Masking Mondays

My family and I have been on a mini-break to Taormina, Sicily over the Easter weekend, and we enjoyed every second of it. I had never been before, but I instantly fell in love with the island. It is sunny, warm (I finally got to wear summer dresses and air my tights-clad winter legs), colourful, and delightful in every way. There are little tourist shops crammed with hidden gems at every corner, herb stalls, pottery shops, and an infinite selection of ice-cream vendors that tempted me to indulge more than I should have. However, by the end of a full day exploring the island I was always too exhausted to carry out a proper skincare routine, and instead slumped my face on the pillow not bothering to take my makeup off, or cramming the layers of face-creams I purposefully packed with me. I pity the poor maid who had to change my pillowcase everyday, but at least I didn’t have to do it.IMG_7966IMG_8048

So needless to say, when we arrived back home, my priority after tackling the mountain of dirty laundry, was to address my skin situation. A good, double skin wash with my trusted Clarisonic Mia 2 together with the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel was the first step to get rid of any traces of makeup. However, my skin felt like it needed a little something extra so after a rummage through my skincare drawer I rediscovered this Glam Glow Supermud face mask I loved but had not used in months. This face mask has been a staple in my skincare routine for years – in fact, I think this is my sixth jar of it.  I love this stuff and was exactly what my skin needed!

 

The Supermud mask has got a very thick, muddy consistency with chunky bits in it. It comes in a lovely hexagon box with silver foil text written on it, and when you open the box, the words “Hello Sexy” greet you on the inside flap (I love little quirks like this). Nestled in an oversized packaging is a tiny 50g tub in a stark white and silver colourway which I adore, although slightly impractical considering what it contains inside.  However, if you want to keep the messiness to an absolute minimum, my number one tip for applying muddy masks is to use an old makeup brush.  I use a synthetic flat foundation brush and paint a thin layer of this stuff all over my face, carefully circling my eyes and my mouth. I even go down my neck if I have any excess product left on the brush. And let me assure you, the sight of me with this mask on is a vision of horror, though my kids think I am playing “mummy dragon” with them and get overexcited. But that’s not the case with my husband because I always manage to startle him when I have my dragon-face on, and I’ve learned the hard way not to open the door for anyone for the duration this mask is on. Yes, even if it is an express delivery order from ASOS for which I’ve paid Eur12 for shipping.

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As soon as I apply this mask, I endure a 60-second duration of heightened tingling and burning sensation, during which, I have to practice the deep-breathing exercises I learnt during my prenatal classes to survive them (they got handy after all). But after that initial hurdle, the mask sets and hardens, and though my face feels very tight, the remaining experience is entirely pain-free. I leave it on for about fifteen minutes before I rinse it away, which is easier said than done. If you do happen to have a small sink like me, I suggest you appoint the removal of this mask solely for the bath or shower because this process generates a lot of mess. I am not exaggerating – chunky bits come flying off all over the room and plaster themselves to your toothbrush, or even worse, to your treasured Bonsai tree. However, in the shower, it’s much easier because you can douse your face with water, and within seconds your face is squeaky clean. This mask instantly draws out any excess oil in the skin and thanks to its blend of acids, it purifies and minimises the pores, leaving the skin feeling fresh, smooth and clean, without feeling stripped out of moisture.  I try to use this mask at least once a week, but I use other slightly gentler masks midweek, like The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal mask which is very similar but less intensive.

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Although I would recommend this Supermud mask a hundred percent if you have oily, blemish-prone skin like me, I wouldn’t as much recommend the matching Glam Glow Supercleanse Daily Treatment Cleanser. I bought it thinking it would be terrific at keeping my skin clear in between masking, but I was wrong. It is a greyish-black, liquid cleanser with an unpleasant strong minty scent, that contrary to what it states on the tube, never lathers up. No matter how long or how vigorous you massage this muddy cleanser, nuh-uh, the only thing you end up with are sore hands and a red face. And I hate non-foaming cleansers (or even shampoos for that matter) as I don’t feel they get rid of all the gunk as the foaming ones do.  So I cannot vouch whether it does keep the skin clear because I didn’t use it for long since I have limited patience with products that do not work, even if I am standing close to Eur 30 less in my bank balance.

 

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