Maximise your masks with Origins

24 Jul 2017

*Features press samples

There are few things I love doing more when I have a spare few minutes than pampering with a face mask. Of course, I love having a proper facial, but you can pamper and treat your skin at home too, with face masks being a quick and fun way to treat your skin. Making sure I get the most out of my skincare is really important to me because I want my skincare products to be effective, and there are a few things I've tried over the years when it comes to face masks to ensure my skin gets the full benefits.

A review of the Origins Maskimizer Skin-optimizing Mask Primer
A review of the Origins By All Greens Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask
A technique (or, just a method, I suppose) I have used for many years, is ensuring I properly exfoliate my skin directly prior to applying face masks. I find that when my skin is smooth and clear of dead skin cells, my masks and subsequent skincare products work much more effectively than if I were to use them on rough skin. Another step I've added in recently is spritzing the Origins Maskimizer Skin-optimizing Mask Primer over my face and neck, which is a nifty little product from Origins which helps prime your skin in order to enhance your chosen face mask.

It's recommended as best for dry skin, although I think it would be safe to use on most skin types - if you have sensitive skin, it might be best to check with Origins directly at one of their counters, as to whether it's safe to use on sensitive skin. It uses a Marine Algae Complex, which works to hydrate and soften skin, optimising your skin's condition in order allow your face mask to work to its full potential. It has a really light barely-there scent, so great for those who aren't keen on strong scents and it's super easy to use. Just spritz over your face, lightly pat into your skin and follow up with your mask.

A 95ml bottle will cost you £19.50, which is actually quite reasonable for a product of this nature as it'll last a long while and can be used in conjunction with any face mask, not just Origins face masks. For me, it's become an essential part of my routine when using face masks and one absolutely worth having in your beauty stash!

One face mask from Origins I love teaming with the Maskimizer is the Origins By All Greens Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask, which is a great mask for anyone suffering from dry and dehydrated skin. It's the first foaming mask I have tried, but my skin seems to like it and so I've been using it once a week without fail for the past two months. It combines a formula of Green Tea, Spirulina and Spinach, which work to deep clean skin whilst unclogging pores, really rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, with Coconut derived cleansers alongside Kaolin Clay, which helps to remove dirt and grime from your skin and pores.

The application can be a little messy. You spray the mask directly onto your hand, which will come out in liquid form, and then apply to your face, without massaging it in. Sort of just 'place' it on your skin, if you will. Once applied just sit back, relax and let the mask work its magic! The foam will start to develop and once you can see that it has foamed everywhere it's been applied, you can wet your fingers, massage the mask into your skin before removing with a warm facial cloth. Each use has left my skin feeling deeply cleansed, with a clear and clean complexion that looks happier and calmer over the following days.

Origins describe this mask as the perfect answer to late nights, a not-so-healthy lifestyle and anyone whose skin is in need of a serious detox, using 1-2 times a week. I personally love this mask mid-week on a Wednesday, when the week and my motivation are both starting to drag and my skin needs a little TLC to get me through to the weekend. It's a little bit pricey, costing £32 for 70ml, but I've hardly dented mine and suspect it'll last a couple more months yet.

You can find both of these mask wonders from Origins, including the full mask range, at

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