If you have stumbled upon my blog more than once in your lifetime, it’s safe to say you are well aware of my love for beauty products and a good pamper sesh. If this is your first time on my page, you’re about to discover this very quickly. Arguably my favourite ‘self-care’ ritual is getting in my pj’s, throwing my hair up and smothering my skin in a mask. Had a bad day? Face mask. Feeling gross? Face mask. Procrastinating what you should be doing? Face mask.
I thought it was long overdue that I chat a little bit about this with you all so, in no particular order, here are my favourite face masks on the market at the moment:
Relatively new to South Africa, GlAMGLOW has made quite an impact since launching on our shores this year. I knew I needed to join the movement and see for myself what all the fuss was about and they did not disappoint! Although I said in no particular order, GLAMGLOW is listed number one on my list because it is actually the best I’ve ever used! (sorry not sorry). So far my favourite products from the face mask range are; SuperMud and GravityMud.
SuperMud is a charcoal face mask that visibly reduces your pores and eliminates blackheads, buffing your skin and leaving it with a smooth matte finish. All of the GLAMGLOW mask treatments come with a little brush for easy application. When I say visibly reduces, I really mean visibly reduces! I was so impressed with the texture of my skin afterwards and my face felt amazing! It’s the perfect solution for oily/dry/acne prone skin, or in my case, if you’re just wanting to take care of a break out.
GravityMud is an innovative Peel Off Mud treatment that instantly leaves skin feeling firmer and more lifted. I have always wanted to try a peel off’ mask so this was my first purchase from the GLAMGLOW range following a lip treatment called PoutMud. (Favourite product of all time!) Since reaching my twenties I have been cautiously aware that it’s time to start using anti-aging products but have never tried a firming and tightening mask before. It’s silver colour and slimy texture left me feeling some type of way. A ‘I’m so fancy’ type of way. I immediately felt it working my skin after application and once peeled off felt even better. I really believe this product has great long-term effects.
There are a whole lot of other variations of these products in the GLAMGLOW range so pop into a beauty counter at Woolworths or Truworths to see them all and find the perfect fit for your skin. These products are pricier than the average face mask so if you’re a bit unsure as to whether or not you want to buy the product, for R290 you can get the 15g bottle (this is what I did). It’s a great way to test out the product before shelling out a whole lot of cash and if you do like the product enough to buy the regular size, keep your smaller bottle for traveling. It’s the perfect size.
Retail price: R850
- The Body Shop Facial Peels
As listed above, these products are actually face peels rather than mask treatments but work wonders for my skin. They are called Vitamin C and Drops of Youth facial peels. If you follow my online activity you would have seen me chatting about the Vitamin C peel a while back. I’ve had it the longest so I may be biased in saying this but it’s probably my favourite out of the two. The product applies like a gel and within a few seconds your dead skin cells will start to very visibly lift from the surface.
It’s kinda gross but kinda amazing at the same time, not to mention strangely satisfying. I’m calling it now – the must have product for the summer! It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and soft afterwards and quite literally, renewed. It can tend to dry out your skin a bit though so be sure to finish with a nourishing moisturizer to lock in the moisture of your skin. These peels are available at The Body Shop nationwide.
Retail price: R240
- Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub
While I’ve never used this product on my body before, I’ve always sang its praises for the results it’s had on my face. Made with fine sea salt, fresh grapefruit, coconut oil, avocado butter and seaweed absolute, this scrub smells as good as it sounds! A little side note that most people don’t know is that it’s also made up of chopped organic limes soaked in vodka, which have toning properties and give that zingy, astringent feeling (try it for yourself and this will totally make sense). It’s not something that suits everyone, so if you are prone to sensitive skin maybe go for something from their range that’s not so harsh, but for me personally I didn’t have any issues with it. I was however freaking out that my skin was going to break out when I first used it as the stinging was on an intense level! I then researched the product a bit more and found that, that was normal and upon using it further down the line my skin had adjusted. It wasn’t so sensitive to the product as when I first tried it out. This product is available at any of the Lush stores nationwide.
Just a FYI with with Lush products – as all the ingredients are natural and fresh, their products have an expiry date usually two to three months after having been made so be sure to keep that in mind when buying products in large quantities.
Fun fact: This was one of my first Lush products I ever tried when their stores opened in SA.
Retail price: R179
- Sorbet Face Masks
What is probably the strangest and scariest looking mask to use, is definitely one of my all time favourite’s. I love the convenience of this product, the ‘no mess no fuss’ aspect of it and the instant effect it has on my skin. Although each mask is different in description and function, I personally I find that more often than not I use this product to revive my skin, repair and replenish it. After a day in the sun these face masks act as an after sun-soother or apply just before bed and once removed leave the remaining serum on your face to soak in over night. This product also comes in under-eye patches which I would highly recommend for early morning use.
This product might have the stereotype of being cheap and affordable, which is why so many of us use them, but in actuality you only get one use from each sachet. Other products that come in a different packaging may cost more but work out to be cheaper in the long run. Going on a weekend away? Pop one of these into your toiletry bag for safe keeping or to unwind after a long day. They hardly take up any space at all and always come in handy! Sorbet masks are available at any Sorbet salon or Clicks store nationwide.
Retail price: R50
I don’t know if this makes sense but I have a strange OCD mindset that lists of sorts should be done in 5’s? While I have numerous face masks I could add to this list, I wanted to incorporate products that focused on different aspects of skin maintenance and that I genuinely use all the time. Number 5 was meant to be an overnight mask, to hydrate and replenish your skin. A super amazing product for dry, dull and tired skin – which if you live in Cape Town is probably us all during winter. However I have not yet found a specific one I am in love with. At the moment I am experimenting with the Clinque Overnight Hydrating Mask. I haven’t used it enough to be able to tell the effect is has on my skin in the long run, but I do wake up with dewy, fresh skin. Once I have a more to report on it, or another product of its nature, it will be something to include in my next post for sure.
Something to keep in mind when working with facial products. It’s important to use in moderation and as often as suggested by the brand itself. It’s great to take care of your skin and give it regular TLC, but too much of a good thing really can be bad. Overuse of any face masks, whatever the function may be, can break through your skin’s natural barrier and send it into a downwards spiral. Whether it be the same product or a few you have on rotation based off of what your skin needs, I would recommend using a face mask three – four times a week at most.