I’m a HUGE facial fan both at-home and in-salons. In my opinion nothing beats a face mask for giving your skin a proper indulgent - and effective - pamper.
To combat congestion/breakouts and dullness plus defeat any dehydration or annoying dryness my go-to face mask combination at the moment is the Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel followed by the Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque.
The Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel (£35) is a fantastic exfoliating mask and contains a plethora of high-tech ingredients which ensures it packs a powerful punch. It’s a thick, gloopy-gel consistency which you apply in a thin layer all over your face (avoiding the eye area!) using the little firm-bristled brush it comes with and wash off after 10 minutes.
It may seem like a small pot but due to the potency of the mask a little goes a long way so you get a lot of bang for your buck. Don’t let the name put you off as this definitely falls into the category of gentle peels that don’t require any downtime whatsoever. A slight tingling sensation can be felt after about 5 minutes but your skin is simply thoroughly exfoliated with no actual ‘peeling’ or flaking to be seen.
The Lemon Strip Flash Peel is an AHA exfoliant that contains both glycolic and lactic acids and is formulated at a pH of 3.5, ensuring these ingredients do their job exfoliating skin and boosting collagen. Micro algae extract calms and soothes whilst liquorice extract brightens and evens leaveing your skin looking brighter and smoother.
The Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque (£25.65) is a fantastic face mask for all skin types and so many occasions; it’s soothing, cooling and oil-free (YAY!) so whether it’s post-peel, post-sunbathing or post-one-too-many-shots it’s the perfect pick me up for stressed out skin all year round and whatever the weather.
A lightweight gel texture which you can leave on for 10 minutes or longer/overnight as an intensive treatment (be warned though that it remains slightly tacky-feeling on the skin so does feel a bit odd, especially in the morning) it immediately re-hydrates and calms skin with its combination of rosewater, aloe, kelp and lavender. I highly recommend this mask as a must-have for traveling as it can be used to soothe sore wind or sunburnt faces. It’s a great price point too as a tube lasts absolutely bloomin’ ages - I got mine in December and have barely used ¼ of it even with regular use! Top tip – pop it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before use to achieve maximum soothing relaxation.
Be sure to let me know your favourite face masks and check out my ‘The Night Before’ Routine to see my go-to products to prepare fora big event!
Jennifer Rosellen x