What did I do all summer? I tested facial masks is what I did! Thanks for asking. I wanted to try anti-aging masks that accomplished something besides just deeply moisturizing aging skin. Been there. Done that. I was seeking those masks that have that extra something special or benefits that any of us who are aging could not and should not resist!
I literally tried about 30 of masks (all in the name of research – you should see my bathroom) and narrowed the list down to my top 14 picks (in no order of preference):
1. SK-II Mask, $95 – $135
The Facial Treatment Mask by SK-II is AMAZING! I’ve been using them (they come in individual use packets) for at least 4 years now before special occasions, so I obviously had to share this one with you. The luxurious facial mask is a white sheet with eyes cut out that’s soaked in a high concentration of Pitera™ (made from rice) for maximum delivery to the skin. After just one use, your skin is completely moisturized, radiant and crystal clear. After washing and toning your face simply place the mask over the eye area and carefully spread to the rest of your face and pat firm. Yes, you will look like Jason from Friday the 13th, but that’s part of the fun! Leave on for 5-15 minutes. Use before a special night out. Thank me later.
2. IS CoolMint Revitalizing Masque, $56
This rich, luxurious cooling treatment mask reinvigorates, refreshes, soothes and hydrates. This professional-strength formula contains natural botanical antioxidants Centella Asiatica, Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Rosemary extracts, and botanically-sourced Hyaluronic Acid. Use over face and neck after cleansing and leave one for 5-10 minutes. The cooling feeling is invigorating.
OK, so this mask deeply nourishes, but it also firms the skin which in turn makes you appear more youthful. After just one use this cooling mask boosts hydration for up to 24 hours, resulting in skin that looks plumper, softer and glowing. Advanced Matrixyl 3000™ significantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time, while fast penetrating Hyaluronic Acid delivers deep hydration and instant wrinkle-smoothing action. Kate’s exclusive Antioxidant Vitamin Blend helps shield skin from free radicals and improves skin elasticity. Stabilized Vitamin C is a super-antioxidant that helps support new collagen production, protects against free radical damage, brightens skin and helps reduce unsightly dark spots. How can you top that? You can’t.
4. Acure Organics Cell Stimulating Face Mask, $12.99
Here is a great organic mask that’s affordable and works! Moroccan Argan Stem Cells and Chlorella Growth Factor help cell turnover and revitalization. French Green Clay draws out impurities while Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil provide moisture. Don’t be scared that you’ll look like a green sea-monster. That means it’s working and doing serious cell repair!
dermalogica makes some of my favorite anti-aging skincare products and this Multivitamin Power Recover Masque is no exception. If your skin is stressed out, this is the mask for you. It increases elasticity, boosts collagen synthesis and repairs daily damage triggered by free radicals. It’s designed with a microencapsulated vitamin complex for dramatic skin repair, penetrating the vitamins deep into skin to help decrease fine lines and hyperpigmentation while stimulating collagen formation to help decrease sun-induced aging in skin. Use once a week on a clean face and neck and leave on for up to 15 minutes.
I love a mask that works overnight while you’re sleeping! This one is infused with therapeutic night-blooming Hibiscus and dehydration-preventing Silk Amino Acids. The oil-free formula mends visible signs of aging as you sleep. Willow Bark Extract exfoliates to clear away dull surface cells for a smoother, more youthful surface. Multi-tasking Shea Butter acts like a superfood for your skin, infusing it with ProVitamin A, antioxidant Vitamin E and allantoin. Rinse off in the morning.
This mask is like placing bubbly champagne on your face and as decadent. SparkLING Makeover Mask utilizes carboxy technology to draw out massive amounts of oxygen to the surface of the skin. Oxygen purifies, rejuvenates and firms the skin. Rose petal extract works as a super anti-oxidant, while hot spring water helps improve skin texture and replenish nutrients. The result is an instantly clearer, lifted, firm and more youthful complexion. It also feels really cool! Apply the gel in the packet to clean skin and leave on until the bubbling action stops (10-15 minutes).
8. Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, $39
This mask by CAUDALÍE is an essentialy skin therapy for stressed out skin. It gets deep into your skin to draw out accumulated toxins from clogged pores to revitalize and invigorate your complexion. Grape marc detoxifies and drains, pink clay clarifies and papaya enzymes give you immediate radiance.
This single useheat thermosensitive cellulose gel mask that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and improves skin texture. It’s activated by body heat to release the beneficial ingredients infused within. A wrinkle free complex—consisting of collagen, elastin, and adenosine—improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a lifted, youthful-looking appearance and smooth complexion. After you cleanse and tone you peel off the mask and apply and adjust to your face and pat until the serum is fully absorbed leaving on for 20-40 minutes. Voila. Your skin looks new and younger!
Sometimes you just need to get the icky stuff out of your skin, but regular clay can be too drying for aging skin. DERMAdoctor kakadu C Amethyst Clay Detox Mask contains magnesium-rich amethyst clay, which absorbs impurities and detoxifies without removing natural oils. It provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation and helps leave skin feeling smoother, brighter and softer. The mask is enriched with stabilized vitamin C, kakadu plum, Tasmanian pepper berry, lilly pilly and muntari berry. Kakadu plum contains on average 55 times the vitamin C of Florida oranges. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and helps protect skin from environmental aggressors by fighting free-radical damage. Boom! Anti-aging benefits!
11. Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask, $7.99
Yes, I thought I was too old for this mask, but trust me, once you try it, you’ll be hooked too. Even though I am aging I still get clogged pores and unbelievably some pimples. It’s totally not fair. But who has time for a deep cleaning? Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask gives you purified pores in just 1 minute! The unique natural charcoal formula heats on contact with water to open pores & draw out pore-clogging dirt and oil, then cools leaving skin tingly smooth & refreshed. Just pour the packet’s contents into your hand and massage on a wet face for a minute. As you massage, the mask will begin to heat up. The feeling is crazy cool and when you rinse your skin is amazingly not dry.
12. StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask, $62
StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask intensely nourishes, restores clarity and immediately illuminates the complexion – in 15 minutes. An effective dual-action complex of skin brighteners and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) helps unify uneven skin tone and provides a smoother, younger-looking complexion. Patented NIA-114™ technology strengthens the skin barrier as it hydrates and boosts the efficacy of the AHAs to visibly renew and revitalize skin.
13. Renee Rouleau Bio Calm, $51.50
If you have sensitive skin, this is your mask. Bio Calm Repair Masque by Renée Rouleau reduces redness from rosacea, chemical peels, laser treatments and sunburns. This soothing gel mask instantly reduces redness and provides relief to irritated, over-heated skin. It infuses cooling hydration deep within the skin to bring a healthy, calm balance back to your complexion.
Like an easy science experiment this two-step hydrating mask treatment is formulated to treat and prevent dehydration and moisture loss, while combating damage caused by environmental stressors. The Hydra-Therapy Skin Vitality Treatment is a mix-to-activate, dual-phase mask that works to quench, soothe and instantly plump your skin with botanically derived allantoin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and enhance your natural radiance. Once you mix the potion together apply to clean, dry skin. Enjoy the cooling sensation and then let it dry to 15-20 minutes. Then you get to peel it off – something I always find fun! Your skin will thank you.
– Lauren Dimet Waters
Samples provided for review, but opinions are my own. Always.
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