Mask and You Shall Receive
Posted On Sep 14, 2016
While some covers are worn to create an illusion, these 10 beauty masks unveil the real, ravishing you.
By Dana Robinson
If you wanted to obscure your identity like a pop-culture superhero, you’d reach for a mask. But these face-shading objects may well be the real skin-saving stars of the day, helping women achieve firm, radiant skin.
“The purpose and benefits of a facial mask is to improve hydration and [decrease] redness, and to reinforce the skin’s natural defense against daily environmental factors such as weather, sun, and pollution,” says Berenice Rothenberg, owner of Berenice Electrolysis & Personal Beauty Center in New York City. Which mask is right for you this fall? We’ve rounded up a few of today’s most virtuous skin-care shields.
What it does: Tata Harper’s Moisturizing Mask ($110, tataharperskincare.com) provides maximum hydration.
How it does it: While it might be a little on the pricey side, this blend of avocado protein, rose geranium essential oil, and calcium makes skin appear plumper and radiant.
What it does: Karuna Luxe Skin Regenerating Mask ($58, karunaskin.com) repairs skin cells for those who prefer a traditional sheet mask.
How it does it: Simply unfold the mask onto the face and leave on until it dries. The concentrated serum, rife with oat kernel oil, fair-trade kendi oil, sea buckthorn, and peptides, hugs the landscape of the face allowing for maximum penetration into the pores.
What it does: The Cooling Cucumber Mask from Clairvoyant Beauty ($30, clairvoyantbeauty.com) eases the effects of the sun.
How it does it: Cranberry seed oil in this skin-soother contains both vitamin E and phenolics that defy damaging free radicals. The addition of cucumber provides an instant cooling sensation, reduces puffiness, and calms the skin.
What it does: If you’ve got 10 minutes, the Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask ($39, caudalie.com) can give your dull complexion a serious boost.
How it does it: Get rid of dulling dead skin with this formula, which contains the exfoliating aid of papaya enzymes and glycolic acid to uncover a fresh-faced you.
THE REPAIR KIT
What it does: Damaged skin cells in need of restoration get it via the Skin Repair Master Mask from Nerd Skincare ($20, nerdskincare.com).
How it does it: Apple stem cell extract protects skin cells, Defensil strengthens the skin barrier, while licorice root and aloe vera soothe and promote cell renewal.
What it does: Biologique Recherche’s Crème Masque Vernix ($179, biologique-recherche.us) brings back baby-smooth skin.
How it does it: Inspired by vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protects the skin of newborns, this blend of fats, proteins, and antioxidant peptides smoothes fine lines caused by dehydration and reconditions skin.
What it does: Uneven skin gets a balancing boost from TULA’s Exfoliating Treatment Mask ($49, qvc.com).
How it does it: Gently massage into skin to allow this combo of lactic acid, bentonite clay, jojoba oil, volcanic sand, and vitamin E to slough the dull stuff away.
What it does: The Laneige Firming Sleeping Mask ($30, target.com) visibly strengthens skin’s texture and (bonus!) helps you get some zzz’s—the best beauty secret ever.
How it does it: The special SleePOP formula improves skin’s elasticity and low molecular collagen peptides erase lines while you snooze.Meanwhile, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang promote a good night’s rest.
THE BLEMISH ERASER
What it does: Boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask ($8, sephora.com) soothes the skin and clears blemishes.
How it does it: Is there anything green tea can’t do? Enriched with marine collagen, this Japanese green tea-infused mask reduces acne-causing bacteria and slows down the signs of aging.
What it does: The Repêchage One-Minute Exfoliating Mask ($32, repechage.com) is a fast fix to instantly improve skintone and clarity.
How it does it: This formula is compiled of the naturally-minded balancing act of seaweed, lily of the valley, lemongrass and cucumber oil, kojic acid, licorice root, and mulberry extract to clean, smooth, and brighten beleaguered skin. Lightly massage in a thin layer and rinse.