Two typology face masks for blackhead-prone skin

Typology are a skincare brand on a mission to demystify skincare with simple, straight talking transparency. The skincare industry can often use incredibly vague, ambiguous language about what products do, but this Parisian brand are here to set the record straight and make your routine as easy as possible.

I’m not one for waffle, I like things to be honest and to the point, and Typology are a brand that offer naturally active, effective skincare, with affordable pricetags and sustainability at the forefront of their ethos.

I’ve previously talked about a whole host of their products here, and used their face and body scrubs after lockdown to give myself that all-over exfoliation glow. Now, Typology have launched three gorgeous face masks, each one suitable for all skin types, but catering mostly towards oily, dry or dull skin. Here are two of the masks I’ve been trying over the last few months, which both tackle the relentlessly irritating issue of blackheads.

Peeling mask with organic red fruit acids – £26.90

This cool exfoliating gel mask uses a ‘double-action’ chemical and mechanical exfoliator to renew skin and unclog pores – which is something I think we’re all looking to do post-lockdown. By mechanical, it means the physical exfoliant that you can actually see in the clear gel, which is micro grains of antioxidant-rich pink cranberry powder. This offers a gentle surface exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and give instantly smoother skin.

The chemical exfoliant is the PHA – or poly hydroxy acid – which offers a gentler chemical exfoliating power than AHAs like glycolic acid. The PHAs in this mask come from red fruit derived acids. The fruity active ingredients in the mask are blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry, with the mask comprising of 99% naturally-derived ingredients, making it certified organic, and vegan.

What I love about the Typology website is that when you click on a mask, you can quickly and easily find out what it aims to do, what the active ingredients are, what skin type it’s good for and how to use it, as well as any precautions you may want to take note of.

With the red fruit acids mask, its recommended to use once or twice a week. You can apply a ‘semi-thick’ layer to the face and leave it on for 10 minutes before massaging it in circular motions to exfoliate. Once finished, you can rinse it off with water and enjoy your fresh-feeling face.

In terms of skin types this product is good for, Typology said: “This mask is ideal for all skin types, especially for dull skin, troubled skin, and skin that’s prone to surface irregularities like roughness, blackheads, and dilated pores. A build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin can cause a dull complexion, clogged pores, and blackheads. Regular exfoliation is an easy way to prevent an accumulation of dead skin cells and accelerate cell renewal.”

This definitely sounds like my skin, which has become rather congested during the past 12 months, so this mask has made it onto my regular routine. It’s a little tricky to apply at first, due to the texture of the gel, but you soon get the hang of it. It’s got a really soothing, cooling formula which has been amazing to apply when the weather has been hot. After 10 minutes or so, the mask begins to dry, so I add a touch of water to my fingers and massage the mask into my face before rinsing off, and the results are instant. It’s like wiping the grime off your iPhone’s front facing camera before you take a photo!

Purifying mask with charcoal and organic nettle – £21.80

This facemask is suitable for all skin types, but works best for oily or combination skin, as well as imperfection-prone skin. It’s said to regulate excess sebum, dries out imperfections and deeply cleanses your skin. This one should also be used once or twice a week, and it feels super detoxing.

The grey charcoal mask uses 99% naturally-derived ingredients, and is also certified organic and vegan like the red fruit acids mask. One of its active ingredients is stinging nettle extract, which has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for blemish-prone skin, helping regulate serum production and tightens pores. Pine charcoal is sanitising and detoxifying, and is very absorbent. It mattifies the skin so it no longer looks shiny, which is something I tend to supper with in the late afternoon.

Finally, the green clay is ideal for oily or blemish-prone skin thanks to its sebum-regulating, healing, and skin-softening properties. To apply, you should use a ‘semi-thick’ layer on the face for 15 minutes, then rinse with water.

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