I don’t mask my face enough (do any of us?). I should. I have a ton of them lying around, but it just never crosses my mind at the right time. It’s always when I’ve already slathered my face in skincare and makeup that I realize, “oh, I should have thrown on a mask before all of this. Maybe tomorrow.”
And the cycle repeats.
Chances are, there’s a mask that’s perfect for wherever your skin is at right now, whether you’re feeling extra dry, or especially clogged, or just need that extra amp before a night out. I love slathering my face in clay or seaweed or a scary chemical exfoliant, having a fresh face 20 minutes later, and tracking how long the results last over the following days.
Over the past few months, sheet masks have become more popular than ever. At first, I thought it was just a gimmick, but sheet masks can pull through for you on the fly.
For one, they’re very portable, so you can take a few on a road trip or vacation, without taking up nearly any room in your suitcase, and have selfie-ready skin for your whole trip. You know how dry your skin can feel after a plane ride? Throw a hydrating mask in your carry-on and do it as soon as you get to the hotel! Or, hell, do it on the plane. People may think you look weird, but they’ll be jelly when their skin is dry and yours is supple and glowing.
Plus, many of them are dripping in serum, which you then pat into your skin after your remove the sheet mask itself. It’s a great way to get the most out of your mask, letting the benefits sink into your skin all day and layering your skincare on top, instead of wiping them off and starting from square one with your moisturizer.
Your Friday Night Pre-Going Out Mask: Sephora Pearl Mask
A nice glow will help you look great no matter what condition your skin/life is in, and I always try to up my glow before a night out. There are a lot of masks to help your skin glow up — decongestant masks are great, moisturizing masks, definitely — but my favorite one to go to is Sephora’s Pearl Mask.
It’s great for evening skin tone, minimizing imperfections, and stimulating skin so you look energized and more awake. After just a minute or two if sitting on your face, you can really feel it stimulating your skin, like “oh, hello!” It tells you to leave it on for 15 minutes, which coincidentally is the perfect amount of time to mask your hair. Just mask everything.
Yank the mask off and don’t rinse, just tap the rest of the serum into your skin. Follow up with your regular skincare regime and makeup. It’s going to give you gorgeous, gleamy skin right off the bat, and even bright skin for days to come. It’s my favorite way to juice my skin when I’m pressed for time, and it’s an inexpensive way to do so. For some reason, this mask isn’t available on its own online, but you can still get it individually in store (not sure what that’s about but just making sure you guys knew).
Your Saturday Morning Mask: Daily Wonders What Happened Last Night? Revitalizing Mask
So you went out last night. So did I. Feel like hell? Well, me too.
Here’s what we’re gonna do: slam two bottles of water, one coffee, four Advil, eat something, and do this face mask.
We all have our beauty hangover solutions. Mine is one light layer of a medium to full coverage foundation, highlighter, and mascara (always mascara.) Starting with a base of glowy skin is even better. When just washing your face doesn’t help you hide the damage from a long night, hitting your skin with a serious dose of hydration and energy is a must.
The What Happened Last Night? Mask (THAT NAME) is all about bringing back the radiance that your skin was robbed of when you took those 24 shots of Jameson last night. It’s made with ginseng and artemisia extracts to help energize and even tone, while a ton of moisture plumps your skin back up. After using this, you just might look better than you did before you went out last night, though you feel ten times worse. Pair it with Origin’s Ginzing line to really get your skin going.
The hangover angle is fun, but this is a great mask for any time. If you’ve been up all night studying, working crazy hours, or whatever, you skin might look dull and sallow. This is a great $4 solution that will also buy you fifteen minutes to yourself, which is ~priceless~.
Your Sunday Night Mask: 7 Wonders Tundra Cranberry Anti-Aging Mask
As the weekend is drawing to a close and you’re experiencing the Sunday Scaries, dreading Monday morning, you might as well take a little time to do something nice for yourself and your skin.
The Tundra Cranberry Anti-Aging Mask is deeply hydrating, which is going to help reverse all the damage you did to your skin over the weekend and get you ready for the week ahead. As the name will tell you, it’s formulated with antioxidant-rich cranberries and helps plump skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. I tend to steer clear of any product with anti-aging claims because they just make me roll my eyes, let’s all stop worrying about getting older, can we please? But this mask is so luxe that I can bring myself to look the other way.
After using it, my skin looks fuller and more hydrated, like I’ve been drinking a gallon of water a day or however the hell much you’re supposed to be drinking. Even the skin surrounding my eyes, which is always kind of sunken and sallow, looks better.
Of all three of the masks, the serum this one is soaked in is the thickest so you can really feel it clinging to your skin when you tap the rest in after removal. PLUS, this mask is made from coconut jelly, which, truthfully makes it kind of a bitch to work with, but is worth it once you get it placed on your face. Coconut jelly is ten times more absorbent than your typical mask materials, and it’s a difference you can feel. The mask is full of serum, and leaves your face soaked in it even when you take it off.
The only downside to this is that when the serum dries, it leaves a shiny film on your skin. I do this one before bed, so my skin can absorb the benefits all night, instead of worrying about my skin being shiny throughout the day. I love that it doubles as a night mask, because I feel like I’m getting twice as much out of the same mask.
What are you rubbing on your face this weekend? Tell me all about it.