I am a huge fan of a face mask. I could never have too many of them and they are a product that I use at least once a week when I have a pamper session - usually I apply it in the bath as the warmth from the bath helps get the mask working. Here are 6 of my current favourites.
1. Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask - I absolutely adore using this mask. It's a thermal mask so you apply a thin layer and feel it warming on your skin. You allow it to cool for 5 minutes and then rinse, or wipe off with a flannel. It is a clay mask and the warming effect helps to open up the pores so that the charcoal and clay can help draw out the impurities from deep within the skin. £10.50 from Boots.
2. Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask - Another clay mask and this is a really popular offering from Liz Earle. It's aimed at oily/combination skin and helps to draw out impurities to leave skin feeling balanced and calm. This is a proper clay mask - thick and quite tricky to wash off (the mask comes with a special sponge) but it leaves skin super soft and smooth. You can try a 15ml version for £6 from Liz Earle's website.
3. Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask* - this mask from Claudia Louch is packed full of the good stuff - grape seed oil, avocado oil, aloe, shea butter, vitamin E to name but a few ingredients! This is a cross between a clay mask and a more moisturising one - it aims to shrink pores and leave skin baby-soft. It is free from harsh chemicals and 94% natural so a great one for sensitive skin. It's just a bit on the pricy side! £52.50 from the Claudia Louch website.
4. Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask - Origins are known for their intensive overnight mask which I am yet to try, but this is another great offering from the brand. It's formulated for dry skin and is basically a great big dose of moisture. Algae extracts deliver hydration while Apricot Kernel Oil acts like a 'fountain of youth'. This has been a must-have mask for over winter. £23 from Boots.
5. Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask* - this mask is brilliant for a quick-fix. It's quick, effective and does exactly what is claims to do! Simply apply a layer for between 30 seconds-2 minutes and then remove. It includes natural active ingredients such as aloe vera which give your skin a natural radiance. It isn't suitable for sensitive skin and mine does flare up occasionally, so I only use this every so often for a little boost. You can try a 15ml version for £6 from Liz Earle's website.
6. Skin Chemists Rapid Facial* - This is the most expensive mask of the lot and very pricy it is indeed at over £100 (eek!). It is fantastic though - the glycolic acid in the formulation works by breaking down substances that bond dead skin cells trapped underneath the top layer of skin. These dead skins can then be rinsed away which leaves skin looking super clear and radiant. £117 from Skin Chemists.