Sunday, 27 January 2013

What Are Your Favourite Face Masks?

A big part of my skincare routine is regular use of face masks - not only do they help control excess oiliness, reduce pore size and keep my skin in great condition, but they also give me an excuse to pamper myself and relax in a hot bubbly bath! I'm always keen to hear from others about their favourite products, and, as with my previous post 'What Products Do You Use To Combat Oily Skin?' I've asked some fellow facebookers for their must-have products...

Here are the results.......

Annie (early 20s) has normal/oily skin. She rates the Lush Mask of Magnaminty (£8.75 for 315g) as her favoured product. "It's refreshing, smells yummy and the peppermint and spearmint break through any oily without stripping the skin and dry out any spots."
Nicola (aged 28) has normal/combination skin prone to occasional breakouts. Her 'go to' mask which she uses every 1-2 weeks is the Apivita Intense Hydration Mask with Cucumber and the reasons for this choice? Nicola states the product "Feels very gentle and nourishing. Smells fresh and leaves my skin soft and supple. I also love the packaging and it's great now they are stocked at M&S." (£3 for 2x8ml sachets).

Denise (aged 31) Has oily skin and quotes her favourite face mask as the Superdrug Aloe Vera Mud Mask (£2.59 for 75ml), stating "it doesn't irritate my skin like a lot of mud masks I've tried and leaves my skin really clear."

Fi (age 30) names her favourite as the Body Shop Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask (£10 for 100ml) "It's great. It goes on and dries and once it washes off, your skin feels so fresh and clean. It draws out impurities and leaves skin feeling fresh and clean." 

Laura (age 27) Uses a variety of masks and still likes to try new products in her search for "the one!". She's  also a fan of the Body Shop Blue corn mask "for years!" and has recently started to use the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask (£12 for 100ml) too, alternating between these and using them no more than once a week.
Sarah (aged 29) has oily skin and has also previously favoured the Ionic Seaweed Mask, using it 2-3 times a week and finding the clay mask "right for me".

Zara (aged 24) Has combination skin. She uses The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask (£10 for 100ml) and finds that "it moisturises the dry skin and clears up the oily patches."

(I've actually got one of these in my stash I've not yet got around to trying out so might well put it in my 'next' pile! Thanks for the reminder Zara!)

Claire (aged 33) has oily/combination skin and doesn't have a particular favourite brand of mask, more a favoured type. She loves the cloth masks (any ones!) She finds that they are low cost and "feel fab."

Emily (aged 23) loves using "any" of the Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks "they come in little sachets and have always been my fave face masks. From peel off to wash off, olive oil to chocolate, there is a wide variety to always suit the mood i'm in!"

Lynne (aged 41) names the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (£30 for 50ml) as her preferred product. She said it makes "my skin feel amazing afterwards! And, I can use this withouth using an exfoliant as it does the job of that too when I'm being lazy. It smells amazing and makes my skin glow."

Tracey (aged 34) has oily skin. She also loves to use the Ren Mask and says "I love peel masks. It Dries quickly and peels off fully. My skin feels very refreshed afterwards. I use this one over others as I have very sensitive skin and I have no reaction to this mask."

Ramsha (aged 15) Has dehydrated skin and favours two mask products, one of which is again the  Ren Glycolactic Mask as it "deeply cleans my skin, leaving it renewed." And the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask (£20 for 100ml) which "is so easy to use, you just slap it on and let your skin do the work while your really helps keeping my dry skin nice and plump."

Gemma (aged) Doesn't use a regular face mask "I have a facial once a month" but she's used the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask (£14 for 75ml) and finds "this really does help with my blackheads!"

Helen (aged 34) Uses Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (£29.50 for 50ml) - "Nothing leaves my skin better than this divine mask. A little goes an awful long way. It's my weekly indulgent treat. It smells great and my skin glows afterwards." 

So, there you have it. A quick poll of products from a variety of skin types and ages. For those of you looking for a mask or unsure whether to take the plunge and try one of these, maybe it'll help you make the decision.

I hope you all enjoy reading this as much as I've enjoyed writing it. It really has been a labour of love.... and now I need to make sure my credit card stays where it is as my blasted spending ban is stopping me spreeing!


  1. Great post! My favourites are Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, Aromatherapy Associates Overnight Repair Mask, Balance Me Radiance Mask and Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask - I use different ones depending how my skin is feeling x

    1. I've got the Origins mask but am yet to try it out. Sisley must've been pricey - I daren't look! lol. x

  2. Another great post Gemma. I didn't message you what I use as I rarely use face masks these days. I used to use a decleor peel off regularly and received a new tube of it as a present off my sister, so I must get in the habit of using it again. My face feels so soft when I use it. I could do with a mask that lifts my face back up and removes my wrinkles, but I don't think one like that is on the market, yet lol
    Angela x

    1. Nothing wrong with living in hope, and meanwhile, as long as your skin stays healthy while it matures that's the most important thing. x

  3. Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pac and Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel are my favourites. X

    1. The Montagne Jenuesse sachets are great when you just want a low cost pamper. I'd like to try the Elemis too..another for my wishlist! lol. x