6 Masks You Need to Try

6 Masks You Need to Try

What beauty ritual is more indulgent than the mask? Manicures are great, sure, but they require so much attention to detail. Masks, on the other hand, are totally foolproof, and the results are instantaneous. So to spread the joy around, I thought I’d share a few of the masks I’m loving lately.

Sheet masks are everywhere these days, and while you wouldn’t think a flimsy little thing would pack such a punch, they’re incredibly effective. Positively dripping with active ingredients, they hug every contour of your face, saturating your skin with much-needed moisture. Sephora makes about a dozen versions, but I love Lotus, Honey, and Rose the most. (Rose is not pictured here because I am constantly using up my stash. Whoops.) They may be messy and look ridiculous, but hey, those babies work! And they make for some hilarious Snapchat material.

6 Masks To Try

Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask is a little odd, but fantastic. It has the consistency of strawberry jelly, and you can either apply it to a clean face or layer it on top of this cleanser for added exfoliation (I’ve tried this method and it’s awesome). The mask contains pomegranate enzymes and pink clay, which work together to smooth and decongest your skin, leaving it totally refreshed. It’s pretty gentle, but if you have dry or sensitive skin, I’d suggest leaving it on no longer than 10 minutes.

6 Masks You Need to Try // Sleeping Facials

Now let’s talk sleeping masks, the unsung heroes of my skincare routine. All you do is slather on a layer before bed, and when you wake up, your skin will be perfectly hydrated. You don’t even need to rinse them off! They’re also great for travel, since plane air sucks the moisture right out of your skin. I like to use one nightly when I’m traveling – but if you’re comfortable giving yourself an in-flight facial, that would probably work even better. I love Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial (rich and soothing) and AmorePacific Sleeping Recovery Masque (made with bamboo sap, it’s super light and perfect for summer).

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask...best mask ever!

One of my great pleasures in life is scoring free samples of super expensive products, so nabbing this Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask (which retails for a jaw-dropping $162) was a major victory. Because it seemed so fancy, I saved it for months…until last night. And now I almost wish I had never tried it, because it’s incredible, and I really, really want to buy it. This mask is like nothing else I have ever put on my face. It promises “instant youth” and my god, does it deliver. (Except my skin never looked this good even in my youth!) It feels like velvet, and my skin absolutely drank it up. Everything looked smoother, brighter, more even and less shiny after only 15 minutes. I’m not a person who leaves the house without makeup – EVER – but after using this mask once, I feel like maybe that could change. This is major, guys.

Have you tried any of these? What’s your favorite mask?

♥ Mil

Treat Yo’ Self: Face Masks

Face masks are one of the earliest pampering rituals I remember experiencing; apart from painting our nails, testing out face masks was always a favorite slumber party pastime. Even all these years later, I still find the process just as enjoyable. Not only can masks address a wide variety of skin concerns, but they’re one of the few skincare products that provide instant gratification. This week I thought I’d share my experience with three different masks, all of which promised (and yielded) different results.

 

Mask 1

 

First up was Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. This is the mask I use most frequently; it’s a powerful deep cleanser, but gentle enough to use whenever the mood strikes. I usually let it sit for about fifteen minutes and can feel the mask tighten as the active charcoal draws out toxins, dirt and anything else unsavory from my pores. It always leaves my face feeling fresh and clean at its deepest level.

 

Mask 2

 

The next mask on my list was GLAMGLOW Youthmud™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment. Now, the mud mask is a great option if you believe your mask experience isn’t truly worthwhile unless bits of leaves (and possibly twigs) are involved. This one promises to gently exfoliate your skin, shrink your pores and leave you with a youthful glow while supporting natural collagen synthesis. I’m not sure how youthful I looked afterwards, but I could definitely feel this mask doing its job! Like the charcoal mask, it absorbs impurities and tightens the longer you leave it on, but more importantly, your entire face will tingle and it feels like magic. If you’re into that.

 

Mask 3

I look like I got slimed on a Nickelodeon game show.

 

The last mask I tried was one I mixed myself–something I haven’t done since the slumber parties of yore. Unlike the others, this Avocado, Honey & Yogurt DIY Mask is incredibly moisturizing, something my skin desperately needs as the weather gets cooler and drier. Not only does it have supernatural hydrating powers, but the Vitamin C in the avocado brightens and the lactic acid in the yogurt acts as a mild exfoliant. Of all the masks I tried, I was surprised to find that this one had the most significant results. After smoothing the decadent mixture onto my face and letting it sit for about twenty minutes, my skin became insanely soft and much smoother than I expected. I couldn’t stop touching my face! Seriously, you guys have to try this one. Note: the recipe makes enough for at least three masks, so invite some girlfriends over and make a night of it!

Do you have a DIY beauty treatment you love? What about a face mask I need to try? I’d love to hear about it!

♥ Mil

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