The Weekend Post #40: Triple Threat Facial

With everything a little up in the air at the moment my usual beauty routine has taken a back seat. You just have to look at my chipped nails, unruly brows and slightly on the greasy-side locks to suss that one out (painting a ravishing picture of myself there, eh?). But with today being my first day in the new pad with absolutely nothing to do, I’ve christened it ‘Sort Yourself Out Woman’ evening. First stop, the face mask routine of all face mask routines – so good in fact I call it the ‘Triple Threat’ facial – three steps and your skin is left as smooth as a babies bottom, true say. Now I cannot take credit for this genius routine, it was in fact the brain child of the one and only Caroline Hirons; her blog is the only one I read when it comes to snippets of skincare secrets. It’s a pretty lengthy process, but definitely worth setting an hour aside, wallowing in the bath while you slather on the masks to wave hello to a new layer of skin…

Begin by giving skin a good cleanse then it’s time to detox. I have a few clarifying, clay-based masks on rotation but I’ve been reaching for the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask the most. Slather on, either with fingers or an old foundation brush (which is what I like to use) and leave for the allocated time. This helps to remove any grime, oil or makeup that’s hanging around and gives the pores a good clear-out making the next step more effective. Dampen a muslin cloth then remove. Next-up, throw on something radiance-boosting. As a general rule, anything with ‘radiance’ in the product name, or containing fruit acids will do – my pick? The REN Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask ticks both of those boxes – looks like marmalade on the face, but feels tingly and leaves your skin super smooth. A whole weeks work of muslin cloth exfoliation ain’t got nothing on this mask! Dead skin sloughed away, once that mask’s removed it’s time to plough on some hydration. There’s only one product that does this for me, Origins Drink-up Intensive Mask (full review here). Peachy scented, gel-like overnight goodness for your skin. I tend to try and do this routine mid-afternoon, so by the time I’m ready to roll into bed the hydrating mask has had a few hours to skin in so I can give my skin a quick swipe of cleanser, then continue on with my usual evening routine as usual.

It’s worth pointing out that you can mix-up the routine depending on your skintype – I have normal to combination skin and this selection works well for me. But sensitive skins may want to miss out the radiance-boosting step or dry skins may want to cut out the detoxing and go a little heavier with the hydration. Ah even just writing about it is making me yearn to do it now – right I’m off. ‘Sort Yourself Out Woman’ evening has begun…


  • caityd14

    i hope your move is going well πŸ™‚ xx

  • thebeautyheroes

    sounds like a fab routine, have a good evening ! x

  • Margaret

    I’d love to try the aesop parsley seed mask! xx

  • JoySteib

    Never heard of Parsley seed mask but it does sound tempting to try out!!!

  • saw you post something like this on twitter (massive creep alert) and was just patiently waiting for you to do a post on it! cannot get enough of face masks!

  • Megan Carpenter

    This sounds great but I think I am a bit too lazy for all that haha x

  • BeautyLover39

    Do you use the Parsley Seed Cleansing mask with the Clarisonic?

  • Bryn

    ooh, might need to do this tonight πŸ™‚ thanks for the inspiration!

  • Love the Aesop parsley seed mask πŸ™‚ It’s amazing. ha love the name of your night ‘sort yourself out’ I feel like this sometimes!
    Daniella x

  • Holly Stewart

    This sounds like a gorgeous treat! I can not wait til Christmas as the Clarisonic is top of my list πŸ™‚ x

  • Bianca

    Dear Anna, I truly think you are great, however, as you are not a dermatologist, I would recommend you to be more careful when it comes to write about mixing treatments up as it might cause skin irritation, alergies or even worse. Xxxx

  • I really want to try the Origins drink up intensive mask πŸ™‚ It seems like a really great product to rehydrate dry skin. I have combination oily skin so i tend to have dry patches around my cheek area and no amount of moisturiser can budge that~ So maybe this product can help me a little bit. Thank you for sharing and I hope your settling in well into your new place πŸ™‚

  • eliza

    I love your weekend posts! Definitely buying a REN mask soon!

  • worldabeauty

    the parsley seed mask is a god send!! xx

  • serena

    I love love love your weekend post and any skincare recs I’ve gotten from your blog I’ve ADORED! I definitely need a ‘Sort yourself out woman!’ night tonight! I really need a glycolactic mask in my collection but I’m currently torn between the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel and the REN one you mentioned here! Loved this post xx

  • cocoa christou

    I literally want all the products you have mentioned here. I already have the Parsley Seed mask, 2 more to go!

  • Line

    I was all in on all products until you wrote in the end that the routine probably didn’t suit sensitive and dry skin types, mine is both. Might get the origins Drink-up mask, I have been looking at it before, I might finally take the dive πŸ™‚ x

  • DanielleGallegos

    I just moved recently as well & found myself in the same shape…unkempt brows, messy hair, etc. I’m still settling into my new place, but finally made myself do something similar to this. I love the REN & Origins masks, now I think that I’ll need to get my hands on the Aesop mask! I hope you’re settling in well, moving is always so chaotic.

  • Eliza

    Great post Anna, I love the origins mask too.

  • I’ve recently started to use the Origins Drink Up mask after you mentioned it – I love it!! Thanks so much!!

    <3 Rubiiee

  • Charlie

    This is so well written! Even though its essentially about stuff in tubes it really made me smile! πŸ™‚ xx

  • essjay23x

    Time for me to add one more mask to my routine. I’ve been doubling up lately after following you and Caroline but now, I think, I might *need* a radiance one!

  • Love this idea! Such a great way to make a Sunday pampering session even better. xx

  • Elle Pearson

    I love my weekly Sunday pamper session, this one looks like a right treat, I might have to try it out! Thanks Anna x

  • Emily

    Excellent post. I needed a kick as I haven’t used a face mask for ages! Off shopping tomorrow then πŸ˜‰

  • Beth Bradley

    Perfect pamper routine for a sunday night! Xx

    Beth @

  • Diane

    This is why I love you so much Anna. I can always count on you to churn out the best most helpful blogposts. As soon as I managed to save up enough pennies to purchase all the skincare products above I would definitely give this triple threat facial routine a go πŸ™‚ Love you Anna.

  • Zara

    Great post, I’m definitely going to give this is a whirl!

  • Sounds like a great routine! I just tried a sample of the ren mask last night and liked it, but I’m not sure if it is worth buying just yet! I’ve fallen for the koh gen do brightening spa mask and ought to save my pennies for that!

  • Alexia Big

    Hi Vivianna, I just wanted to know what do you think about the organic pharmacy products ? πŸ™‚

    Thanks honey πŸ™‚

  • Ashley

    I’m loving the Origins mask and desperately want the Aesop and Ren masks… sigh…
    Fantastic post, Anna!

  • Jennifer

    Anna I just got liquid gold and love it. Could I use the ren mask too or are they doing the same thing? Thanks hon x

  • dannii ofe

    great idea, i never tend to use more than one mask at a time, but i’m going to give this a go at the weekend!

  • beautycoure

    How do you clean your clarisonic?