The first time I tried a facial mask was at the age of 13. I picked up Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Clay Mask in Avocado and Oatmeal to fight those pimples. I still remember the tingly feeling that mask left on my face.
A mask can be a relaxing treat for your face and a part of your skin care routine. It serves as a deep exfoliation that clears out pores and the dead skin cells. It is best to use a mask once a week. Use it too often and your skin will get irritated.
Over the years, I tried several masks and my skin has changed. So, here are some of my personal recommendations.
Origins Active Charcoal Mask. Once I grew out of Freeman, the next brand I tried was Origins. I’ve used this mask for years. No other brand comes close, if you are simply looking for a deep cleansing mask. I’m not sure if the tingling is irritating for sensitive skin.
Simply said, it’s a deep cleaning mask out of charcoal that purifies and pulls out dirt. The skin feels refreshed, soft, and clean. No heavy scent either, so that’s why we were together for a long time.
You can get them at Macys, Sephora, or Origins stores.
Kiehls Turmeric & Pomegranate Mask. Any product by Kiehls is highly recommended. The combination of Turmeric & Cranberry seemed odd to me. But, the scent is very light and barely there. I had excellent results with their eye cream and face creams. This was the first time I tried their masks. Turmeric is great for brightening while deep cleaning pores. I recommend this during the winter months of dry skin and for mature skin. The scent is intoxicating. My face looked noticeably brighter and refreshed. I could definitely feel it. It doesn’t seem too heavy for oily skin.
You can get them at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, blue Mercury, and Kiehl’s stores.
Lush Brazened Honey. As much as I like the concept of fresh handmade cosmetics, I’m put off by the pushy salespeople and poor customer service. Most products are too strongly scented for my personal taste. This is one exception. I found the scent pleasing and my old roommate recognized the scent every time I used it. If you are sensitive to scents, this may not be for you. If you have very oily, acne prone skin, Lush also carries a Cupcake mask made of chocolate. They have different types of masks for all skincare concerns.
If you’re interested in a DIY style mask made out of fresh ingredients without actually doing the work yourself, grab this mask. This mask is inspired by Ayurvedic principles. The primary ingredient is ginger that awakens the skin and honey is a natural moisturizer that also functions as an astrigent. This mask is great for reviving tired skin.
However, these masks are made of fresh ingredients, so it needs to be stored in the refrigerator and has a shelf life of 4 weeks. These masks are the only perishable product from Lush I’ve encountered so far.
This is only available at Lush stores that can be found in most malls. You probably don’t want to order this online since it’s the most perishable product they have.