Because if we didn’t mask on a consistent basis, our faces would fall off.
We’re huge advocates of shortcuts (read: lazy), so here’s our quick and easy cheat sheet on 5 tried and true masks currently in our bathroom, starting with sheet masks and then progressing to more specific treatments.
Five masks, five purposes (just make sure to mask after cleansing/ exfoliating).
Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask by Estee Lauder
The 411: quick fix for skin-fatigue, dryness. Perfect for travel.
Lauded as Victoria Beckham’s favorite mask when traveling, the Powerfoil Mask packs in a double dose of Hyaluronic Acid, meaning it’s REALLY good for instant firming and hydrating. Think: quick fix for intensely dry skin right after 6 hours of being on an airplane.
Facial Treatment Mask by SK-II
The 411: long-lasting moisture retention; consistent use is key.
This one’s a cult-favorite, specifically as a solution for rough, dry skin. Where the Powerfoil Mask provides an instant fix, the Facial Treatment Mask by SK-II uses pieta to increase your skin’s moisture retention and works better with consistent use. Think: long-lasting moisturizing, pliable skin.
Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask by Kiehl’s
The 411: evens skin-tone, balances out rough skin and dark spots caused by pollution (i.e. a long day spent outside in Manhattan).
Cilantro is supposed to clarify, and orange extract, exfoliation. We don’t use this one too often; only when our skin feels worn-out from a long day at Dolores Park.
Pro tip: we use as a last step in our night’s skincare routine — not during the day — to give our skin enough time to balance and even out before going back into said polluted world.
Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque by Kiehl’s
The 411: brightens skin tone, leaves our skin with a rosy complexion.
Just like the Cilantro & Orange mask, we don’t use this one too often either; only when we’ve noticed that our face looks a little dull/ pale. Instant fix, as opposed to long-lasting effects (in our opinion).
Supermud Clearing Treatment by Glamglow
The 411: for serious unclogging of pores.
Ideal for the places on our face where we get the most clogged pores: our noses, right in between our eyebrows and right by our temples. We seldom use as a full face mask, better (to us) as a more precise application — i.e. spot treatment.
Pro alternative (and half the price): Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque by Kiehl’s.
And that’s a wrap! We’ll report back with another blog post after we try a few more masks 😉 specifically, Tom Ford’s Intensive Purifying Mud Mask and Fresh’s Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask.