I’ve been a pretty avid masker for a few years now, and after several hundred (maybe thousands…) of dollars spent on different masks I’ve created a list of my absolute faves. A good face mask should do what it promises, but also should be incredibly satisfying to wear and rinse.
This is definitely one of those use-it-once-get-totally-hooked masks. A strong detoxifier that focuses on pulling out sebum from the skin I don’t recommend using this the day before a big event (give your body time to flush everything out). It has a cool, almost metallic feel when going on and dries down into a thick, tough to rinse crust. I find GlamGlow’s SuperMud mask to best fit into my day when I put it on about 30 min before a shower and rinse in the shower.
If my skin is having a drama queen moment and getting very sensitive to product/make up I reach for Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment (try saying that 10 times fast). It’s gentle, while detoxifying (thanks to that argan oil) and leaves your skin with a fresh feeling, not a dry one. If you have combination/oily skin you’ll love this one, if you have dryer skin I would spread the product thin when using an test a small area before the full fast commitment.
Part of a set of 4 Dr. Jart+ has offers for any type of mask you could want. Yes, rubber masks in general can seem a little gimmicky, but I sold on these. For only $12 you receive all the pieces needed to spackle a rubber mask onto your face that after about 10 minutes you can peel off! The purpose of a rubber mask is to make such a thick seal that prevents your masks from evaporating and that all it’s qualities are forced into the skin. I absolutely love all Dr. Jart+ products, but these Shake & Shot masks may be my favorite.
The first time I used this mask I severely underestimated it’s foaming abilities and ended up with foam in the eyes, nose, and mouth. I’ve since learned from my mistakes and know that a little goes a long way with this product. It reacts to your skin’s pH and temperature creating a thick foam after about 20 minutes. Rinsing this product is probably my favorite part, when mixed with water to rinse the foam dissipates into a serum-like gel that leaves your skin silky soft with minimized pores. Win win win.
I would definitely agree that Fresh’s Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask offers instant results. The consistency is similar to room-temperature butter, with a touch more texture and leaves your skin almost velvety smooth. I typically don’t use this too much in the summer, as it’s a heavy moisturizer and I’ll likely reach for something with a jelly or watery consistency, but in winter it’s my staple.
This mask is a cool drink of water for your skin. It has a watery, almost jelly consistency that melts into the skin and instantly has you feeling better. I also love any hydrating mask that is a leave on, it’s the best way to ensure that all that goodness is going into your skin. Not to mention it makes masks like Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask perfect for flights and long-term traveling.
A mask should give you great results, but also be satisfying to wear and remove. Enter Boscia’s Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask. Peeling it off is a little uncomfortable, but not painful (I’d watch those baby hairs though!) and leaves you with the smoothest skin ever. I feel that the best results come about 24 later once my skins as woken up a little more.
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