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The Mask

7 years ago by

The Mask

Nothing beats a great face mask.

Skin feeling extra dry? I have a mask for that. Breaking out? Mask. Date with a hottie? Mask.

It’s 15 minutes where I can’t really be out and about (it would scare children). So I sit back, relax, watch Friday Night Lights re-runs (it’s been a while since we’ve talked about Tim Riggins!!!) and let my mask du jour do a little work.

Here are three that I love right now…

For: Pre-Tinder Date
When: Morning or Night
What: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Key Ingredient: French Pink Clay

This mask makes your skin seriously glowy. Like Gisele after Tom scores a touchdown glowy. Instructions say to leave on for 20 minutes, but I’m a beauty rebel and sometimes I’ll sleep in it. Don’t be afraid to apply on a thick layer if you’re going for 20 minutes, a thinner layer for overnight. You’ll feel your skin start to tighten as the mask dries (not in a scary way, but in a Gisele way) and you’ll notice the glow as soon as you wash it off. I promise. There is a new apricot and coconut version of the mask right now, keep it in your refrigerator. You won’t regret it.

For: Breakouts
When: Night or Lazy Afternoon
What: May Lindstrom Skin The Problem Solver
Key Ingredient: Bamboo charcoal

This is my newest favorite. First, make sure you have a solid chunk of time set aside (about 45 minutes) to let this mask do some work. Don’t be alarmed when you open the jar and it’s all black powder– you’ll need to mix it with water. As you mix, the mask turns into a thick mousse (you can hear it sizzling a little bit, which made my kitchen counter feel like a really chic skin science lab). Smooth the mask all over your face (you can use your hands or this brush— the brush will make you feel cooler) and you’ll feel a warm, tingly feeling. That feeling? That is the feeling of happy skin. Wash off after 45 minutes (or when the mask is dry) and slather on your favorite hydrating serum or face oil.

For: Dry Skin
When: Night
What: NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Mask
Key Ingredients: Wild Pansy Extract

I usually reserve this one for winter, but it’s also a life saver when I’ve spent too much time in front of my air conditioner (okay, it happens). Apply generously and let it soak in. It’s best to do it overnight to really hydrate your skin (try to sleep on your back, you know it’s better for you anyway). If you want to do it in the moring or during the day, leave on up to 10 minutes and then wipe away excess with a cotton pad. Your skin will feel plump and ultra-hydrated. Can’t be mad about that.

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