Face masks are one of my favourite ways to pamper myself. They don’t take long, and they can make you feel so refreshed. Plus, usually if you’re using a good one you notice a difference almost instantly.
I recently purchased the Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay. I really like Origins products because they’re not super expensive, their products are gentle, and they work. I’ve used it twice so far and I absolutely love it! It’s so gentle, smells amazing, and works instantly. I like to use masks like this one in the morning to wake up my skin. I have used another Origins Mask that I loved (that I’ll link here), but wanted to try something new because why not? after my morning shower, because I can usually carve out enough time while I’m making coffee or breakfast. It’s a great way to wake up the skin and give you a nice glow for the day.
First, I use my cleanser in the shower because I work out first thing in the morning and need to get the sweat off ASAP or I’ll break out. According to Sephora’s website you’re supposed to use this mask on clean skin anyways. It needs to be removed with warm water and circular motions, just using your finger tips. Usually I like to use a washcloth to slough off the dead skin but just using my hands worked well since this is an exfoliating mask. You’re then supposed to follow with the rest of your skincare routine. I don’t use a toner after using a mask like this one. The mask already exfoliates and cleans out your pores so using a toner afterward would just be too harsh. Plus, it does say to follow with your serum or moisturizer afterward, it doesn’t say anything about using your toner.
I find the best way to get the most out of your skincare is to follow the directions exactly. If you don’t you may cause more harm to your skin than good. Over exfoliating can cause little tears in the skin which can become infected and cause breakouts, redness and texture. Which are the exact symptoms you’re probably trying to fix by using the mask in the first place. These products are an investment in your skin so it’s important to make sure they’re not a wasted investment.
One of the things that attracted me to this mask was that it has the Sephora Clean Seal. This means that Sephora has guaranteed the product is “formulated without Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, etc. All skincare, hair, and makeup brands with the Clean Seal have less than one percent of synthetic fragrances”. This made me feel good, because although I’m not someone who only uses natural products, I do find that they are gentle and less harmful in the long term. I don’t believe that every all-natural product is harmless (after all a lot of harmful things come right from the earth…like cocaine), but I do believe that I don’t want a bunch of ingredients that have been proven harmful in my skincare. It would completely defeat the purpose of using skincare as a means of self care, since you would be doing more harm than good. So where I can I try to use products with less harmful chemicals in them and this mask fit the bill.
I would recommend this mask for anyone who has sensitive skin and wants to exfoliate a couple of times per week. This doesn’t replace anything in my everyday skincare routine, but it’s a wonderful addition and I’m happy I found it!
Let me know what your favourite mask is in the comments down below! Can’t wait to get some more suggestions!