Thursday, 21 May 2015

The face masks

If you’re anything like me, the idea of rugging up in your jammies with a bowl of popcorn and watching Disney while your face is covered in some magical goo, is still as appealing as it was when you were a teen. But for most women, finding the time and money to pamper yourself with an expensive face mask is just not always possible. In this day and age (and by age I mean mine… the inevitable almost-30!) we are plagued with financial priorities, frequently time-poor, and forever drawing nearer to the furniture buying, baby making phase of our lives. (Seriously, how did that happen? I swear I was 17, like, yesterday). This can make it hard to find time and room in the budget for our skin - a part of our health regimen that should be a priority – particularly as we mature in our ageless beauty.

I am constantly searching for (and purchasing, much to the dismay of my significant other) beautiful new products to try at home. When I do go on the hunt I like to take my time, do the research, and really educate myself about ingredients and how they might work for my skin. And since I am forever being asked by fellow gal-pals what products I am using and why, I figured I may as well share some of my findings with you too. I’ve done the leg work for you, and included a range of products varying in price – from lux to budget-friendly. With huge thanks to the ladies at Mecca Cosmetica in the Canberra Centre for answering all of my questions! 

My Tips
Before you shop, try doing a simple self-assessment. I promise it will save you time, and help you to shop with confidence!

1. What kind of skin do I have? Know the skin you’re in - are you oily/dry/combination?
2. Do I have any skin allergies? Make sure you keep in mind any allergies 
or sensitivities. You cannot hide your face if something goes wrong - so this is a very important step in avoiding a ‘Samantha Situation’ (do we not all remember that SATC episode where Samantha’s face all but peeled off?? Cringe!)
3. What do I want to get out of this treatment? What are the results you are looking for? Hydration/Detoxification/Smooth skin?
4. How much do I want to spend? Don’t be shy of setting limits for yourself. Letting the staff know how much you’re willing to spend will help them guide you to products within YOUR budget. 

By Melissa Daniels @Beauty.and.thebasics xx

Disclaimer* I am not a skin care specialist, nor do I claim to be one. My posts and reviews are based only on my personal opinions and experiences. Before you use any products as advised by myself or otherwise, please make sure the product is suitable for your skin, and adhere to instructions labelled on each individual product. 

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