Beauty: Face Masks

30 Apr 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Our busy lives often mean compromising our beauty routines. But even if there’s no time to head to the spa, you can still keep your skin looking good from the comfort of your own home

There’s nothing better than a lazy afternoon treating ourselves to a relaxing facial, but sometimes we can’t always find the time to make it to the salon or spa.

If you find yourself rushing from pillar to post thanks to your hectic routine, there’s still a way to take time out and detox your tired skin. How, you might ask? All Y needs is 30 minutes of your time, a quiet corner and a promise from you that you will sit still and relax! Why? Because we are going to learn how to give ourselves a mini facial that even the professionals will admire.

It doesn’t matter if your skin is looking dull or in need of a hydrating boost to smooth out the fine lines – there’s a plethora of home facials that are suited to all skin types. Even better, if you are strapped for time, they give an instant boost in a matter of minutes and will keep your skin glowing until your next salon appointment.

Here’s our top three face masks that suit a range of skin types and budgets:

1. Dry Skin


Dry skin can be awful, more so if you are like Team Y and spend a lot of time in air conditioning. Of course, this is hard to avoid during the Sultanate’s summer months. Using a hydrating face mask once a week can help to keep your skin in tip-top condition. One of our favourites is Neal’s Yard Nourishing Orange Flower Face Mask for sensitive, dry skin. Best of all, you don’t have to wash it off, so you can go straight to bed and let it work its magic overnight. How simple is that?

2. Oily Skin


If your skin is oily and prone to breakouts, then a clarifying, clay-based mask could do the trick and help to draw out the impurities from your skin. Y likes Clinique’s Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask because it retains the moisture of your skin, while reducing pore size and controlling blemishes. Cleanse your face, use a toner and then slather on the mask and leave for five minutes before rinsing it off.

3. Anti-ageing


For a luxurious face mask to smooth out fine lines, hydrate and boost cell renewal, L’Occitane’s Immortelle Cream Mask is at the top of our list. According to the company, the base of this face mask is Immortelle flowers, which thrive on the Mediterranean coast. Known for its long life, hence the name, the flower’s essential oils apparently stimulate circulation and the skin’s collagen, leading to cell renewal. Used once or twice a week, all you have to do is cleanse and tone as normal, then slather on the mask for 10 minutes. It really doesn’t get any simpler.

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