As discussed in my Stage One post here, there are three stages to the Triple Threat Facial; exfoliate, purify and moisturise. Here are three of my favourite fabulous, purifying masks that I find the best for the second stage of the TTF:
Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask
I’m starting with this one as it’s the most gentle of the three; a soothing and calming mask that is great if your skin is tricky, sensitive or tends to react to harsher products. However, don’t be put off by it’s gentleness as it’s still a very effective purifier; when I went to live with my mum for a few weeks when Teddy was born, this was the only mask I took with me – and you know how much I love masks – as it’s gentle, purifying and it doesn’t strip the skin at all. It also last for ages. It’s £31 here – link.
Origins Clear Improvements
This mask has a serious reputation for sucking out all the badies suck as blackheads and spots, so when there was an Origins promo happening at my local John Lewis, I had to give it a go. It’s as good as people say as it’s surprisingly powerful, yet it has a creaminess that’s unusual for clay/charcoal masks. It’s £22 but if you’re not quite ready to spend then they have a set of 4 mask pods here – link – for £8 which I think is fab as they’re not only great for travel (ideal if you’re oily and visiting a hot destination) but this is also a lovely intro to the mask.
GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment
Now on to the mother of all purifiers; this extremely effective clay-based mud mask from GlamGlow is a favourite with so many spot-sufferers as it really does pack serious skincare punch. It’s a tad drying, but not overly, so it won’t upset skin with balancing issues like mine, but it will definitely leave skin much less oilier and spots will look considerably dryer post-treatment. If you’re spot-prone, this is your new best friend; not only does it work as a mask, it can also be used as a single spot treatment overnight. There are so many lovely goodies in here (clay, mud, all the big name acids) that it truly deserves it’s rightful place as one of the leading spot-fighting masks. It isn’t cheap at £45, but it should last you a good 15 masks (or thousands of single spot treatments!) so it’s a bit of an investment mask, which can be found here – link.
I realise I’ve included three rather expensive masks in this feature, so if your budget can’t stretch to any of the above, some purse-friendly but very effective masks include Botanics Ionic Clay Mask – link – at less than £6 and the Vichy Normaderm Tri-Active for £11 here – link.
*All PR Samples apart from the Origins Clear Improvements