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My Masking Routine

Follow on with my skincare routine I posted a while ago, I have gathered a post on my masking routine for you. My skincare routine is based on the products I use daily, during the day and night. This post will be based on products I use on a weekly basis. And because I have quite a collection of facial masks and products, I rotate them as and when but I will share my favourite combinations and how to achieve clean, smooth and radiant skin.

Do note that what works for me may not work for you and we may have different concerns and skin types.

I feel that it’s a good way to start exploring a skincare line/brand by trying out their facial masks. Whenever I am interested in a particular brand, this is what I do. There are several items I kept re-purchasing, I suppose they are the staples to my masking routine.

I usually start my weekly masking routine by exfoliating my skin after cleansing. During this process, dead skin cells can be removed, white and black heads either gets removed as well or are soften. By prepping the skin before applying any masks will help the absorbent rate as products can penetrate into our skin easier and more efficiently.

Here are the exfoliators I currently have in my stash, Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains (reviewed here), Benefit “Honey.. Snap Out Of It” (reviewed here) and L’Erbolario Bois de Panama Exfoliant. I totally love Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains and Benefit “Honey.. Snap Out Of It”, these are the 2 scrubs I kept buying after one finishes. I love the texture of them both, very grainy – leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean. The best part of Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains is that I can mix it with any milk cleanser of my choice and it usually works well with cleansers that are denser. I didn’t like the L’Erbolario Bois de Panama Exfoliant as much because of its smooth and creamy texture, however it can be good scrub for daily use.

Speaking of exfoliating, the Sulwhasoo Skin Clarifying Mask (reviewed here) works well even without prior exfoliating. I use this when me skin needs just a little cleaning up but not too much – referring to the good skin days.

After all the scrubbing, I tend to apply a layer of purifying mask. I have finished up the Chanel Masque Déstressant Pureté Purifying Cream Mask and Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores. Both works well to clean up clogged pores. I am currently using the Clarins Pure & Radiant Mask With Pink Clay.

At this stage, whatever I apply next, depends on how my skin is on the day.

If my skin is feeling extremely congested, I go for either Kosé Seikisho Mask White or Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. I only apply over congested areas such as my nose and cheeks. Try not to sweat while using peel-off masks, if sweat comes between your skin and the mask, the mask looses its grip and becomes inefficient.

If my skin is feeling tired, I will go for the Chanel Ultra Corrective Lift Express Lifting Firming Mask.

If my skin is feeling dull, I will go for the Clarins Intensive Clear Mask Instant Soother.

After treating my main concerns of the day with the masks above, I will finish off with a hydrating mask to seal all the goodness into my skin. I have finished up tubes of Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask To Quench Skin’s Thirst which I am looking into buying again. It smells lovely. I am currently rotating between the Clarins Hydra-Quench Cream Mask, Boscia Intensifying Moisture Pack+, Sephora Instant Moisture Mask and I have just finished the L’Erbolario Maschera Nutriento today.

I am also trying out eye masks from Coast To Coast. I have the Outback Brightening Fruit Fibre Eye Treatment Masks to reduce the appearance of dark circles and the Coastal Soothing Fruit Fibre Eye Treatment Masks to reduce the appearance of fine lines and “de-pouf” puffy eyes. I was previously using the Clarins Skin-Smoothing Eye Mask which I feel very messy and difficult to apply.

Generally, I prefer wash-off masks to paper masks except for the eyes. The ones I got from Coast To Coast are perfect, easy to apply and it fits nicely under my eyes like a membrane.

For a quick fix, when I am in a rush to boost up my skin for a night’s out, I turn to my Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask (reviewed here). It only takes 5 minutes and my skin feels more supple, refreshed and radiant.

On bad skin days, usually during “that time of the month” where my skin tends to be a little more sensitive, congested and dull, I apply a very thin layer of Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Treatment Mask (reviewed here) before I go to bed. I only use this mask twice a month maximum because I find it a little too rich to be used every other day – although you can use up to 3 times a week. This mask helps rejuvenate and repair my skin and my skin feels supple and brighter the next morning.

It wouldn’t be complete if there is nothing for the lips, right? I have a couple of lip balms which I use on a regular basis and they are La Mer The Lip Balm, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15, Bioderma Atoderm Lip Balm and the Aésop Tuberose Lip Heal.

I normally use La Mer The Lip Balm and Bioderma Atoderm under lipsticks, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15 on its own or under a lipstick during the day as it has SPF and I use Aésop Tuberose Lip Heal only at night due to its smell and nature – it’s a little oily but bearable, the smell might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it took me a couple of days to get used to it.

To exfoliate the lips, I use LUSH Sweet Lips Lip Scrub. And do you know that Clinique Moisture Surge is also great for the lips? I apply a thin layer over my lips – just like a lip balm but thicker, leave it on for 5-10 minutes and wipe off the excess.

I am also enjoying the new L’Occitane Incredible Lip Shine which softens my lips with Peony extract that enhances the natural pink hue of my lips.

Below is a list of my favourite combinations on specific days when;-

my skin is feeling congested, I use

  • Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains + CLARINS Cleansing Milk with Gentian
  • Kosé Seikisho Mask White
  • Clarins Hydra-Quench Cream Mask

my skin is feeling dull and lack of radiance, I use

  • Sulwhasoo Skin Clarifying Mask
  • Clarins Intensive Clear Mask
  • Boscia Intensifying Moisture Pack+

Thank you for reading and am so sorry for the lack of images in this post, there is really not many pictures to include. Hope this little post help.

Personally, I feel that it’s important to maintain at home, like masking and applying skincare. I suffered from acne once and I am trying to keep to a strict routine so that it doesn’t happen again. I also go for facial treatments every month which I might do a post – to complete this series of entries.

Do you do weekly masks? Which are your favourite masks?

4 thoughts on “My Masking Routine

  1. thank you so much for this post! :) I was just looking over what masks I do have and I am not really satisfied w/the ones I have. I was looking for a good eye mask so I will check out Coast to Coast. I would be interested in what facial treatments you do as well.

    I also have the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask…I am not sure if I will repurchase though. I also have a honey and oat mask – it smells good but other than that I feel it is a little too abrasive. I have a really nice mask I like from Sisley but the price of it makes me unsure if I want to splurge on it. do you use face mask sheets? I have tried a few brightening ones and going to try one from Koh Gen Do pretty soon, I am excited for that one cause I have read many positive reviews but you’re right, it all depends on your skin type.

    • Hi Nicolle,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Generally, I feel that both Kose and Boscia black masks works better on men or when one’s pores are extremely clogged up because nothing much showed up in my “peel” most of the time.
      If you think the oat scrub is too grainy for your liking, try Estee Lauder Idealist Dual-Action Refinishing Treatment (reviewed here), it’s pretty awesome!!
      I have not tried any Sisley masks before, which is the one you like?

      I prefer wipe off masks to sheet masks.
      I only use sheet masks during my travels.

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