My Quest For An Age-Appropriate Skincare Routine: Face Masks

Even before I decided to delve deeper into my skincare routine – or lack thereof – I was a face mask fangirl.

It was a fortnightly ritual of sorts.

On a self-care Sunday I’d put on a mask and then spend the next twenty minutes doing some sort of life admin; put away clean washing, vacuum, reply to emails or clean my makeup brushes. And on a hungover Sunday, when my face was a walking billboard for self-pity, I’d use a mask to cure puffy eyes, red blotches and remove any lingering traces of makeup that micellar water had missed.

But the thing about face masks is that it’s not a one-fits-all department; there are so many on the market and depending on which mask you use you can garner very different results. So here are the four face masks I use consistently that all serve a completely different purpose.

Let me know if any of these are on your makeup shelf too! Let’s be matching!

Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Hydrating Masque. This is my favourite summer mask because it is super cooling and because of the aloe it’s perfect for sunburnt cheeks or dry, chapped skin. It doesn’t “dry” on your face like a classic mask would so in that respect it can be a little messier. You can leave it for as little as five minutes for a quick cooling burst or as long as overnight because there aren’t any harsh chemicals or ingredients to be wary of.

One of my other beloved face masks, which is also free of harsh chemicals and ingredients, is the Girl Undiscovered Stumbled Across Paradise Face Mask. Everything in the Girl Undiscovered range is 100% wild and their face mask has only three superstar ingredients: Burmese thanaka, Balinese virgin coconut oil and wild island kanuka honey. This is a true face scrub that polishes and plumps your skin and because it’s so natural you can use it up to three times a week. Either leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off or add a splash a water after 10 minutes, gently massage, and then leave it for an extra 10 minutes. Yummy.

The GlamGlow YouthMud Tingle Exfoliant Treatment was the first face mask I spent a lot amount of money on, it retails for $109 at Mecca Cosmetica. It is also the most intense mask of the four I’ve mentioned and it took me a while to feel comfortable with the tingling-sensation it has for the first ten minutes on your face. But as the mask dries the tingling stops and by the time you’ve washed it off and you look like a Glossier billboard you really don’t care about any “sensations” at all. It was designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s entertainment, music, fashion & award industries, and really that’s all I need to tell you.

Last but certainly not least is the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask. Clay masks are the easiest way to give your skin a super deep clean without being harsh or spending a lot of money, case in point: the Pure Clay Detox Mask. At $24.99 and available at most supermarkets this mask is the most accessible out of my list and will leave you with baby skin after about 10-15 minutes. If you prefer a more chic mask but at a similar price range, the beloved Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask is also a clay and has been a bestseller for years, with good reason.