My Essentials: 5 Face Masks

Face masks are like my friend Sara. Every time we see each other, we have such a great time. And every time, we wonder why don’t see each other more often.

Me: Sara, I had such an amazing time!

Sara: I know! We should do it again soon and not wait six months like we always do.

Me: Totally agree! Let’s do a double date with our boyfriends next time!

Sara: Yesss! Ok, bye bye Jojo. (She calls me Jojo.)

Six months later, guess what? We’re having the exact same conversation.

My relationship with face masks is pretty similar. Every time I do one, I’m like ‘Woah, this is so nice!’. Two months and a few blocked pores later, I catch myself saying the same thing, word for word.

Whether you have a goldfish memory like I do or you’re the face mask queen, there’s one out there that’s perfectly suited to your needs. Find which situation you’d most likely find yourself in and discover which mask should have a place in your skincare regimen. Enjoy!

Situation #1: “I have to leave in 45 minutes for a 5 à 7 where everybody’s is more good-looking than everybody and my skin is the colour of a sad grey doormat in the middle of winter. HEEEELP!!!”

My suggestion: Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask by Clinique

What’s so special about it? In a era where time is as precious as necklace mounted with 254 diamonds, I think it’s important to say that this mask does all of its magic in two minutes sharp. The pink gel, which transforms into fizzy and energizing tiny bubbles when it touches the skin — oh yes, it tickles —, deeply cleanses and smoothes the skin while getting it ready for makeup. On top of getting rid of impurities, the culprit of your sad complexion, the product doesn’t dry out the skin (thanks, glycerin!) and boasts exfoliating properties through the use of a certain amino sugar which I can’t write without making at least three mistakes.

Situation #2: “I’ve been scrutinizing my skin for the past 15 minutes in a magnifying mirror — huge mistake — and now I just want to pop out all of those blackheads and shout insults at them as I do so.”

My suggestion: Pore Purifying Clay Mask by Vichy

What’s so special about it? Let’s start off with its incredible creamy texture! It’s simple, if the product wasn’t charcoal grey, I’d be tempted to eat it to detoxify my soul! Because of the kaolin and bentonite, two types of white clays, the mixture purifies dirt-cluttered pores while leaving tightened. I also want to high-five Vichy for thinking of putting aloe vera amongst the ingredients. Clay masks have a tendency to dry out my skin and make it look like a cracking old vintage leather coat, but not this one. Yay!

Situation #3: “The sole idea of heating up my apartment makes my skin hurt AND, every time I do a beauty mask, I smear product everywhere around my sink! So yeah, basically, I have super sensitive skin and I’m a master at the art of clumsiness. Am I a lost cause?”

My suggestion: Lavender Soothing Sheet Mask by Origins

Wha’t so special about it? It’s made 100% out of bamboo — biodegradable, yesss! — and soothes the skin instantly thanks to its lavender-based coating and to a few special ingredients, such as eucalyptus and mint. Actually, the I-feel-like-I’m-at-the-spa moment occurs as soon as you tear up the package: it smells like you’ve just fallen nose-forward into a lavender field. It’s also enriched with flower wax, a byproduct of essential oil’s distillation, with super moisturizing powers. And for the lazy/clumsy ones out there, you don’t even have to rinse it off! Simply remove the sheet mask after 10 minutes and massage the product into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.

Situation #4: “My summer tan seems to fade away every time I blink, so if my predictions are right, I should be as pale as a ghost in about a month. Did I tell you that I hate fall?”

My suggestion: Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask by Fresh

What’s so special about it? With its jelly-like texture and its citrus chunks, it literally feels like you’re rubbing jam all over your face. It kind of goes without saying, but yeah, it smells absolutely delicious! Made with a concentrate of lemons, oranges and clementines, the mixture exfoliates in two ways:

  1. Mechanically, because of the fruit bits
  2. Chemically, because of the AHA acids, naturally present in citrus, which is famous for smoothing skin texture

Based on super scientific tests conducted by dermatologists, skin has been found to be 31% more luminous and 34 % smoother after only one use. Those numbers grow to 49% and 51% after one month. In other words, it’s like a big glass of orange juice for your face. #HelloSunshine

Situation #5: “It’s Friday night, I’m all alone with my bottle of wine and I just feel like putting my PJs on, binge-watching the latest season of Narcos and pampering my face to lift my slouchy skin, thanks to my 70-hour week.”

My suggestion: Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask by Rodial

What’s so special about it? Hmmm, there’s diamond powder in the ingredient list…? And believe it or not, it’s not just for the bling, it also reflects the light for a royal-worthy glow! The bio-cellulosic mask is covered with a skin tightening complex and grapefruit add-ons, rich in vitamin C, also known to light up and even out skin tone. Oh hellooo, agent Peña! (For those of you who don’t watch Narcos, forget what I just said.)

Do you use face masks? Do you have any favourites? Tell me in the comments :)

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