Since I was little, I've always associated face masks with the small pouches you can get in Boots and Superdrug. They were affordable and accessible and pretty much made up the bulk of my face mask repertoire. Fast forward a decade and I've now got quite the collection of face masks, using it as an excuse for a mid-week, post-work pamper to help me unwind and de-stress before going to bed. I now see face masks as not only having a practical use in providing targeted and concentrated skincare, but also as benefiting your mental state too. From texture, scent, ingredients and effect, these three more upmarket face masks are some of my favourites to incorporate into my skincare routine.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (£40)
Great for: scent and fab all-rounder
Although I have written about this all-time favourite before as part of a post on cleansers, I couldn't resist adding this one into my face mask favourites too. It really is one of those products that I find myself turning to so regularly. I bought a little travel version in Duty Free (worked out as an amazing price, compared to the £40 you would pay for a full-sized tub) and it comes with me on all my travels. It's the perfect size to fit in your overnight make-up bag and you are left reassured that your skincare routine will still be on point. Despite it being a cleansing balm, you can also leave this gorgeously nourishing product on as a mask for about 15 minutes so it's a great one for multitasking- no having to bring a separate cleanser and mask! It takes make-up off wonderfully and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. The scent is heavenly- by far my favourite out of these three. A mixture of mimosa and rose waxes with starflower and elderberry oils, this balm gives you that sensory spa experience in your own home. There's nothing I don't love about this product!
Eve Lom Rescue Mask (£55)
Great for: radiance boost
I know it may seem a steep price for a face mask, but this Eve Lom one is AMAZING. A totally different texture to the balmy Elemis mask, this Rescue Mask is a smooth formula dotted with exfoliating little ground almond seeds to help decongest your skin. At first I wasn't too keen on the scent (which is difficult to describe, other than 'unusual'), but after a few applications I absolutely love it. It's definitely an element of the product that I have warmed to, and now love applying this mask because the scent is uplifting, refreshing and cleansing. This mask also features honey-infused Kaolin clay to help reduce puffiness and condition your skin, whilst the Camphor provides that cooling, decongesting element that this mask is so well-known for. It's a great versatile mask which can be used to target a number of skin concerns, and one I always turn to for a weekend pamper. The anti-puffiness qualities makes it perfect to use the next day after a night out; you can also see an instant difference in how radiant it makes your complexion too!
Bee Good Necta Perfecta Beautifying Mask (£39.95)
Great for: a hit of hydration
This big jar of goodness not only comes packaged in the most beautiful, bee-hive box, but the mask itself is pretty darn fantastic. The balmy texture is similar to the Elemis one but feels a tad less 'oily'. This can be used on your body too, making it again a wonderful versatile product (which always makes spending the £££ so much more worth it). Again, it seems quite pricey but you get such a big tub for your money, as seen in the photos compared to the others! Feeling a little 'grainy' at first, when this product is massaged between your fingers it turns into this wonderful slick balm which you can then apply all over. Suitable for use on all skin types, this mask helps gently exfoliate, speed up skin's healing process (great for blemishes), is packed full of anti-ageing properties and the unique blend of honey, Beeswax and natural plant extracts give this mask hydrating and nourishing qualities like no other. If I feel as though my skin is getting a bit dry and dehydrated, this is the one I turn to! A top tip: if you get dry hands (my cuticles are awful due to dermotillomania), pop some of this mask on as a treatment for super-soft skin.
Which face masks do you love? Have you tried any of these?