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I've mentioned before that I've been trying to focus in on the skincare products and steps that deliver the best results for me and that I will actually reach for day-to-day. Wash-off face masks outside of peels (I covered those off here if you're interested) turned out to be one of the categories I needed to downsize and only bring into my collection very cautiously. However, there are a handful I still rate and they're what we're discussing today...
The first product I have is one I've used for years now and it's remained a firm favourite: the Fresh Rose Face Mask* | £54. This is kind of like a jelly-jam with real rose petals suspended within it. It smells gorgeous and it's formulated with aloe and cucumber to soothe the skin and hydrating rosewater. It's a little bit fancy, but to me it's the perfect mix of a mask I'll put on whilst I'm having a bath and just want something to unwind with and a product that genuinely works for my skin. It's calming, hydrating and cooling, so when I rinse it off my skin after 10 minutes, it feels soft and happy. It's also a great morning in-shower face mask because I love it for makeup prep too.
They're pretty much my #1 brand for these types of masks so it's probably no surprise there are two entries in this post from Fresh Beauty. The Fresh Floral Recovery Calming Mask* | £59 | is a new addition I've already been reaching for a lot! Again, it contains fragranced botanicals, so if that's not your thing: we will get to a couple of products that might be later in the post, but I do genuinely feel like this creamy mask calms and moisturises my skin. It's formulated with humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, fatty alcohols, moisturising plant oils (like squalane) and antioxidants in the form of Vitamin E and a Vitamin C derivative and through the plant extracts in here. This is a little more versatile: you can apply a thick layer for 10 minutes or a thin layer and leave it on overnight. I tend to apply a good amount for around about half an hour before rinsing it off with water only, so I'm not totally washing away all that soothing, softening, moisturising goodness.
A total favourite and a cheaper alternative to the Fresh Rose formula is the Axis-y New Skin Resolution Gel Mask* | £22.50. This is wonderfully soothing and cooling mask: if your skin is feeling red or irritated: I recommend popping this into the fridge for a couple of hours and then applying it. It's instant calm! It's formulated with soothing extracts like heartleaf and centella asiatica, plus 2% niacinamide, which is a gentle concentration that can still boost up the skin's ceramide production and lead to a stronger barrier. It also leaves my skin with that hydrated, happy, soft, calm feeling.
Another K-beauty love is I'm From Honey Mask | £35 (15% off with code JASMINETALKSBEAUTY (affiliate). It's formulated with honey and propolis which are softening and smoothing for the skin, but also have an antibacterial benefit so could help keep the breakouts at bay. This product has got me through the past couple of winters: it's just so nourishing and leaves my skin gorgeously soft after use. It's like a great big hug for my face, especially when it's spent all day braving the elements!
For those who want something fragrance-free that doesn't contain any potentially-irritating extracts: try the Dr Sam Bunting Flawless Revival Mask* | £32. This is kind of like a creamy-gel, almost having the texture of a cleanser. It contains 10% niacinamide (I'm not a massive fan of niacinamide >5%, but this is a wash-off product), glycerin and a hyaluronic acid derivative, shea butter to deeply nourish the skin and squalane, a plant oil your skin recognises as similar to those it creates itself. I personally love using this as a skin barrier booster before applying my evening retinoid or using an acid toner. It just calms and moisturises my skin so it's a perfect counter to those stronger actives.
Then I have two products from Youth to the People, which is another of the brands I gravitate towards in this category. The first we'll cover off is one of the only clay masks I've kept hold of: the Youth to the People Superclay Purify + Clear Power Mask* | £31. This is a clay mask in the most lightweight and least-drying way possible! I personally tend to spot-apply this where I'm getting congestion and breakouts. It contains clarifying kaolin clay, BHA to clear breakouts and 2% niacinamide to support the overall formula. The result is a gentle product that's neither irritating nor drying but still packs a punch in terms of moving on your breakouts that bit quicker from just a 10-minute application.
Then we have one of the only physical exfoliants I reach for these days: the Youth to the People Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial* | £47. This contains micro-exfoliants plus enzymes that work on a surface level to reveal smoother, more radiant skin. You really don't need to scrub with this: just apply it, leave it for a couple of minutes (you can brush your teeth whilst it works its magic) and then rinse. The process of removing the product is enough of a manual action to get that benefit too. It's a great quick fix on days when your skin looks a bit dry and lacklustre to bring things back to life.