When it comes to skincare, a big part of my routine this winter has been using face masks. Given how integral they have become to my routine, I wanted to share my favorites on the blog with all of you!
I use different masks to treat different problems that I am noticing on my skin. I try to let the current state of my skin inform which product(s) I want to use on any given night. My skin type tends to be quite dry and can be somewhat sensitive. I don’t have too many problems with acne or excess oil, although sometimes the pores on my nose and chin can look congested. My primary focuses are hydration, exfoliation, and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Most of my skin care comes from at-home product applications and treatments.
For context about what other products I use, my current winter skincare routine looks like this:
Today I am sharing five of my favorite face masks and what I use each one for.
Disclosure: Each one of these face masks was gifted to me by Follain, one of my favorite beauty brands. Over time, I have tried several face masks that I did not like, and these represent the crème de la crème of the masks I have used.
Healthy Ultra Moisturizing Mask
This hydrating mask is my go-to when my skin needs some extra TLC. It is the mask I use most often, especially in the dry winter months. It instantly makes my skin feel fresher and smoother. I also love the smell and consistency. This type of cream-based mask tends to work better for my skin when it comes to moisturizing (as opposed to a gel mask). I love how you can clearly see when it’s finished too – it starts out as a white cream, then absorbs into my skin and dries clear.
Healthy Dual Detox Mask
This is a nice and smooth detox mask with a clay consistency. This mask noticeably firms my skin when I use it and minimizes some of the congestion I have on my nose and chin. Sometimes I use a double mask with this and Follain’s ultra-hydrating mask.
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Mask
This rejuvenating mask is a mainstay in my skincare routine. I use it when I want an exfoliation that is gentler than its chemical equivalent. It really helps refine the texture on the surface of my skin and gives it a smooth appearance. I use it when i know i need to exfoliate the outer layer of my skin, usually a few times a week, and i apply a lot of moisturizer afterward.
Tata Harper Lightening Mask
This lightening mask is the one I use when my skin is In fact congested (nose and chin pores look grayish) and noticeably dull and uneven in texture. It is bright green in color and feels like a deep, tingling cleanse. The formula includes AHA and BHA, which can make my skin more sensitive afterwards. The morning after using this mask, I will use a gentle cleanser with a couple of moisturizing products and avoid products that contain vitamin C or vitamin A. I use this product occasionally in the winter months, but I know (along with the Follain Dual Detox Mask) will be used more in the summer.
Tammy Fender Epi Peel
This peel is one I use when I want a really good exfoliation and when I’m looking to improve my skin tone and texture. I don’t use it when my skin feels particularly sensitive or tight. I tend to use it a couple times a month, and a little goes a long way. It doesn’t leave my skin red or irritated afterwards, although some people might be more sensitive.
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