I have phases of being in and out of love with makeup (Chanel being the only exception!) but skincare is something I never loosen my grip on. Its always my top priority. I tread a very fine rope with my perpetual skincare switch-ups and trials and I am constantly at the risk of upsetting my skin majorly but for the past couple of months I have had a streak of successes.
The past few weeks I have upped my skincare game a notch (or two) and I have been using masks every other day (*takes a deep breathe*). I can’t believe I am saying this because up until a few months back this wasn’t something I would be caught dead doing, in fact I was doing as little as possible for the skin and just not touching it more than I really had to! That has now changed and so far I have only good things to say about this new routine. I have had a tonne of new things to try out which makes everything a little more fun and I am pretty hooked on it you know?
So the first thing to come my way was the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask which happens to be a recommendation that I shall forever be in debt for (Thanks Pavithra!). Clay mask is never something I pick on a whim, I am in fact pretty skeptical of that group having sensitive skin and all and also because I have had the Aesop Parsley Seed Masque for the longest time and lost interest in clay masks over time. I’ll tell you the truth, I actually started to feel that the Aesop had stopped working for me, or my blackheads had developed antibodies for it! It no longer seems effective on them which I’m curious if it happened to anyone else? Long story short, I was actually open to the idea of trying a newer, better clay mask and this Caudalie mask turned out pretty much what I had been looking for! I was reluctant to open a new tube before finishing the Aesop mask (which is on its last legs) but my curiosity got better of me and now I am worried the last leg might never quite get over!
The main ingredient of the Instant Detox Mask is pink clay, a brighter more vibrant pink than Aesop’s and smells very faintly of turmeric to me which I am not even sure is part of the ingredients, in fact it isn’t! The mask dries up like all clay masks, takes more than a minute to wash off completely once its set but its definitely a winner with clogged pores which are actually, visibly cleansed and purified and my skin hardly feels a twitch!
I have never quite gotten along with the “enzyme/fruit mask” concept the only exception being the Oskia Renaissance Mask which I really like as an instant glow-fier. But as with everything skincare I have been curious to try more and the top of my list was graced by Tata Harper’s Resurfacing mask, a similar enzyme/exfoliating mask as the Oskia and the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask. I think I can check that one off my list and also declare that its the best one yet! Unlike both the Oskia and the REN numbers, this one dries up, forming almost like a sheet on the skin which tightens and consequently brightens. There is no unpleasant sensation just a very “gripped” feeling which is actually quite fun if like me you look forward to “peeling” stuff off your face!
If the Oskia mask was glow-fier, this is glow-fier X 100! I feel like a new person every single time I use this; my skin is super soft, supple, and evened out. It cost me a couple of arms and extra pairs of legs but I am very pleased with myself for getting over that shock like a sport! Its definitely strictly reserved for special/extra-bad days but I’d say you have been debating between any of these masks, just get this one!
I always top up my skin with either a facial oil or a hydrating mask after using a clay or resurfacing mask. It just seems to work much much better on the skin and I feel like I am getting more out of my “investment”. My current grease of choice has been the MV Organic Rose Plus Booster. You may or may not have come across this before, but the MV Organic line from Australia is all natural, all organic skincare line best suited for sensitive skin type. They have a minimal ingredient list for most of their products and this Booster, which is basically a rosehip and Bulgarian rose oil concoction, is the first thing I got my hands on. Its a thick oil, takes a few spritzes of rose water to blend/massage on the skin but once its done it sinks in and calms my skin. I wake up with no redness, no enlarged pores, no oil slick on the T-zone and almost no need for makeup! I can see this being repurchased a 100 times over! In fact I have already ordered their Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturiser because if this skincare line is eventually going to be a staple I might as well start now!
So, I tried the Origins Drink-Up Intensive mask, yes the one every blogger and their pet sing praises for and I was just as shocked as the next person when it DID NOT work for me! In fact, it nearly made me breakout! I needed a quick cure for my severely dehydrated skin while on board the flight to Europe and also after, and on a duty free stand this seemed the best choice to make. Sadly, it didn’t work and I suffered a full week before I finally found the La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask sample and supplemented it with not one but TWO full sized tubes almost immediately! I’ll cut the chase and just tell you thats its the best moisture mask to ever grace my face and I absolutely LOVE it! Its not an exceptional formulation, has hyaluronic acid somewhere down its ingredient list but it just works! Its soothing and rehydrating (just as it says on the tube) and never fails to plump up my skin after a clay mask action. Its definitely one of the best purchases I have made this year, furniture excluded!
The Oskia, Tata Harper, Caudalie masks as well as MV Organic line of skincare is available on CultBeauty.