A round up of The Five’s 5 favourite face masks from a self crowned expert and social butterfly, which are perfect for a pre-party glow on the go, or an after-sesh refresh.
Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Bubble Mask
I love Nip+Fab products anyway but this is THE BEST facemask on the market for acne prone skin. The 2% Glycolic Acid smoothes the skin’s surface, whilst clearing oils and impurities that cause spots and also lifting the dead skin that blocks skincare products from properly penetrating your face. The mask does not have a high acid concentration so it is perfect for first time users of acid products and for those with sensitive skin. Since I have started using this facemask every week, my skin has never been clearer and my complexion so radiant. One of the best features is that you can use it literally anywhere and it only takes 10 minutes. I just wish it was in bottle form because they are £5.50 a pop but well worth it.
Recommended use: This mask is perfect for a pre-weekend prep so I tend to use it once a week on a Thursday or Friday to freshen up my complexion for my weekend plans. FYI girls, it helps your make up go on amazingly.
How to use: It’s really simple, take the mask out of the packet, smooth it out over your face, wait 10 minutes, remove the mask and rinse off the leftover bubbles.
Garnier Eye Sheet Mask Hyaluronic Acid and Orange Juice
I don’t usually rate any under eye product because they never seem to make my dark circles or puffy morning eyes look any better. I have tried everything from hemorrhoid cream to taping frozen peppermint tea bags under my eyes. However, I first used this mask at Glastonbury festival after a few heavy nights to try and fool people into thinking I’d slept properly, without the benefit of an actual bed or a morning shower. Not only did I feel it cooling and soothing my skin on a hot summers day, but the result was noticeable directly after use. My under eyes looked brighter and more awake instantly and I felt so much more refreshed in general. If you don’t believe me, one of the other Five members tried one but one half was missing, so her left eye looked way better than her right one.
Recommended use: This mask is perfect for any occasion where you may look a bit tired but I personally use once every other morning, making sure it always falls on a Saturday and Monday because they are the hardest mornings.
How to use: Firstly I would recommend storing in the fridge for an extra cooling effect. Remove both eye pads from the packet, smooth evenly under your eyes and leave on for 15 minutes.
Lush Mask of Magnaminty
My favorite go-to mask for a deep clean, making a noticeable difference to the freshness in my complexion! The ground aduki beans exfoliate flaky or dry skin without being too invasive, meanwhile allowing the kaolin clay and tingly peppermint oil to unclog your pores. The vanilla absolute and honey then work together to soothe and moisturize, making it a great product for those with sensitive skin who may usually find exfoliating products somewhat irritating on their face. One of the best things about this product is that it lasts forever, even with regular use. My 125g tub is not even finished and I’ve had it for 2.5 months.
Recommended use: I use this product once or twice during the week, but if you want to use it a bit more I would say go for it because it is very soothing and not harsh on skin.
How to use: Spread evenly over your face and leave on for 10 – 15 minutes.
NIP+FAB Dragons Blood Fix Jelly Mask
If you’re like me and struggle with problematic skin, therefore becoming a regular user of various masks and facial cleansing products in the name of unclogging your pores, you might find you can sometimes over do it and dry out your skin. Winter months are especially hard, causing some dryness and irritation but this mask solves all of those problems. The radical hydrating jelly formula quickly hydrates skin locking in moisture but also creates a protective barrier to help shield against environmental aggressors. As an added bonus its anti-aging properties plump the face and smooth the appearance of fine lines.
Recommended use: I like to use on a Monday because I’ve usually spent my Sundays deep cleaning my face from having worn makeup all day and stayed up all night on Saturday. It’s a great after sesh refresher.
How to use: Apply a generous layer in the evening onto a clean, dry face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and wash off. Recommended use is 2-3 times a week but I find once a week plenty.
Garnier Charcoal and Alge Purifying and Hydrating Face Sheet Mask for Enlarged Pores
So far in this post I have covered quick fix masks for acne, dead skin, puffy eyes, deep cleaning, clogged pores and hydration, so you can probably tell I deal with most skin problems on the market. So it only feels right to conclude with my preferred solution for tightening pores. Pores become enlarged when they produce too much oil, which then fuses with dead skin and results in a clog. Oil production tends to be largely hormone related so there is not really a permanent solution, but a good skin care routine will do you many favours. This replenishing tissue mask formula contains a blend of helpful ingredients that work together to deliver long lasting hydration with a number of anti-ageing benefits, while the charcoal draws out oil and impurities from your skin like a magnet and therefore tightening pores
Recommended use: This is the definition of an after weekend quick fixer, especially for those of us who wear makeup. So I would only recommend using once a week- but again, it’s really up to you.
How to use: Super easy to apply, just smooth the tissue mask evenly over your face and leave on for 15 minutes for a mattified complexion.
All masks mentioned in this article are available at your regular beauty shops and also online.