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Dry Skin Diaries – Masking, For Better or for Worse

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

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No, I’m not about to wade into the face mask controversy – wear a bloody mask!

Skincare by Caroline Hirons lying flat with Clarins' SOS Comfort product

I’m talking skin care masks.

Whether it’s a leave on overnight kinda vibe, one to wash off after ten minutes or a sheet mask you’re looking for – I’ve probably tried them all. I’ll preface this with an admission that I’m not a fan of a sheet mask.

This is one of the reasons I could never stick with Birchbox, there are only so many single-use products a gal needs. I prefer something that comes out of a tube and has less waste. I do have a box full of face masks that I’m sure I’ll use eventually, but I’m not chilled enough to dedicate time to that.

With me working from home, I’ll quite often apply a mask in the morning and remove it at somepoint through the day. I like something that doesn’t need too much faffing around, so the Clarins SOS masks are my favourite.

The SOS Hydra and SOS Comfort were actually free gifts I got at Christmas, they last really well and a little goes a long way. I like that they go on nice and thick, then begin to slacken off as they get to work and the heat from your skin breaks them down. These are great ones to apply at night, if you leave it on until it thins out, I give it a proper rub in and then leave it overnight.

Hand holding No7 Instant Results Nourishing Mask

The No7 Instant Results Nourishing mask is another product that I’ve used for a while and really like. This one is targeted towards Dry/Very Dry skin and it certainly provides a really thick nourishing treatment to parched faces, I don’t generally go in for the look of products, but I really like the whipped appearance of this. You can see a couple of distinct layers in this that combine upon being pushed through the dispenser and I like the idea that it’s being combined especially for you.

The last mask I want to share with you is one that I’m a little on the fence about.

Hand holding Nivea Daily Essentials 1 Minute Urban Detox Mask

Nivea’s Daily Essentials 1 Minute Urban Detox Mask claims to detox skin, exfoliate dead skin cells and purify skin.

I’m always a little bit weary of a ‘detox’ label as it generally means that it’s going to be pretty harsh on skin.

This one pretty much lived up to this assumption, it goes on like a facial scrub and then dries down to a clay.

2015 Lucy would have been all over this, and while it was too harsh for my whole face, it’s definitely one that I’ll use on my chin during a breakout as it left my face looking really fresh, if a little bit too dry. That’s nothing a wee bit of Hyaluronic Acid can’t remedy.

And that brings me to the end of the Dry Skin Series with regards to Skincare. Is a series dedicated to makeup for dry skin something that you might be interested in?

You can find the rest of my Dry Skin Diaries here.


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