I learned about the Triple Threat Facial from the skin care goddess, Caroline Hirons, and the lovely Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup. If you haven’t read either of their blogs before or seen Anna’s videos, get on board!
Onto the triple threat facial! This is great for when your skin is looking really worse for wear. After the indulgences of Christmas and New Year’s (i.e. eating too much sugar and drinking way more booze) and the schizophrenic weather we’ve been experiencing in Chicago, my skin has not been looking its best. The steps are simple and it’s a nice way to spend a Sunday while having a Netflix marathon. Anna has a truly brilliant post going more in-depth on the steps and ingredients to look out for, along with several mask suggestions.
1. Cleanse Mask. This step gets all the gunk out and helps to clear up any congestion your skin might be suffering from. I typically use a clay based mask. Today I used Origins Clear Improvement Mask which I really like and find very effective. It also scares the crap out of Toby when I walk into the room with a dark grey face. (It’s the small things in life!) Other clay masks that I like are Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque (very affordable!) and Shea Terra Organics Madagascar White Clay Drawing Masque (very gentle and easy to wash off).
2. Exfoliating Mask. These masks will eat away all the dead, dry bits and give your skin some glow. For the exfoliating step, I much prefer to use acids (AHA or BHA) over anything manual or with beads. I find manual exfoliation is far too rough on your skin, especially if your skin is sensitive. I love the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. It has a weird jelly/marmalade texture, but it seriously does make your skin glow after using it. Other good exfoliating masks are Dermologica Gentle Cream Exfoliant and one that has great reviews and I’ve been wanting to try out is REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.
3. Hydrating Mask. This mask will bring back some much needed moisture into your skin. With going from bitter cold (and windy) to hot, dry air, my skin is feeling really ragged and very dehydrated. I used the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque. This mask is pretty amazing! It’s chock full of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5, both of which are great for your skin. A yummy smelling alternative is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask.
There you have it! I try to do this treatment about once a month and I do notice a difference. What masks do you like to use? I’m always love testing out different skin care bits, especially masks!