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Many, many face masks leave me whelmed

Kirstie and I sat down with Caroline Hirons lately and had a good old chinwag about her skincare dos and don’ts.

She’s serum mad, loves a good acid toner and waxes lyrical about face oils – but the one beauty bit she’s not so keen on? Face masks: reckoning they over promise, under deliver and are generally over-priced to boot, she’s simply not a fan. 

And while in lots of cases I agree with her – many, many face masks leave me whelmed – I’ve still got quite the facemask habit. My skin is temperamental, so I variously rely on this lot to banish zits, inject some moisture or make me look a little brighter and less wrecked.  

see see mud mask

1. See See Mineral Facial Pure Mud Mask, €10.95 

Lots of Dead Sea face masks are prohibitively dear; this one is refreshingly different. It does a great job at deep cleaning and exfoliating, and leaves skin soft and smooth. Look for it in chemists. 

nuxe clarifying cream mask

2. Nuxe Clarifying Cream Mask, €19.40

This is a gorgeous product to have on hand (which reminds me: must re-order STAT).  Part of the brand’s rose petal range, which is especially kind to sensitive skin, this softens, moisturises and draws out all the nasties. The texture, scent and packaging all feel pleasingly expensive – but you’ll get change from a twenty (just). 

la roche-posay hydraphase

3. La Roche-Posay Hydrophase Intense Mask, €16.50

When my skin is dehydrated, it literally drinks this up: the soothing gel-cream is absorbed quickest in the areas that need it most. Packed with hyaluronic acid and La Roche-Posay thermal spring water, this quickly calms and hydrates stressed and thirsty skin. 

lush brazened honey mask

4. Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask, from €6.90 for 75g 

This ties with Happy Hippy Shower gel as my top Lush product ever (and as I’m addicted to their bath bombs, that’s saying quite a lot). A clay mask with ground almond and honey, this does three jobs in one:  purifies, exfoliates and nourishes the skin. It feels tingly and warm on your face, and makes a difference after just one use.  

Trilogy mineral radiance mask

5. Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask, €23.95

This creamy, grey mask is another fab multitasker: it’s got kaolin clay to deep cleanse and draw out impurities, alongside botanical extracts to nourish and hydrate. It’s suitable for all skintypes; I use it weekly without fail.  

Do you have any affordable favourites that are missing from this list?