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Masks that are the opposite of scary

Wednesday, 24th October, 2018 4:28pm

Happy jazz weekend! And what a weekend it promises to be, full of late nights and possible drinkles. If you don’t know what these are, according to the Skin Nerd Jennifer Rock, they are the wrinkles we get post-alcohol.

It is a well-known fact that alcohol (even small amounts) dehydrates the skin, even if you are oily, so let’s look this time at masks which often treat the condition of the skin as opposed to the type.

Multi-masking was a craze for the longest time, and as someone that loves a good eye mask, I am still a fan of this method. The latest sheet mask frenzy is so handy for travelling and busy folks, so I have to say, I have been quite taken by them.

I have brought them on holidays, on weekends away and even into my office for the night out after work scenario, where you need a facial but can’t quite get one. There is always even leftover product in the sachet too to use on your neck.

Let’s also remember that Christmas is coming and they are great stocking fillers. The multi award-winning high-tech skincare brand Seoulista Beauty has launched a new collection, the Head-to-Toe Glow Box, ensuring your skin is radiant and glowing throughout the winter social season.

Now you can have salon quality results with impressive high-tech ingredients from the comfort of your own home. Each of the boxes contains three incredible Seoulista Beauty products for glowing, party perfect skin in an instant. They all contain the rosy hands and toes masks and then you just choose the face mask you want to accompany them. They range from hydrating to detoxing and there are four to choose from and they retail at €26.

To combat dryness on just your face, then check out Kiss Hydrogel mask infused with skin superfood rosehip. It feels wonderfully cooling and soothing on the skin, and for €6.95, is the perfect indulgence.

The Beauty Pro Sheet Mask range is a multi-award-winning range, with one mask sold every 20 seconds. Founded on innovation, Beauty Pro continues to be a leader in the professional market, offering a complete range of problem-solving masks using natural botanicals and vitamins.

With a mask to suit every skin concern, you've no excuse not to mask and chill out with up to 30 minutes of me time. They range in price from €5.95 to €8.95 and have the benefit of having a mask that is just for the eye area. I do find this is one of my problem areas to be honest, especially on a Monday.

Timeless Truth was one of the first brands of sheetmasks I have tried. Bio Cellulose Anti-Ageing Hydrating Cleavage Mask is perfect for the party season as it gives the décolletage a little boost. The bio-cellulose fits the mask perfectly on the bust and helps the active ingredients to penetrate the skin. With the addition of Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, this anti-aging and moisturising mask firms and rejuvenates the cleavage area.

If you want something a little more cosmeceutical, then Image Skincare (who has just launched an online store) have a Biomolecular Hydrating Mask which infuses skin with a fusion of volcanic water, ginseng root extract, amino acids and antioxidants for the ultimate skin rejuvenation.

Alex Steinherr, world famous beauty journalist, has just launched a skincare range in Primark (to us Cork folks, it’ll always be Penneys) which offers good value for money (€4 to €6) with good ingredients and two overnight products which you just apply and sleep.

I had the pleasure of meeting her and trialing some of the skincare and masks and was suitably impressed.

This piece is all about sheet masks, so I’ll let you know my thoughts on the rest of the range once I have used them for a few weeks. The two sheet masks, Plump and Glow and Maximum Moisture (€4 each) do exactly what it says on the pack. They deliver radiance and hydration on the go.

My favourite is the Plump and Go which has a serum you apply beforehand and makes your makeup apply flawlessly.

And finally, because sometimes the men don’t get enough attention or love on this page, Barber Pro is an innovative and multi-award-winning brand with practical products that are developed for barbers.

If you are looking for a premium skincare product to help combat your specific skin issues, then look no further. There’s a post shave cooling mask with anti-ageing collagen, a peel-off face putty mask with charcoal to deep cleanse skin from blackheads and impurities, a foaming cleansing mask to create a micro-massage, and an undereye mask to soothe tired puffy eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles, available in Dunnes Stores.

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