A pamper session isn’t complete without a bit of mask love and my Sundays wouldn’t be Sundays without them. I adore the ritual of using masks, but I relish the results even more.
You may notice that some of the ones I’ll mention below are acidic masks which perhaps means I’ve cheated a bit (should they have been in the acids post?!) but I’m hoping you’ll forgive me. I just like it when enzymes eat my dead skin cells, it would seem.
These five are my BFFs….
1. REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask – £32
Whilst nobody is putting a gun to my head and making me choose, if I did HAVE to commit to one mask then it would be this one. I’ve gotten through bottles and bottles of it.
“Radiance Renewal Mask” is a good name for it as I do always feel radiant and renewed after using it. It’s packed full of fruit acids (yey! magical papaya!) and the texture is really thick and fruity. It almost feels like some sort of home-made fruit potion as you apply it.
It’s not a mask that sets on your face and gets all tight, it just sits on your skin doing its magic til it’s time to wash it off ten minutes later.
You might feel a tingle as you use it, but nothing like with the acids I featured yesterday.
Prepare to glow!
2. Aesop Parsley Seed Clay Masque -£27
I am a massive sucker for anything Aesop, especially their Parsley Seed range which I got turned onto a few years ago. I would always cheekily ask for a sachet of this whenever I was passing an Aesop counter but last year I caved and bought it and it has become a FIRM favourite for a weekly mask.
This is a clay mask, so it does set and go hard on your skin (always reminds me of epic 90s sleepovers where we felt SO grown up for having mud all over our faces) but thanks to the aloe vera it never feels too tight. And I *adore* the smell and find it incredibly therapeutic to have on. I suppose some may not like the botanical scent so much, but if you’re a fan of Aesop then you’re no doubt a fan of the way their products smell.
It claims to draw out impurities and deliver a big dose of anti-oxidants and it’s just lovely. It certainly leaves my skin soft and pampered.
I suspect if you have oily skin you’d be a particular fan of this mask.
3. Balance Me Radiance Face Mask – £18
This 98% natural made-in-the-UK mask has won various awards thanks to its ability to perk up skin in a flash. It has a combination of clay AND fruit acids and in just five minutes it can brighten and soften to give an instant pick-me-up.
I love the scent, I love the action and I get the impression a lot of you like it too given the reaction I’ve had when sticking it on Insta in the past.
I should “warn” that it does have gently ground walnut shell in, so there is a manual exfoliation element to this mask as you massage and rinse it off. I know some people don’t like that type of thing while others adore it, so just wanted to point it out so there’s no surprises if you order!
4. Ole Henriksen Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask – £36
I feel like I’ve finally morphed into my mum whenever I use this mask as its packed full of lavender – a scent I always claimed to despise as a child and now, of course, find incredibly relaxing and lovely.
You wouldn’t think it would smell of lavender given the name but berry enzymes are still very much doing the hard work in this mask. Just don’t go thinking it will smell of Ribena as it really doesn’t.
It’s a lovely thick gel that doesn’t set on the skin and, like the REN mask, it has papaya extract to help slough away those dead skin cells alongside the berry enzymes. It’s renewing and restorative and the sodium hyaluronate helps bind moisture to the skin when you then use your moisturisers after.
Dreamy. (And, with the lavender, a good one to use before sweet dreams in bed).
5. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser – £35
Yes you did read that right, I am including a cleanser in my masks post. And no, I haven’t gone *entirely* mad.
This is a good cleanser but it’s definitely not one of my favourites. There’s nothing wrong with it I just prefer other cleansers more. BUT. I love mixing this cleanser with Sunday Riley’s Good Genes (mentioned yesterday) to create a mask. A mask that Sunday Riley themselves call their signature “Flash Facial”.
I saw this facial being used backstage at LFW a few seasons ago and I could see how much the models were enjoying it (and how much it perked up their poor exhausted faces!) so I tried it myself back then and haven’t looked back since. It’s literally just a matter of mixing three pumps of Good Genes with two pumps of Ceramic Slip, leaving on for 5-10 minutes and rinsing off.
Of course, to buy Ceramic Slip and Good Genes *just* to be able to recreate this mask is a bit lavish but if you own Good Genes anyway then the Ceramic Slip could be a worthy addition. It really is a results driven mask which reveals glowing skin instantly.
Now I really want to run to the bathroom and spend my entire day doing face masks. *Sigh*.
Stay tuned for my top pick of moisturisers tomorrow and treatments on Friday 🙂