If you’re like me, I’m sure you’d have read many articles and blogs for tips and products to use. I used to be a skincare junkie, buying almost everything people (both on and offline) recommended. It didn’t help that my mother has naturally perfect skin so she didn’t really know how to deal with acne and the scarring that followed. She did give me one advice that I wish I listened to: Stop touching your face!! Instead, I tried everything a teenager strapped for cash could afford, namely drugstore pimple creams and cleansers, and even resorted to concealers. My mother, seeing how I was struggling, bought me a facial package which, till this day, I can’t decide whether it actually helped or made things worse. I did like the products that I bought from them, but their facials always left my face super red and blotchy that took weeks to clear up.
Eventually, as I did more research and read countless reviews (hello makeupalley!), and had more spending power to buy higher end products to try, my skin finally calmed down. I still tested many products but I did it gradually and one at a time to ensure it suited my skin type. I’d start with a little on my neck and if there were no adverse reactions the next day, I would slowly progress to a little on my cheek and my T zone before applying it on my whole face the following day. This has helped me find my holy grail skincare products that I can’t live without today.
Currently my main concerns are my scars, pigmentation and dry skin. My dry skin worsened after I started travelling more often for work. So I’m always on the lookout for hydrating and moisturising products. I shall start off with a few masks that I’ve tried with some successes and failures!
1. Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalising Mask
This has been my number one product for the past 4 years. It has never failed me. Every time I feel like my face is about to erupt in angry red bumps, I would slap this on and everything will be back to normal the next morning. Every time I feel like my face needs some extra hydration, I would slap this on and everything will be back to normal the next morning. Every time I’m too lazy/tired to do my usual skincare routine, I would just slap this on! I cannot recommend this overnight mask enough. It does have a faint ginseng/medicinal scent but it fades after awhile and has never bothered my very sensitive nose.
2. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
This was a huge letdown. Now you’d think what can go wrong with masks but although this felt and smelt so good to put on, it did nothing for my skin. My skin felt so dry in the morning as if I didn’t put on any moisturiser that night. I think if you have normal to oily skin, this would work well. But for people with dry skin, you’d need to find something more moisturising that this.
3. Fresh Rose Face Mask
I like Fresh’s packaging, it feels like a luxurious treat for your skin. However, this mask did irritate my skin slightly. It stung when I put it on and left my skin red after I washed it off though it faded the next morning. I love all their lip balms though. I’m about to try their Vitamin Nectar Glow Face Mask, will see how it goes.
4. Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Sleeping Mask
I would rate this mask between Sulwhasoo’s Overnight Vitalising Mask and Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask. It does provide adequate hydration and is soothing and gentle on the skin. A nice mask to have on hand for rotation.
5. My Beauty Diary Duo Brightening Black Pearl EX+
Finally a sheet mask! I used to use sheet masks religiously but because of work and age (read: lazy), I’ve been leaning more towards sleeping masks because you don’t have to wait to wash it off. So I maybe use sheet masks once a week or once in two weeks. I do plan to increase the frequency because I still have so many masks left untouched (hoarder alert!). This sheet mask promotes its deeply hydrating and intense brightening properties, and being an avid mask user, I’d say it does the job pretty well!