Rain, Rain… glow awayyy!!

YESTERDAY there was the most torrential downpour that I had to go out in, and I just couldn’t believe the floods of water that were filling the roads and gutters as the heavens opened up above. 

I did what every sensible person does – took my phone out to take a pic for Insta Stories to capture this epic storm, and as I did so, I saw that my skin was looking particularly glowing. 

I could attribute this to the three face masks that I had applied over the last few days. This  was likely too many, but I was testing them out for the site, and also I needed a bit of emergency care to sort my skin out as it had been so parched from lack of care over the last few weeks. 

The first mask that I tried was from Forever Living, The Aloe Vera Company.  It was a sheet mask which is encased in two fabric masks which you peel off and then apply the gel sheet mask to pamper your skin. You’ll have definitely come across this type of mask before, but I found this one much easier to apply and stick to the skin than other masks that I’ve tried recently so that I could get on with doing things while the mask went to work brightening my skin. 

You leave it on for 20 minutes to work its magic. My son was entranced by the mask, and even joined in the fun scooping up some of the gel and putting it on his own face. It was a gentle, easy to use mask that was great to apply during the day when I had a boring job to do and meant I could multi-task my skincare routine and my daily chores!

I also tried a sample of Forever Living’s Aloe Vera Moisturising Lotion with collagen and elastin and I really rated this product. I used it this morning across my face, hands and nails and it sunk in immediately and already made my skin on my face feel supple, and my hands/nails feel nourished and soft. 

The other masks I tried were included the face mask from the Let It Glow Christmas Cracker from Evolve Organic Beauty (buy it here for £20). I seriously didn’t think this one would work as it looked and smelled like Nutella. From what I could see it was just some kind of natural oil to hold it all together, cacao powder, sugar and coconut but I felt this one left my skin immediately softer to the touch. I was really pleasantly surprised by the experience which felt really luxurious, even though I looked like I’d been smeared in chocolate!

NOTE: (The actual ingredient are: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Glycerin*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Shell Powder, Kaolin, Theobroma Cacao Seed Powder*, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil*, Sucrose Laurate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water*, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract*, Tocopherol, Sucrose Stearate, Sucrose Palmitate which I can’t make sense of, but sound really nourishing and delicious!) 

The other product in the cracker is a shimmering lip balm with coconut oil to make lips smooth and supple which was also good. 

The final mask I tried was the Sanctuary Spa Green Smoothie Recharge mask. I’ve used this a few times over the last few months and I really rate this product. This time you look like you’ve been covered in kiwi fruit as you have to apply a thick layer of green sludge to your face. This feels like the mask that does the most work under the skin, as it makes your face feel rather zingy and fresh. Again, I was completely cynical about this mask as the ingredients include spirulina, kale, spinach, artichoke, avocado & cucumber as well as “brightening Vitamin C for skin that feels soft and smooth and has a fresh and healthy glow.” 

The Vitamin C definitely gets to work brightening your skin while all the green stuff must be doing good stuff to help nourish your face too. 

Buy Sanctuary Spa Green Smoothie Recharge Mask here for £12

These were three great masks that gave my skin a bit of self-care before the inevitable battering it will get over the festive season. My skin looks glowing, even if the freezing British weather means that heating and hangovers hammer my usual beauty routine!

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