The Bliss mask is good if you don’t have a lot of time or are afraid of acid exfoliants, it’s really light and subtle in it’s results.
Clarisonic Brush// Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask// Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant// GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
3. Finally hydrate, after all the cleansing and exfoliating you need to put some moisture back into your skin. For this I love sheet masks, they are really trendy right now but the way my skin feels the next day after using one it like no other mask I have. They make my skin feel so plump and soft and smooth and they only cost a dollar or two. I bought some from a Korean makeup store but I also found the same brand at Walmart so definitely check out Walmart if you don’t know of any Koran or Asian stores near you.
Purederm Snail Cell Illuminating Multi-step Treatment// Purederm Firming Lift Coenzyme Q-10 Mask// Purederm Age Defying Collagen Masque// Tony Moly Natural Pulp Essence Sheet Mask Tea Tree
Mario Badescu Silver Powder// Mario Badescu Whitening Mask// Dr. Brandt Pores no More Vacuum Cleaner
If you have any specific skin issues that you want to treat you can add an extra step into your facial, I would so this before the hydrate step though unless you’re using a mask or treatment that needs to be left on the skin over night. I like the Mario Badescu Silver powder for when my t-zone is extra oily, the Mario Badescu Whitening Mask for any scarring I have and the Dr. Bradt Vacuum Cleaner for when my pores look huge.