Something I’ve taken more seriously as I’ve grown older is my skincare. Whereas I used to be happy with a face wipe and lip balm, my skin wasn’t. As my skin got worse and worse, I realised my routine wasn’t going to cut it anymore. A few years later there’s day creams, night cream, exfoliators, cleansers, toners, serums and best of all face masks. Face masks when I was a kid were cheap one use packets, reserved for sleepovers only. Now I have a face mask for all kinds of occasions, but my all time favourite will always be the sheet mask.
Sheet masks were initially a popular Korean craze, with Asian skincare often being held in very high regard. Sheet masks are essentially soft sheets of fabric soaked in serums full of goodness. There’s sheet masks for all skin issues: dryness, acne, aging, oil control, etc. They’re easy to apply, and unlike other face masks they aren’t messy. I especially love using them at Uni because I don’t have to take a trip to the bathroom to wash it off and risk someone seeing me. Sheet masks are my favourite skin quick fix, and some of these tried and tested masks are staples in my skin care routine. ‘Simple Kind To Skin Rich De-Stress Sheet Mask’ – Boots £2.99. The newest to my collection and one of my faves. Unlike some of the others I’m going to mention this mask is covered in less of a thick serum, and instead feels like it’s been soaked in oils. Simple says it is ‘infused with agave and skin loving vitamins, the mask infuses nutrients right into the skin to instantly soothe and brighten stressed skin.’ Another goodie from Simple is the ‘Simple Kind To Skin Pollution Protect Sheet Mask’, this one is infused with antioxidant Vitamin E, Vitamin B3 and Agave Americana, and helps fight against the drying conditions of living in a city.
‘Sanctuary Spa Purifying Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask’ – Boots £5. I’ve only used this mask once, but it’s definitely a treat. It is made up of two separate masks, one for the forehead and one for the rest of your face. After applying the mask it begins to bubble up, not only looking hilarious, but leaving your skin feeling squeaky clean afterwards. Sanctuary says the mask ‘helps pores appear less visible, skin looks clearer & fresher, excess oil is eliminated & skin feels deeply cleansed, as if you’d had a professional facial.’ The microbubbles help unclog pores and dislodge dirt, and if you want the cleanest feeling face, this is the mask for you. ‘Garnier Moisture Bomb Green Tea Hydrating Face Sheet Mask’ – Boots £2.99. This is my staple sheet mask. Cheap and effective, this mask is perfect for my combination, acne prone skin. Garnier says ‘its ultra-thin tissue is infused with a powerful formula; enriched with green tea and hyaluronic acid. It refreshes skin and helps to control shine whilst leaving the skin looking rebalanced’ and I can honestly say my skins always feels fresh, and looks less like an oil slick than usual.
‘Soap & Glory The Fab Pore, Pore-Refining Sheet Mask’ – Boots £3.50. This is my favourite mask of the lot. With Soap & Glory saying ‘A treat for oily skin (and for those of you prone to breakouts), this mask is stuffed with wonders including white willow bark, cassia, lavender, tea tree, lemon balm, eucalyptus and mint. Impurities are drawn out leaving you looking (and feeling) super cleansed.’ This is my dream mask, geared towards fixing both of my skin gripes. This makes your skin tingle whilst you leave it on for 20 mins, and whenever I go to Boots I pick up a couple of these just so I never run out.
As you can see I’m a fan of budget skin care, and these products alone prove you don’t have to spend a fortune to get healthy skin. With the more glowy, natural skin look being more popular than ever, and a really good skincare routine is the key. Healthy skin makes any make up (or no make up tbh) look ten times better, and if you really want to treat yourself I’d reccommend any of the above masks – go on, you deserve it!
Until next time,
Images sourced from theasiantodayonline.com, and boots.com