These days, it’s rare that I’m not not doing three things at once. If I have a minute of downtime, I need to make it count. For a fast beauty fix, it’s hard to be a face mask. Not only will a face mask deliver a targeted skin treatment, you can double down and get a few minutes of relaxation (guilty pleasure) too. Nothing wrong with that!
These are the face masks that are in my current rotation:
L’Oreal Paris is out with three new clay masks ($12.99 each) that are getting serious buzz about being good dupes for a certain prestige mask. The masks include:
- Pure-Clay Mask Purify – Mattifying Treatment Mask (green), which exfoliates and deep cleanses pores.
- Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate – Refining Treatment Mask (red), which minimizes pores, purifies and mattifies.
- Pure-Clay Mask Detox – Brightening Treatment Mask (grey), which combines clay + charcoal to detoxify skin and brighten.
Each mask has three clays in it and the packaging clearly identifies what you can expect. I like that you can multi-mask; spot treating by area of the face to address specific concerns. The masks are all extremely effective, and an excellent value. My favorite of the three is the green mask, which purifies and exfoliates, but you honestly can’t go wrong with any of them. Multi-mask your skin issues away!
Dr. Brandt Magnetight Age-Defier Mask ($75) is one of the most innovative beauty products I’ve tried! The mask is infused with iron, silica and various oils including Lavender Oil, Geranium Flower, Chamomille Flower and there is a fair amount of fragrance. Because of that and the fact that the mask leaves somewhat of a “residue” (likely due to the oils), I wouldn’t recommend this for sensitive or oily skins. You apply the mask with a spatula, wait 5-10 minutes, wrap the magnet in a tissue and remove the mask. The magnet “pulls” the product off your skin, stimulating circulation in the process. I think if you’re into having fun with your beauty products, or like the experience, this mask is a good choice.
I’m a huge fan of Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Cleanser…I’ve used it for years to completely cleanse my face and remove makeup. The Purity Made Simple Mask ($25) deep-cleans skin with sea salts to purify and detoxify, while marine extracts and vitamin E help soften and transform skin in just 60 seconds! This is lovely when you’re short on time, yet want results.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($24) is another overnight mask, but instead of a cream (as is the Hydra Enzyme Masque Nuit below), this one is a light, gel texture. Apply at night and this mask will purify, hydrate and “lock in” moisture. Tissue or rinse off in the morning. I’d recommend this mask for all skin types, but especially oily/combination. It’s made by Amorepacific, so if you’re a K-beauty fan, check this one out.
Luzern Laboratories Hydra Enzyme Masque Nuit ($75, link) has a combination of pumpkin exzyme ferment, organic licorice root extract and stabilized Vitamin C. This blend of antioxidants will help exfoliate skin, hydrate and help brighten areas of uneven pigmentation over time. It’s a good option for dull, dehydrated skin. This mask is applied at night and left on, then rinsed off in the morning. Good choice for normal, normal-to-dry skins.
Probably my favorite type of mask to use is a sheet mask–I never travel without one. I recently had the opportunity to try the Purlisse Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask ($36/pack of 6, link) and love it. This calming mask soothes, provides intense hydration and nourishes skin with a combination of Blue Lotus, Seaweed extracts and Asian Botanicals. Easy to tuck into your travel bag, a sheet mask is a must after a flight or several days in a dry hotel room.
The Body Shop has released a whole new collection of Expert Facial Masks ($28 each), made with Community Trade natural ingredients from around the globe. The collection includes:
- Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask – energizes and invigorates skin
- British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask – hydrates, tones and soothes
- Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask – brightens and revitalizes
- Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask – intense hydration, improves elasticity, nourishes
- Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask – mud mask, exfoliates and purifies
I tried each of these masks, and they’re all excellent. My favorite is the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask; not only does it smell heavenly, it really leaves skin soft, smooth and glowing. I would highly receommend purchasing the Facial Mask Brush ($15) for use with these, or any of your other masks. It makes application so much easier and precise. If you like cocktailing your masks, mixing and matching these would be perfect. Hopefully The Body Shop will come out with a sampler set!
What face masks are you loving lately? Make sure to share yours in the comments!
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