I can’t remember when exactly I fell in love with face masks, since it was always something I believed to be pretty low on the list of skincare essentials. I still don’t believe it’s absolutely necessary to use face masks (if you have a limited budget you’re better off spending your money on a decent serum, SPF and exfoliator) but they sure are lovely things to use.
I figured it’s high time I let you in on the face masks I’ve been using and loving lately, since some of these are nearing their end and I haven’t even written about them yet. If you’re a mask fanatic, there’s an older post about previous favourites here.
The Kiehl’s Orange & Cilantro Pollutant Defending Masque was a favourite from the very first time I used it, and I scraped out the last bit this past weekend. It has a peculiar texture – it’s creamy for the most part, but it also has some gel- and clay-like properties to it. I like to think that it neutralises the effects of a day spent in a smoky, polluted or dusty environment.
R465 from Kiehl’s counters in Edgars and Kiehl’s standalone stores.
The Theravine Vitavine Booster Face Mask feels like the skincare equivalent of drinking a green juice. It’s an antioxidant-rich cocktail containing vitamins A and C (boosts collagen production, cell regeneration and tissue repair), vitamin E (encourages healthy skin barrier function to retain moisture) and vitamin Pro B5 (moisturising) as well as soothing and moisturising aloe and shea.
Even though it’s a creamy mask that almost turns into an oil, I feel a slight tingle when I use this which means there’s high ingredient absorption.
I very nearly had a full-on fight with a sales lady in Perth about the Origins Intensive Drink-Up Overnight Mask. While I was trying to figure out whether I wanted this one or the 10-minute version, my reasoning was that the 10 minute version must be better if it can offer hydration in a short time (as opposed to overnight).
There we all stood, stumped as to why on earth the overnight version is so much more popular. Eventually a super young store assistant stopped to eavesdrop on our (now heated) discussion, and just casually mentioned that the instant version would obviously be very superficial hydration to act as a temporary boost, where the overnight version has more of a long term benefit. We all just immediately shut up and I sheepishly walked to the till with my overnight mask…
In case you haven’t read enough reviews yet, it’s an amazing mask. I used it for the first time on my flight home from Perth, and it was a game changer on (and after) the 11 hour trip. I use it regularly and I’m impressed with how my skin is visibly more plump and hydrated the next morning. My favourite skin-boosting concoction is to apply retinol, followed by glycolic acid (there’s some more info on those here) and then this mask – it’s like you’ve had a facial.
Origins is not available in SA.
When my skin is acting up one of the products I regularly reach for is the Aesop Parsley Seed Masque as it feels very cleansing. It feels active (I often feel some tingling/stinging if my skin isn’t in great condition) but it seems to have the right concoction of cleansing ingredients, antioxidants and soothing ingredients to take the edge off a breakout. A lot of reviews mention that it makes breakouts worse before they get better, but I’ve never experienced that.
Locally you can get Aesop products online from Loading Bay, the Parsley Seed Masque is R560 here.
Currently my go-to exfoliating mask option is the Beaucience Deep Cleansing Enzyme Mask. It feels and looks like a regular clay mask, but it has enzymes (I actually can’t figure which ones from the ingredient list), ahas and a bunch of plant extracts to get the job done. It feels very gentle, but my skin is instantly smoother by the time I rinse it off.
R300, find a stockist here.
I have quite a few other face masks, but I’m trying to be disciplined with finishing this ‘batch’ now so I don’t have too many of them open at one time. The struggle is real though, I have impulse control issues when I see/read about a new mask.
If you have a favourite mask that you think is a must-try, please enable the rest of us by leaving a comment!