Dry skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin – you name it, there’s a mask for it, and as a beauty editor, I’ve tried a lot of them. I’m also a bit of a mask addict on a personal level (stemming from the fact that I’ve had acne since I was a teenager) – it’s the quickest and easiest way to treat a persistent pimple or prevent the breakouts I can feel lurking along my jawline.
The thing is, now that I’ve figured out how to stay on top of my acne and my skin is much clearer, I don’t necessarily need the super-strength charcoal masks that I used to rely on. I still have to mask frequently to keep breakouts at bay, but nowadays I’m on the hunt for masks that are neither too drying or too abrasive, and are formulated with calming ingredients to help nourish and rehydrate my skin. Surprisingly, there are very few masks that actually match up, so when I find a good one, you can bet I’m sending that link to everyone I know.
The latest to make its way around my WhatsApp group chats is Gallinée’s Prebiotic Face Mask & Scrub – a true multitasker, it simultaneously cleanses, exfoliates, and protects skin in the space of ten minutes. It’s become my go-to for a mid-week masking session but also fares well when I get a flare-up – and my friends with dry/dehydrated/sensitive skin love it just as much as I do.
The complex formula sees clarifying kaolin clay combined with olive seed powder and lactic acid (for simultaneous physical and chemical exfoliation) and a blend of prebiotics – which have multiple benefits (including soothing inflammation, balancing skin, and strengthening the moisture barrier to prevent bacteria from causing breakouts). What I really love about it is that it doesn’t just do good, it feels good too – and doesn’t give my skin the tight, stripped feeling sensation that so many masks do. The soft, creamy formula is gentle and soothing – it instantly calms skin with a cooling sensation, and because kaolin clay is so soft, I don’t have to scrub to remove it since it melts off so easily.
Fellow face mask obsessives will want to snap this one up immediately – no matter what your skin type or concern, it will give a much-needed boost to your complexion. It makes skin feel clearer and healthier after one use, and with multiple uses, you can expect it to make a real difference.