Best Facial Masks

I always look forward to my 30-minute, once a week (or whenever I remember) time when I treat myself to a little mini home facial. It’s usually after a hot shower so my pores are open, and then I select something from my mask arsenal to remedy whatever my skin’s problem is at the time. Clay masks are great, especially for oily or problem skin, and they were once the standard but now there seems to be a mask for every skin type and concern, so you’re sure that your home spa experience is time well spent and your skin receives exactly what it needs.

For A Lift

Lexli’s aloe based line mostly targets those with adult acne, but their Aloe-Based Lightening Lift is a star when you’re looking for some serious lifting action. A friend of mine urged me to try it and raved about how her skin felt pushed back to point where it was visible while the treatment was on. She was right- it not only gives an instant lifted look to the skin (even when you remove it), it also lightens areas of discoloration and exfoliates like crazy.

Lexli.com $72

For Radiance

Sometimes you can’t exactly put into words what’s wrong with your skin, but ‘blah’ might just sum it up best. Skin that’s dull and lifeless is a common complaint among women, especially after menopause when everything changes. To give your skin a radiant boost, look for a mask that has radiance-inducers like Ren’s F10 Enzymatic Smooth Radiance Facial Mask. Vitamin C, Cherry Extract, essential oils, antioxidants, and fatty acids deep clean and revitalize the skin giving it a big-time healthy glow.

REN F10 Enzymatic Smooth Radiance Facial Mask $37

For Detoxifying 

Leave it to the dynamic wrinkle-fighting line Freeze 24/7 to have a clever double-duty cleanser/ mask combo. Their Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask becomes a self-foaming pore scrubber and detoxifier when a generous amount is added to damp skin. It’s gentle enough to use daily and you only need 2 minutes to get full benefits.

Freeze 24.7 Skin Glace Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask $65

For Calming

It’s a high number like 80% of women who view their skin as sensitive, and even if that isn’t factually accurate, pollutants, irritants, stress, and even some products can leave our skin red and irritated sometimes. SkinMedica’s Calming Masque is a gentle solution for those who want their skin completely cleared of toxins without stripping any of their moisture barrier in the process.

SkinMedica Calming Masque

For Most Skin Types

When you think of a mask, PCA Skin’s Purifying Mask is what would come to mind although the formula is anything but basic. They use red clay, vitamins, essential oils, and even wine extract to dig out stubborn dirt and impurities. Get an added exfoliation treatment by working the tiny bits of pumice in the mask into your skin using damp fingers right before you remove it.

PCA Skin Purifying Mask

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Make Your Own Skin Care

TotalBeauty.com shares 13 simple recipes for cleansers, masks, toners and scrubs that you’d actually want to use in a new DIY skin care article.

Here’s one for an All Purpose Olive Oil Moisturizer.

You’ll find all of the money saving recipes right HERE

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Zia Natural Skincare; Food-Based Facial Masks

I believe the evolution in skin care looks something like this; using food on the skin, using technology, using food and technology.

‘Eatable’ skin care is the hottest ‘new’ way to deliver those antioxidants made by nature into your skin for glowing results. Zia Natural Skincare uses food to treat, nourish, and revive the skin in their mask line.

Their Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask clarifies dull, damaged, and oily skin by decongesting and infusing your skin with Vitamins A and E. It’s not a clay-based mask so there isn’t a tight feeling on the skin, and ‘pumpkin’ isn’t just something they threw on the jar for marketing, it’s the mask’s 2nd ingredient so you’re getting the natural nourishment they promise.

If enlarged pores and dark patches are more your concern, their sweet smelling Apple Refining Mask should do the trick. It’s filled with apple juice, milk, lemon juice and green tea extract and has the consistency of a creamy moisturizer. It allows the vitamins to soak into the skin and leaves such a nice soft feeling once you wash it off.

For skin that needs a little more revving up, try the Papaya Enzyme Mask to dig out dirt, oil and flaky patches. It doesn’t sting the skin like some enzyme masks can because of the sunflower seed oil and honey which calm and soothe so the papaya con comfortable do its job.

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Nude Skincare Selection Box

For only $25, you can try out 5 pieces of Nude’s best-selling skin care in their limited edition Selection Box.

The set includes;

Cleansing Facial Oil
Advanced Smoothing Complex
Advanced Eye Complex
Age Defence Moisturiser
Miracle Mask

It’s such a great deal and a perfect way to get a good feel for Nude especially since all 5 pieces are beneficial for every skin type.

You’ll find the offer exclusively on their site right HERE.

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June Jacobs

June Jacobs is a 30-year veteran of the spa industry and a visionary in the field of hi-tech skin luxury. She has created around 100 products for skin and body using high-potency hydrosols (essential oils distilled from plant matter), powerful antioxidants, and plant extracts without the use of parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic dyes, or sulfates.  Her opulent line is used in the most prestigious spas worldwide,  and also offered online for an unparalleled at-home spa experience.

I first noticed the product’s packaging which gives an immediate feeling of relaxation with its charming frosted glass jars, metallic tin lids, and sculpted bottles- even the logo and writing on the containers are neatly arranged and printed. Visually speaking, it’s a line you can’t wait to delve into right away.

Inside of those containers her products are rich in antioxidants, many from food-based sources like cucumber, green tea, grapefruit, lemon, and cranberry, and everything smells like heaven. Her version of what cranberry smells like trumps the actual fruit itself. Her Creamy Cranberry Cleanser and Cranberry Pomegranate Moisture Masque maintain a balanced sweet scent that isn’t too over the top while completely quenching thirsty skin.

Also worth trying is the Lemon Sugar Body Polish that reminded me so strongly of lemon meringue pie that it literally made my mouth water.

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The Best Fruit Enzyme Masks

Fruit based enzyme masks have always been my favorite way to brighten up my skin in between facials. Enzymes gently dissolve dead surface cells revealing new, brighter skin underneath in a gentle, moisturizing way that’s appropriate for all skin types. If you have a sensitivity to glycolic, AHA’s, or retinol based products, and want an exfoliating effect- fruit enzymes are the way to go. Here are a few that always deliver the goods.

Murad’s Exfoliating Fruit Enzyme Mask pairs lemon with pomegranate and ginkgo biloba for an effective treatment that brightens skin and removes all traces of oil without stripping away needed moisture. $30, Murad.com Sephora.com, various retail locations.

I just used the Papaya Pineapple Mask from Sanitas last night to bring my tired skin back to life. Various distractions led me to leave the mask on much longer than I should’ve, but my skin didn’t show any signs of irritation. You can even get your heels ready for spring sandals by using it overnight on feet to soften callouses so you can easily exfoliate them away. $30, US Spa and speciality locations.

If you’re like me and smell everything before you buy it, then you’ll find the Pumpkin Enzyme Peel from Peter Thomas Roth to be heavenly. Using a ton of pumpkin, vitamin a, and not much else- this formulation gets to work on dull skin revealing a radiance and softness as addictive as the scent. $44, PeterThomasRoth.com, retail locations.

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