Masks are back in a big, bold way. Some promise to brighten and lighten skin, while others claim to hydrate dry skin, returning it to its dewy splendor, fill in wrinkles and folds or unclog pores for a blemish-free complexion. Some even work their magic while you sleep. They come at just about every price point and even go beyond the face.
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask
No matter what shape your hair is in, help is on the way in the form of the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. With the strength of Argan oil from Morocco, this hydrating mask will replace dry straw hair with silky smooth locks with regular treatments.
Unlike many other masks… this one doesn’t require heat to make it effective. Just let it sit on your hair up to 10 minutes, rinse it out, and you will immediately see the replenishing results. Not only will your hair get its shine back, it will regain its elasticity.
This mask is easy to use, doesn’t take a lot of time out of your day, and smells great. It is nice and creamy to the touch so you know when you are applying it to your scalp it is going to make your hair feel hydrated and healthy.
Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask
Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask is an acne treatment mask made to clear blemishes, prevent new outbreaks, reduce* oil, moisturize, treat* pimples, calm irritation, and speed healing. It is made by the makers of Proactiv, who have an extensive line of acne treatment products and are a trusted brand.
Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask… uses a combination of ingredients known to help with acne as well as moisturize, calm, soothe the skin, and prevent damage from free radicals.
Make sure your face is damp and apply the mask. Let dry for 10 minutes then rinse well with warm water. You can use Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask up to three times a week but if you go outside use an SPF. You can also use this on spots as a spot treatment.
GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
GlamGlow is often recommended as an industry secret that will provide a quick fix to your skin issues–Youthmud, in particular, is intended for brightening up your complexion, making it an ideal option for folks who may feel self-conscious about their overworked summer skin or dry, dull complexion due to stress.
Numbers make me less skeptical!… (Okay fine, they actually make me more skeptical, but it’s good to know what they’re gauging success by.) It also has hundreds of glowing reviews on Sephora, with purchasers saying it left their skin “soft and healthy looking,” calling it their “favorite,” and even “worth the money.”
If you tend to wear moderate to heavy makeup on a regular basis, this is a good way to keep your skin smooth and ready for cosmetics to be applied. After I used it, I totally understood why it had a reputation in the entertainment industry; it is great for actors who deal with long flights, a lack of sleep, lots of bright lights, and tons of makeup applications.
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is designed to exfoliate and brighten lacklustre complexions, using pumpkin enzyme and alpha hydroxy acid for chemical exfoliation and aluminium oxide crystals for physical exfoliation.
The consistency is of a gritty gel-paste,… which smooths across the skin easily. On top of that, it smells exactly like pumpkin pie.
With its deep-cleaning, resurfacing action, this mask is designed for anyone with dull or congested skin in need of brightening and clarifying. The formula works for all ages, but might be too potent for those with sensitive skin.
GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment
GlamGlow’s signature silver-rimmed tubs are Pavlovian. Anytime I spot it on the store shelf or on the top shelf of my medicine cabinet, I’m already anticipating its skin-resetting powers. It’s also a ritual. When I open my jar of GlamGlow’s SuperMud Clearing Treatment, I deeply inhale the earthy eucalyptus scent of the kaolin clay-based mask, dip the soft bristles of its companion brush into the cool, slate-colored goo, and paint it on my face.
Down the bridge of my nose,… up the sides of my cheeks, across my forehead. Not because there’s any reason to my method, but because I imagine it’s my own war paint. You know, in the battle against my forehead’s oil-slick and my lower face’s breakout tendencies.
As it dries, tiny dots of oil show through on all the pores of my nose as the activated charcoal (read all about the ingredient and its superpowers) slurps them up, all the better to give my poor engorged pores a little break. And, though I can’t see them, I imagine its exfoliating salicylic and lactic acids loosening the buildup of sebum and bacteria of any would-be zits.
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
In just five minutes, this mask can purge pores and begin to undo the damage caused by pollution with its combo of antioxidants and pink clay. Seriously, this thing works like a vacuum on blackheads, grime, and makeup residue. And unlike traditional clay masks, which leave skin tight and dry, this soft clay contains moisturizing botanical oils (like lavender) to hydrate. One editor refers to it as a ginger-lemon detox tea — for her face.
Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Masque Skin Care
Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Masque is a deep cleansing mask for oily, acne prone skin. Gentle yet effective, this mask helps clear breakouts and soothes inflammation for a fresh, radiant complexion. Your face will feel calm and clean with continued use of this product. Use Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Masque to fight blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes and breakouts.
Ideal for normal to oily complexions,… this mask contains key ingredients to clarify and calm the complexion. BioComplex improves the appearance of skin and boost its natural functions. Yogurt exfoliates and eliminates signs of acne while tea tree oil fights blemish-causing bacteria that causes acne.
Cucumber tones and revitalizes skin. Shea butter replenishes the moisture barrier and kaolin clay removes dirt and impurities from pores. Like all Eminence skin care products, this treatment mask is paraben-free.
ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
Face masks are like potato chips: you can’t just have one. There’s flavor options for every skin type and issue, whether its dullness, loss of elasticity, or dryness. But, it takes a lot of taste testing until you find the ones that are optimal for your skin’s needs.
When it comes to my own complexion… struggles, I have hormonal acne that’s immune to any kind of preventative topical treatment. Mixed with my sensitive, combination skin type, most masks made for zapping pimples and sucking up excess dirt and oil from pores are usually spiked with a cocktail of ingredients that don’t sit well with my temperamental complexion. Whenever my mask session is over, my skin is usually more dry and red than when I started.
In all honesty, since this mask is charcoal and clay based, I expected it to completely dry out my skin and cause it to flake. But, the bamboo charcoal and white china clay is cut with glycerin and myrtle water, which keeps my complexion hydrated.