I’m on a little mission to help you look at all the makeup and skincare stuff in your stash in a whole new way and this time, it’s on how to self-care every day with facial masks. I’m sure there’s one in your cabinet begging to be used.
The thing is, as much as I’d love to have a plastic surgeon and an aesthetician on speed dial, that’s not quite my reality. But there are things we can all do to practice a little self-care even if it’s for five minutes and using facial masks makes it easy to do that.
I have two that I’ve been relying on, Natura Bissé Essential Shock Intense Mask and Chanel Le Lift Skin-Recovery Sleep Mask For Face, Neck and Décolleté. Both have anti-ageing properties and can also help almost any skin type to amp up the glow and offer some surface smoothing.
Natura Bissé has been a pioneering skincare brand since 1979. Based in Spain, this award-winning brand has been one of my personal favourites for a while now. The Shock Intense mask is a thick, white, creamy mask that soothes and refines the skin’s texture. All that’s required is about fifteen minutes to reap the benefits of the ingredients which include pineapple extract, green tea, vitamins C and A, boswellia serrata extract and allantoin plus kaolin.
All of these ingredients help to soothe, protect, soften and revitalise the skin. But let’s step away from the party-speak for a bit.
I can tell you that in real-time, apart from the Chanel Le Lift mask, this is the only other mask in my routine at the moment and it has truly set itself apart from so many of the other masks I’ve used. It goes on thick then tightens and dries to a distinct pantomime white.
The Essential Shock Intense Mask is not fragrance-free and the scent never quite disappears. But once it’s removed, ideally with a damp, warm cloth, my skin always appears so much brighter and smoother and feels markedly refreshed. If I happen to have a little visitor, (a spot) and I want to speed up its exit, draw it out or bring it down a bit, I’ve noticed this mask helps to move things along nicely. But if you have cystic acne, I’d talk to an aesthetician first to determine if this mask is a good idea.
Another thing to note is that if your skin is dry and you’re using corrective products such as acids or retinol etc, this mask may emphasise dry patches once its removed but that’s easily remedied by applying a hydrating serum or moisturiser.
Otherwise, the tiny bit of tingling that happens during the fifteen minutes is a sweet reminder that not much is needed to practice a bit of self-care. And as with any mask, it’s always better to keep it on only for the specified time.
The other facial mask is the Le Lift Skin-Recovery Sleep Mask which I’ve been using for the past ten months at the time of this writing. Chanel has different lines for different skincare concerns and Le Lift is one of the brand’s anti-ageing lines. I’ve finished a jar of the Le Lift Eye Cream and shared quick thoughts about it [in this post] but this mask is the first sleeping mask I’ve ever used.
Sleep masks hit the market like a huge wave a few years ago and of course, several brands now have them. You can think of a sleep mask in the same way you would a night cream. Some offer deep hydration while other sleep masks offer ‘skin correction’ while you dream; think of formulas with exfoliating or spot fading ingredients as an example.
Chanel Le Lift Skin-Recovery Sleep Mask For Face Neck and Décolleté comes in a sleek tube and contains smoothing silk proteins. Also not fragrance-free, you can smell the alcohol in it a bit. That aside, I have to say that I loved this product from basically the moment I started using it. The scent disappears and I always wake up to smooth, soft, bouncy skin.
If I’m much too tired to use a handful of products, this is always my saviour because it just about guarantees that I wake up to skin that looks like I did a lot more than I actually did.
With a balm-in-gel texture, it absorbs quickly, cocoons the skin by making it feel smoother and imparts a temporary cooling feeling. Plus it can be layered over other skincare, just make sure it’s the last thing you apply. I like to massage a tiny bit into the back of my hands as well and of course, it’s a benefit to the neck and décolleté too. With its glow-giving aspects, the effect lasts well into the next day until I’ve washed my face.
As it’s a sleep mask, there’s no time limit so the self-care aspect but just know that it won’t and can’t take the place of actual sleep. So go on and smoothe on a mask while you’re watching TV or go ahead and give a sleep mask a try. And if you want more skincare, see all the details about the German cleanser that makes my skin feel its cleanest [here] and I hope this helps.