The Face Mask Breakdown

What is a face mask?
A face mask is a treatment for the skin to be applied when needed.

What is a face mask supposed to do?
Face masks help to improve skin concerns that you have, whether it be acne, dull/sallow skin, dehydration or ageing.

How should I apply face masks?
There are so many types of masks formulas out there such as cream, clay, sheet, gel, peel off and exfoliating mask’s.

The directions of appellation for that specific mask will be on the packaging but generally, you can wipe a small amount of the mask onto the face using your fingers and leave for 10- 15 minutes. 

It is important to exfoliate the skin before using a mask so the ingredients in the mask can penetrate the skin, unless the mask you’re going to use is exfoliating, in which case just put it straight on after cleansing the face.

What face mask do I need for my skin type?
There are 4 main things that face masks are meant to help with:

Oily skin
Masks designed to help acne, tend to be purifying masks which are usually clay masks because clay helps to detox the skin and draw out the toxins. When using clay masks you may find after a few days you can start to break out even more, but that’s because the clay mask has pulled all the gunk out your skin. The most common ingredients in acne masks are Glycolic acid, enzymes, Salicylic acid,

Origins – Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
Brilliant skin – Purifying Pink Clay Mask
REN – Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal
LUSH – Mask of Magnaminty


Dull skin
Brightening masks help to break down the pigmentation and give you a glow. Pigmentation can be in the form of sun spots, acne scars, freckles etc. The most common ingredients in brightening masks are vitamin C, Jasmine and Yeast because it helps to brighten.

NIOD- Flavanone Mud
Kiehl’s -Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masquè
Glamglow- Thirstymud Hydrating treatment
Pixi- Glow Mud Mask


Anti ageing & Hydration
Anti ageing masks most commonly contain antioxidants, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid because they hydrate and nourish skin. The key to slowing down the ageing process is to keep the skin as hydrated as possible which is why hydration and anti ageing go hand in hand.  It’s very rare that you will find a hydrating mask that doesn’t claim to also be anti ageing.

ELEMIS- Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask
Burt’s Bees- Intense Hydration Treatment Mask
Sisley- Black Rose Cream Mask

Do I need to use a face mask?
I would always recommend using a face mask if you have any skin concerns and even if you are happy with your skin you need to maintain its healthy state. 

Please let me know if you try any of my face mask recommendations and also if you have any recommendations for me.

Hello, my name is Lucy, welcome to my little space on the internet! Through this blog, I hope to answer all of your crew-life/ cruising questions so, feel free to send me something you would like me to write about. I really hope you find this site useful and enjoyable!
Love Lucy xx

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