Like pretty much everyone in the world at this point, it has been a bit stressful for me this week. I know that’s a bit like saying rain is wet, but for me this means I’ve had more breakouts than usual. So in addition to using my face mask Friday as a moment to relax and just be in my skin rather than worry about the rest of the world, I chose my mask with my skin in mind.
I used a sheet mask today, partially because it had the properties I wanted and partially because I’m always a little hesitant to get involved in anything I can’t drop in an instant after something happens. Wednesday we had to go to the ER and managed to get out of the house in less than two minutes. Everything is fine, no lasting damage and my baby has a new prescription but a sheet mask I could take off in a flash made me more comfortable in my relaxing than a regular mask would today.
The sheet mask I chose was the Super Green Detox Kale and Charcoal Detox Facial Mask from Pacifica. I have used these several times in the past and I have to say they are one of my favorite sheet masks, especially when my skin is acting up due to stress. It is designed to alleviate clogged pores and to deal with blemish prone skin types. While that isn’t normally me, I do like to keep these on hand for moments where they are needed. I sometimes get hormonal breakouts but I am partial to stress related breakouts. Just masking in general helps me settle and the charcoal and nutrient goodness helps calm a bit of the break outs so they disappear faster.
Yup breathing deeply, lighting candles (I’m using my Fern and Leather candle from this month’s Vella box if you are trying to build a sensory picture in your head. I’ll pretty much be using it until next month’s box to be honest.) and charcoal, the secret to dealing with stress related breakouts. At least for me.
When I opened the package I took a sniff. Are you surprised? I smell everything. The scent was fresh and green, a fact I am pretty sure is a combination from the kale, cilantro and green tea. It is a clean and fresh scent.
The mask is black which I’m guessing is due to the charcoal. One interesting feature of the mask is that the eye holes are heart shaped. While cute, I personally am not a fan of the hears over the eyes. And no it isn’t that I don’t like hearts, it is that they leave too much of my under eye exposed and the little point comes down too far over my eyelid. I had to move it around a bit and get the heart all bent out of shape for it to work right for me.
I’m sure there is a metaphor in there somewhere, but we’ll just leave it be for now.
The shape of the eye cuts outs are really the only thing I don’t care for in this mask. Once I realigned the holes so my eyes were just right, I lay down for twenty minutes of quiet. It was really nice. The mask tingled in a pleasing way that made me feel like it was working.
And it was quite soothing.
Even if i did look like a romantically inclined bank robber.
When the time was up, I took off the mask and patted the serum into my skin. For some reason it is only after I pat the remaining serum in that this mask starts to feel really cool against my skin. It tingles when it is on and cools when removed. My skin felt refreshed. I think it also helped that I was in a room with the windows shut while I rested in my mask. Tree pollen is really high today and the bedroom has the air purifier running so laying down with the mask and breathing the extra clean air didn’t hurt. It probably gave the mask a helping hand so I feel less puffy eyed than I did earlier. Which is a nice side benefit, although I can’t really credit the mask entirely for that. I can say that post masking, I will be staying inside and flushing my system out with as much water as I can possibly handle. On the days when I have inhaled too much pollen, flooding my system is actually the perfect way to go for me.
Luckily we have a new air cartridge in the Soda Stream for me to use. I might actually play a game with myself to ensure the water is consumed. I’m planning to full up all of my water bottles with carbonated water and see how many I can empty before dinner. As I have a couple of water bottles on their last legs this game might be the last hurrah for them before they make their way to the recycling bin.
I know it’s not much of a game but if I’m going to tackle the last of my early spring gardening chores this weekend, I need to start with a clean system. Otherwise the trees will take me down.
So the pre-weekend allergy season cleansing began with the Super Green Detox mask from Pacifica and twenty minutes of calm breathing. Not a bad start, although this was the last Pacifica sheet mask I had in my collection. As allergy season is only just kicking off, I’m going to need to order a restock as I suspect the trees aren’t done with me yet. I don’t know what everyone out there has planned for their weekend, but I hope you have a fun, and safe one.