3 of the best: Face Masks

If there’s one thing that really makes a difference to both your complexion and your mood, it’s a good face mask.
I’ve always made time to go for a regular facial at least once every two months (my favourite facial is the QMS MediCosmetics SK-Alpha Treatment), but since becoming a mom almost four months ago I’ve found it really difficult to keep up with this habit. Instead, I’ve made it a priority to look after my skin at home so that it isn’t a complete wreck by the time I do go for my next treatment. I’ve experimented with many face masks over the past couple of months, but these three are at the top of my list:

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Hydration Boost Night Mask

This rich, creamy rinse-off mask is the answer to winter dryness. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth, and I immediately noticed that the fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes were a little less obvious, proving that these lines were a sign of dehydration, not age! I’d recommend using this product two to three times a week for best results. As with most skincare products, results become more obvious with prolonged use.

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

Those of you who follow me on Twitter would have seen me raving about this product a couple of weeks ago. This is, quite possibly, my favourite face mask. Of. All. Time. Why do I love it so, you ask? It’s a leave-on treatment, for one. Yep, that’s right folks. You simply slather on a thick layer, leave it for 15 to 20 minutes, tissue off any excess and voila! Firm, hydrated, radiant skin by morning (that’s another reason I love it). As the days have gotten cooler (and my skin, drier), I’ve noticed that there’s no need to wipe away any excess product – after 20 minutes or so, my thirsty skin has literally sucked up every last bit of this mask.

Sanctuary Spa 30 Day Youth Revolution System

This is a fairly new addition to my arsenal of skincare products, but I’ve enjoyed using it so much (and the results have been so amazing) that I simply had to include it. This treatment works in two stages: first, apply a thin layer of the Skin Renewal Glycolic Peel Mask using the brush included in the kit and leave it to work it’s magic for 15 to 20 minutes. Once the mask has dried, peel off the mask, starting from your jaw and peeling upwards towards your forehead. The glycolic acid contained in the peel removes dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and stimulates skin cell renewal for a younger, more radiant looking skin. Once you’ve peeled off the mask, you’ll apply a pea-sized amount of the Anti-Wrinkle Activation Serum. When I first saw the size of this serum (and read that you’re supposed to use it on a daily basis), I doubted whether it would last for the entire 30 days but, as it turns out, a little really does go a long way. What’s more, this serum is so moisturising that I often skip moisturiser altogether – there’s simply no need for it. I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in the appearance of the fine lines on my forehead after using this product for two weeks, and even my blackheads seem to have cleared up slightly (emphasis on slightly. Blackheads have been my biggest beauty bugbear for as long as I can remember. Is there any magical potion out there that will rid my pores of blackheads for life?!) This product comes highly recommended by me, regardless of your age or concerns. It works well to address both dullness and wrinkles, and the glycolic peel should work well on minimising the appearance of blemishes and dark spots too.