Today (August 11th, 2019) is National Face Mask Day and we’re sharing our faves worth slathering on to celebrate. Whether you're looking to recharge and detoxify your skin or just pamper yourself, there is something soothingly therapeutic about wearing a face mask. —Vicki Duong and Noa Nichol
pot-pourri. Known for its 5 Pot Program, Lush makes it easy to try its famous face masks. For every five clean, empty black Lush pots brought back to be recycled in store, you can enjoy any face mask for free! Our choice pick is the Don’t Look At Me Fresh Face Mask ($14) for its fresh scent and even fresher ingredients (it has to be refrigerated and is only available in store). In it: organic silken tofu for softening and kaolin for cleansing.
clay callin'. Skin feeling the effects of harsh natural pollutionates and in need of a refresh? Try Nena’s Glacial Clay Mask ($23) enriched with Canadian glacial oceanic clay that helps purify and improve skin’s texture. It also helps reduce the appearance of pores, oil and dead skin cells while still managing to be gentle—even on sensitive skin.
mix it up. If your skin type changes often the Midnight Paloma Charcoal + Rose Detox Mask ($22) was made for you. Skin feeling a little dry and dehydrated? Try mixing the mask with raw honey, changing it to an antibacterial mask that's extremely moisturizing. Oily skin types can mix the mask with organic yogurt to help diminish breakouts while gently exfoliating. And, when mixed with water, this formula helps balance skin's PH levels (for all skin types).
face plank. To feel ultra luxe look no further than the Life Plankton Essence Mask from Biotherm ($66 for 6). This sheet mask is made up of a biodegradable cotton soaked in facial essence formulated to infuse the skin with high-quality ingredients, leaving your skin noticeably more supple (even after one use).
what a melon. Need a mask that puts in the work while you catch up on your zzzs? Slather on the Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Sleeping Mask ($59) while you sleep. Watermelon provides a dose of hydration and vitamins while the AHA helps to gently exfoliate. Because the formula is ultra lightweight it applies like a moisturizer but does all the work you would expect of a mask.
honey, honey. It’s all about the honey in Elizabeth Grant’s Torricelumn Absolute Age Interception Honey Mask ($75). Rich in antioxidants and a natural antibacterial, honey offers several skin-care benefits, from acne-fighting to anti-aging. The formula also includes chamomile to help soothe the skin, sage extract as an anti-imflammarory and cucumber and aloe vera to soften and hydrate.
it takes two. Two new mineral masks ($34 each) from Vichy promise a potent way to treat your skin. The Soothing Aloe Vera Mask, with licorice, targets localized redness and tightness while the Volcanic Charcoal Clarifying Mask comines with kaolin to detoxify skin while maintaining its softness. Both from nature, for your face.
collect 'em all. Designed as the perfect "plus one" to your existing regimen, Rodan + Fields' latest collection of high-performance masks ($71 each) provide scientifically backed formulas along with concentrated ingredients to give you visible results in just 10 minutes. The four masks in the range include a Redefine Rejuvenation Mask to smooth the look of fine lines, a Reverse Radiance Mask for a brighter, more glowing complexion, an Unblemish Clarifying Mask to balance skin in just 10 minutes and a Soothe Rescue Mask for clear healthy-looking skin over time.
ocean potion. New beauty brand Bl’eau's line of products made using a rare form of Glacial Oceanic Clay found exclusively in a remote part of B.C. is definitely making face-mask waves! After years of research, development and testing, the company's two collections of clay masks—an Organics Collection and Transcend Collection—includes offerings starting at $39 each that contain more than 60 minerals and rare elements found in nutritive deposits formed over 2.5 million years by melting glaciers along the northern Pacific Coast and enriched by the flow of the sea over several centuries.