5 Face Masks You Need to Try (PLUS PROMO CODE)
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While May is the time when a lot of us start thinking about bikini bods and summer slim downs, now is a great time to focus on more on self care and taking care of your skin. Coming out of winter, a lot of us have dry, dull skin and heading into the spring and summer we all want a healthy glow (well, we want that all year, but now is the time to get it). Eating healthy, staying hydrated and having a good skincare regiment is the best way to take care of your skin. And face masks are a great addition to your skincare regiment - and a way to practice some self care, which I’m all about. Think of them as an extra special boost of love to your face.
No, a face mask isn’t a cure-all, but the right mask can work as an at-home treatment to help with specific skin concerns like acne, dryness, dullness or the appearance of large pores. But it’s important to find ones that are made with good, high-quality ingredients and not those cheap $2 sheet masks from the drugstore (sorry, but those ain’t doing anything for your skin… don’t waste your time or money). I like to alternate between ones that hydrate and moisturize, and ones that really detox and clean out my pores.
Recently I had the chance to try out five face masks and tbh, these are total game changers and I would repurchase all of them. Here’s the line-up:
Hale & Hush Hydrate Gel - doubles as a mask ($36)
Skin Script Charcoal Clay Cleanser - doubles as a mask ($10 - $26.50)
BRIGHTEN-C MASK This is a brand new face mask from one of my favorite brands, Face Reality, and it’s incredible… seriously. Of the five I tried, it’s really, really hard to pick a favorite, but I think this one would probably be it. It’s made with ingredients that improve skin clarity and brighten your overall complexion by reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and preventing future dark spots through inhibiting melanin formation.
The formula feels like a thick cream and feels super duper rich and luxurious on your face. I’m usually more of a clay mask gal, but I was really into this creamy consistency as a nice change. To use, you just apply to a clean face and leave on for 10-15 minutes before washing off - or, if you really wanna treat yo self, it can actually be kept on overnight as a brightening sleep mask (cool, right?). After using it the first time, my skin looked and felt super hydrated, plump and glowy. And the morning after using it, I was shocked how radiant my skin looked (like I honestly saw a difference… that’s rare!). I have very pale, sensitive skin so I am definitely prone to redness, and my skin looked amazing - I had that post-facial glow, but without the price of a facial. This mask is great for all skin types, including acne-prone (and the ingredients are all acne-safe, which is always important for me). For a nice boost to your complexion, try using 1-2 times per week.
L-Ascorbic Acid: Antioxidant, brightening
Nonapeptide-1: Prevents melanin synthesis, tyrosinase inhibitor
Brightenyl®: Blocks the melanogenesis process to help control darkening of skin & reduce pigmented spots, helps prevent inflammation & controls skin redness
Sepiwhite™: Patented lightening molecule, more effective than tested reference molecules of hydroquinone, arbutin, kojic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
Rumex Occidentalis Extract: Lghtening, safe alternative to Hydroquinone
HUSH HYDRATE GEL OR MASK When I saw that this entire brand is dedicated to sensitive skin and is all acne safe, I knew this would be right up my alley. The product itself is a lovely light blue and feels like a cream (although it says it’s a gel… don’t ask me). I left it on for about 30 minutes before rinsing, but you can leave on for as long as desired or even use as a moisturizer - who doesn’t love a multi-purpose product?! This gel/mask produces anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy effects to heal skin from the inside out, supports moisture and protection against environmental-damage effects, detoxifies and brightens, and soothes and cools. My skin just felt so happy after using this: soft, hydrated and all of my redness was gone. This would be great for anyone with aggravated skin, eczema, Rosacea, dry skin or just anyone wanting a good mask that can make your skin look stellar, or in other words, all of us.
Anthocyanins: Derived from black rice, Anthocyanins provide superior antioxidant activity to fight free radicals and skin oxidation with anti-aging benefits and defense against UV damage
Biocolour Blend: Our blend is comprised of several natural botanical extracts, including Neem, Aloe, Henna, Basil, Turmeric, and Pearl Powder, which is known for slowing the aging process
SORELLA APOTHECARY PEACH & HONEY MASK First reaction: this mask smelled so good! It has a very mild peach scent and was divine. I loved the really light, gel-like consistency, which when applied appears completely translucent. This dried up rather quickly, but doesn’t feel tight or dry on the skin. It left my face feeling very hydrated and gave me a beautiful glow post-use.
This mask is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals so super good for your skin. The peach pulp in it tightens pores and brightens skin while the honey plumps, repairs and hydrates. You just need about a nickel-size amount of this stuff to apply a thin layer over clean skin and leave on for about 20 minutes before following-up with the rest of your skin products. Can be used 1-3 times per week.
Peach Pulp: This juicy fruit hydrates and soothes dry skin all while tightening pores and rejuvenating dull skin
Honey: Rich in antioxidants, natural anti-bacterial power and moisture-restoration properties
Calendula Extract: Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties promote fast healing and regeneration
Superfruit Blend: A combination of four vitamin and omega rich fruits that exfoliate and renew the skin without over drying while keeping it free of cell damage
Phospholipids: Enhances delivery of antioxidants while also maximizing their benefits.
Retinyl Palmitate: A gentle, stable form of vitamin A that promotes a clear complexion and an even skin tone
Vitamin E: The ultimate protector, this skincare essential aids in healing the skin, boosts UV defense, prevents dryness and works as an antioxidant
LE MIEUX TGF-B EYE FIRMING MASK (4 sets) I absolutely LOVED these eye masks (like I am stocking up on these ASAP). They feature three potent peptides, red and green algae extracts and hyaluronic acid to help smooth, brighten and firm the eye areas while promoting collagen synthesis. Note: you are NEVER too young to start caring for your under eyes. I always keep a set of eye masks on hand and use whenever I think my eyes need a little extra love. They are especially great to use before an event, after a flight or after a night of boozing. After using these, my under eye circles looked visibly better and my skin felt plumped and moisturized. Plus, eye masks just feel like such a luxurious at-home treatment. To use, just pop ‘em on for 15-20 minutes whenever you want to pamper yourself. Pro tip: once applied, use a face roller that’s been chilled in the freezer and roll over the under eye area.
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5: Helps promote collagen synthesis & improve firmness
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8: Helps reduce wrinkles associated with continuous facial muscle contractions
Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (Matrixyl): Visibly reduces wrinkle depth & smooths roughness
Red Algae Extract: Soothes, moisturizes and softens due to high levels of minerals, proteins and vitamins
White Tea Extract: Antioxidant and anti-irritant properties, helps protect against environmental damage
Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5): Moisturizes and helps keep skin smooth, reduces inflammation
Green Algae Extract: Soothes, moisturizes and conditions while promoting collagen synthesis
SKIN SCRIPT CHARCOAL CLAY CLEANSER Another multi-purpose product. Not only is this a great everyday cleanser, but it doubles as a face mask! To use as a mask, apply to a clean, dry face and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off. It’s infused with charcoal and kaolin clay which absorbs sebum and environmental toxins, removes impurities and helps prevent clogged pores. Plus, you get some antioxidant support thanks to the Vitamin C in it. I actually liked this better as a cleanser and would definitely buy again. It left my skin feeling so clean!! It had a somewhat milky, creamy consistency, but lathered up really nicely (I like a cleanser that foams). This made my skin feel squeaky clean and fresh, but didn’t dry me out or leave my skin feeling tight. In fact, my skin felt really soft and hydrated after I washed it off. I was also super impressed out how well it removed my makeup, especially my eye makeup. And as a mask, I felt like I boosted all the benefits by having it on my skin for longer. This would be great to travel with since it’s a 2-in-1 product. LOVE IT!!
Kaolin: Absorbs sebum and prevents pore clogging, it;s used to draw out impurities and toxins and thereby clears the skin of excess oil, dirt, pollution and debris
Glycerin: Acts as an emollient and lubricant and also can be a humectant and draw moisture from the air to the skin
Charcoal Powder: Helps attract and pull the dirt out of your pores, making them less visible
Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract: Imparts astringent effects upon the skin
Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil: Has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that are effective at treating skin
Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Peel Oil: An uplifting, refreshing and reviving essential oil. Helps to detoxify and purify the skin
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If you want to try out any of these masks or other products from Art of Skin Care, be sure to use the code SARAH10 to get 10% off your first order!
Also, if you are Interested in a personalized skin consultation so you know exactly which products will work best for your skin type and concerns, you can use the code SARAHRX to get 50% off a consult (which means you can get one for just $25). And the best part is that the funds are applied to your account in the form of an online store credit, which can be applied toward your next product purchase! So, you can get a full consult for $25 and then have $25 credited back you to use towards products. And follow-up care is free. If you give it a whirl, leave a comment below and let me know how it goes! And if you have any questions, please let me know.