Monday, April 20, 2020

TOP PICK FACE MASKS TO PAMPER YOURSELF IN THESE TOUGH TIMES

 Press Sample & Purchased (Affiliate Links)

As you have noticed, this last week Lola's Secret Beauty Blog focussed on top pick face masks. This idea came to me because I noticed that I was pampering myself with regular facial masks since I am working from home, and therefore I have the time to do it. Additionally, slowing down to take care of myself has a calming effect during the stress of living in the time of a global pandemic, and all of the worry that such a crisis engenders, and therefore it is a worthwhile way to slow down and calm down. Therefore, I sought to review a different facial mask each day of the week, and for this feature I added a few favorites that I love and use all of the time.
African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift Intense (Full Review HERE): is a true revelation in face masks. It is formulated to lift, plump, soften the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, maintain moisture levels, prevent Trans-Epidermal Water Loss, and scavenge free-radicals. Furthermore, it leaves skin baby soft, supple, unbelievably smooth, and with a pronounced radiance and clarity seldom achieved in a single product. It can be used as a rinse off mask with great results, but if you really want to see what it is capable of, then use it as an overnight sleeping mask. Trust me, you won't ever want to use another sleeping mask again!

This nourishing gel-like serum is emollient and lightweight, with a glorious velvety texture, and it melts into the skin in the most luxurious way imaginable. This is eco-luxe, and cruelty-free, beauty at its finest, and African Botanics is the gold standard against which all other green beauty brands should be measured. Additionally, it has the most sumptuous aroma informed by the Rosa Centifolia– therefore if you love the smell of roses you will be utterly enchanted by this aromatic delight.

(Order as a One-Time Beauty Box from Boxwalla for only $74.99 while supplies last! Visit: www.theboxwalla.com and $180.00 for 1.7 oz. from African Botanics, Net-A-Porter and Credo Beauty)
TRIBEAUTY CBD Superfood Mask (Full Review HERE): is a white clay-based CBD mask that contains superfood ingredients such as spinach and kale extracts. It is formulated to exfoliate, hydrate, brighten, plump, brighten, calm, oxygenate and protect the skin. This multipurpose, and ultra-effective mask contains zero or less than 0.3% THC*, and therefore there are no psychoactive effects. The company notes that there may be a mild tingling effect from this mask, but my skin didn't tingle, but instead I experienced a refreshing cooling effect. I apply this mask with the silicone spatula shown, and then leave it on for about 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Once I pat my skin dry my skin is luminous, hydrated, rejuvenated, fresh, calm and my fine lines are lightly plumped. I should note that the mask has a light and fresh fruity floral aroma, but it is neither imposing, nor long-lasting.

($60.00 for 2 oz. from TribeTokes and it will soon be available at the CBD Beauty Corner at Joel Warren’s The Salon Project located on the 7th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship in NYC)
Fleur & Bee Prince Charcoal Detox Mask (Full Review HERE): is a wonderfully effective clay-based detox mask. However, unlike many clay masks that are inherently drying to the skin, this one is not! While it effectively draws out impurities and unclogs congested pores, Aloe Vera locks in moisture and lightly hydrates, and it prevents the Kaolin and Bentonite Clays from drying out the skin. Additionally, skin is lightly plumped and left silky smooth and luminous. Furthermore, once the mask does dry, it neither pulls on the skin, nor is it difficult to move. I like to apply it to freshly cleaned skin, let it dry down for anywhere between 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off in the shower.

While this is a wonderful choice for my normal/combination skin, I think that people with dry skin will also see the benefit of using this mask, albeit with less frequency than someone with oilier skin.

($18.00 for 2 oz. from Fleur & Bee)

Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment Mask (Full Review HERE): is a brightening and exfoliating clay-based face mask that includes gentle exfoliating particles to effectively sweep away dead skin cells and unclog congested pores. Simply apply it to clean dry skin, but you can also apply it to slightly damp skin, and gently massage it in a circular motion and then let it dry down. I leave it on my skin for 20-25 minutes, and once it dries I rinse it with warm water. The end result is soft, clean, clear, balanced, supple and luminous skin. This mask has a light fruity floral aroma, but it isn't imposing or long-lasting.

($59.00 for 1.7 oz. from GLAMGLOWSephoraSpace NK UKNeiman MarcusBluemercury and Dermstore)
My most recent brand revelation is the Elina Organics Sahara Souffl√© Hydrating Face Mask with Camel Milk (Full Review HERE): and I am so excited to share my findings with you! This creamy mask includes natural alpha hydroxy, from Camel Milk, among its ingredients, and it gently exfoliates dead skin cells without discomfort or burning, and over time it helps to fade hyperpigmentation. It nourishes and hydrates the skin, and gives it a luminous glow. Furthermore, skin appears more smooth and even in tone after using this wonderful mask for a short period of time.

($55.00 for 2 oz. from Elina Organics)
Cosmedix Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask (Full Review HERE): is an effective multi-purpose exfoliating mask that is filled with physical exfoliating particles that actively and gently exfoliate dead skin cells. After gently massaging the mask into the skin, using circular motions, you leave it on for another 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. The Vitamin C and Bamboo Stem extracts brighten the complexion, and skin appears soft, smooth and luminous. This mask has a very appealing light citrus aroma, but it is neither long-lasting, nor is it in the least bit imposing.

($54.00 for 2.6 oz. from Cosmedix and Amazon)
Vichy Liftactiv Hyalu Mask (Full Review HERE): is an ultra effective Hyaluronic Acid-based hydrating mask that is a perfect pick for dehydrated, stressed and dry skin. This is every French Pharmacy fanatics dream-come-true hydrator, and its refreshing water-gel texture feels cooling and amazing against the skin. It plumps fine lines, deeply hydrates and leaves skin soft, smooth and supple. It is formulated for all types of skin, and it is paraben-free, oil-free and fragrance-free.

($40.00 for 1.69 oz. from VichyDermstoreAmazonTarget and SkinStore)
Bodyography Hydrating Mask (Full Review HERE): is an antioxidant-rich hydrating mask that deeply moisturizes and nourishes the skin. It is a perfect choice for dehydrated, stressed or dry skin, but is a wonderfully nourishing skin pick-me-up for all types of skin. It lightly plumps fine lines and leaves skin soft, smooth, and dewy. This delectable mask smells like watermelon and has a thick, silky-smooth consistency that feels amazing on the skin.

($27.00 for 1.9 oz. from Bodyography)
TATA HARPER Resurfacing Mask (Full Review HERE): This is one of those miraculous masks, in my estimation, that delivers real results for glowing skin. While you will note that it contains clay in its list of ingredients, it is not a clay mask, but instead it has a gorgeous fluffy gel texture that dries down in the manner of gel-type masks. It is a beta-hydroxy mask, from White Willow Bark and Pomegranate Enzymes, that is intended for all types of skin, and it gently exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs congested pores, and it leaves skin luminous and hydrated.

I simply apply it to freshly cleansed skin, with the brush provided, and leave it on my skin for 20-30 minutes. There is a light tingling sensation, but it is neither uncomfortable, nor in the least bit irritating. It dries down, but doesn't pull the skin, and it is very easy to wash off unlike some masks that can be difficult to remove. Among my great discoveries was Tata Harper's tip to layer this mask over the  the TATA HARPER Regenerating Cleanser (Reviewed HERE) and leave on for 5 minutes for a mid-week skincare treat. Because the Regenerating contains exfoliating particles it further enhances the removal of dead skin cells and the unclogging of pores. However, unlike many exfoliating masks, that are intended for healthy glowing skin, this one is not drying to the skin. Instead, the inclusion of Beet Root Extract and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice leaves skin hydrated rather than taut and dry. The end result is very soft, smooth, hydrated and luminous skin, and it is one of my very favorite gentle exfoliating masks. I should note that the mask, and the cleanser, both have an earthy, rather fruity, aroma that is subtle and unobtrusive.

The high quality brush, with synthetic bristles, offers a far superior method of application than dipping my fingers into the jar. Not only is it far more sanitary, but it also applies the mask more evenly.
Goldfaden MD Facial Detox Clarify + Clear Mask (Full Review HERE): is a very effective face mask that clears blemishes, draws out impurities, soothes and calms the skin and leaves skin looking radiant, soft and smooth. Simply apply a thin layer to the entire face, avoiding the eye area, or use a a spot treatment on blemishes. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and then thoroughly rinse the skin. The combination of Camphor and Sulfur cause the skin to tingle, but I neither find it uncomfortable nor irritating,  and it does not leave my skin taut or dry. If you have very sensitive skin you might want to patch test it first, but if you have a sensitivity to Camphor– or any of the other ingredients– then this mask should be avoided.

($65.00 for 1.7 oz. from Goldfaden MDSpace NKRevolveSkin Care RXCult BeautySkin StoreGoop and Credo Beauty)
Overall Assessment: I plan to continue masking every week because it is not only a treat for my skin, but for my spirit as well. What have you been doing to pamper and take care of yourself during this stressful time?

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6 comments:

  1. I'm impressed with the amount of masks you've tried. I know I've used quite a few of these but my memory isn't good enough to tell you which ones. I'm currently using the Elina one though and quite happy with it.

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    1. Thanks, Marcia! These are the masks that I am using lately, and they are all very good! I love that Elina mask as well! It's fab!

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  2. I've been masking a lot more since I have the time now.

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    1. Me too, Cindy. It's one way to try to curb some of the stress that we are all feeling during this crazy time!

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  3. Same here, I've been masking more often since working from home

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    1. It seems as though many of us are doing this these days!

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