New Clay/ hydrating Masks / by Didier Young

Guys, can we take a second and talk about the fact that it is already mid August? While it has been fun to soak in the sun and get three shades darker than my usual concealer, I’ll have to admit that I am looking forward to the cooler days to come. First of all, fall fashion is simply the best and secondly, I love being a homebody and put on my sweatpants, brew some hot tea and log onto Netflix. One of the great things about having a good reason to stay indoors is that I also have much more time to concentrate on my skincare routine and namely, do even more masks than usual. Today I just wanted to talk briefly about some of the new masks that I’ve recently either purchased or received as gifts.

Because my skin tends to be dehydrated and oily in the summer, I will be concentrating on clay and hydrating masks. The clay ones tend to draw out the oil and impurities from your skin while the hydrating ones will give it the boost of moisture that you most likely need in the summer. The first mention is a product that I’ve tried before and that I’ve had the chance to revisit recently: The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask. The sheet mask is meant to hydrate, lift, reduce wrinkles, smooth and brighten in just 15 minutes and it can be reused up to three times. The fun part is that the mask is completely dry and it can only be activated by gently massaging it once in place. I will be honest with you guys: I’ve had the chance to try out multiple of the Charlotte Tilbury skincare products before and I have hated. every. single. one. of. them. I was intrigued by this mask but I approached it with lowered expectations but I will have to admit that Charlotte did a fantastic job with this one. It is fun to use, feels warm and cosy on the skin and you end up looking glowy after using it. There’s also none of the stickiness that one might expect from a sheet mask which is a pro in my books. 9/10

Number two is a product from Lab Series, a skincare range marketed for men. Once again, I don’t usually like men’s skincare products as they tend to all smell like aftershave and the results are always somewhat cold to lukewarm. However, I do enjoy Lab Series products as I find them to smell far less potent and they do seem to care more about releasing products that are effective rather than skincare that men’s masculinity wouldn’t feel threatened by. They recently launched a new Oil Control line and the product that peaked my interest was the clay cleanser + mask. I love when products have dual purposes (makes packing for trips far easier) and I was very eager to give it a try. The mask spreads on very easily which is not very common for a clay mask and it was equally easy to remove. My skin did feel a tad dry after using it which is quite common with products like this as they are targeted mostly towards people with oily skin types. 7/10

The second clay mask that I tried out this month was the Waterclay mask from LaNeige. The Korean product was born out of the amalgamation of mint water and natural mineral mud which birthed a mask that is soothing and incredibly easy to spread on. I love that skincare companies have been trying to find ways to thin out their clay masks as they can be such a pain to use usually (looking at you Tom Ford Intensive Purifying Clay Mask). While the LaNeige product doesn’t smell the greatest, I do love how thinly it applied on which meant that it dried out super quick and I barely had to use any product to cover my whole face. A little goes a long way and this jar will definitely last me for quite a while. 8/10

Last but not least, on one of my frequent trips to the mall I ended up at Lush and was highly intrigued by their new jelly face masks. Out of the five options available, I decided to purchase the 1,000 Millihelens, a detoxifying and brightening blend. The mask smelled absolutely amazing but it was such mess to apply and to remove. I did not break out after using it but I don’t believe that it did much for me. Trying out new formulas is always fun but in this case, I didn’t think that the experiment was a success. 4/10

Out of the four, I will definitely be keeping the LaNeige mask in my routine. As much as I loved the Charlotte Tilbury one, I do find it a tad expensive to use on the regular so I will only repurchase it for special occasions. How about you? Have you tried out any masks that you absolutely loved/ hated recently?

-Didier