My good friend +Dayana Romero over at Everything Beauty and Beyond asked me to list my Top Five Facial Masks because she knows I'm obsessed with skincare. I will admit that I am blessed with pretty amazing skin but the NYC nightlife played a major role in aging me and slacking off on my routine gave me really blotchy skin with dry patches. So here's my list. I hope you guys pick at least one of these up!
1. Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel- $60
The great thing about this peel is that it's really fun to use. It comes in a powder that mimics pixie sticks and smells like lemony heaven. You have to add a bit of water to it so that it turns into a light paste and then you apply it. It's super light and non abrasive and after about 1 minute you're ready to rinse it off. Since the price is pretty over the top Amore Pacific helps you make the most out of your money by making the top a dosing cup that requires you to just flip the bottle over to get it filled up.
2. Ole Henriksen Power Peel- $45
I have become a major fan of +Ole Henriksen over the last year and so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Power Peel made it on the list. This is a 3 step process that includes an almond polish to exfoliate and prepare your skin for the next step which is a lemon strip. The lemon strip is the longest part of the process because it takes about 15 minutes to penetrate and slowly exfoliate the deal skin cells off your beautiful face. You end the Power Peel with their chamomile comfort cream that helps soothe and cool your skin after the lemon peel. This is particularly important if you tend to experience redness.
3. Philosophy's The Microdelivery One-Minute Purifying Enzyme Peel- $42
I adore salicylic acid. It, along with retinol, are the key to slowing down the harsh signs of aging. Philosophy's one-minute enzyme peel is a non abrasive gel that you apply to the skin after cleansing and drying and leave on for up to three minutes. Along with the salicylic acid this peel contains a fruit acid complex that helps exfoliate your skin with little work from you. Within days you'll start to see the fine lines begin to disappear and your skin will be brighter and more radiant.
4. St. Ives Nourished and Smooth Oatmeal Scrub+Mask- $4.29
This product by St. Ives does double duty as a scrub and mask. When used as a mask you follow the same instructions as most over the counter ones: wet face, apply, leave on skin for a few minutes and then wash off. It's a really gentle mask thanks to the oatmeal in it and once you wash it off your skin is left nice and soft.
5. Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Cleanser Mask- $7.49
Neutrogena's cleanser mask is a really great alternative for those needing to get rid of blackheads. When used as a mask it uses their MircroClear technology to speed up the process of eliminating blackheads by penetrating deep into the pores. After five minutes you'll see similar results to St. Ives' mask and won't be able to keep your hands off your face. But you really should!
So there you have it. My #topfivefacialmasks in no particular order. Can you guess which is my favorite?