Sheet, clay, peel-off… Which mask should I use?
With such a huge variety being offered in the skincare market in this day and age, it’s easy to get overwhelmed! Stay true to yourself (and your skin) and understand what you should really invest in, based on your skin’s needs. From dry and flaky to slippery and oily, and even a bonus tip on in-flight masking, check out the lowdown below for how you should be pampering your face.
Some of us are just born with a sallower skin tone, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But a bit of a brightening boost never hurt nobody. American drugstore skincare brand Freeman has a Golden Grain Brightening Mask which smells amazing and feels really luxurious – you’ll feel like a glowing goddess in no time with all those tiny gold flecks! Pull your hair back, use a paddle foundation brush to get an even application, make sure your schedule is clear for a movie night in, and let it absorb for a good half hour to really let the moisturising and brightening benefits sink in.
Dry and Flaky Skin
The sun can be deceptively merciless in thinning the skin and drying it out.If you’ve got skin that’s on the drier side, look for a moisturising mask – plus points if it exfoliates too! LUSH’s Oatifix is a great one, with its calming oats, skin-softening mashed bananas and ground oats for a perfect canvas right after. To keep that hydrated feeling lasting a lot longer, mist some rosewater or massage in your favourite moisturiser before bedtime, and wake up looking like you’ve just had a facial (you kinda did, after all).
Oily or Combination Skin
Excessively oily skin would benefit from clay masks. Clay is famous for its oil- and water-absorbing properties (plus it works wonders on blackheads… so we’ve heard), so it’s a great one to try if you’ve been struggling to keep your face matte! If you have combination skin (some parts being oilier than others) try out the multi-masking method – put on a clay mask over the areas that are oily, and use a more hydrating or brightening product on the rest of your face. We’ve all heard of the holy grail Glamglow mud masks, but they can set you back a bit. Another product that works just as well is the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, which retails at just $21 for 100ml and $35 for 200ml at Innisfree outlets all around the island.
If you have acne-prone skin, look for products that have calming properties, or active ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree oil. You could even get yourself a small bottle of pure tea tree oil to add a few drops into your mask or mix into your usual moisturiser! The less processed, the better, right? If that sounds like too much of a hassle, try out The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Mask, which has that magic ingredient for removing impurities and absorbing excess oil while soothing and calming blemish prone skin.
If so many beauty gurus and celebs (like the effortlessly beautiful Chrissy Teigen seen here) are shameless about masking during a flight, what’s stopping the rest of us? Sure, your neighbour will probably give you a bit of shady side-eye but you’ll be having the last laugh when you step off the plane looking super hydrated and awake – were you really just on an eight-hour flight surrounded by all that moisture-sucking airplane air? Sheet masks are great for this because they don’t require any rinsing afterwards and won’t dry out as quickly as masks that come out of a tube or jar. Guardian’s Snail & Yuca Glauca Face Mask is Sassy-approved (our Ed swears by it) because of its incredible hydrating effects, and costs just $3.50 a sheet. Got a long flight ahead? It’s time to stock up!
Get your mask on, girls!