When exams unfortunately make free time a luxury, the usual Sunday pampering sessions are a thing of the past forcing one to be more creative with time. Manicures on the bus, acquiring the impressive skill of applying liquid eyeliner in a cab mid bumpy ride without error and skincare multi-tasking… we’ve all been there. But with the absence of the face masks which feature heavily in my Sunday pampering sessions beginning to show on my face, that’s where another time creative stroke of genius came in – face masks in the morning. Now, it’s not quite as indulgent as laying back on the sofa all day while the mask works its magic, it’s a lot more frantic than that with it involving a quick slap of whichever mask you have lying around and continuing with your morning tasks whether that’s ironing your outfit, jumping into the shower or tucking into breakfast.
My face mask of choice will greatly depend on how exactly my skin’s looking upon waking up in the morning.If the mirror greets me with dull looking skin there’s always the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque* with its blend of kaolin, bentonite and hydroxy acids to get my skin into smooth, glowing shape especially before a big event. But with London’s recent weather not only confusing my decision to carry an umbrella or not whenever I leave my house, but my skin too, Liz Earle’s Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask* is just what your skin needs when it’s parched and in dire need of a shot of intense hydration. Considering it’s loaded with shea butter, something less thick may be of benefit if your skin’s particularly dry but also quite prone to breaking out, and that’s where Sampar’s So Much to Dew Midnight Mask* comes to the rescue. From a cult brand championed by Parisiennes across the channel, this mask may be intended to do its thing overnight while you sleep but in just one hour it’ll leave your skin instantly plump and supple making makeup application a lot easier.
Masks needn’t be limited to your face however; when sleep after a late night leaves you looking anything but refreshed, the Jamela Skincare 24k Gold Under Eye Masks* work wonders thanks to a formula of gold which is known for its rejuvenating properties, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and a host of antioxidants that come together to instantly brighten, plump up and smooth out the under eye area after roughly 15-30 minutes of popping on the pads – a miracle just before applying concealer.