If there is one thing I am not short of in my bathroom, it’s face masks, hydrating face masks to be more specific; my dehydrated skin laps them up the same way that I down an ice cold Coke Zero on a hot (okay, any) day. With the change of season, pregnancy hormones and being pretty ill on top of it all, my skin has taken quite a knock and so I’ve been slathering on these three face masks religiously and they have done the world of good!
Hydrating face masks really are a non-negotiable in my skincare regime, they sink into the skin much deeper than my moisturiser ever could and really help to combat any signs of dullness are dry, flaky patches. After I’ve used them my skin feels plumped up, those nasty dehydration lines are significantly reduced and my skin has a wonderful healthy glow.
Now that I’ve blabbed on about why I love hydrating masks so much, let’s get into which ones have been frequenting my face.
Kiehl’s Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask: Look, I’ve never been a huge fan of sheet masks. They’ve always slid off my face and I just have never found one that has given me the results that I’m after… until now. This brand new mask from Kiehl’s is just an absolute pleasure to use, from application to the results, I am obsessed. A great product for those looking to inject some dewy hydration into their skin, this sheet mask contains some really interesting key ingredients; Copaiba Resin Oil from the Amazon to smooth and soften the skin, Pracaxi Oil has an incredibly high concentration of Behenic Acid making it really moisturising, and Andiroba Oil which is also from the Amazon and replinishes the skin with omega 6 fatty acids, an essential building block for the skins barrier function. The two part sheet mask itself is made of biocellulose-embedded hydrogel, so basically it’s a gel-like sheet mask and it does not move off of your face until you decide it’s time to take it off making it a breeze to use whether you’re soaking in the tub, or cooking dinner. A total win in my books.
Available from Kiehl’s stand alone stores, Red Square or Red Square online for R794 (4 treatments)
Aloe Unique Aloe & Honey Gel Mask: I’ve sung this mask’s praises so many times, but it’s that good so I’m doing it again. Aloe Unique is a proudly South African company that uses Aloe Ferox to treat the skin, I’ve tried a few of their products but this is by far my favourite. This gel mask is packed full of anti-oxidants that will fight against free radicals damaging the skin, as well as Aloe Ferox (of course) to give thirsty skin that drink of hydration that it is craving. I try to use this mask once a week (I generally mask twice a week) and and I am always thrilled with how my skin looks and feels afterwards; fresh, hydrated and happy. Every now and again I actually sleep with it on and then remove the excess in the morning which also works a treat. Effective, locally made and ridiculously affordable, there’s no excuse not to try this hydrating face mask from Aloe Unique.
Available online from Aloe Unique for R100 (75ml)
Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mask: The first product I think of when I see the name Bioderma, is their cult-status micellar water, that stuff is incredible and I always have a bottle stashed away somewhere, but as I have recently discovered, the brand has a good amount of other products that are just as fab, one of these is the Hydrabio Moisturising Mask. The Hydrabio range is specifically formulated for those with dehydrated and sensitive skin so if that’s what you’re struggling with, make a bee line for these products the next time you’re at the shop! The Moisturising Mask has a lovely, luxurious cream texture and once it’s on your skin, it really feels like it’s cocooning you in moisture. It only needs to be on for 10 minutes for you to feel and see the benefits: soft, nourished, soothed skin. All of the Hydrabio products have the key ingredient, Hydrabio Légère which contains the Aquagenium™ biological patent. This impressive component stimulates the production of aquaporins (water channels) in the skin, letting hydration flow to where it’s needed the most. This is an incredible mask to add to your skincare regime if you’re a little bit on the sensitive side.
Available from Clicks stores or online for R279,95 (75ml)
So, which mask are you going to add to your collection? And if you have a favourite hydrating face mask, let me know in the comments.