I’ve been baffling with flu in the past few days, that plus frequent travels in the last 4 weeks has definitely done some harm to my skin – it’s getting irritated, severely dehydrated and lost some of its elasticity. In other words, I feel my skin has gain 5 years in the span of a week. Not a good news! So I’ve been digging through my drawer of face masks and getting into the “skin SOS” war zone.
Trying out new face masks is another guilty pleasure of mine, but there are only a few that’s been tested and trusted 100%, these are the ones I will always turn to when my skin needs an intervention. And it is that time now!
I start with heavy-duty moisturizing masks to first add moisture back to my life – I tend to believe a lot of skin concerns are fundamentally caused by dehydration. For this purpose, my favorites are Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask (Glossier, please make it internationally available!), GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating treatment and Aesop Blue Camomile Facial Hydrating Masque.
The Glossier one is one of the best budget friendly moisturizing masks I have tried, it has a pleasantly light and almost calming scent, which reminds me the smell of skim milk. It has the perfect thickness to it, sinks into the skin fairly fast and stays…comfortable the whole time – a rather weird description, I know, but that’s really the best way I can say about this mask. You know there are masks after you putting it on, you keep checking the clock and cannot wait to take it off? This one is the opposite, I almost don’t remember it’s there and often leave it on for one hour before washing it off. Afterwards, you are left with reenergized skin, like your skin cells have been woken up again. GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD has been a long time favorite, I love its fruity + nutty scent, and the minute you put it on, you literally feels your skin is drinking. Yes, I’m not kidding! And this sensation, which by the way is uber satisfying, lasts the whole time when the mask is on.
The Aesop Blue Camomile mask is like a high-end version of the Glossier one, sinks into the skin completely very fast, feels even lighter on the face – so light that I can wear it and go for grocery shopping. Out of all three moisturizing masks, I feel this is the most powerful one, and also the most comfortable one to wear. So if you only pick one hydrating mask, I will go with this.
After addressing the dehydration issue, it’s time to add back some glow and radiance, for which, my go-to are Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Treatment Mask. The Antipodes one is rather new to my stash, but has quickly become one of my HG status masks. It’s a great all-rounder mask, but I feel it does exceptionally well at hydrating and healing the troubled skin, giving you that glow-from-within healthy complexion. Plus, you know I’m a true believer in the power of honey, so pretty much any skincare products that contain Manuka honey, I’m all over it. But if this is still not enough, the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme will give you the final finishing punch. It is a bit abrasive, so may not work with sensitive skin, but if it suits your skin type, I tell you, this is a glow-giver! Not only does It exfoliate away dead skin, but also stimulates and revitalizes your skin in a deeper level, which only results in softer and smoother, more radiant complexion. Gosh…I sound like I’m from the company’s marketing department now, but really, this is how I feel every time I use it.
After one or two rounds of rotation of these 5 masks, more often than not, I will start looking like a normal human being again. I’m still in the hydrating phase right now, cannot wait to get some glow back!