It’s hard to maintain a good skincare regimen while travelling. Extra layers of sunscreen, sweat from the summer heat, and overindulgence during my holiday had led to some irritation. My skin looked blotchy and felt bumpy. I decided to seek help from the superhero of skincare – the face mask. I needed to purify, exfoliate and unclog pores in order to rescue my skin.
I’m always a little lazy when it comes to face masks. They often need to stay on your face for ten or more minutes and I never quite know what to do with myself during this time! Some are also quite messy and hard to remove. This time around I applied them before a shower. I get undressed, put a robe on, or a towel around myself, apply the mask and then potter around for ten minutes. Then I hop into the shower and rinse it off without making a big mess in the bathroom. Masks are not for every day, most can be used twice a week at most.
So, after seeking help from a couple of masks, these four are my face purifying ultimate superheroes:
ESSE CLAY MASK
Jill and I both love this locally produced probiotic skincare brand that’s gaining a large following overseas. I hadn’t seen Jill for a few weeks over the holidays, and when we met up on New Year’s Eve, I couldn’t believe how great her skin looked. She puts it down to daily use of the Esse Probiotic Serum – see our review of the serum here.
For my requirements, I tried the Esse Clay Mask. The kaolin and bentonite clays in the product gently remove impurities, and the shea butter and coconut oil moisturise, while rooibos provides some antioxidants. The result – a purifying treatment that doesn’t dry your skin! Vegan, organic and cruelty-free. And what’s more, it is really well-priced.
JUICE BEAUTY GREEN APPLE PEEL SENSITIVE
The natural hydroxy acids juice in this product (from apple, lemon, grape, aloe and milk) cause a tingling sensation while it works to purify and rejuvenate the skin. I have a sensitive skin, hence my choice of this version of the product, but there is also a stronger version. The product tightens over ten minutes and after removal, my skin felt wonderfully smooth. I wouldn’t use this product just before an event as it could potentially cause a little redness, although I didn’t have any. Vegetarian, organic and cruelty-free.
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive 50ml, R790 BUY
LULU & MARULA NOURISHING MASK AND POLISH
I’m a little obsessed with the Lulu & Marula body balms, and their face masks are top-notch too! Their Nourishing Mask And Polish, for normal to dry skin, comes in a pinkish powder which one mixes with a little water. It’s quite fun applying this detoxifying “mud” to my skin, but it can be a little messy to remove (note the shower tip above).
The red Moroccan and French pink clays draw out toxins, and exfoliate the skin. Hibiscus flower, rosehip and chamomile work to calm, nurture and soothe the skin. The product is vegan and completely natural.
If you have oily skin, perhaps consider the Lulu & Marula Purifying Clay Mask & Polish.
THE COSMETICS CHEF PINEAPPLE OATMEAL ENZYME MASK
Cosmetic Chemist and friend of Equilibrio, Conny Oberrauter, recently launched an amazing book, The Cosmetics Chef, which contains recipes for skincare and lifestyle products you can make in your own kitchen. One of these products is her incredible Pineapple Oatmeal Enzyme Mask.
The bromelain in the pineapple gives the enzymatic peeling effect and is also rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and olive oil nourishes and moisturises. You’ll feel a tingle, and get an immediate glow after use. Some, may develop a little temporary redness, which is normal and will fade quickly.
It seems almost impossible that a face mask made with such simple ingredients can work as well as purchased products, but it does. And it costs very little. Now this is a superhero – it’s (almost) free, and it saves the day!
Here’s how to make it.
Puree the following ingredients:
100g of fresh pineapple
2 Tbsp of Oats
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
Apply to your face for ten minutes before rinsing, and store the rest in the fridge for up to a week. Follow The Cosmetics Chef’s Facebook page for some other great recipes, or better yet, buy the book!