Tuesday, 21 June 2016
I have to admit, as much as I love skincare, I am pretty damn lazy about my own skincare regime, and unfortunately I don't use masks as often as I should. I know, what kind of beauty blogger am I...? Rubbish.
I do, however, adore Origins masks, and they have rescued me time and time again. Everyone always talks about them, and it's for a good reason - they're affordable, and they work. Easy to use, faff free, and for the most part, offers something for everyone.
The first mask I ever bought from Origins was the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask - probably the most well known. I'm not really sure what made me buy this mask, as I bought it about three years ago when my skin was definitely leaning towards the oily side, not even remotely dry. To be quite honest, I think I bought it due to hype, and because it smells delicious (like peaches, no joke).
Fast forward to a year ago when suddenly my skin decided it was dry, like desert dry. I had just finished cleansing with a new gel cleanser I was trying (mistake) my face decided it was going to tighten to the point of being very uncomfortable and for the first time in my life I was fumbling through my stash of excess skincare looking for something - anything - that would relieve the tight feeling in my face. It sounds dramatic - it was. This mask felt like a breath of fresh air, and ever since it's been my go to after particularly long days stuck in heating, or intense air conditioning, windy weather or when I've yet again tried to wash my face with a overly stripping cleanser (will I ever learn?). It's amazing, and the fact that I don't have to remove anything makes it sooo much better!
My second foray into the Origins masks was the Out Of Trouble 10 Min Mask. Alongside the drier skin came the unexpected breakouts, and whilst I'm still learning what's causing them, I've discovered this is at least a great mask to keep them at bay, as well as reducing their face time. I believe the standout ingredient is Camphor, which is great at purifying and calming skin, and reducing any irritants that the breakouts bring to the surface. The mask also helps to reduce oil, banish bacteria and clear the skin of any dead skin cells. It's got a pretty strong smell - I think it's the Camphor? - but I really like it. It smells like something that works - if that makes sense. It's also quick to use and really refreshing!
The last is the most recent - the Original Skin mask. This is a clay mask that aims to refine the skins surface, so it's cleanses and purifies and leaves the skins surface feeling smooth and looking radiant and you know what? It actually does. There's a lot of masks out there that market similar effects but I'm not sure I've really tried anything that actually does. The first time I used this mask, my skin felt so soft and smooth and whilst I don't have large pores to begin with, I did notice that anything that I was slightly concerned with had basically disappeared. When I put my moisturiser on afterwards it felt like it glided on and seriously, the next morning, I even swear my skin looked brighter. This feels like a real Sunday Pamper type mask - it's not going to rescue anything, it just makes you feel good.
I think trying new masks is fun - there's so many others out there I need to try (The new Glam Glow Firming Treatment, yes please!). Have you used any Origins masks? Are there other masks that you absolutely love? I need recommendations!