I just read an article in VOGUE about multi-masking which is the latest on trend beauty tip that we should all be incorporating into our beauty regime.
Well I’ve always thought it, but now it’s confirmed I’m way ahead of my time…..19 years ahead to be exact. I’ve multi-masked ever since I started working for Clarins when I was 18 years old.
Clarins used to have these amazing oils; (and they still do) Clarins Facial Oils come in Lotus, Blue Orchid and Santal. Back when I was working for Clarins when we did facials we would put the oil underneath a mask depending on what you were treating. My favourite used to be the Blue Orchid oil with the Clarins Moisture Mask on top. My skin would be plump, and hydrated and luminous. The great thing with the oils is that you can wear them to bed once or twice a week under your night cream for a boost and while you’re at it put some in your incense burner to make your house smell amazing.
My other favourite was the Lotus oil with the Clarins purifying mask (Now it’s Called the Truly Matte Pure and Radiant Mask.) I used to suffer terrible acne when I was younger my face used to resemble a bad case of the measles I would use the lotus oil and purifying mask to calm my skin down and take away some of the redness.
Today I still multi-mask; I still use the Clarins Oils but some of my other favourites are the Turnaround Instant Facial the Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask. I also always use the Clarins Skin Smoothing Eye Mask (my saviour since I had my daughter) and lastly while it’s not very sophisticated compared to some higher end beauty products, I use the Proactive Skin Purifying Mask.
Let me tell you very briefly why I love these masks. I’m not going to go into a big spiel about the ingredients in them and so forth because I know that when I’m at the shops and the consultant starts going on about the Ginseng doing this and the Hazelnut doing that I kind of glaze over. What I want to know about is simple; what’s it going to do for me? What benefits will this product give my skin and ultimately the reason we want to use these products aside from a plethora of reasons such as to prolong ageing, and get rid of acne and dry skin but the end result is to feel good about ourselves.
So here it goes, I love the blue orchid oil especially because of the way my skin absorbs the product; after I take it off (sometimes I leave it on over night if my skin is feeling particularly dehydrated) my skin glows, it feels plumped and nourished like It just had a big drink of water. Add along side this the Clarins Hydra Quench mask and I swear you could enter a beauty pageant and wear no makeup and the judges would pick you just because of your ‘glow’.
When I was younger I suffered terrible acne, it was so bad that my aunt used to cry when she looked at my face. It was literally covered in pimples and it was red, raw and shiny. I couldn’t use a lot on my skin but I used to use the Clarins Lotus oil and the Purifying mask. It would sooth my skin, like putting an ice-cube over a burn taking all the heat out and it would help take away the redness. As I got older and my skin got better I did stop using the lotus oil and continued using the Purifying mask. I started multi-masking with the Clarins Purifying mask and the Clinic Total Turnaround Mask (now the Turnaround Revitalising Instant facial.
Using these two products together will leave your face feeling fresh, clean and sparkly – like shiny diamond dust (which is always how I think of the Turnaround mask when I apply it) sparkling on your face. Over the years I have tried lots of different masks but I always come back to these. Over the past couple of years I have replaced the Clarins Purifying mask with the Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask. Having gone through a spout of adult acne while on fertility tablets I used the Proactive range which saved my life to be honest and I liked the way the mask felt so much that I never stopped using it even after I stopped using the Proactive.
With any of these masks you can use the Clarins Skin Smoothing Eye Mask. If I feel particulary hideous I will put it on over my night eye cream for an extra kick, since I’ve had my daughter it’s made those late nights that little bit easier on my crows feet and the dark little sacks I’m sporting!
I know that in the next couple of years I’m going to have to swap these old faithful for more heavy-duty masks, masks that can keep my face in place and wrinkles at bay, but for now I love these masks and even on my worst day if I use these I end up feeling great!