10 FACE MASKS FOR EVERY SKIN TYPE AND CONCERN
I swore on my favorite red lipstick that summer 2017 would be the first time I’d rid my skin of all foundation. But since I’ve been product testing my butt off, and my hormones are kinda janky, I’ll admit that I still have some work to do before I can go completely barefaced. So what’s the deal? Masking!
And just so we’re clear, masking isn’t a new thing, but in recent months, they’ve skyrocketed into the, “Oh snap, her skin is snatched” zone, and I’m trying to get all of my life! But with so many to sort through, how do you know which one is right for you? It’s a good thing you guys can count on me to do all the dirty work!
UPDATE: I stopped by WGN Morning News yesterday to chat about some of my favorite masks for summer. Keep reading, and check out the recap video at the end of the post.
The 24k Mask
This mask retails for about $1000.00 in a spa or salon, but you can get similar results in a less expensive version at home. It’s is jam-packed with antioxidants that improves blood flow, renews the skins surface, restores elastin fibers and prevents signs of premature aging. There are quite a few different ones to choose from, but I’m feeling the one from Miss Spa Beauty, which retails for about $4 at participating Target stores.
Bee Venom Mask
It sounds crazy, but bee venom gives folks the best skin of their lives. The powerhouse ingredient serves to firm and enhance the skins elasticity. The mask also contains honey extract and aloe to hydrate and plump the skins surface. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m here for any and everything that will combat sings of aging!
DIY Chocolate Mask
I’m not a fan of chocolate, (except for men) but I do recognize that there are a ton of benefits for both the skin and body. Specifically, the antioxidants in dark chocolate helps with production of collagen and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With a little creativity, you can make your own mask at home and save yourself some major cash. Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
3 tablespoons of oats
4 tablespoons of cream
1/4 cup of honey
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix for about five minutes. Apply the mixture to rice paper cut out into the shape of a sheet mask. *TIP* I used an old sheet mask to trace along the rice paper to get the perfect shape. Apply the sheet mask to the face, and leave on for 20 minutes for maximum results. Proceed with normal skincare regimen, which should include a moisturizer with SPF. I’m not playing on the SPF tip.
Charcoal Mask Sheet Mask
Charcoal is a powerhouse ingredient similar to a magnet – sucking all toxins out beneath the skin’s surface. It’s especially great for those who want to combat blackheads and congested skin. Shop one of my favorites here.
LED Color Light Therapy
This launch from Neutrogena is the best thing to hit the beauty scene since hot buttered bread. Its red and blue wavelengths penetrate the skin to kill bacteria that causes pesky breakouts. It has also been scientifically proven that the red light reduces inflammation often associated with acne, and some will also see improvement of post-acne scarring, or an uneven skin tone.
Carbonated Bubble Clay
This is by far, one of my favorite masks on the scene. A Koran Beauty staple, the Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask is infused with pomegranate, green tea and charcoal powder that puts you on the path to flawless skin. It combats excessive oiliness, deep cleans and unclogs pores. It’s not the most flattering mask to wear, but for $10.50, I’m sure you can manage to look like Sponge Bob’s cousin for 15 minutes or so.
Get Your Glow On
The Caviar Mask
Nothing says summer quite like clear and ridiculously glowy skin. This mask is loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids and amino acids which will rejuvenate the skins surface and improve texture. It’s like walking around with a piece of salmon on your face, but without the scent of course. Get a pack of 10 masks for $15 here.
Is your skin drier than the Sahara? Bluemercury’s Patchology Hydrate Mask contains Vitamins B5, C and hyaluronic acid that all work together to rejuvenate the skins surface and restore moisture. I mean, we can’t have you out here looking like a withered prune. Am I right?
Depending on the severity the rosacea, a cream mask will benefit more than a sheet mask because of the skins sensitivity. The M-61 Fast Blast Mask promises to not only rejuvenate the skin, but its active ingredients such as Vitamin B5, C and seaweed help to seal in moisture and soothe irritated skin.
Jet Lag / Tired Skin
Man. Are you a world traveler walking around with a tired, dull complexion? Give your skin an instant boost with La Mer’s Hydrating Face Mask. It contains Sea Kelp (vitamins) and zinc that work to renew radiance and transform the most dehydrated complexions.
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