Something very special happened last week. I received the sweetest message from Mukta who is one of the most active members of the 365 Masks Challenge community. Her video where she talks about how the challenge changed her approach toward taking care of her skin totally melted my heart and helped me to realize a very important thing. We are doing this challenge together not only because we love skincare, but also because applying a mask on social media delivers a very important social message. We girls are so busy in our everyday lives trying to make everyone happy around us that sometimes we just don’t have those 10-15 minutes to relax and take care of ourselves. A mask a day might sound like a bit too often, but when you treat it as a self-love ritual, it actually totally makes sense. It’s our way to just stop and smell the roses in our fast pace and crazy world. It’s also a perfect way to feel connected with other masks lovers—because all of us are in it together!
At this point, you probably already know that from all type of masks I love the most overnight treatments. These just help my combo skin so much, especially on the dry patches. Keeping it in mind, you could probably guess how excited I was to test this recently released sleeping mask by Dr. Brand. The mask features Dr. Brandt Skincare’s breakthrough Biotic Balancing Complex and feels like a weightless gel moisturizer. Don’t be fooled by its light texture as after using this mask you’ll wake up to skin that felt smooth, fresh, and moist. I totally loved this innovative mask!
The Promise: “This leave-on mask works through the night to reduce redness and signs of irritation while restoring hydration to dry skin in 24 hours. Skin wakes up with a natural glow, looking and feeling refresh, soothed, nourished, and hydrated.”
Active Ingredients: Manuka honey, tea extracts, oligosaccharide and yogurt powder.
Free Of: Parabens, sulfates, phthalates and alcohol.
Know-How: Cleanse face and apply the mask to the dry skin. Leave overnight.
Price Point: $52 at Sephora.
For starters, I’m fascinated by the concept of the brand itself. It’s created by the team of dermatologists that intended to create a skincare line that addresses the needs of woman’s skin on every stage of her menstrual circle. Being a girl who struggles with PMS and breakouts, I can totally relate to the notion of needing different skincare for every “mood” of your skin. This mask though is designed to work at any point in your cycle—and it truly does. After 15 minutes of enjoying its delightful scent, I ended up having a deeply moisturized and glowing skin. I also love the fact that the brand is very transparent about the ingredients and that this mask is made out of 80% natural ingredients.
The Promise: “Your skin’s sweet fix during the highs and lows of the month to nourish, soothe and hydrate your skin.”
Active Ingredients: Honey extract and flower water.
Free Of: Parabens, silicones, phthalates, GMO, and fragrance.
Texture: Microfiber mask.
Know-How: Apply to clean skin for 10 to 20 minutes.
Scent: Smells divine!
Price Point: $6 each at Knours.
This mask was for fun and jokes only as I used it to shoot a mask video with my friend Mariann. The mask is no longer available online and it’s not the best from the results and coverage perspectives. I had zero change in my skin after using it and the mask was just huge and continued sliding off my face during the shoot. It’s a total gimmick and I just can’t recommend it at all!
Ever since I moved to New York almost 10 years ago, I continued purchasing and repurchasing scrubs by St. Ives. Until recently I had no idea that the brand also offers face masks so I was excited to test this one. As it comes from the name, it’s a 2-in-1 kind of product which means that you could use it both as a face scrub and mask. I did both: first massaged the product into my skin and then left it on for a few minutes. The mask was easy to remove and I had a smoother skin after using the product.
The Promise: “One part scrub, one part mask. Walnut shell powder gently buffs away dull skin when used as a face scrub. Oatmeal and honey calm and nourish when applied as a face mask. Voilà, a 2-in-1 treat for your skin!”
Active Ingredients: Walnut shell powder, oatmeal, and honey extracts.
Free Of: Parabens. It’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
Consistency: Thick cream with visible exfoliating pieces in it.
Know-How: I also tried using this mask as a body peel and it worked perfectly well!
Scent: Neutral and very pleasant.
Price Point: $4.54 for 6 oz. at Walmart.
It was the first forehead mask I ever tried (or was aware of). The mask looks like a bigger version of the under eye patches that I previously tested and looks cute in photos. In fact, the majority of people who saw me testing this mask on Instagram Stories mentioned that the mask has major Wonder Woman vibes to it. Ever since I started the mask challenge, I stopped doing Botox and I was happy to get any forehead wrinkles help I could get. While I couldn’t fully commit to the mask and sleep with it overnight, I did notice a slight change in my forehead skin appearance after wearing the mask for about an hour before I went to bed.
The Promise: “Go ahead, raise your brows. These masks protect you from expression lines.”
Active Ingredients: Seabuckthorn seed extract, pomegranate seed extract, grape seed oil, and niacinamide.
Texture: Thick fabric mask with the gel side that should be applied to the skin.
Know-How: Could be used overnight for maximum effect.
Price Point: $35 for a box of 8 at Musely.
I had this mask in my collection for a while, but I never had a chance to test it. At first, I was thinking that it went bad because the mask didn’t have the best scent. Then I read some reviews and realized that that’s just the natural scent the mask has. I applied it overnight anyways and my skin did feel good in the morning.
The Promise: “Overnight hydrating booster mask.”
Active Ingredients: Argan and gardenia stem cell.
Consistency: Feels like a rich night cream.
Scent: Not my favorite.
Know-How: Apply on clean skin or over a night cream.
Price Point: $19.89 for 1.4 oz at Amazon.
I used this mask in combination with a lip scrub that comes in the set and I had a great experience with it. I wore a lipstick earlier that day that stained my lips and I was happy to clean and deeply hydrate my lips. I loved that both products are all natural and vegan—which means there are no harsh chemicals that come close to your mouth. I also tested it another day before applying a liquid lipstick and I was satisfied too.
The Promise: “Meet the lip mask for soft, kissable lips and a perfectly smooth lipstick application.”
Active Ingredients: Shea butter, coconut oil, and Liquorice root extract.
Free Of: Mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and artificial colors.
Know-How: Could also be used overnight lip treatment or in the morning to prep lips for lipstick application.
Scent: Neutral and pleasant.
Price Point: $8.99 at Amazon.
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That was it for this week’s mask reviews. I wonder what are some of the masks you tested recently? Please share your recommendations in the comments area below and join the 365 Masks Challenge on social!