When my face needs a boost, I make time for a good revitalising mask. They’re brilliant for helping to remove dead skin cells, lessening the appearance of texture on the skin, and adding glow and bounce. Because I have sensitive skin, I do have to be careful using these as they’re quite powerful and can irritate delicate skin. With each, I did a patch test on the hinge of my jaw, just to make sure they were OK. I rarely leave them on for the recommended time as they’re all quite powerful.
Liz Earle’s Brightening Treatment Mask is great for revitalising tired, dull skin. It’s also quick! I leave it on for about a minute and always get good results. Because it doesn’t leave skin looking red or irritated, it slots beautifully into my morning routine once or twice a week. And it always leaves my face looking smooth, glowy and healthy.
If you have a bit more time, Ren’s Glycolactic Radiance Mask gives a real boost to lacklustre skin while deep-cleaning pores and removing dead skin. It’s quite tingly, so I leave it on for about five minutes instead of the recommended ten. I enjoy working this mask into my night-time routine about once a week. It leaves my skin clean and ready to receive all of the benefits of my evening skincare.
Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is an indulgent treat. While it’s quick to use – three-to-five minutes – it feels very spa-like, so save it for when you have a few minutes to pamper yourself. Of the three masks I’ve mentioned, this is the most active, so I wouldn’t use it in the morning or before a night out as it can leave skin looking a bit red and splotchy immediately after use. Honestly, I’d use this one for the scent alone – gorgeous notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and ginger. Perfect for perking up dull winter skin.