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.”
Purifying mask with charcoal and organic nettle – £21.80
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.
Typology said: “Blemishes like blackheads or pimples can be caused by an overproduction of sebum clogging your pores. They can also be caused by the growth of bacteria in your sebaceous glands.
“This mask includes sebum-regulating stinging nettle, mattifying pine charcoal, and purifying green clay to effectively cleanse, reduce excess sebum, and target imperfections.”
To add, Typology aim to leave no trace on the environment with their packaging. Both face masks come in aluminium tubes. It’s light, durable and the only material that can be recycled repeatedly without losing its quality. Best of all, air can’t get into it, so the products stay fresh and you can squeeze out every last drop, too.