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Weekends Are For Masking

All week I look forward to my Saturday morning mask routine because it is a time I just press pause on everything else and relax. There are a lot of different masks that I have and that I like, but I pretty much stick with the same rotation of masks every week.

To unclog my pores:

Origins Clear Improvement

Picture originally featured on xoVain.

I’m a big fan of clay masks because I feel like they’re really getting the dirt and gunk out of my pores. I’ve tried a few different types of clay masks, but Origins Clear Improvement mask is my favorite. Some masks I’ve tried are super tingly to the point of being unpleasant and other masks feel like they’re doing nothing at all. This mask strikes a perfect balance between tingly and mild so that when I rinse it off my skin feels smooth and clean without feeling overly tight, dry. or sensitive. This one also makes for a perfect spot treatment when I get a breakout!

To hydrate my skin:

Glow Recipe I’m From Honey Mask

Picture original featured on xoVain.

I wrote about this a few months ago for xoVain and I’m still obsessed with it. Up until recently (within the last couple of years) I had no idea that skin oiliness can be a symptom of skin dehydration, so I spent a lot of time trying to get rid of my oil by over-washing my face. In addition to adding oils to my routine I have discovered that hydrating masks are a must for me to keep everything balanced. This is probably my second all-time favorite moisturizing mask (the top spot belongs to Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask; read more here) because the ingredients are hydrating power-houses (38.7 % of this mask is honey and it also includes jojoba, and macadamia nut oils among others). It smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling so smooth I have to fight myself not to keep touching my face!

The routine:

First thing when I wake up Saturday I’ll cleanse my skin and then apply the Origins mask. After 30 minutes or so I’ll rinse it off with warm water and then immediately follow up with the I’m From Honey Mask which I leave on for an hour.

I use other masks periodically throughout the week but I’m usually multi-tasking at that point. My weekend routine is more about relaxing and pampering myself!

Do you have a designated mask day? What are your favorite masks? Let me know in the comments below!

Love and hugs,




3 thoughts on “Weekends Are For Masking

  1. I love clay and honey masks! I have never left one on for an hour before though! Is there a noticeable difference than leaving on for 15 minutes? Also, I’ve heard that you should rinse the clay mask off before it dries so that it doesn’t dry out your skin! Is this true? I’ve only seen this in one place. I’m liking the cheap Garnier charcoal mask, though I don’t see the huge “detox” effect some have described with pores releasing crud. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. I love Ann Marie Gianni masks. She has several you mix with water to create and a honey & sugar one that is lucious. I’ve asked for them for bday presents. My mask day is any stressful day or on Friday to kick off the weekend and cleanse the week away. Peter Roth masks are very soothing but expensive; I really liked the rose one best.

    1. I only leave the clay one on for about 30 minutes because that is about how long it takes to get mostly dry. The honey mask I do for an hour because that’s the max time listed on the product itself. I haven’t heard of the rinse off before it dries thing, but I figure I always follow with a moisturizing mask so it should be alright.

  2. Also, I love mask recipes, if anyone has a homemade mask they make or a website to recommend. Tamara, if you would rather this not be a topic, feel free to delete. I just have a plethora of oils and am always looking for ways to use them.

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