i usually find after a long week of work and late nights out by the time sunday rolls around my skin could use a little TLC. and more to the point sunday is usually when i can find the time and energy to have a 3 mask session, and my skin always thanks me for it. so i tend to skip my evening skincare routine for what is essentially an amped up version of the cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate process, and these are three of my favourite options.
this is a really lovely clarifying mask, it's very gentle on the skin but it definitely does the job and clears out your pores without feeling too harsh or drying. it's formulated with french clay and lavender and while it does dry quite stiffly on the face, when you wash it off it doesn't leave your face feeling tight and sahara-level dry like some clay masks do. nor do you have to scrub your face to remove it, it washes off easily with a hot cloth and a little water. this is one of my favourite options when my skin is looking a little worse for wear and needs a good pick-me-up.
alpha-h liquid gold smoothing and perfecting mask ($63.00 AUD for 100ml but currently on sale for $53.55)
if you hadn't noticed, i'm a huge fan of alpha-h so this mask was bound to make its way into my hands. it's a fast acting brightening and exfoliating mask with 15% glycolic acid (it's the second ingredient listed on the tube) and it won 'best radiance mask' in the harper's bazaar 2012 beauty awards and 'best skin brightener' in 2013. i experience a slight tingling when i first apply the mask, and it does say to only leave it on for a maximum of 10 minutes. my skin is pretty used to glycolic acid by now as i use an acidic toner morning and night, but at this strength it's best to start out by leaving in on your face for about 5 minutes. i've left it on for 8-10 and experienced some redness for a few hours after, so this is one to be a bit more careful with. but it basically eats away all your dead skin cells and any gunk the clay mask has just helped bring to the surface and leaves you with a brighter, smoother and clearer complexion, which is everything i ask for from a sunday skincare session.
origins drink up 10 minute mask ($34.00 for 100ml)
the final step after clearing out my skin is to add some moisture back in, and for that i've been loving this peachy-mango scented mask from origins. my skin can get congested when i over hydrate so i decided on the 10 minute mask over the 'drink up intensive overnight mask' which i assume is just a stronger version of this one. in any case, i would use them in the same way i use any hydrating mask which is to apply it to my face, neck and décolletage and let it all soak in, leaving my skin feeling super soft and nourished.