Post holiday season effects can persist well into the new year and beyond on your face. Those late nights, the stress of seeing long lost relatives, refined sugar overload and the bloat of too much eggnog all have a major negative impact on your complexion in terms of accelerating aging, and causing a dull complexion, dark circles and congested skin.
A healthier lifestyle (i.e., a regular sleep schedule, exercise and good eating habits, yada, yada,…) as well as a timely visit to your aesthetician or cosmetic dermatologist can help turn things around. But if that’s not on your agenda anytime soon, you can still get your skin to look loads better by adding a concentrated mask to your regimen. Masks that target problem areas can help to restore radiance, clear pores, and keep everything in check.
BEAUTY TIP: Before applying any mask, always cleanse face and hands thoroughly and pat dry. If your skin isn’t irritated, gently exfoliate beforehand for even better absorption.
Here, 7 masks we love for incredible skin-loving results:
SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative Masque ($120) is ideal for reactive, sensitive or compromised post-procedure skin, creating a protective barrier so skin can more easily recover. Unique fibers distribute heat-reducing water for continuous cooling and immediate relief from any irritation or discomfort.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($95) replenishes dehydrated skin, leaving it refreshed and younger-looking. A blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids drench the skin’s outer layer so it’s renewed. Simply unfold mask and apply to just cleansed skin for 10 minutes or more.
Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Face Mask ($68) is a quick fix for a dull, washed-out complexion. It utilizes Ion Force Technology to infuse skin with brightening ingredients so you’re left with a refreshed, bright and even toned complexion.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask ($32) uses state-of-the-art breakthrough stem cell technology to fight dull, dry, sagging skin. A combo of five reparative rose stem cells and four nurturing rose extracts strengthen and tone so after just one use your skin will be softer, more radiant and lifted and after repeated use you’ll experience a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, too.
Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Brightening Mask ($130) contains a mix of Korean herbs and fermented White Ginseng extract to minimize age spots, boost and restore collagen, increase circulation, prevent inflammation, even out skin tone and instantly brighten your complexion for long lasting radiance. Apply the mask and relax for 20 minutes or longer before removing. Then, gently massage in the extra liquid that’s left behind for maximum absorption.
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Mask Boost ($65) delivers instant radiance and moisture to your complexion. Infused with IntuiGen Technology™ and a breakthrough Anti-Fatigue Complex, it addresses multiple signs of aging including loss of firmness, tone, lines and wrinkles and lackluster skin for a more youthful, luminous complexion after just one use.
Origins Drink Up ($25) stops dry, tight, flaky skin in its tracks. It’s formulated with hydrating algae extracts and emollient-rich apricot kernel oil to restore moisture levels to extremely thirsty skin. Use weekly or whenever your skin can use an extra surge of moisture.