My Top 3 affordable face masks for Dry Skin

Those of you that also follow me on social media, especially Instagram will know that I am obsessed with #SELFCARESUNDAY and sitting myself in a lovely bath with a good book and a face mask, all being supervised by Gladys, my cat.

As I have dry ageing (I’m in my 40’s, shhhhhhhh) skin with occasional eczema break outs I find that face masks are amazing for adding a boost of hydration to my skin. Obviously I follow and have followed a skincare routine for a few years now however I have noticed a big difference with my skin since I began my weekly mask routine.

As with all masks, there is usually extra serum in the packet and so I make sure not to waste this and once my mask is removed I rub this extra serum into my face, neck and décolleté area. Don’t waste a drop of this lovely serum as its great for all over your body not just your face!

I try many face masks and usually pick up a few new brands/bargains from TK Maxx however I have 3 face masks that I know work for my skin and leave me hydrated and glowing. As with all posts, this is not sponsored or paid and is my personal opinion only.

In reverse order:

3. Bioaqua seaweed extract Korean skincare mask (£1.59 eBay)

I bought these masks to test more affordable skincare options for following a Korean Skincare routine and they are absolutely gorgeous. As you can imagine, for the price and fact that they come from abroad and are also off eBay, I was absolutely amazed by the results. Not only is the packaging cute but they readily did add moisture to my skin and made my skin feel soft too.

2. Garnier Moisture Bomb fatigued skin lavender sheet mask (£2.99 Superdrug)

This mask is a new favourite and not only leaves my skin soft and hydrated but it also smells lovely and is one that I use when Ive not been sleeping properly. I don’t know if its psychological but I do seem to sleep a bit better when I am smelling with lovely serum on my skin at bedtime. This mask is infused with an intense de-tiring formula enriched with lavender essential oil and hyaluronic acid, which is a powerful hydrating active capable of retaining 1000x its weight in water. Once applied on the face, it diffuses it’s de-tiring and hydrating benefits onto the skin.

1. Garnier Moisture Bomb Sakura Hydrating Face Sheet Mask (£2.99 Superdrug)

This mask is my absolute favourite and as an extra boost on a Sunday I also use the Garnier Moisture Bomb moisturiser once the serum has soaked into my skin. I have found that no matter what condition my skin is in (and yes I get stressed and have hormonal breakouts too) this mask gives my skin an amazing boost of moisture and leaves it looking and feeling radiant. This mask is also amazing to aid in getting my eczema under control if I have a flair up. It has never irritated my sensitive skin and is my all time ‘go to’ mask for any occasion. (Ive also been known to use this mask on models skin before a shoot as this ensures that the skin is hydrated and so the products work and photograph beautifully).

These are my top 3 face masks however below are a list of all of the face masks that I currently use and adore.

If you are using or have used a face mask that I haven’t mentioned and you think I need to try it, please leave me the information in the comments as I am always happy to purchase a good face mask and to share the love.

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Claire xxx

Homemade Body Scrubs

Homemade Body Scrubs to Exfoliate and Moisturise your Skin

Well its that time of year that we all make resolutions to eat better and exercise, but what about improving our skincare? During the winter months our skin and lips take a beating from the cold and wind and central heating and therefore need a little bit of pampering too.

With this in mind, I jumped onto the coconut oil bandwagon a few years ago and must admit that it lived up to the hype! Sugar scrubs are a wonderful way to pamper yourself and I have been making my own face, body and lip scrubs for the last few years (Link to my Instagram post of December’s scrubs: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqht_tJAbty/) and my skin feels amazingly soft, and moisturised. They are also inexpensive to make, and my friends, family and clients love them as gifts.

There is nothing wrong with the shop bought scrubs and I used to be addicted to LUSH’s Mint Julips Lip Scrub (£6.50 for 25g) and Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub (£8.95 for 120g). Whilst they are lovely they are quite expensive. Its easy to make your own scrubs in less than 10 mins with a few ingredients that you probably already own and therefore will cost you pennies to make.

Read on to discover my current favourite homemade scrub and to download my top 5 recipes so that you can make them at home.


Vanilla & Cinnamon Brown Sugar Scrub

My current favourite scrub for my lips and body is the Vanilla and Cinnamon Brown Sugar Scrub. It smells divine and is almost good enough to eat. I love to lick my lips after using this scrub!

I use it on my lips 2-3 times a week and on my body once per week. When I make a large batch, if I have any left over I pop it into small pots and gift it to clients at my makeup appointments.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.  (I melt the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds first) It’s as easy as that! You can add more oil depending upon how loose you prefer your scrubs to be.


PURCHASING INGREDIENTS

I’m not going to list where I buy each item from and its cost as they mostly come out of my pantry which I stock up from my local supermarket.

I buy my Coconut oil from Aldi as its fairly inexpensive at I believe £2.99 for a large jar and lasts for a long time in the fridge too.

Essential oils also don’t have to be expensive, I buy mine from TK Maxx in their skincare department for approx. £1.99 per bottle.

You can also look online or look at other retailers for your ingredients.


HOW TO STORE YOUR BODY SCRUBS

I store the scrubs in Mason Jars in my bathrooms and in small air tight containers in my makeup kit.  If you don’t have any fancy jars yet, just keep your scrub in a Tupperware tub. Since this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives, it’s best if it’s used within a couple of months however I find that this is never an issue!!!


HOW TO USE A BODY SCRUB:

You can use body scrubs in the bath or shower. To avoid damaging your skin, make sure your body is thoroughly wet and softened with warm water.


You can use body scrubs in the bath or shower. To avoid damaging your skin, make sure your body is thoroughly wet and softened with warm water.

Apply scrub with your hands and cover your body with an adequate amount of body scrub. Use circular motions to massage it into your skin. I try to allow the scrub to melt into my skin for 2-3 mins before rinsing off with warm water.

Anything you apply on your skin after using a body scrub will be absorbed more rapidly. Applying a hydrating body lotion is the most important after-scrub product to help seal moisture in to your skin.


Download Your Free Body Scrub Recipes

Download my free body scrub recipes by clicking on the image below and have fun making your own scrubs. Leave me a comment on your favourite and tag me in photos of your homemade scrubs – @makeupbyclaire01


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