As it’s the first of March I was expecting to write something about how lovely it is to finally see the weather turning. However, there is currently at least 5 inches of snow outside due to the “Beast from the East”. So I thought I’d talk about how I’m protecting my skin against the cold and dryness instead. I suffer with quite severe eczema and when the average is -3 degrees it tends to become a problem. The hardest area for me to treat is my face because I don’t like to use harsh creams on my face. I’ve found sheet masks are an absolute godsend in this weather for tackling dryness instead of regular face masks which tend to dry out my skin even more (if it’s possible).
I recently tried out Skin Republic’s Bubble Charcoal Face Sheet Mask. I haven’t tried a bubble mask before and you have to rub the packet before you open it to “activate the bubbles” but how much this does I’m not sure. You could feel it was full of product when you took it out of the packet and it was a little tricky to place on the face because it didn’t really stick very well. Never put this on with the intention of watching some Netflix while it’s working because all you can hear for 20 minutes is the popping of bubbles and you begin to feel like a bowl of Rice Krispies. Despite the cereal effect, when I took the sheet off and rubbed the product in, it left my skin feeling super soft and healthy.
My absolute favourite sheet masks are Garnier’s Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks. They are so easy to apply because they stick really nicely to the skin so you can wonder about, get stuff done and it’ll still be on. Or just chill with a cup of tea like I do. They have 4 different types: Sakura, Lavender, Green Tea, Chamomile and Pomegranate and at the moment they’re only £1.99 each at Superdrug. They each give different effects whether you’re wanting to revitalise, sooth, de-tire, etc. The effects of these masks lasts up to around a week so they’re fantastic value. They’re the most refreshing masks I’ve found and my personal favourite is the Super-Hydrating Soothing Mask. It really tackles the enflamed areas of my skin and helps settle it all.
There is a slight side-effect to all sheet masks I’ve found and that is that you will slightly look like a serial killer or like you’ve tried (and failed) to make a Michael Myers costume. However, it’s only for 15-20 minutes, you can just hole up in your room and pretend you don’t look terrifying, and then re-join society with beautiful healthy-looking skin. Let me know if you’ve tried any sheet masks and which are your favourite. And if you’re experiencing the effects of the Beast from the East, let me know too!