A lot of us will have seasonally dry and dehydrated skin so a brilliant way to quench that thirst is to inject a bit of moisture via a masque.
I’ve picked four of my favourites to share with you.
First up and best value for money: La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque £13.60 50ml
Recommended as a soothing weekly treatment, the key ingredients are thermal spring water & hyaluronic acid to infuse and retain water. This is such a good range, I love so many of the products & the Hydraphase Intense is specially formulated for dehydration.
Even if you don’t suffer from this, I would always recommend a hydration-oriented product for anyone who wears make up or works in a heated or air conditioned environment, it simply ensures your skin will look good throughout the day.
These are really pure and quality ingredients for a stonking price. Also try the hydraphase intense eye cream, it’s bloody amazing and also under £15.
Natural but Luxe: Caudalie Masque Creme Hydratant £22 for 75ml
I’m new to this innovative French brand but it has won many fans over the last few years (Victoria Beckham for instance) with it’s eco friendly commitment to not using parabens, phtalates, mineral oils, sulfates & animal derived / tested ingredients and I was really keen to try it. The USP is the use of vine reservatrol, sap & grapeseed (by-products of the French Vineyard which is home to the brand) to firm & moisturise the skin.
A really lovely and luxurious product, it left my skin feeling thoroughly quenched. I’ll be trying more of the range and reporting back.
The special occasion: Starskin Hydrating Bio Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask £8.50
This is the equivalent of hooking your skin up to a drip for half an hour & is the ideal way to prep your face for a big occasion. My skin was plumped and looked fresh, moisturised and zingy. And no wonder, the mask contains almost a bottle full of serum (!)
Key ingredients are organic bio cellulose, infused with naturally fermented coconut juice plus a blend of amino acids, brown algae and Xylitol (delish!)for their anti-ageing properties. For added pep, chill it in the fridge beforehand. It conditions your skin perfectly to apply make up.
And last but not least – you need this in your life…
As masque’s go, it’s not the cheapest, but 75ml should last you quite a while, even if you use is as regularly as I do, 2 or 3 times a week. It can be a mask or the face equivalent of a leave in conditioner. Just slap it on overnight or on a particularly parched day and let it soak in. The other massively appealing factor for me, is that you can slather it on the eye area which always highlights dehydration and yet which most masques avoid. This product was a bit of a skin saver in the first couple of months of this year when my skin was adjusting to the retinol. Thoroughly recommend.
Hope there is something here which takes your fancy. Let me know if you try any of these or if you have any favourites of your own.
Next time I’ll be focussing on resurfacing products, at home peels & exfoliant masques for that fresh new skin glow.
Hope you’re all having a great week, thanks for reading!