Just like there’s an app for nearly everything—from luxury travel to finding the perfect hair color—there seems to be a skincare cream for nearly everything—from erasing wrinkles to minimizing pores. But one particular skincare category seems to be the the poor stepsister to its flashier siblings … and that is masks. Did you know that there’s a mask for just about everything? Recently, we slathered and tested a whole range of great gems. Read on for a few of our favorites:
Bliss ‘No Zit’ Sherlock Anti Acne Mask ($38) is part of the “No Zit Sherlock” anti-acne family by Bliss Spa, and it’s a highly effective mask if you want something serious and concentrated to use on a weekly basis. It promises shine-free skin and is Bliss’s only acne fighting mask that has a unique rubber texture that works to removes impurities while controlling oil. Surprisingly enough, it calms the skin without leaving it feeling too taut or dry. This kit contains six mask packets, spatulas, and one measuring cup. While it may seem a little daunting at first, it is easy as pie to apply: mix the mask with water, stir, apply, leave on for 15-20 minutes, and peel off.
This Alba Botanica Even Advanced Deep Sea Facial Mask ($12) is all about equalizing your skin pigmentation—with seaweed. When you apply it as a paste over your skin, it dries quickly but does not irritate the skin. This is recommended for the most sensitive of skins as well. If you use it on oily areas like the T-zone, it dries evenly, and does not leave skin looking shiny. The best part? You can eliminate blackheads with regular use of the mask, and your uneven skin and pigmentation will decrease. We think it’s a great value.
An ideal mask to use when cold (you can put it in the refrigerator), Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque ($45) is a gel mask that does wonders to calm and hydrate tired, irritated skin. Soothing extracts of cucumber, papaya, chamomile, pineapple, sugar maple, sugar cane, orange, lemon, and bilberry work like magic on your skin. The great news is that can use it as a hydrating mask because it gives you some power moisture, and it’s also excellent under the delicate eye area. If you’ve had a tough day at the beauty salon (e.g. waxing, facial etc.) and need a quick soothing treatment, this mask is ideal (plus the color will calm you down).
Ahava Time to Hydrate Hydration Cream Mask ($30) is one of my all time favorite masks: rich, creamy, and very hydrating. This mask reaps the benefits of having Dead Sea minerals packed to the brim, along with mud, shea butter, and moisturizers. You need to slather this mask on and stay put for only three minutes, before rinsing off with tepid water. It’s ideal for winter and summer when the seasons sap your skin dry. There’s also a touch of vitamin E which builds the skin’s natural barrier.