Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Have a Spa Night at Home! | Masks & Treatments for Every Skin Concern

My obsession with flawless skin started at a young age, due to overwhelming breakouts and the desire to prevent said blemishes from appearing in the first place. I quickly discovered that blemishes were far from my only skin concern and that getting a great facial doesn't have to be limited to your esthetician's office.


I've compiled a list of my favorite masks for virtually every skin concern including breakouts, dryness, blackheads, and redness. Keep reading to learn more!


Blemishes/Oily Skin



1. GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment.  You can expect to see more Glam Glow products on this list, because their products are that amazing! Not only are they packaged in a unique and stylish way, but they're super effective. The Supermud treatment heals existing acne by drawing out any dirt, oil or overall congestion in your skin. I particularly like this mask because it also works wonders on in-grown hairs and razor bumps. 

2. Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfer Mask. This oil-absorbing, deep cleansing mask contains 10% sulfur to fight acne plus soothing aloe, purifying kaolin and bentonite clays. The extra benefit of this mask is the aloe, which prevents your skin from becoming overly dry. 

3. Kate Somerville EradiKate Foam-Activated Mask. You're skin will feel squeaky clean after using this mask! The EradiKate mask comes out as a pink gel and turns into a tingling foam once applied. I like using products with a bit of a tingle, because you can literally feel them working. For best results, pair this mask with Kate's EradiKate Acne Treatment

4. Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. When I've had an intense workout or a particularly long day wearing makeup, I reach for this mask. The activated charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep pore-cloggers. I love this mask because it's not too harsh, it lasts for awhile and is great for all skin types. 

Note: Be sure to follow the recommended weekly usage of any acne-fighting mask, because it's easy to over do it and end up with overly dry skin. Sometimes the best thing for blemishes is to let your skin breath for day, rather than piling more medicine on. 

Dry/Sensitive Skin



1. Sephora Collection Honey Sheet Mask.  If you haven't tried a sheet mask, you are seriously missing out! These fiber masks are infused with different active ingredients, which perfectly hug your facial contours for better penetration. The honey mask helps nourish, balance and soothe, leaving your skin velvety soft! 

2. GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. When my skin feels overly dehydrated this is the first mask I turn to because I can wear it for hours or sleep with it on to let it really seep into my skin. You can do this because there isn't an active ingredient, which is really the only reason most masks advise wearing them for 10-15 minutes.

5. Origins Drink Up Mask. This 10-minute mask features algae extracts, which delivers intense hydration. When I look for specific products I always read the ingredients and look for certain things that I know work well; algae is one of those great ingredients for hydration. This mask is best for combination and dry skin types. 

4. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask.  I wanted to include this mask, because it's really great for sensitive skin. It does have a moisturizing effect, but this isn't the first mask I would turn to for hydration purposes. If you have a rash, sunburn or something has irritated your skin, apply this cooling mask and you will feel so much better! The cucumber, chamomile and aloe provide instant relief from discomfort. 

Note: These masks help tremendously in hydrating your skin, but the best way to keep your skin looking hydrated and dewy is to drink lots and lots of water! 

Blackheads



1. Murad Blackhead and Pore Clearing Duo. This two-step blackhead and pore clearing treatment uses volcanic mineral clay and shikakai extract, which draws out dirt and excess oil to extract stubborn blackheads from deep within pores. I am obsessed with this treatment because it does what it advertises and then some! The clay seeps into your skin bringing the blackheads to the surface and the exfoliating elements help to essentially scrub them away. once you've finished the mask, you apply the pore refining sealer to tighten your pores and prevent blackheads from re-surfacing.

2. Dr. Jart+ Blackhead Master Patch. This product is specifically designed for blackheads on your nose, which is where most people get them or see them in higher numbers. These strips go one step further than drug store strips because of their two-step process. After the initial dry patch, you'll apply the second, moist patch, which soothes your skin and shrinks your pores.

Note: Any deep cleansing clay mask will help with blackheads. If you get them regularly I would suggest using a Clarisonic, which will aid in deeply cleansing and exfoliating your skin. The vibration effect of the Clarisonic shakes everything up, forcing dirt and oil to move up and out and there are different heads you can get, depending on the level of exfoliation you want or prefer. 

Redness



1. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength. I always keep a box of these extra strength peel pads with me because they are the ultimate skin refresher. I've listed this product under the "Redness" category because it's a light peel that renews and brightens your skin, but it does so much more than that! I use these at least once a week because it's good for cell turnover, but it also prevents skin from aging and helps heal and avoid breakouts. Disclaimer: Although this is a "peel," I have never actually peeled from this product, so don't let that deter you from purchasing.

2. Sephora Collection Rose Sheet Mask. Again, the great thing about these sheet masks is their ability to deeply penetrate the skin. The rose mask helps to provide moisture and brightens the skin through the natural rose extract. In fact, anything with "rose" in the title is most likely a brightening treatment. 

Note: Redness is best fought with serums and peels. When you're looking for a brightening treatment, ingredients with rose, vitamin c, salicylic acid and glycolic acid are best. 


I hope I've provided you with some great new masks and treatments to bring you one step closer to flawless skin! Check out Lauren's post, The Perfect Pamper Evening!(& My Spa Essentials) to put your new masks and treatments to good use!

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