...I was curious to see whether face masks work

At castings and shoots, it’s imperative I keep my skin clean. I hate blackheads and I get them all the time, so I was curious to see whether face masks work.

I had seen Deep Cleansing Black Mask (£9.99) on social media, so was excited to try it. The packaging was simple and the black goo easy to apply. It was cool to the touch and made my skin tingle. I left it on for the recommended 30 minutes, but when I started to pull it off, my God was it painful. I wasn’t sure if it removed impurities, or just the top 10 layers of my skin, but afterwards my skin felt smooth, if a little red and sensitive.

I loved peeling off the Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (£8.49 for six) – I could see all sorts of impurities. They were easy to use and removed a fair bit of dirt. My skin felt great afterwards; I will definitely use them again.


I applied T-Zone Charcoal & Bamboo Black Peel Off Mask (£3) at the end of a long day. When I started to pull the patch off, my skin felt as though it was being ripped from my skull. I was disappointed to see no impurities on the strip. All pain, no gain.


Starskin Sunset Strips (£8.05) were the most well-conceived. There are three strips: one to open pores, one to clear them and the last to soothe skin. I felt a bit indulgent (it took more than 35 minutes) but the three strips together made a lovely, easy-to-use system. There was no pain or redness, and my skin looked and felt great. Definitely one for special days.

this article was first published on www.theguardian.com (08|12|2017)


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