Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ringing in the New Year With a Face Mask (or Four)


For most people, ringing in the New Year involves friends, dancing and lots of booze. However, if you're a homebody like me, your plans might be a little different. My plan this year involves a glass of wine, Netflix and a pampering session. Wild night, right? Honestly though, I am really looking forward to it. I'm excited to slap on a face mask and just truly relax with a night in. With that plan in mind, I thought I'd share some of my favorite face masks of the moment with you guys, all with different purposes and results. 

The Glow-Getters: Perhaps my favorite result from a face mask is a healthy, radiant glow. During the winter, I find my skin easily gets dry and dull looking, so being able to find a mask that will give my face a bit of a sheen is not only ideal but really feels great on my skin. My absolute favorite option for this type of glow is the lovely Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. I've been a long time fan of this all-natural brand, and the Resurfacing Mask is truly one of the highlights. The formula is a jelly-like consistency, meaning it only takes a pea-sized amount to spread out over your skin. You can leave the mask on for up to 30 minutes (though 10 minutes is the recommended time for sensitive skin), leaving it to dry down to a clear color. Once you feel it tightening a bit on your skin you wipe it off with some warm water and the results are immediate. Seriously, I can hear the angels singing as soon as I take this mask off. This guy can make the most dull, dehydrated (or perhaps, ahem, hungover?) skin look brand spanking new. It's a must have in my opinion.

The Refreshers: Similar to the glow-getters, I consider these two masks to produce a lovely glow while providing some serious exfoliation. The REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask and
Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel might be drastically different formulas, but I find that both give some truly dramatic results. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend either for sensitive skin (solely based on my own experiences), I use one of these bad boys every other week to get rid of dry, dead skin and truly exfoliate. The strong formulas are both real game-changers and have become permanent parts of my skincare routine.

The Decongesters: First off, I fully realize decongester is not a word (nor a particularly catchy nonword), but it's the best way I could describe the Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask. This (very pricey) product is not your traditional clay mask - while it dries down to decongest your skin, it also contains plenty of vitamins and minerals that enrich and hydrate your skin, leaving behind a cleaner, more glow-y surface. It's one of my favorite masks, but the price (even at the discounted rate I bought it) is high enough that I use it sparingly. A far more affordable clay option would be the Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask, a fantastic clay mask for when your skin needs a little clearing up. While I find this option to be a bit more drying on my dehydrated winter skin, overall I think it gets the job done!

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