Self Care Recs and Reviews!

Article by: Alexis Daigle and Tyler Taylor

Picture by: Tyler Taylor

Self care is one of the most important aspects of a person's life. It helps with winding down, promoting good hygiene, and helping a person feel like their best self. We at Risen are big advocates for any and all things that have to do with loving and taking care of yourself. This series is going to be filled with recommendations and reviews on products ranging from makeup to facial washes to hair products. To kick off the series, we’re going to be telling you about some of our favorite and least favorite face masks.

(Image description: Collage of four pictures. Top left corner is the Lush BB Seaweed mask container, top right is the Yes To Cucumber Calming Paper Mask, bottom left is the Yes To Tomatoes Charcoal Paper Mask, and bottom right is the Lush Brazened Honey mask container with lemon wedges and ginger.)

Brand: Lush
Name: BB Seaweed ($9.95,€8.32)
This mask has been a staple in my bathroom for over three years. While it may not be ideal for fighting acne or moisturising the skin, it’s amazingly soothing. Originally, I bought it because I wanted something that wouldn't be too harsh on my skin, as I didn't know what kind of skin I had (sensitive, oily, dry, etc). Its calming scent of roses combined with the nourishing seaweed and slight amount of ground almonds make for a gentle exfoliator that leaves your skin feeling smooth and looking soft. In addition, it has aloe vera gel, honey, and olive oil to help with moisturization. I think that this is the ideal mask for a calm night in when you want to treat yourself.
Rate: 5/5 stars

Brand: Lush
Name: Brazened Honey ($9.95, €8.32)
Often on my trips to Lush, I like to try something new. What drew me to this mask was the fact that it contained ground almonds, meaning it was an exfoliant, and honey, which I knew was a great moisturizer. It claims to “stimulate and warm the skin to give you a healthy glow” but in my opinion, I feel that it falls short of that. Perhaps it was because my skin wasn't congested or visibly sluggish (which the mask claims to be perfect for), but personally I feel like it does nothing for my skin: I find it to be too abrasive. When I did use it, it was because I wanted to get my money's worth. Would I try this mask again? Probably, but I would test it out during a more stressful time like finals week to see if it can really work its magic.
Rate: 2.5/5 stars

Brand: Yes To
Name: Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask
I first discovered this mask last year, and I was hesitant to try it at first. I didn’t know how to feel about putting charcoal anything on my face, no matter what it promised to do. However, when I finally got over my fear and tried it out, I loved it. This mask made my skin feel so smooth and moisturized, but not oily like it normally feels (at least, the half of the time when it doesn’t feel dry). I have really bad combination skin and sensitive, acne prone skin. This mask made my skin feel so amazing and made me skin feel cleaner in general - I definitely recommend it to people with sensitive combination skin like mine!
Rate: 5/5 stars

Brand: Que Bella
Name: Purifying Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Mud Mask
While I’m not usually the biggest fan of mud masks (I prefer sheet masks because they’re much easier to use), this one really works for me! The tea tree oil and witch hazel help my acne clear up and moisturize the drier parts of my skin a lot. While it’s definitely a messy undertaking, I think the results are worth it. I’ve only been using this one on and off for about half a year but it really helps when I’m in a pinch or I want to relax.
Rate: 4/5 stars

Brand: Yes To
Name: Cucumbers Calming Paper Mask
When I first got this mask, I was super excited to use it. It was the night before my first day of school (so only a few weeks ago) and I wanted to have nice, non-inflamed skin for the first day of school. I put it on, thinking that it would help my skin a lot. I was right(ish). After only a few minutes of having the mask on, my skin started to hurt a bit. Soon, it started to kind of burn. However, me being the eternal optimist I am, I just figured that the burning meant it was working because I have a low pain tolerance. However, the mask soon got to be too much for my skin and I took it off early. In fact, many other people have left reviews on this product sharing my experience. After I took off the mask, I simply rubbed the leftover liquids into my skin and prayed that I wouldn’t break out. I was expecting the worst, so when I got up tomorrow and started to get ready, I was surprised at how smooth and supple my skin felt. It felt really nice, to be entirely honest. However, the mask’s benefits do not in any way make up for the intense burning the mask caused. I do not recommend this.
Rate: 1/5 stars