I love a face mask! Decongesting, hydrating, regenerating - there is literally a mask for every problem.
Blemished Skin? Charcoal mask. Dull skin? Glycolic mask. Single, lonely and depressed? ...Try a sheet mask? They always make me feel better, anyway.
Just the act of masking itself is heavily therapeutic, which is why I continue to go back to it. Anything that becomes ritualised, be it exercise, cooking or your skincare routine, can become almost meditative - a scheduled point of peace in your day.
That was one of the surprising but very welcomed side affects of upping my skincare routine and implementing #mondaymask. I was forced to take 30 minutes of quiet time in the evening, focusing on nothing but myself and the routine. I started using it as a period of reflection, resolution and stillness. And I would emerge feeling strengthened, relaxed and dare I say, glowing.
So pick your mask from the suggestions below - I've tried, tested and reviewed the lot.
Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask, £23, Clinique
Actually a mix of charcoal and mineral clays, this is a heavy hitter in terms of sebum absorption. For those with a greater amount of congestion (blackheads etc) then you want to opt for a charcoal mask, which can absorb up to 200x its weight in impurities.
Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, £38,
Peter Thomas Roth
You feel this as soon as it hits the skin, which is both fun and a bit frightening; it’s an intense first few minutes but it absolutely delivers. Skin feels very resurfaced (far more smooth) and immediately brightened. This is a great makeup prequel.
Caviar Black Peel Off Mask, £24.99, Zero Skin
Peel off masks are just so much fun, even if (for me at least) they don’t work wonders. But who doesn’t love the satisfaction of literally pulling out blackheads? This one is also a nourishing mix of Vitamin E, Vitamin C and surprisingly caviar, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
GravityMud Firming Treatment, £39, GlamGlow GlamGlow
Definitely apprehensive about masks that promise ‘firming’ but this one surprisingly holds fairly true to that promise. Besides being Instagram gold, it leaves your skin feeling taut and lifted, although I’m not entirely sure how long the effects last - another good pre-night out option.
CO2 Crystallising Energy Mask, £125, 111Skin
A first (that I am aware of) in terms of technique - the luxe mask drives CO2 into your skin, stimulating an influx of oxygen from your bloodstream. My skin was plump, smooth, hydrated, bright afterwards. In terms of the overall package, this is it.
Irish Moor Mud Mask, £39, Peter Thomas Roth
Mud is one of those odd ingredients (like charcoal or clay) that doesn’t quite make sense to put on your face, but for the oily prone, works wonders. Mixed with seaweed to hydrate and charcoal to draw out even more impurities, this is a great mask for heavily congested or unbalanced skin.
By now you've hopefully figured out what mask is for you - if not, I'll be reviewing a different one every Monday. And maybe, just maybe, you have worked out that I really really like selfies. And cats. Have I mentioned I'm single? #hardtobelieve