9 facial masks

Posted on March 22nd, by staff in Products. No Comments

9 facial masks

While nothing can beat the glowing results you get from a clinical treatment – the buttery texture and pore-diminishing results from a foto facial, for instance – treating your skin at home with a weekly facial mask can help boost your skin’s health and maintain its youthful condition. Plus, it’s fun! Find a mask based on your skin type or major concern. We suggest consulting with your dermatologist first to ensure that the ingredients in your at-home products can actually help, and not hinder, your complexion goals. Here are some of our suggestions.

For oily skin with large pores

1) Vichy NormaDerm Tri-Activ Mask, $20 at drugstores. This triple-action mask uses clay and exfoliating agents (salicylic acid and glycolic acid) to purify and mattify skin. 2) Clinique’s Turnaround Instant Facial, $34 at department stores. This 5-minute exfoliator claims to deliver the smoothness of microdermabrasion without irritation. Warning: it does leave behind a hint of glitter. 3 & 4) NeoStrata Smoothing Cleansing mask, $24 at drugstores or a single use pack of Balea’s Detoxifying Face Mace, $4 at Shoppers Drug Mart. Overactive oil glands produce more sebum, making pores seem larger, and kaolin clay helps by absorbing excess oil.

For dry or mature skin 

1) Murad’s Age-Diffussing Firming mask, $72 at Sephora. This creamy mask uses seaweed to help restore skin resillance. 2) Yonka Masque No.1, $53 at spas. Read editor’s review here. 3) NeoStrata Intense Moisture Rescue Sheet Mask, $40 for 8 single use masks. You may look like Jason from Friday the 13th with it on, but the long-lasting hydration benefits from the botanicals and hyaluronic acid, a.k.a. “the moisture magnet”, are worth the scare.

For skin with special needs

1) If you have sensitive skin prone to rosacea or made sensitive form laser procedures try Avene Antirougeurs Calm, $34 at drugstores. This velvety mask soothes redness and discomfort with Ruscus extract and their famous French thermal spring water, said to have anti-inflammatory properties. These ingredients can help post-lasered skin that feels hot and uncomfortably pulled.

2) If you have sun spots or melasma, try Murad’s Intensive-C Radiance Peel, $50 at Sephora. In addition to vitamin C, a proven pigment fighter, this 10-minute cream mask contains glycolic acid to accelerate turnover of dark damaged cells, removing dullness and improving skin texture.


Should you lay cucumber slices over the eyes while wearing a mask? No. The idea that water-rich cucumbers can benefit the eye area by adding extra moisture and de-puffing power is unfounded in science. In fact, it may even trigger an eye infection, like it did for her.


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