Every Sunday morning I give the house a full ‘hinching’ and make sure it’s absolutely sparkling so Monday is as stress-free as possible. The afternoon is usually taken up with a trip to the local swimming pool and ‘the big shop’ and the evening is usually dominated by bathtime. As soon as the babies are asleep, I try to sneak in a quick blog post and attempt to keep on top of scheduling tweets or, my most hated of tasks, fixing broken links. I also like to neck a cheeky can of Kopparberg during this process if possible. My nighttime routine, however, is my favourite part of the day. I usually send my husband off to play Fortnight or whatever game the kids are playing these days and I light the lemongrass and lavender that sits by my bed and do a full 10-step skincare routine to prep my skin for the week ahead.The absolute highlight of my pamper session is applying a sheet mask. Thanks to a recent TKMaxx haul and a subscription box I was recently sent, I have a decent selection to choose from. I’ve got a lot of different brands in my stash including Oh K!, Tony Moly, Etude House, Holika Holika, Skin79 and Too Cool for School, however, you may be surprised to discover that my current favourites are actually from Neutrogena.
As much as I love traditional tissue sheet masks, during the summer I actually prefer hydrogel masks as they are super hydrating and plumping. The jelly-like masks are instantly cooling and are surprisingly easy to apply. They hug into the contours of your face and feel more secure than a cloth mask, plus the Neutrogena ones have flaps that you can adjust to also cover your eyelids and lips to ensure they absorb the serum too, which I’ve never come across before but kind of love. Neutrogena also claims that each mask delivers the equivalent of one 30ml bottle of concentrated serum to your skin in just 15 minutes, perhaps this is why they are some of the most effective masks I’ve tried to date.
The masks retail at £3.50 each and are available in four varieties: Hydro Boost; ‘the super hydrator’ which contains hyaluronic acid, Purifying Boost; ‘the detoxifier’ with seaweed extract, Radiance Boost; ‘the illuminator’ with vitamin B3 and Ageless Boost; ‘the smart smoother’ with Adenosine. I’ve never tried Ageless Boost but I’ve bought the other three many, many times over the past few months. I tend to stock up when there’s either a 20% off promo at Look Fantastic or, even better, when they are part of a 3 for 2 deal. Amazon also has a 4x pack available here for £12.99 with free delivery.
The masks come with a film backing and can be a little slippy when removing them from the packet so be sure to take your time and be delicate. Simply leave on for 15 minutes and then massage any remaining product into your face and neck. I prefer gel masks because they snuggly wrap around your face and it feels like they create a cooling seal. As much as I adore the three varieties of masks I have purchased, I can’t really tell the difference between each type. All three make my skin feel hydrated, bouncy, glowy and soft. They are the perfect pick-me-up and instantly give my skin a much-needed boost of hydration. As I mentioned, I personally find very little distinction between the three so I tend to repurchase the ‘Hydro Boost’ version because I’m a sucker for any product that contains hyaluronic acid. These masks are an amazing ‘drugstore’ buys and can often be found on offer at Boots. Neutrogena was a skincare brand I used when I was a teenager but have ignored since in favour of more high-end products. I’m seriously impressed with these masks and, if you have oily skin and suffer from breakouts, you may also love their Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Wash, another underrated and affordable product from Neutrogena I’ve fallen in love with recently.
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