In a previous post I shared my daily skincare routine. In addition to cleansing, toning and moisturising, face masks are a crucial part of my regime. Over the last few months I have accumulated a bit of a mask collection.
I have oily skin with sporadic breakouts. I started to use tea tree oil as an acne treatment so this dries my skin a bit. I choose a mask based on what my skin needs at that point in time.
I’ll rate each product in my collection out of 10.
Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Mask
This is my favourite mask out of all I own. The outrageously strong herbal scent shocked me the first time I used the product. However, with continuous applications it became much more bearable. It really does help to control oil and soothe acne. As with any other clay-based mask, it draws out impurities from the pores. I experience a tingling sensation why I apply it but it does not burn my skin. What I really do love about it is that it has a grainy texture that gives a nice exfoliating effect when I’m rinsing. The Himalaya Neem Mask leaves my skin feeling so soft and supple and my face looks visibly cleaner after use.
I rate it a 9/10.
Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque
I use this mask when I want a really deep clean. It does an excellent job at cleaning out my pores. I think this mask works so well because it dries really, really hard, extracting oil, toxins and impurities in the process. It does not over-dry my skin and my pores are visibly smaller after use. My skin looks healthy and glowing when I use the Mud Pack Masque. Consistent use of this masque helps me to maintain a soft clarified complexion.
I’ll rate this 8/10 only because it doesn’t do much for blemishes.
Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask
I must admit that I bought the Charcoal and Black Sugar mask off the hype as so many bloggers have been raving about it. I must say the feel of activated charcoal literally pulling impurities as it warms on my skin is amazing. I think I prefer this more as an exfoliator than a mask. I somehow prefer a mask that dries on the skin. As its name indicates, this product is does a great job at polishing my skin. It really removes dead skin and leaves a healthy glow.
This gets 8/10 from me.
Freeman Cucumber Peel-Off Mask
This is my go to mask when my skin needs soothing. This cucumber mask is really gentle yet it pulls away impurities from my pores. I can actually see the whiteheads and dirt when I peel away the dried mask. It leaves my skin really soft, clean and silky smooth. I love that this mask does not make my skin dry. I love to use it especially after I cleanse my skin from wearing makeup.
This mask earns 8/10.
Freeman Mint & Lemon Clay Mask
I had really high expectations for this mask since I have seen a lot of bloggers compare it to Queen Helene’s Mint Julep mask. For some reason I always forget to buy a new Mint Julep so I picked this Freeman mask up instead. At first I was sceptical of the claim that it controls breakouts. However, after using it a few times it really does soothe and diminish the appearance of acne. The only downside to this is that it leaves my skin somewhat dry so I ensure that I tone and moisturise really well after.
This mask gets 8/10 from me.
Freeman Facial Brightening Mask- Golden Grain
This is a weird product that I actually like. It is a gel with glitter that claims to hydrate and brighten skin. I haven’t used this long enough to notice any brightening but it definitely is hydrating. I used it on its own a few times and my skin did feel amazing. My favourite use for this product is after I do a clay mask to rehydrate my skin.
For its hydrating benefits I rate this 7/10.
Himalaya Herbals Clarifying Mud Mask
This mud mask does a good job of cleansing and clarifying my pores. I feel a slight burning sensation when I apply it. However, this feeling passes after about a minute or so. The thin, runny consistency of the mask makes it dry quickly for a mud mask. I can actually see the oils being stripped away while it dries. As far as mud masks go, I prefer the Queen Helene mask because I see better results.
I rate it 7/10.
Freeman Pomegranate Revealing Peel-Off Mask
I like this mask. It does a good job to clear my pores and lift away any dullness on my skin. This mask has an 8-antioxidant blend of acai, goji, mango, mangosteen, cranberry, noni, pomegranate and blueberry. Based on this, my expectations were high but it turned out to be a basic peel off mask. It does leave you with soft skin so I cannot really complain.
This gets a 7/10.
Freeman Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask
I was drawn to this mask because of the Dead Sea minerals and it is clay-based so it is a match for my oily skin. This product is very easy to apply unlike some other clay masks and it dries quickly. I don’t think that it replenishes or balances moisture as the label claims. I just don’t feel that I get a deep clean with this product. However, it does leave my face smooth and refreshed. This is mask is a good pick me up for a relaxing spa day at home.
I rate this 7/10.
Freeman Facial Purifying Mask- Acai
I think I expected more from this product because of the antioxidants that are contained in the mask. It draws oil well just as any clay mask would. However, it doesn’t do much to minimise the look of my pores. I actually don’t like the fact that my skin looks dull after I wash this mask off. I doubt I’ll be repurchasing this one.
This mask gets 5/10 from me.
I think that my policy of rotating masks has been working very well for me. It keeps my skin on its toes as it doesn’t get used to any one product.
Which masks are you loving right now?