At the weekend, when I have more time, I like to do a full pamper and self-care session. In the week though, if I feel like my skin needs a little pep and a lift, I’ll do a very quick scrub and a mask before bed or first thing in the morning. These are a few of my favourite combinations and products, but you can mix a match a lot here. These are not products that will change your skin like a vitamin C or retinol will do as they don’t penetrate and are much more topical, but I do think they temporarily brighten and smooth and I just like the feeling of looking after myself, I think it encourages you to relax which is always a good thing!
Beauty Pie Wonderscrub and Origins Clear Improvement Mask
With all the (actual,) mask wearing in shops and on the tube, I have been breaking out more than usual. My skin is pretty dry and I don’t tend to get many spots, but I’m convinced that the recent heatwave combined with a face covering has encouraged the annoying little spots that have appeared on my nose and chin! When your skin needs a good detox these two are great. The Wonderscrub from Beauty Pie I really like, you just apply, leave for a couple of minutes, then massage and rinse off. With volcanic ‘scrub spheres’ and fruit enzymes, it’s described as a microdermabrasion and feels very thorough, leaving skin incredibly smooth. Now, not all charcoal masks are made the same – you might remember the sachet ones you used to get in Boots for about a £1 as a teenager – AVOID, they’re skin stripping! You may have realised that I’m a big fan of Origins and this Clear Improvement mask is excellent. It helps draw out any impurities, I often just use on my nose and chin, it’s perfect if you have oily skin or an oily T zone in general and I swear it makes spots heal quickly.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and Beauty Pie Japanfusion Uji Tea Leaf Sheet Mask
This is a gentler combination. For me, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is one of the best products out there. I had forgotten about it for a while, then bought it again and wondered why it had gone off my radar. This is a physical scrub, but very gentle, using a rice-based powder that you mix with water to form a paste. I don’t use it every day, but a couple of times a week and it really smooths the skin. This Japanfusion sheet mask is lovely. It quenches your skin and is intensely hydrating. I also love the Alex Steinherr Plump and Glow sheet mask from Primark, but it’s not available to buy online.
Sanctuary Spa 1 Minute Daily Glow and Beauty Pie Oxygen Instant Facial Refuelling Mask
For a general brightening and energised skin, I like this duo. This Sanctuary Spa ‘mask’ is a scrub action, made with three different types of Vitamin C, but super quick. It can tingle a little, (if you’re very sensitive I’d avoid,) but if you can handle more it’s good, particularly for guys who shave as well. The Beauty Pie Oxygen mask is lovely, it’s a Swiss formula and helps tired and dull looking skin to look more energised and revived.
Origins Rose Clay Retexturising Mask and Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
Lastly, these are both two-in-one products if you’re really short of time. Origins again, but this Rose Clay Retexturising mask I love. It dries as a mud, so leaves you feeling quite tight, then you massage it with warm water to activate the scrub part. You need to rinse well, and I do with a face flannel several times, but it leaves a great glow. The Ren is probably my favourite, pricier, but with great ingredients. The Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask has chemical exfoliators to remove dead skin cells and brighten the skin, it leaves you totally glowing, who doesn’t want that in ten minutes?
Have you any favourite scrubs or masks I haven’t included? Do you do a mid-week mini? Let me know.