Masks to pamper and take care of your skin!
II love face masks, apart from being good for my skin I find it a relaxing routine too. These are some masks recently tested and approved by yours truly.
You wouldn’t think your morning routing might be mask time, would you? Well, think again, here comes Clinique Pep-Start™ Double Bubble Purifying Mask. If you have two minutes to spare in the morning, this refreshing pink gel mask will give your skin a pep rush. I love the bright green tube packaging, it guarantees a quick and mess-free application. Applied in a thin layer all over my face (except for my eye area), the gel starts to transform into tiny little bubbles after about ten seconds, freeing my skin of impurities. I leave it on for two minutes, then I add water to make it lather to gently deep-cleanse, I rinse and pat dry. Voilà, I’m ready to start the day and my morning routine with fresh and radiant skin.
If you have four minutes to spare in the morning, you might want to try Maria Galland 2 Creamy Soft Mask. This off-white cream has a smooth texture that goes on effortlessly. The cleansing formula has been developed for all skin types lacking freshness and purity.
If you have dry skin, Maria Galland recommend to mix this mask with a small amount of moisturizer. Its base is natural clay, combined with toning ivy extract and strawberry extract, which has an invigorating effect and revives the complexion. It is further enriched with vitamin B6, to help our skins’ cell renewal and with allantoin, which has soothing properties. This mask is to be applied all over your face and rinsed off with cool water. Before my morning run, I follow with Maria Galland 193 Protective Care For The Face SPF 30. This is an anti-ageing moisturizer with repairing and antioxidant properties and high sun care protection. It quickly sinks into my skin and, feeling well-protected, I slip on my running shoes and off I go.
Sóley Organics, an Icelandic brand created by the actress Sóley Elíasdóttir, produces certified organic skin care products made with handpicked wild Icelandic herbs and local spring water. All products are very skin-friendly and free from parabens, preservatives, artificial colors and fragrances or any other chemical agents. I got my hands on steinEY, a mineral mask with volcanic clay from Eyjafjallajökull (does this ring a bell? yes, it’s the volcano that erupted a few years ago, wreaking havoc on European air traffic for days), enriched with birch extract. It has not only been designed to remove dead skin cells, toxins and impurities, it also balances the skin, stimulates cell renewal, strengthens tissues and reduces the signs of aging. As instructed I mix ½ teaspoon of steinEY mineral mask with ½ teaspoon of water and apply it to my pre-cleansed face and neck. I leave it on for 10 minutes, it dries out and turns light grey, then I rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat my skin dry. (Be careful, the clay might stain your clothes and towels). It didn’t do much for my drier cheek area, but this mask worked wonders for my oily T-zone. This area of my face now has a weekly date with steinEY !
For their new peel-off masks Glamglow teamed up with Saban’s Power Rangers. I tried Glamglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment Goldar, designed to cleanse, firm, lift, tight and tone the skin. I have to apply a generous layer onto my face, avoiding my brows, hairline and eye and lip area. The gold-colored substance has a fresh coconut scent to it and, with a foundation brush, application is easy. It takes 30 minutes to dry out, I grab one of the edges and it lifts off in one solid peace. There was a tiny bit that got into my hairline, but not to worry, the remains wash away with warm water. Is Goldar a mask with true superpowers? My skin doesn’t look lifted and more firm than before and to be honest, I didn’t expect it either since I haven’t yet discovered a mask that can really do that. On the bright side, the clay in the formula gently and thoroughly cleansed my skin, it feels soft and looks toned. On the other hand, I’ve used up almost have of the contents of the 30g tube, which makes it a rather expensive treatment. For the Power Rangers fans, this mask is also available in Rita Repulsa, which is green-colored as you might expect.
For beautiful skin,