Facial masks make me happy and I’m trying all the little things that might possibly make me slightly more able to endure isolation and ward off inevitable depression. If you like masks, but aren’t sure where to start, I’ve tried a few and share my thoughts here, so that you can make an informed decision if you so choose.
Masks I’ve Used Before
I lean towards green beauty. I have sensitive skin, especially on my face and prefer to use products without unnecessary chemicals. In the past I have tried Loreal Pure Clay Masks. Those were like my gateway masks and I still recommend the charcoal one. The only drawback for it is it hardens as it dries and you will need to take it off with a washcloth. It’s thick, yo. I tried the orange-ish one too that exfoliated and brightened as well as the green one that was actually a sugar scrub and smelled delicious. I’ve been using them for over a year. Charcoal, hands down, still a fave. I wouldn’t call it “green beauty”, but it’s definitely cleaner than some other products.
A while back, I spent a bit of money on a Tata Harper Daily Essentials set of all their favorite goodies. The brand is definitely considered green beauty and have the price tag for it. Would I buy their mask again? Probably not, but a lot of people LOVE Tata Harper. The mask was nice, but I wasn’t a fan of the smell or the price. When I slather it on my face I don’t want to be thinking about how much money I spent or skimp on the product to save it. I’m a spender, not a saver, so that should tell you something.
Target has been adding some great middle of the road green beauty products and I am here for it. They have a lot of the Say Yes to Carrots brand. I think this is one of those, “natural” brands. They claim 95% natural ingredients and vegan to boot. I am not here to zero in on the sneaky ingredients, but the last ingredient is fragrance which irritates my skin. Boo.
I tried two of their face masks multiple times, but couldn’t leave them on more than 10 minutes. This is my personal sensitivity issue. You might like them! They are a good choice for quick and dirty masking. They come in a trial size (which is what I grabbed) for $3-$5. You can get 2-3 uses out of it. After my first use, I put the rest into a glass jar I saved from the clay masks mentioned before that I had washed out to keep the ingredients stable. The two pictured are pretty similar. Exfoliate, brighten, all that jazz. I am pretty good about cleaning my face at night, unless I didn’t wear makeup and then I get lazy. These make me feel better about my laziness.
Another brand Target has added is Bliss. Super excited about this brand. The first mask I tried was the Marshmallow one. I’m on a bit of a mission about some discoloration, (lookin’ at you 4oth bday next year). It’s whipped which is nice and easy to apply. The smell is nice and light too. I have used this one a few times and my skin feels nice after wards. Balanced and clean.
Because I knew I would be writing about my experiences, I also decided to try the Mint Chip Mania mask from Bliss. It has cooling properties and is hydrating. It’s …different. You are supposed to pat it on, wait 10-15 minutes and then rub in the shea butter “chips” before rinsing it off. I accidentally rubbed it all in to begin with by mistake because I was impatient! It was still cooling and definitely moisturizing, but works better when you follow directions. Obvs. I don’t know how I feel about this one. My skin felt moisturized and the cooling feature was lovely, but I don’t know that I will use this one often, because of the two step process and also because hydration isn’t a major need for me. The website, which is so well done, suggests to try it after a day in the sun. Floridians! This could be your mask! Super fun to try, for sure.
Lastly, I am a big fan of One Love Organics. Their Easy Does It facial cleanser is amazing. The gentlest cleanser that doesn’t freak me out when I wash my eye makeup off and actually washes off my eye makeup! I’ve been using it for over a year now and love it. I was looking to order more on their website and decided to look at their masks. I found their Love and Charcoal Masque and although it’s a bit pricier than the others, I went for it. It’s got so much good stuff in it! This company is eco certified which you can read all about that here if it’s your jam. What I care about is how it smells, feels and if it helps. This product checked all those boxes for me. It’s enjoyable to use and my skin is so happy afterwards! If you only have $50 to spend on masks, I’d go for this one, or you can try two Bliss masks. They have plenty of options and even some overnight masks.
Other New Products
Throughout the last few weeks of masking, I also decided to try two other Bliss products. The first is the Bright Idea Serum. This goes on under your moisturizer, but not around your eyes. I had heard about using Vitamin C as well as the Tripeptides for age spots. Let me tell you, I have seen a difference. It is supposed to prevent hyperpigmentation, which is common in my family, as well as help with elasticity. I Marco Polo almost daily, so every day I am basically staring at my face. I have been going without makeup much more often lately, because quarantine, and I’m not so scary! The combination of masking and for sure the consistent use of this serum is helping my skin to be much happier. My age spots are lightening and my skin feels tighter. I loved the serum so much, I decided to try the Ex-glow-sion eye cream. I’ve just started using it, so I can’t say too much about it, but so far so good. I was worried about irritation because my eye area is especially sensitive, but haven’t had any issues. I may have been noticing a lightening of my dark circles, but I am hard core not sleeping well, so it might be a losing situation. Anyone else, with the not sleeping? Just the laying in bed until 2am or so with all the thoughts? No? Just me?
A face mask will not cure this pandemic, but the 15 minutes of self care and stress relief might help you endure a little better the quiet, slower pace or the mounting tasks and needs of your family. I hope this helps you choose and feel free to ask questions or share your favorites.