With the continuous and rapid introduction of sophisticated, high-tech skin wizardry, some skin sleuths may view face masks as just a little old fashioned. And, let’s face it they’re hardly sexy. The Phantom of the Opera normally springs to mind when wearing one, but for me they are the cornerstone of a high performance skin regime, giving blockbuster results for a boosted skin. No facialist worth her cleansing cloth would skip one giving a treatment.
Masks come in different guises – brightening, soothing, detoxifying, hydrating… but my number one rule for all of them is, don’t be frugal and spread them on as thickly as butter! I have a ‘closet’ full of masks depending on my skin’s needs at the time – dry, oily, hormonal, out-of-whack, and once applied to freshly cleansed skin, they work wonders as I wallow in the bath for a good 15 minutes.
My favourite at the moment, Liz Earle’s Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask I just had to skin share. It was recommended to me by make-up artist Jane Bradley who panders to the pores of Patsy Kensit, Leona Lewis and Stella McCartney to name but a few bright skinned lovelies. Problem shooting for parched and stressed skin; it’s what every skin shrink would recommend for a complexion in need of cocooning. Thick to apply, it’s a cocktail soothing of St John’s wort, comfrey, shea and borage. Remove with the muslin cloth included and skin looks like it’s had a yoga session. Really! And for those with skin really high-and-dry, it can be applied at night – it sinks in readily, and can be left on overnight. Any excess on fingertips apply to the backs of your hands.
Liz Earle Intensive Nourish Treatment Mask costs a very affordable £13.50 and is available from www.lizearle.com