Face masks have become an integral part of skincare and a way to boost your daily and weekly regime with ease. Bridging the gap between basic routines and regular facials, a good face mask will give your skin the TLC it craves – and you don’t even need to leave the house.
The importance of incorporating good face masks into skincare is something I talk a lot about here on Lady Writes. Having always loved a good pamper session with a face mask or two, in recent years I managed to overcome the fear of using too many masks and the worry of what it would do to my skin. Having experience purging (when the skin reacts/breaks out) multiple times in my life, I’d bought in to the lie that too many face masks will actually make your skin worse, not better. So as much as I loved them, I’d have a session once a week at most. Over recent years as I’ve become more hardcore in my understanding of skin and skincare, I’ve learned that while there are specific types of face products that do cause purging or breakouts (exfoliants, retinols etc) in general, a good face mask won’t if used as part of a thorough regime. And that’s the key for me: having a good base to start with.
Think of face masking as an addition to your skincare – and not a solution that should be relied upon on it’s own. I’m talking about proper make up removal, cleanser (or double cleanse like me!) toner if you want to, moisturiser, serums etc. Once you have everything else in place, and a successful system, then face masks can be used multiple times a week to do the ‘heavy lifting’ and more intense ‘one-hit-wonder’ treatments. And what’s great about establishing a proper regime first is that the you get a clear picture of what your skin needs. For example after using your normal products, if your skin is dry then you’ll know that’s a proper skincare concern that needs targeting – and not a result of poor skincare etc. So you can work your masks into your regime to combat this – or whatever concerns you find yourself facing.
The Origins face mask range is one I’ve been indulging in a lot since before Christmas. I’d used Origins before but not their masks for quite a while, and I just felt compelled to try them. As a brand, Origins create skincare products with natural and naturally-sourced ingredients and combine them with non-toxic alternatives of key components to make sure their skincare performs – while also being good for the skin, and for the planet. As I’m on my skincare journey, these sorts of principles are becoming more and more important to me.
So I decided to start tackling their face masks. And while they have a few others catching my eye right now, I’ve been using three of their best-sellers to see what works and which skin types will benefit from them. So if you’re looking to add a pretty good mask to your current regime, then I think you’ll find one here…
Best for when you’ve got dull or tired looking skin
If your skin is tired looking, dull or lacking in radiance then I think the Original Skin is going to be the mask you’ll rely on the most. A retexturising mask with rose clay, this is one I use when my skin is struggling to adapt, maybe when I have a small break out or two or just needs perking up in general. Anything with clay appeals to the part of me that wants to combat blemishes, as clay-based masks really work to suck the nasties out of your skin. And although that isn’t the primary solution of this mask, it’s worth considering if you’re torn between which mask to go for if you’ve got a small breakout as well as dull skin. This mask is great for the between-season times of year too. I’ve found myself reaching for this a lot while we’re going back and forth between winter and spring. My face just doesn’t know what to do with the constant change in temperature!
Working to revive the skin, this mask feels especially cooling when applied – it’s such a refreshing sensation which I find really relaxing! Containing Jojoba Beads it cleanses quite deeply, like an exfoliator, which is what gives skin the clear feeling after each use. Removing the mask takes away all the impurities and because the top layer of skin has been properly cleaned, it looks bright and visibly more radiant. This is one mask that gives instant results after use as you really can see the cleaner, clearer and brighter skin that’s left afterwards. So if you want immediate results, this one is for you.
Best for when you’re suffering with breakouts
No matter what your age, we can all suffer from breakouts, can’t we? And it’s no better to deal with in your thirties or your teens – it’s annoying regardless! Maybe you’re someone who is lucky enough to have figured out your triggers, or what foods/drinks/situations set things off. Or maybe you’re just one of the unlucky one who seems to get a zit when the world just wants to be mean! (I joke.) Either way, a targeted face mask is a great way of battling the appearance of breakouts and the Origins Clear Improvement one is fab.
A heavy charcoal mask is what you’ll likely know to look for in blemish prone skincare solutions, because of the way is cleans and detoxes the skin. The Clear Improvement mask is like a magnet for removing all the dirt and build-up in the skin that can cause future breakouts, but also that rests within the breakouts themselves. So for me, I find this really helps to neutralise the redness I get around the problem areas and by the next morning I’ll notice significant reduction in how they appear – both in redness, size and shape.
The White China Clay works to neutralise the toxins and the oil that builds up, and then there’s a particle that dissolves it – so it physically removes those horrible nasties. Pretty cool huh? This mask is one of my go-to’s for breakouts and like all masks from Origins it’s only £22. Well worth it if you fight blemishes a lot.
Best for when your skin is dry/dehydrated
Until recently I’d never been someone with dry skin. Having always had oily (very oily) skin, it was really odd for me when I started to get dry patches on my face and neck. And it took a while to adapt my skincare from all those slightly drying oil-fighting products, to something that would combat my oil secretion while also stop drying my skin out. The best solution I found personally was keeping the majority of my oil-fighting products in place, and then using masks like the Drink Up mask and maybe a hydrating moisturiser to combat the dryness. For me, it’s just what worked best and satisfied both requirements.
Using the Origins Drink Up mask is one of the few skincare ‘quick-fixes’ that I recommend and can vouch for actually doing it’s job in a short amount of time. This one needs 10 minutes on the skin to replenish the moisture levels and hydrate to comfortable levels again and I find this is the Origins mask I use the most. Not just when I’m dry now either, it’s a great all-rounder that just perks my skin up across the board. As someone with oily skin and dry patches occasionally, this mask gives me the freedom to retain my normal products without needing to switch them out and not satisfy my oily needs. It does all the hydrating work I need for my skin to retain vitality through hydration.
So there we have it – a break down of which Origins mask to turn to in your moment of skincare need! There’s several more in their collection I’m looking to try, so I’ll update when I do and hopefully I can get a full break down that way! Let me know which mask is taking your fancy right now?
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