My skin has been so unhappy recently, I think I have had more blemishes in the past few months than I have had in my whole life, and not only that my skin is also quite dehydrated. I usually have combination oily skin, but I am finding now that my skin is mostly normal (except my oily nose) and dehydrated all over, even my previously oily areas are less oily. This has caused me to have a good look at my skincare routine. I expect I will write an up to date skincare routine soon once I finish tweaking it.
Since my skin has changed I have found I am reaching for a clay mask to deeply clean my skin (mainly my nose and chin) and a hydrating mask to rehydrate the rest of my face. Now usually I would have used these masks at separate times on separate days, however after having a facial recently where the beautician targeted different areas of my skin with different masks I have changed my face mask routine. I discovered I could either use both masks at the same time as the beautician did, or I could use one after the other. I find that clay masks leave my skin feeling a bit tight now, so using a hydrating mask afterwards really helps relieve that feeling.
The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is a bright mint green clay mask that smells strongly of fresh mint. I personally love the scent, but it does feel like you are rubbing toothpaste all over your face. The mask feels smooth and cooling when you apply it to the face which is nice and relaxing. I usually only apply this mask to my t-zone as that is where I get the most oily and the most blemishes. It does a fantastic job of absorbing excess oil and reducing the occurrence of spots. I can say without a doubt it is one of the best clay masks I have ever used.
The Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Out of Trouble Mask is a creamy hydrating mask with a scent that reminds me of peaches. Like the Queen Helene mask it feels cooling when you apply it to the face and it also feels quite soothing on the skin. It provides an instant – well not quite instant – shot of hydration to the skin and I find that it stops my skin feeling quite so tight. Even though I have an oily nose and oily-ish chin and forehead I still apply this mask to my t-zone as my skin is also dehydrated in those areas.
The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque and the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Out of Trouble Mask are the perfect products to help deeply clean and hydrate the skin. The Queen Helene retails for approximately £4 and is available here, and the Origins retails for £23 and is available here.