Wednesday, 25 January 2017


Do you battle dry skin and dehydration? Forgot what glowing Complexion looks like? Don't fret. These masks will help you achieve the glowing skin you've only dreamt off. 

Dry and dehydrated skin is prone to dullness, dry patches, grey-ish tones. It's just the way your skin is programmed and with right skincare you can certainly turn it around. 

There's a lot of factors included in your daily routine that you could probably benefit from. Firstly - water intake. Try the 3 litre a day challenge, get your friends involved. And to answer the most asked question - yes, you will pee a lot. In the process you will re-program your body and free it from toxins quicker. Your skin and health will thank you for it. The benefits will be visible quickly and after couple of weeks your dehydration lines will be less visible. 

Water itself isn't enough to make your complexion suddenly become radiant. In future posts, I plan to talk to you about Cleansing and morning and evening skincare, but today, let's talk facial masks. 

I'm a huge addict fan of face masks. If you choose right, they can give you almost instant gratification. Some results are instant, some come over time but the main thing to remember - it's not a trick, they do work! It took me a while to understand my own skin needs and it can be a trying time. The amount of times I ended up with congested pores, breakouts, more dry patches or even allergy reaction. Few years later, I know what works for my skin. It may not work for yours, it's such a personal process, but it's worth it in the end. 

AHA/BHA acid based mask

AHA are usually better for dry skin and BHA for more oily types. However if your dry skin is prone to breakouts (I know it sucks!!!) a bit of BHA won't kill you. Lately the mask I start my multiple mask routine with is Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. I wrote about it earlier - POST - so I won't go in to too much detail but this mask has changed the way I mask! It's quite harsh and believe me you'll feel it working, but the uncomfortable feeling lasts only for couple of minutes. It's by far the best first mask I've used. I say first, as I always follow with something more soothing. PTR mask works on many levels with exfoliation being the most visible effect. It's practically instant and you'll notice it from day one. My skin becomes so smooth and I'm on the way to get rid of all the little bumps I had to endure over the years. 

Clay mask

The choice is yours and I would recommend reading up on effects various clays can have in cosmetics. I have fallen in love with L'Oreal Detox Clay Mask. I wrote about it before and I stand by my review - POST - it's a brilliant mask if you struggle with congested pores and your skin is in a serious need of detoxing. I love how clear and smooth my skin is after using this mask and I tend to use it, as with PTR mask, as a first mask. It doesn't block my pores, I feel it works great as a base mask and preps my skin for more. Use it on your own or follow with something super hydrating. 

Treatment mask

Ok, this may not be a proper term for it, but I treat my second mask as such. It's the mask I choose to follow up with after acid or clay based masks. There were many faves over the years but recently two have managed to completely overcome my routine.

Tołpa Provivo 35+ Radiance Mask promises you a younger looking, radiant skin with less lines. I find this mask works brilliantly on its own but also seems to work oh so well as a follow up to the PTR mask. It soothes my skin, it makes it plump and so soft! It's deeply hydrating and nourishing and it makes a massive difference even after the first use. In a pack you get two uses but I managed to use it 3-4 times. The price is incredible especially given instant results and also how comfortable my skin feels for days after use. I haven't talked about it before, so let's start with the ingredient list;

Aqua, Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate, Isohexadecane, Peat Extract, Steareth-20, Propanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Stearic Acid, Baicalin, Hibiskus Abelmoschus Seed Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylamide, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

First of all all Tołpa skincare comes free of allergens, silicons (yay dry skin!), parabens, PEGs and paraffin. Lack of PEGs mean the products have to be used quickly (usually 3 months from opening). Baicalin extract works to give your skin a more youthful look. Hibiscus seed extract have a strong regenerating properties and Cassia Seed extract is nature's answer to hyaluronic acid. Altogether the ingredients work to give you more youthful and glowing complexion, even my sensitive skin can't complain! 

The second mask on my never ending recommendation list for superb results is Emma Hardie 'Amazing Face' Age Support Instant Radiance Face Mask
Not on the cheap side sadly, it first the medium price range well. At £36 a pop you get a 75 ml of the product so it'll serve you well for a good 15-20 uses. I don't spare it. I use a fair amount and distribute it evenly over my face and neck. It targets dullness and glow it surely gives. It's a perfect pick me up choice if you're planning a night out or before any event. In 10 minutes, although I leave it on for much longer, it transforms the skin. It has deeply moisturising effect and almost plumps out my skin. My skin looks firm, it's super soft to touch and radiant after one use. Overtime I noticed, less dehydration lines as if the mask dealt with them on its own. It has a pleasant scent and creamy consistency which separates after a while on my face (again, I leave it on for ages). I like to remove it with a warm cloth and apply skincare afterwards. Perfect for day and night, on it's own or as a follow up mask. I can't praise it enough! 

Moisturising mask

Just your plain simple moisturising mask is my absolute fave Lush Oatifix. I don't know how many pots I went through already but it is by far my favourite lazy Saturday morning fix. It smells incredible, deeply nourishes my skin which results in awoken, radiant complexion. I don't think the effects linger but it's a perfect pick me up kinda mask. I use it at least twice a week as it has to be used within 3 weeks from opening, as most Lush masks do but it's just a joy to be used. I honestly love the scent so much I could probably use it every day if it wasn't such a pain in the backside to apply. I always waste a lot of product. Nevertheless I wouldn't change it for the world. It offers a mild exfoliation with the oats during a massage of taking it off and banana and honey offer hydration. I adore it! It's great for dry and sensitive skin, just a gem you just need to try, at least once! 

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