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There's A Mask For That
Face masks are a simple yet luxurious pleasure in life, am I right? Even if you never leave your bathroom, a facial mask can make you feel like you’re at a five-star spa. It’s a perfect, easy way to treat yourself - and your skin - to a little TLC!
Face masks are soaring in popularity recently, with a recent Google Trends beauty report estimating that YouTube videos featuring face masks reached a peak of 98 million views last year!
Much like finding the perfect cleanser or moisturizer for your skin, finding the right face mask to address your skincare concerns will deliver the most optimal results.
Now more than ever, Americans are paying special attention to skincare, and face masks are a huge piece of the beauty market pie. According to Statista.com, the United States generated $65.5 million from face mask sales alone, and that number has increased annually.
If you’re wondering if your skin will actually respond to and absorb the active ingredients in face masks, here’s your answer: When it comes to the main or active ingredients in face masks, our skin’s appearance and quality can improve with regular face mask use.
Below are some common skin issues a lot of us deal with on the daily. The good news is…you guessed it! There’s a mask for that.
Your Issue: Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Our skin starts battling in the “age war” long before we realize we’ve assisted the opposing team. How wrinkled our skin becomes depends on a multitude of factors, including our skin type, genetics, and our history of unprotected sun exposure, and (gasp!) indoor tanning bed usage.3
The Alana Mitchell Quick Comeback Masque is designed to deliver instant tightening, smoothing, and toning results. This one-and-done masque is the perfect skin perk-me-up for that special night on the town and the first step in putting your best face forward.
This innovative formula works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and firm and smooth skin by strengthening collagen synthesis, improving elasticity, and removing extra impurities from the skin. You can expect the skin to appear smoother and more luminous after only one use.
It's essential for that special night out or a matchless addition to your everyday regime.
Your Issue: Dry Skin
Dry skin is a common - and annoying - issue. It can occur at any age for a variety of reasons, including genetics, environment, water temperature, or weather.
Extremely dry skin can indicate dermatitis - if you suspect you may have dermatitis, make an appointment with your dermatologist to get it checked out.
In the meantime, this is one of my favorite masks.
The Skin Bliss Hydrating Mask is a luxurious mask that deeply hydrates and firms the skin with hyaluronic acid and botanical moisture.
Its silky smooth texture glides on the skin, leaving it purified, glowing, and soft. Also rich in fulvic acid, an antioxidant, this mask gives skin a youthful look.
Your Issue: Oily Skin
Like dry skin, many factors can contribute to an oily complexion. Oils produced by the body help keep your skin healthy, but as with most things in life, there can be too much of a good thing.
Excess oil can lead to acne flare-ups, blemishes, and clogged pores. Though it can occur at any age, studies have shown that 66%-75% of those between the ages of 15-20 are affected by oily skin most often.1
A wonderful mask for skin that errs on the oily side is the Epicuren Clarify Polishing Mask.
This mask is jam-packed with effective, all-natural ingredients that detoxify, refine, and smooth the skin.
It contains aged volcanic ash that absorbs oil and clears pores, colloidal sulfur that stimulates cell regeneration, and tea tree leaf oil that acts as a natural antiseptic and combats excessive oil.
Tea tree leaf oil is a common alternative to benzoyl peroxide when it comes to acne, which is likely something you’ve tried if you have oily, acne-prone skin.
Though great for oily skin, this Epicuren mask can be used by people with all skin types.
Your Issue: Dull Skin
Who doesn’t want bright, radiant, glowing skin? You see it on the red carpet all the time, and you probably think to yourself “Who has the time to get that kind of gorgeous skin?”
Guess what? YOU DO! All it takes is adding a little extra hydration into your skincare routine.
What better product to help you achieve celebrity skin and save you time than the Eminence Organics Bright Skin Masque?
This masque combats dull, discolored skin with uneven pigmentation. It also noticeably brightens skin.
The formula is natural and organic, and is powerful enough to work well on even the most advanced pigmentation problems.
If you have mature skin with hyper-pigmentation, excessive melanin, or age spots, this masque is for you!
Your Issue: Acne
Pimples, cysts, blemishes, zits, oh my! Whatever you choose to call them, most of us have suffered from acne at one time or another.
In fact, acne is the most common skin condition and affects nearly 50 million Americans annually.2
Overactive oil glands, genetics, hormones, menstruation, emotional stress, and medications can all contribute to the onset of acne or a flare-up.
If you’re interested in treating your acne while nourishing your overall complexion at the same time, a great face mask to try is the Bioelements Amino Mask.
This is a powerful treatment mask that absorbs excess oil and purifies the surface of the skin to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
It penetrates deeply into the pores to reduce congestion and neutralize acne-causing bacteria. After just one application, you’ll see a smoother, clearer, less inflamed complexion.
Your Issue: Blackheads
The dirty on blackheads is that they’re not black because they’re full of accumulated dirt. Nope, blackheads (or comedos) are simply just an enlarged and plugged hair follicle that reaches the surface of the skin, opens up, and gets its discoloration from changes in sebum as it’s exposed to air. And there’s your little science lesson for the day!
Blackheads can be considered “minor acne”, with the American Academy of Dermatology estimate that 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience them.
If you fall under this percentage (no matter your age), I suggest trying the Epicuren Volcanic Clay Mask.
It delivers ultra-nourishing, all-natural ingredients deep into the most deprived layers of the skin, which is perfect for nipping those blackheads in the bud.
This volcanic clay mask uses bentonite (aged volcanic clay ash) to absorb oil and clear away free radicals, plus lavender and sandalwood oil to detoxify and revitalize the skin.
It features a refreshing, mint-like scent and a creamy consistency peppered with flecks of clay for an authentic, spa-like experience.
Your Issue: Redness & Puffiness
Are you waking up in the morning to a puffy face? Or one that’s easily irritated into redness? This is common as we age, and our genetics also play a huge role in how red or puffy our skin gets over time.
Blood flow starts to slow as our hormones change, and skin can appear less firm or refreshed.
If you’re looking for a great way to stimulate your skin, there’s a mask for that!
The 100% Pure Caffeine Mask is the perfect way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin.
It’s a rich hydrogel mask composed of 95% water and 5% plant cellulose perfectly made to intensely hydrate your skin.
100% Pure Caffeine Mask has many of nature’s exfoliating properties required for a soft, smooth skin.
Caffeine removes dead skin, restores sun damaged skin, and stimulates circulation.
The longer you leave the mask on your skin, the more noticeable results!
The hydrogel mask will become thinner due to water absorption and assists in delivering active ingredients to your skin, which protects it from premature aging.
Bonus Two-In-One Product:
The Alana Mitchell 4-in-1 Cleansing Pod has an innovative formula that makes it unlike any other skincare product on the U.S market.
It works as a cleanser, facial sponge, dead cell remover, AND a facial mask!
It’s the quickest way to cleanse your skin every day for a beautifully flawless complexion. It’s also ideal for all skin types, but especially beneficial for oily and combination skin types.
This gentle clay-based, foaming cleanser-infused pod expands under water and doubles in size to become a facial sponge.
The facial sponge removes bacteria, dirt, buildup, and leftover makeup for a pure and clean complexion. Its textured sponge gently sloughs away dead skin cells and build up, revealing a glowing complexion.
Want to work some mask magic? Leave the foaming cleanser on the skin for 10 minutes to receive a deluxe purifying and brightening mask treatment.
Feeling luxurious and treating ourselves and our skin to a “spa experience” can be as simple as applying a face mask, enjoying a candle or two, and just unwinding our busy day away. Finding the perfect facial mask for your skin type or problem area is key! And remember - no matter your skin issue, there’s a mask for that!
Have you tried a facial mask in the past? Is it part of your nightly unwind? Let us know your routine in the comments!