Monday, January 25, 2016

Favorite Face Masks

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As someone committed to an almost obsessive pursuit of the best skin possible, and as a gatherer of many beauty products, my face mask collection is, in a word, aggressive. Sephora does all these great kits of many mini face masks, and I can't help myself trying them out.  Typically, I do at least one mask a week, often two (sometimes two at a time, like a nut!), and I switch up the products based on what my skin needs. Here are my favorites!

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For when my skin is congested // I look for ingredients like clay, charcoal, salicylic acid and willow herb.

Origins Clear Improvement - This mask has a nearly cult following, and for good reason.  I spread a thickish (opaque, but not gloopy) layer on the parts of my face that get congested (forehead, nose, chin) and leave until it dries out.  Afterwards, I typically see a reduction in pimple size, and if anything was brewing, it calms down.  Results typically last a couple of days for me, especially if I follow up with my BHA after. If I have a particularly stubborn blemish, I'll sometimes spot treat with it by putting a bit on and sleeping in it.

Formula 10.0.4 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask - Though not as effective as the Origins, I do love this mask for times when my skin is congested but not actually spotty.  I throw a thick layer on and let it dry for 30 minutes or so. When I take it off, my skin is generally clearer and happier without getting dried out.

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For when my skin is dry // Key ingredients are hyaluronic acid, natural oils and whatever made up ingredient Sephora tells me is good

Origins Drink Up Intensive - There are 300+ reviews of this mask at Sephora, and the overall rating is 4.7.  Soooooo, it's good. Really good. This is an overnight mask that I use in place of my night-moisturizer once or twice a week (often after a different mask).  I use a thin layer and let it dry down a bit before actually going to sleep, so the mask ends up on my face instead of my pillow.  When I wake up and wash it off, my skin is super smooth and plump.  Of all the masks in this list, it makes the biggest immediate difference.

Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae - This mask has the coolest texture.  It's like a cross between jello and aloe.  In terms of immediate effect, my skin feels immediately cooler and more calm (perfect for after getting some sun).  I typically leave it on until I remember to take it off (20-40 minutes), and my skin is definitely more hydrated afterwards. Because it's clear and relatively unnoticeable when it dries, it's my favorite mask to take on long flights. It does an excellent job protecting my skin from the nasty plane air.

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For when my skin is dull // Again, hyaluronic acid is key, plus acids - fruit, salicylic, glycolic, whatever

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask - I honestly sometimes just put on this mask for the sheer joy of peeling it off.  God, I just love it.  It also doesn't hurt that, once I get it off, my skin looks firmer and more radiant.  I've actually had students ask me what I did to my face after doing this mask, and if it's good enough to penetrate the teenage narcissism, it's good enough for me. Note - because of the peeling/radiance boosting, I would be careful about using this if you have sensitive skin.

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask - Another mask with new perfect reviews. I absolutely adore the results this mask gives me, but find the application a pain in the butt.  The formula has little bits of algae in it that make application choppy, and the mud texture dries out really quickly in the tub. I've found that my best applications require my face to be a little damp (I get a face cloth wet with hot water, then lay it on for a few seconds) and my fingers to be wet too.  I honestly wouldn't go through the hassle if it didn't make my skin look so damn good.

2 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for this post! I had never really done a face mask until a recent trip to the Dead Sea and LOVED it so much that I picked up one that I saw at Target when we returned last week. Super jazzed to have someone who knows which ones to go to! Thanks for sharing, Kyle!
    Peace, Sarah
    simplysarahs.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it, Sarah! There are tons and tons of options, hope this helped you weed through them a bit!

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