The world of problem skin is, believe it or not, a problematic one. It’s almost like playing a game of whack-a-mole with your face. Once you get a breakout under control, something else will pop up. You’ll treat the suppurating, throbbing sores, only to be left with flakey, scaley dry patches. Fun and glam, I know. But it’s true.
Something I have recently found super useful to have in my arsenal is the Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask 2ozMario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask. It’s a mask totally unlike anything I’ve tried before. It has kaolin in, but doesn’t really behave like a clay mask at all. It’s thick and emollient, but it doesn’t sink into your skin or really leave a residue, like a more hydrating type mask. It’s a thing unto itself and it’s really quite good.
It has a whole heap of healing and soothing ingredients. Oatmeal is known to work wonders on irritated skin, whilst zinc oxide is a well-known sunscreen defender. It also has lesser known hydrators like biotin and olive leaf extract and comes in a pleasing, rounded plastic pot with the nice minimal Mario Badescu logo;: no frills, aesthetically pleasing and highly functional.
It looks like an old-school face mask: a tub of thick, alieny green goo. Not the most appealing, but it certainly gives you a definite “I am wearing a face mask” moment, which is quite a nice thing once in a while.
When I really enjoy applying this is at a certain stage of the breakout. You’ve seen it lurking, anticipated its arrival with strong detox masks and a benzoyl peroxide peel. The skin is irritated but the bulk of the inflammation is gone and the Badescu Mario%20Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask 2ozHealing and Soothing time is nigh.
I tend to do more of a spot treatment with this, as the tub isn’t massive for the price. I will usually glob it on in the beard region, where most of my hormonal baddies manifest themselves. The tub says to leave it for twenty minutes, but I’m never particularly strict with masks apart from the peeling variety. I’ll just leave it until it’s sort of dry, then remove really gently with tepid water.
The good thing about this mask is it’s exceptionally gentle, so you can use it a few times over a period of days to nurse your irritated skin back to health. It’s sort of like a grown up version of Sudocream. I see it as more of a kind helper that comes in, makes everything a bit better and then leaves without flourish or fanfare. Sometimes, that’s the kind of quiet, understated hero your skin needs.
Mario Badescu, Healing and Soothing Mask, £16, Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask 2ozBeautyBay