Best Luxury Facial Masks For All Skin Types

Treating your skin to a weekly facial mask is the best way to control skin concerns such as acne and spots, whilst deep-conditioning at the same time.

Luxury skincare isn’t an essential, but it’s sometimes nice to indulge in a facial cream which is packed with botanicals and skin-loving nutrients, right? Below are some of the best high-end products which make your skin look and feel amazing, so use in moderation!

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, $50

If you suffer from extremely dry or flakey skin, then this could be your holy grail product. Apply before going to bed as an overnight masque to hydrate skin, and renew moisture for long-lasting hydration. There is no sticky residue the next morning, and it leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

The Best Luxury Facial Masks For All Skin Types

Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask, $54.92

Give your skin a refresh with this enzymatic peel mask which tightens pores, and reduces sebum at the same time. Ideal for combination/oily skin types who want to control their natural oil production, and create a matte base.

The Best Luxury Facial Masks For All Skin Types

Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, $59

Another indulgent (yet effective) peel mask which restores the natural radiance of your skin without the risk of over-drying it. Apply onto areas of concern such as fine lines and wrinkles to diminish their appearance, and improve the state of your skin tone.

The Best Luxury Facial Masks For All Skin Types

Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial Mask, $68

Combining the best of an oil-free facial and microdermabrasion which creates soft, smooth skin almost instantly. Apply to damp skin, and leave on for 5 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water, and following with a lightweight moisturiser.

The Best Luxury Facial Masks For All Skin Types

Glam Glow Youthmud Mask, $75

One of the best-sellers from the entire collection, this mask helps to clear pimples and blackheads by gently exfoliating the skin. Massage a small amount of product over damp skin, and leave it on for 10 minutes until the mask begins to harden. Wash-off with lukewarm water for clearer, radiant skin.

The Best Luxury Facial Masks For All Skin Types

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February 13, 2015

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Blackheads are a type of acne and are actually clogged hair follicles that appear as dark or black bumps on your skin, normally found on the face, back and shoulders.  They can develop into a pimple if the bacteria invades the hair follicle, causing inflammation and redness.  Although blackheads can appear on any type of skin, normally they are more common in people with oily skin.

Despite what some people may think, blackheads do not normally form because of dirty skin, but because of a number of other factors including your body producing too much oil, hormonal changes due to puberty or menstruation, a reaction to certain drugs and an irritation of the follicles when the dead skin cells don’t shed properly.  The formation of blackheads has nothing to do with the types of food that you eat.

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So how do you get rid of them?  Unfortunately the removal of blackheads isn’t something you should try at home.  By trying to squeeze them out yourself you’re likely to infect the follicles with bacteria and cause pimples to form, making the problem even worse than it already was.  So here are some of the most common ways to remove them safely.

  • Try an over-the-counter medication that you can apply directly to your skin.  These creams or pads contain benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol and salicylic acid which help to kill bacteria, dry out any excess oil and shed dead skin cells.
  • If you have a severe case then your doctor may prescribe you a topical medication or the contraceptive pill which have both seen success in the removal of blackheads.
  • Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating process where the top layers of your skin are gently buffed away taking with it the clogged hair follicles.
  • Chemical peels are another process for getting rid of clogged hair follicles as well as the dead skin cells that can lead to blackheads.  A chemical solution is applied to the skin and the top layers of skin peel away, leaving a smoother and softer surface.
  • Laser therapy can reach the lower layers of your skin without harming the top layers to decrease oil production or kill the bacteria.

If you want to try and prevent them in the first place then ensure that you wash your face morning and night to get rid of any excess oil and makeup.  Try using an antibacterial face wash that can kill the bacteria and an exfoliating scrub at least one a week that will remove any dead skin cells.  When you choose a moisturiser make sure that it’s oil free so that you don’t make your problem worse.

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September 21, 2014

How To Deep-Clean Your Skin

Giving your skin an occasional deep-clean helps to ward off dry patches, unexpected acne and even keeps your skin looking bright and healthy. Micro-dermabrasion has been popular over the last few years since it effectively penetrates the skin cells, removing dirt and bacteria from the surface.

Many of these dermabrasion kits are now available at home, which means we are spoiled for choice when it comes to taking care of our skin.

How often should I deep-clean?

This will vary according to skin type and texture – especially if you suffer from super-dry skin. If you’re new to this, try and deep-clean your skin once a week. Only you will be able to determine how much attention your skin needs, but 1-2 times a week is enough.

How can I deep-clean my skin?

There are many ways to effectively deep-clean your pores, whether you choose to do it at home yourself or have a professional treatment.

Exfoliate: Exfoliating is an essential way to keep your pores clean and healthy if you’re on a budget. Invest in quality products which are suited to your particular skin type, and do your research before buying something you haven’t used before. Try and avoid scrubs which have micro-beads since this could potentially scratch your skin and cause more bad than good, especially around the eyes which is hyper-sensitive.

Facials: A great way to deep-clean your pores is by having a facial every now and then. Keep it down to 1-2 times a month, and really take note if your skin feels better or worse after the procedure. Facials are important since they carefully cleanse the skin and remove impurities that you might not be able to reach at home.

PMD: Personal Microderm is a product designed to give you a professional microdermabrasion treatment in the comfort of your own home. Although these products can be quite expensive, they will last for years – the only thing you would need to replace is the brush. This product is designed to cleanse the stratum corneum (otherwise known as the topmost layer of your skin). This is the layer where we apply moisturiser, oils, serums and makeup which can often build-up and block our pores over time. Systems such as the PMD and Clarisonic are designed to give you a deep-clean treatment in the comfort of your own home.

What else can I do to deep-clean my skin?

Regularly cleanse your skin and remember to let it breathe. Facial oils and beauty balms are important since they deeply hydrate the skin, without blocking your pores. Work these products into your problem areas such as the t-zone to avoid dry patches and premature ageing.

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August 31, 2014