It occurred to me last month that “face masking” is probably my number one favourite hobby so I’m trustworthy when it comes to choosing the best face masks – promise!
I was on a sub-par date at a fancy cocktail bar, when, during a uncomfortably long lapse in conversation, my date asked how I liked to spend my time outside of work. I paused as three little images popped into my head: a bottle of wine, my laptop playing an episode of reality TV, and my face swaddled by a sheet mask. Oh, you know, I mostly spend my evenings cooking, reading or watching documentaries, I lied through my red wine-stained teeth. Given my interest in him (zero), it’s curious that I painted this false, pseudo-sophisticated picture of myself. But, c‘est la vie, I’m now here to set the record straight.
I love everything about face masks. I love the initial research phase (a.k.a loitering in the depths of Mecca and Sephora, getting the DL on each community member’s views on different masks). I love the ritual of getting in my schleppiest clothes, firing up an episode of Love Island, and pouring myself a generous glass of wine, or plopping into the bath with nothing but my favourite candle and my own thoughts to keep me company. I love the selfies they produce (mostly a bit scary or awkward, and not at all like the ones I’ve spied on cute girl’s Instagram’s). I love that this sybaritic form of escapism leads to plump, happy skin, and I love exchanging testimonials with friends with the type of enthusiasm usually reserved for things like Christmas and finding leftovers in the fridge when a hangover is threatening to end your life.
I used the following four metrics as a base for my ~research~ into the best face masks in the biz: Worth Your Dime, Instagram-Worthy, Luminosity Factor, and Fun Factor. With those quantifiers behind me, I set off to spend a month indulging my favourite hobby**, only to emerge with the most comprehensive guide to face masks you ever did see. From my face to yours, happy masking friends!