Hello everyone! How’s your summer going so far? Here’s a better question : how’s your skin doing? I get a lot of questions about my skin routine (wearing TV make up 5 days a week is brutal) so I decided to answer them all right here on the blog! My 3-part skin series will cover my favorite masks & patches, facial sprays, and my entire face-washing routine. I’m sure you can judge from the title – today’s post is all about MASKS & PATCHES. I don’t have a good track record with skincare…I sleep in my make up, sometimes I wash my face in the morning, sometimes I wash it at night. My lazy skincare “routine” was super easy to get away with when I wore make up 2 days a week in college — these days, not so much.
In high school I used to take a cup of quaker oats, mixed with water until it created a oatmeal paste. I would take that mixture and slap it on my face until it felt like plaster and then I’d wipe it all off with a warm wash cloth. I know it sounds REAL old school, but it actually worked. The only downside to my oatmeal mask was that it almost worked too well at drying my face out to the point where it felt really dry and stiff… and it took a while to wipe all of the oats off of my face.
These days I opt for quicker and more convenient options like gel patches and masks.
Gel patches = 0 clean up, which is THE BEST.
I’ve been using the Patchology FlashPatch Eye Gels for a couple of weeks now and LOVE them. They work in as little as 5 minutes but they’re safe to keep on for longer. I can put these on when I get to work and have results by the time I go into the dressing room to put make up on for the show! You could even slap these on in the car on the way to work and have results. I’m obsessed, and tempted to test out some of their lip gels too! (They also make night time eye gels )
The Detox Face Mask from Arbonne is great because you don’t have to keep track of the time it sits on your face (score!). The clay mask is a medium pinkish-brownish color directly from the bottle, after you put it on your face you simply wait for the clay to harden and turn a light pink color and – TA DA! – you’re done. The clay washes off super easy with warm water and a damp wash cloth. This mask brightens skin, and reduces the size of your pores by drawing out all the gross stuff!
The SEPHORA COLLECTION sleeping masks are $4 each and work great! One of those little tubs will usually last me a few weeks. These aren’t gel patches and can get quite gooey if you put too much on. I use a few dabs under each eye at night and spread some through my T-zone too. My favorites are the avocado, pearl and rose masks — but they each have different equally awesome benefits:
Pearl Mask: Evens and helps minimize irregularities for skin tone that is even, fresher, and brighter.
Avocado Mask: Offers intense nutrition to the skin while relieving sensitive zones.
Algae Mask: Cleanses and detoxifies skin while helping to eliminate impurities for a fresh, radiant morning complexion.
Orchid Mask: Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging while moisturizing for skin that appears smoother and firmer.
Ginseng Mask: Provides a tightening effect while toning for a supple, fresh, and energized complexion.
Lingzhi Mask: Smooths wrinkles and minimizes the signs of aging for younger-looking skin.
Lotus Mask: Locks in water and reduces the signs of fatigue for the appearance of plumper, more rested skin.
Rose Mask: Plumps skin and gives an immediate radiance boost for hydrated, more luminous skin.
Green Tea Mask: Absorbs excess sebum and purifies for a matte, clean complexion.
Pomegranate Mask: Awakens and tones the skin while reducing signs of fatigue for a revitalized look.
Honey Mask: Nourishes and relieves dry skin instantly for softened, balanced skin
Hope you enjoyed that little peek into my skin routine!
Part 2 coming soon, learn all about face sprays and why I always have a bottle in my purse!