Seeing as it’s been a while since I touched on the subject of face masks, I joke I joke - it’s been approximately two weeks since one made an appearance – I thought I’d revisit one of my old favourite techniques, ‘The Triple Threat Facial’. First mentioned here, it’s a method which gets dragged up on a Sunday whenever my skin is looking super sad: too dry, too dull, too congested. Whatever the problem, three targeted masks self-prescribed from my collection depending on my skins need, applied in succession always sorts me out just in time for Monday. So here’s the theory: a cleansing pick, following by something a little exfoliating, finished off with a hit of hydration is the original menu, but depending on your skintype, sensitivity (sensitive souls may like to skip the sloughing step) and needs there’s room to mix things up a little. I tend to stick with the original bill and here’s my current trio that I’m calling into action…

Step 1: CleansingAntipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. Alternatives: Borghese Fango Active Mud, Origins Clear Improvements, Una Brennan Facialist Pore Purifying Clay Mask. Ingredients to look out for: Bentonite, Kaolin, Manuka Honey. The classic, ‘get the gunk’ out step. These are my favourite kind of masks due to their statuesque, ‘laugh till you crack’ appearance and for the fact that my skin is almost always congested and requires some clay-based attention. As with all the steps I apply with an old foundation brush, leave on for the specified time and rinse off with a warmed up muslin. The Antipodes Manuka offering is a particularly good one as it’s an all-rounder, cleansing, while not lacking on the hydration front. One I reach for when my skin is feeling a little spotty, but also a little scaly.

Step 2: ExfoliatingElemental Herbology Facial Glow. Alternatives: REN Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask, Oskia Renaissance Mask, NUDE Miracle Mask. Ingredients to look out for: Lactic Acid, Papaya Extract, Glycolic Acid. Corrrr, these masks give your freshly cleansed skin a good polish, with AHA’s chomping away dead cells like little pacmans in the wind leaving a smoothed and renewed complexion behind. Usually only left on the skin for a few minutes, and with an unusual marmalade texture I wipe away to find things vastly glowier beneath. E.H’s Facial Glow is my current pick, and scores points for sloughing action thanks to it’s jojoba bead content, whilst still being gentle and sting-free to my skin (and smelling edible).

Step 3: HydrationOrigins Drink-up Intensive Mask. Alternatives: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Hydrating Overnight Masque, The Body Shop Vitamin E Skin-in Moisture Mask, SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Intense Hydrating Mask. Ingredients to look out for: Hyaluronic Acid, Avocado Oil, Rose Flower Water. Instead of continuing on with my usual evening skincare regime, I skip my nightly steps for a slather of an overnight mask offering instead; like a heavy duty moisturiser that doses up the hydration while you dream away. I’ve given a few others a go, but nothing even comes close to the Origins original. Non-greasy, non-heavy and will make your face smell of peaches and cream. I have also been known to substitute a light layer of this in to my daily routine on Sahara-like skin days.

As always, caution and a spot of googling is advised when it comes to such a souped-up routine; ain’t no trained skincare professional here, just a girl with a Sunday stretching out before her and a bevy of masks in her possession. And what better to get my full use of them than to whip out three, right? On with step one…

  • http://hellionyell.wordpress.com/ Helen

    I can actually feel the gross under my skin, a version of this is definitely getting done today!

  • http://bacardichaser.blogspot.de/ bacardi chaser

    I love your writing style. ;D
    bacardichaser.blogspot.com

  • Christel

    Love this post! Just bought the Origins intensive drink up mask yesterday. Tried it on before bedtime and I woke up with fresh hydrated looking skin. I’ve also got the mint julepe mask but almost out so will put on my list one of these exfoliating/ cleansing masks

  • Beauty Angel

    I love a DIY facial, I really want to try the origins mask.

  • Leonie

    I like how you give Alternatives to what you use!! Enjoyed this post, as per! :)

    Leonie from unrealisticlipstic.wordpress.com

  • http://seasidebeauty.blogspot.com/ Helena Whitehead

    The moisturiser sounds so good! I’m actually going shopping today for Origins products

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  • Amy

    I need to try that Origins face mask! Everyone loves it! x

    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Cassie

    I really want to try the Origins face mask! Looks so nice and I love the packaging xx

    http://facebeforelace.blogspot.com.au

  • Guest

    I love TBS Vitamin E moisture mask! Their facemasks are amazing! x

  • http://youtube.com/thebeautyblogx1 thebeautyblogx1

    I love TBS Vitamin E mask! Their facemasks are truly amazing x

  • Purple Flamingo

    I really want to try the products for origins

    purple–flamingo.blogspot.com

  • http://alittleboatsailing.blogspot.co.uk/ Amy

    I had to buy some of The Body Shop moisture mask for my nan would you believe only the other week, she loves it! I’ve not tried it but it certainly smelt really nice :)

    Amy x
    A Little Boat Sailing

  • http://heelsforever.wordpress.com/ Heels Forever

    I really need to invest in more face masks, had so many of these on my wishlist for such a long time! x

    Heels forever

  • http://www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk/ Anya

    I’ve just treated my poor full of cold face to this facial! my complexion looks miles better!

    http://www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.anarrangementofnotes.wordpress.com/ sopheekay

    I like to indulge in one of these myself from time to time and I do find it makes such a difference to my skin. I’m currently lacking and really good moisture pick though, so I might have to finally go out and make a purchase of the Origins Drink Up mask. I really like the Good Things clay mask for the first step, and it smells delicious.

    Sophie | An Arrangement of Notes

  • http://www.missmakeupmagpie.com/ Miss Makeup Magpie

    I have never tried any of the Origins’ face masks, and I really feel like I’m missing out! I wouldn’t even know which one to choose as they all sound so lovely xx

    Gemma ♥ | Ɱiss Ɱakeup Ɱagpie

  • Madeline Murray

    The Origins mask you mentioned is definitely on my lust list, will probably purchase it soon. Thanks for the review !

    itsamadsmadsworld.blogspot.ca

  • AuntyMiff

    The Origins lady wouldn’t let me buy the Drink Up Intensive mask, she said it was only for dry skin. It’s just made me want it more than I did before. Well played, Origins. Well Played.

    Charlotte – blotandreapply.blogspot.com x

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      :))))

  • AbiGailForce

    You really do do such brilliant posts! :D My mask collection is one part of my regime I’m really lacking in, but I just can’t decide which one to get! (I mean, I obviously COULD just go and buy them all…)

  • Celina

    Great post as always! I’m really interested in the Antipodes mask. I might have to make a sneak Feel Unique order again soon!
    xx

    http://thecelution.blogspot.ca/

  • steveause

    Straight after reading this I went and completed the routine! I used the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask instead of the Elemental Herbology Facial Glow (still on my wish list) and I used the Origins Drink-up Mask but the 10 minute one instead of the overnight. My face is thanking me!! Thanks you so much for this inspiring combination!

  • http://macyxmakeup.blogspot.com/ Macy

    This is such a good idea! I’ve never thought of masks in this way!

  • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    i finally tried the drink up intensive mask, and it was just ok for me. BUT my new discovery/love is the korres greek yoghurt advanced sleeping facial. and i’m loving the combo of the Chantecaille Detox mask with the Korres. You should try it! and now I really want to try the honey mask as well as the elemental herbology! :)

  • casey23

    Hi! I’m living outside UK. I’ve been wondering about Antipodes and one of my friends gonna make a visit to UK, can you please tell me where can she look out for this brand?

  • Anita

    Great post. I like the suggestions of which active ingredients to look out for. Keep up the great work x

  • Meghan

    Taking care of your skin is so crucial , I’m sitting with a turmeric face mask on as I type this haha , great post!

    Meghan Silva’s Blog

  • Emma

    I really want to try the origins mask! Think I might have to go out and treat myself!

    http://nowisbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.mascarawarrior.blogspot.com/ mascarawarrior

    I love doing masks too! I’ve never thought to apply a clay mask with an old foundation brush, though. I’ve always just used my fingers. I might try that though!

    ♥ Em over at Mascara Warrior

  • Three Girls One Apple

    Masks are awesome! Especially anything from Origins. Can’t wait to try it out!

    3girls1apple.com

  • Claire R

    Anna,

    great post but one question. you mention the kiehls ultra facial hydrating overnight mask. I am obsessed with Kiehl’s and I have never seen it! Is this a product exclusive to the UK? Is is new? Please let me know! Also, does Kiehl’s in the UK have a similar program to “back-to-mac” like they do here in the US? It’s wonderful we get to bring in old products for new ones!

    Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Hydrating Overnight Masque

    http://www.themakeuparchitect.blogspot.com

  • Allison

    I just did a big (for me) Origins splurge and got the Drink up over night mask and the charcoal mask as well! I am hoping I love them but I never though to do more than one mask in a night! thanks for the awesome posts!

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/