A good skincare routine is something that has become very important to me, especially as I have suffered with problematic skin over the years, which can be very disheartening.
Over the last year or so, I have noticed my skin becoming a lot clearer and luckily now only ever get the odd spot here and there, not a face full of them.
Touch wood. I think this is a mixture of getting a little bit older and a good, solid skincare routine that I follow.
There are two face masks that I use weekly, in order to keep my skin in check and help keep my skin looking the best it can…
Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – Origins £26.50
As you can see from the name and the tube, it is a thick black mask that is designed for oily/acne prone skin to help keep any problem skin at bay. I use this once a week, after I have exfoliated my face (I use the gin zing face scrub, also by origins) and let it sit for a good 20 minutes, sometimes longer. It does dry very quickly however, making it difficult to move your face after a long period of time.
It contains Bamboo Charcoal which apparently draws out the impurities, White china Clay – to absorb environmental toxins and Lecithin – which dissolves the impurities that have just been drawn out.
Once I rinse this off, my face does instantly look softer and any redness looks reduced. Something that this mask doesn’t do, which I’m extremely happy about, is break me out a couple of days later, as that is what I found with other face masks that are designed to ‘draw impurities out’.
Skin Nourish Mask – Bobbi Brown £34.00
After I have rinsed the Clear improvements mask off, I then dry my face and use the Skin nourish mask straight away, to add moisture to my skin. It says that its best for ‘Normal to very dry skin’ & to use it ‘3x a week’. However, as I have more of an oily skin type, I just use it once a week to add extra moisture to my skin to help it look healthy and ‘glowy’.
This mask is enriched with coral grass and Green Algae, which are ‘powerful moisture magnets’, helping to repair the skins natural moisture barrier and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
I slather a liberal amount onto my face and leave it around 5 minutes to let some of it soak in, I then tissue off the excess product and rub the rest of whats left into my skin and sleep in it overnight. When I wake up, my skin is so soft and looks a lot fresher and healthier in general.
After using so many different face masks in the past, I find that these two really do work for me and my skin, especially when used together, which is when I see the best results.
Let me know if you have a favourite face mask or a specific routine that you use which work for you and your skin type…