Long gone are the days where a sticky face mask was all you could get to soothe and prime your skin to the best condition. Yes those things still exist and some of my favourite masks are the traditional ones which set on your face and crack when ever you smile but there’s so much more on the market now from sheet masks and sleep masks to masks for your lips, eyes, hands and even feet. I’ve tried quite a number of different brands over the years and here are my top picks.
Best traditional face mask
You know sometimes when you just need something a bit more intense than a sheet mask, something which feels like it’s really working on your skin? Well for me my go to traditional mask is the Lush Mask of Magnanimity which not only smells amazing but leaves my skin feeling great. As it’s natural I find my skin doesn’t go red-raw after washing the mask off which is another great thing. I always find my skin feels soft, supple and generally clearer after using this and it’s something I try to do once a week when I have a pampering bath.
Best Overnight Mask
Did you know that March is National Bed month? So, of course, it’s the best time to start looking at overnight masks. Dr. Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque* is all natural, cruelty-free and vegan which is intensive and so hydrating. Just putting on a light layer before bed I can feel the mask soothing my skin and regenerating it more than it would without a mask. The mask is a little thicker than normal moisturizer but not so thick you notice it/ it wipes onto pillows and I always find the mornings after I use it my skin is brighter and there are less blemishes (I usually wake up with slightly red blotchy cheeks!) I could not live without overnight masks’ now as my skin is always brighter and more hydrated when I use them. If you fancy trying this you can grab it for £19.99 instead of £79 throughout March only by using code RHIANBLOG here.
Best nourishing lip mask
As I use liquid lipsticks on a really regular basis I am finding that I need to use lip masks more often to keep my lips hydrated, plumped and primed ready for the liquidy goodness. I’ve tried a few overnight lip masks which and a lot either feel sticky or just don’t feel that they’re doing much but as soon as I found the Bite Algave Lip Mask last summer I’ve not really tried much since. The liquid is clear and a little on the thick side but during the night it sinks into your lips and leaves them looking amazing. I find my lipsticks apply so much better after using this and I try to use it every few days to keep my lips looking their best.
Best high-end face mask
Normally I don’t like spending a huge amount of money on face masks where I know cheaper versions work just as well but the Glamglow GravityMud intrigued me pretty much just because it goes a shiny silver colour when it sets on the skin. Once I decided it would be mine I wouldn’t rest and thankfully I found it in the duty-free when I was coming back from Budapest last September, although it probably worked out more expensive but #yolo. As soon as I first put it on my face it was love, it’s easy to apply, doesn’t feel as messy as a traditional face mask and I could feel it working as the mask set. Everything about this mask feels luxurious and my skin was so smooth after I took it off the first time I couldn’t stop stroking it, definitely a great purchase if you’re looking to splash out.
Best hydrating mask
Before last summer I had never heard of a sleep or overnight mask before but I grabbed a couple of the Sephora own brand ones when I was in Paris in April. They worked really well so when I headed to the States and did a massive haul I grabbed the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask and I don’t think anything is going to beat it. Firstly I’m not usually a fan of scented products but this smells of mango (without being too overpowering) and it’s amazing and refreshing. Secondly, my skin always feels so hydrated and bouncy after I have used it. Annoyingly I usually have dry patches around my nose and sometimes on my chin but the Origins mask has pretty much solved this issue.
Best sheet mask
Sheet masks are everywhere and so many brands are coming out with them that’s probably tried 25+ different brands. Despite the fact that I’ve tried some which have been super expensive, I’m taking £10+ for one mask, I don’t find they leave my skin feeling any nicer than the cheaper brands. The Garnier Skinactive Moisture Bomb mask is probably one of my favouites and it’s only about £1 in Boots but I find it easy to apply (well as easy as a sheet mask can be), it’s drenched in serum and my skin literally drinks it up. I love the brand’s moisture collection anyway and this just leaves my skin bouncy, hydrated and glowing. Who needs to spend silly money on a piece of fiber anyway?! Although I do always think I’ll have a collection of the Tony Moly I’m Real Masks nestled in my collection.
Best sheet masks for other body parts
When I first saw hand and foot masks I did snigger at the idea because who really needed a sheet mask for those body parts. Of course despite my initial reaction I did have to try them and in all honesty they’re amazing. Think how much work both areas get, your hands do pretty much everything for you and your feet carry your entire weight around. The best ones I’ve tried are the own brand Sephora Hand and Feet Masks which much like their face masks come in a variety of scents for different things but I find them all pretty much the same. Much like a traditional sheet mask they’re drenched in serum, feel cold at the first touch but sink into your skin beautifully leaving both your hands and feet smooth, soft and well cared for. The only thing I did find hard was laying in a position where the masks didn’t come off my feet and I was relaxed enough to pretty much do nothing.