I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
Patience is not something I’ve ever been known for. Maybe it’s a result of living in the city, where all two million of us in the downtown core seem to be in a rush to get everywhere, even if we don’t have anywhere to go. Or maybe it’s my design background, where working as fast as you could meant squandering a few hours of sleep on drafting tables before rushing to a tedious elective.
Regardless, my experiences have led to one thing: I work quickly, always have to be busy and never seem to have any time to do all the things I want. I also need results fast, or I feel like my time is being wasted.
Lucky for me, there are some face masks out there that perfectly cater to this neurotic need for constant visual progress.
Type 1: Colour-Changing Masks
This is an awesome gel-to-clay mask packed with chlorophyll microcapsules. Watch as the mask transforms from grey to green as you massage it into your skin! Ingredients include blue green algae (anti-inflammatory), sulforaphane (fights free radicals), and alpha lipoic acid (an antioxidant). The only downside for me is the jar packaging, which I’ve never been a huge fan of.
You massage into cleansed skin in a circular motion until all the tiny pods disappear and the mask has changed to a deep green colour. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Be careful not to miss anything, though, or you’ll have green towels.
This is an awesome mask/cleanser duo that changes colour as you massage it into your skin. It goes from a white cream to orange in colour, which is supposed to let you know you’ve cleansed enough in each area. Good for people who miss spots when they’re in a rush.
The ingredient list is packed with things like sodium ascorbyl phosphate (helps absorb vitamin C into the skin), vitamin A, papaya fruit extract and french rose clay. The tube packaging is a huge perk, making clean application easy and keeping the ingredients away from air.
You apply it with dry hands onto your dry face, massaging it in until it's completely orange. This is supposed to signal that you’ve “activated” the exfoliating agents. Leave it on for about four minutes and rinse it off with warm water.
Type 2: Bubbling Masks
I LOVE this mask. It tingles a bit while it’s working, but not at all in a painful way. With ingredients like almond extract, stable vitamin C and soy protein, this mask is both gentle and effective.
The packaging is great, too! I’m a huge fan of the product being in pump form. It’s probably the easiest way to get anything, eliminating the opportunity to fumble/drop it like I do most things.
You'll apply a generous layer of the gel and wait for it to start bubbling. This awesome mask quickly turns into a foam and virtually disappears on your face. Do you have oily skin? You’re going to want to wash it this mask off with warm water. Buuuut If your skin is dry, you can pat the mask off with a clean towel and really lock moisture in.
Type 3: Peel-Off Masks
I don’t know what it is, but peeling off face masks is incredibly liberating.
First Aid Beauty’s Skin Rescue Mask includes rosemary leaf oil, which acts as a toner, glycerin to helps moisturize, along with licorice root, feverfew and white tea to help combat any damage from free radicals.
On dry skin, you apply a thin, even layer. Wait about 20 minutes for it to dry, and peel off from the edge. Any remaining residue can be washed off with warm water. Be careful when you pat dry, though, this stuff will stain your towels red if you missed any (RIP white towel).
So, which is my favourite? It’s a tough call. As far as ease of use, Malin & Goetz takes the cake. If you really want to take your time and go the full spa route, the red clay mask or Perricone MD’s Chloro Plasma mask are a perfect pairing for a long soak in the bath. If you want something quick and light, the Color Smart Cleanser is perfect for settling into your morning routine.
- Which mask do you think looks the most fun?
- What’s your favourite fast-acting mask?