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
Who doesnt’ love a great face mask? They each serve myriad purposes; some are meant to hydrate, some suck out all the dirt from your pores like a vacuum, while other variations deliver vital nutrients, antioxidants and peptides into your skin — all great excuses to take time to have a spa-like experience at home.
Here are 3 of our new fave masks:
Bliss multi 'face'-eted all-in-one anti-aging clay mask ($50) is a gel-like clay mask that is smooth and flexible -- which makes it great to wear because it feels like a second skin that takes care of you. It has so many ingredients in it, including smoothing quartz, 10% glycolic acid, jojoba oil, and detoxifying carbon. They all work together to help shrink the look of pores, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, brighten and even skin tone, and fade discoloration and dark spots. This multitasking mask produces results quickly. I used it for 15 minutes -- which is about all the time I have these days -- and it washed off easily. It's a great prep if you're going out, and you want a primer or a pick-me-up.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask ($45) is a rosy-colored gel mask that has excellent cooling effects and features stem cell technology, which are blended with rose extract to help reverse the signs of aging. Other ingredients include desert rose (for cell regeneration), damask rose (to tighten pores), rose commiphora (to combat redness), and pale rose (for the moisture barrier). To use: apply a generous coat of the gel onto clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. In the summer months, it's a good idea to refrigerate the mask or even leave it on overnight. I use this mask 2-3 times a week, and it's great for sensitive skin.
Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask ($150) is a buttery, thick mask that may have a higher price tag, but it promises visible results of skin renewal in a New York minute. Active ingredients include yeast extract, marine glycogen, and Vitamin C, which increases energy production in cells and the release of free radicals. A complex that contains adenosine 5-triphosphate (ATP), magnesium, and brown sea alga called Oarweed (Laminaria digitata), it helps with cellular energy by increasing turnover and it strengthens the skin's natural defenses. And thanks to sesame protein, it hydrates immensely.
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