My Top 5 Face Masks (For Sensitive Skin)
Sundays are great for sleeping in. Or brunch. Maybe head to the gym, layout in your bikini all day or to read a good book. In other words: Sundays should be relaxed and leave you feeling great before kicking Monday in the butt. Hence, Sundays are also great for some “me time”, like a massage, manicure or – today’s topic of discussion – a little home spa with a mask or two (aka multi-masking).
I try to get a professional facial every 4-8 weeks for a deep cleansing and some intense hydration. However, inbetween my facials, I also like to take care of my skin in my own bathroom. My daily beauty routine is simple (micellar water, a calming/hydrating serum + rich moisturizer), but every once in a while, my skin needs a little more than that. Sometimes it is a gentle peeling, other times an extra dose of moisture or a deeper cleansing for clogged pores. Over the past 2 years, I have tried various masks and today I wanted to share my personal top 5 face masks for sensitive skin with you.
- Biotherm Wonder Mud (for all skin types, even sensitive): First on my list of top 5 face masks for sensitive skin is one of my all-time favorites, the wonder mud by Biotherm. The antioxidant-concentrated 3-minute mask with mineral clay is great to cleanse deep, diminish visible pores and get healthy glowing without drying out the skin. I have the original size of this at home in my beauty cabinet but always have a little travel size with me. It is my go-to mask after a long flight, when I feel like my skin is dull and can use a deep cleanse. *use 1-2x weekly
- Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish (for normal to dry skin): Another travel-related favorite of mine is the Skin Nourish by Bobbi Brown. Not so much post-travel, but actually while I am in the airplane. This instantly nourishing and hydrating yet still “light” mask can be a bit much during summer but is amazing for winter, dry airplane skin or for mask mapping on areas that need some extra moisture (ie. post sun exposure). *use up to 3x per week
- Bobbi Brown Instant Detox (for all skin types): I don’t know what it is about black charcoal masks like the Instant Detox mask by Bobbi Brown, but in my mind they simply work great for pulling all that gross stuff out of your pores. Might be the color, might be placebo or it might actually work. Whatever it is, I love this mask when I feel like my skin could use a deeper cleansing than just the daily routine with my micellar water – it removes impurities, pollutants and excess oil from pores without stripping the skin. *use 1x per week or as needed
- Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay (for all skin types): You know you’ve found yourself a winner when the list of ingredients only reads “French pink clay, rose petals, rosehip powder, chamomile flowers” – and don’t even get me started on the packaging…
Aside from the fact that all found already sound pretty (how fancy if French pink clay?), “less is more” is always a good idea with sensitive skin. This gently exfoliating mask comes as a dry powder which you mix with a few drops of water and leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and radiant. Pink Clay is great for skin rejuvenation and improving elasticity. It is high in Iron Oxide and Silica which help to nourish the skin. *use 1x per week or before a night out for a radiant glow
- DIY Yoghurt + Honey (for dry, sensitive skin): About 1.5 years ago during Winter, I suffered from extremely dry skin. So bad, that I was desperate for any remedy that would help. What I actually found the most soothing was a homemade mask consisting of 1 tbsp high-fat yoghurt (greek works great), 1 tbsp quark/curd + 1 tsp of honey all mixed together in a small bowl and applied to the clean face for 15-20 minutes. Afterwards I gently wash my face with luke warm water and a soft cloth, pat dry with a towel and apply a serum + moisturizer. The mix of yoghurt and honey calms and moisturizes the skin in a natural/cooling way. *can be used daily/best for Winter or on a sunburn
APPLICATION TIP: I ALWAYS USE A FLAT FOUNDATION BRUSH TO APPLY MY MASKS. IT LETS YOU WORK AROUND THE EYE OR HAIRLINE EASIER, WASTE LESS PRODUCT AND KEEPS YOUR HANDS CLEAN, AKA THE MESS TO A MINIMUM. DON’T FORGET TO RINSE THE BRUSH THOROUGHLY WITH WARM WATER AFTER EVERY USE AND LET DRY UPRIGHT.
Face Mask Mapping (Multi-Masking)
Have you ever frantically searched through your collection of masks looking for a miracle solution to clogged pores, dull skin and severe dehydration? Chances are, you did not find what you were looking for. Why? Because the skin on our face (or at least mine) varies so much. While I tend to suffer from dry, damaged skin underneath my nose and fine lines around my eyes, I never have a problem with dryness on my cheeks, and can have a few little impurities or blackheads around my nose and chin. That’s where face mask mapping comes into play – and where the above mentioned technique of using a foundation brush is extra handy. Simply use different masks on different areas on your face. It is such an obvious idea but never occurred to me until I saw Chriselle Lim talk about “multi-masking” (target different needs for different areas on your skin) on her site.