1. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask / 2. Tata Harper Purifying Mask / 3. Lather Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract / 4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask / 5. Sunday Riley Good Genes and Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser / 6. Tata Harper Be Adored Lip Treatment / 7. Erborian Precision Mask Applicator
I am the first to admit that I have a bit of a skin care obsession. As someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, it’s crucial to keep my skin looking its best (you know, so I don’t frighten children). This has become all the more necessary since reaching an age, which will remain unspecified, where my skin seems to be in cahoots with the dark side, turning on me little by little.
Needless to say, I am really excited to introduce this Beauty section. For my first Beauty post, I want to discuss something fun and easy that feels totally indulgent (even though it’s definitely necessary). I’m talking about face masks! My favorite masks don’t just feel good though – they really make a difference, keeping your skin clear, glowing and even-toned.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff! I have compiled a list of my favorite masks, what they do and why I love them. They each have different functions, but work wonders on my sensitive, combo skin. Plus, these face masks help keep my skin balanced during the transition into warm weather. Okay, here we go!
- Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. This mask has received a lot of hype, but it is well deserved. It goes on clear and leaves your skin glowing, refreshed and youthful. You can feel it tightening your skin as it dries, but when you wash it off, skin feels soft. Oh, and your pores are smaller/non-existent and all those little lines are magically diminished. (Did I bury the lead there?) I use this mask every week. The more regularly you use it, the better the results. I actually adore almost everything I have tried from Tata Harper. Their products are completely luxurious feeling, do what they promise, and are 100% natural with no questionable chemicals. I’m a big fan.
- Tata Harper Purifying Mask. Like I said, I really like the Tata Harper product line. This is a clay mask so it cleanses but also does so much more. It basically eliminates the dirt, pollution, etc. that seeps into your skin and accumulates there. It keeps your skin looking bright and clear. The mask feels cool and refreshing going on and has a slight tingly feeling as it dries (in a good way). When you wash it off, a veil of dullness goes with it. I use this one every week too. When I have an extra busy week, I just layer this mask over the Resurfacing Mask on my t-zone, instead of using it separately.
- Lather Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract. This mask is a bit different in that you don’t rinse it off. Instead, you layer it on like you would a regular mask, but after 20-30 minutes, you rub the excess product into your skin. You can use it at night in lieu of moisturizer. (I put it on over toner and serum. I’m not sure if you are technically supposed to layer it over other products but I haven’t had any issues.) I reach for this mask when my skin is red or blotchy. As I mentioned, I have sensitive skin and this works particularly well if I applied too much retinol the night before or when my skin freaks out from seasonal changes. It also smells seriously amazing and is a steal at under $25.
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask. This is another great choice for skin that is acting up. When I wake up with dry, red or generally uneven skin, this is my go-to for a quick fix. You only need to leave it on for 10 minutes, so it’s perfect if your skin needs a bit of extra TLC but you are short on time. As its name indicates, this is an oatmeal mask, so by its nature it has a calming effect on the skin. It soothes irritated skin and quenches the dry spots. Basically, if your radiator went crazy while you were sleeping, you overdid it on the retinol and/or layered the wrong products leading to a total skin meltdown, try this! It is a great price too at $24. This mask smells like oatmeal cookies, which is a big bonus in my book.
- Sunday Riley Good Genes + Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser. For this one, you actually need to combine two separate products (Good Genes and Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser) to make the mask. I use one pump of each product, but if you look online other people use different ratios too. Good Genes is expensive (especially for a mask) and I primarily use it as a lactic acid treatment serum at night. However, if I have a big event and want to make sure my skin is at its best, I splurge and use this duo before getting ready. It plumps lines, brightens skin, and just gives you this wonderful, glow-y aura. Plus, the products are amazing on their own. Love!
- Tata Harper Be Adored Lip Treatment. So, this is (obviously) not a face mask, but rather a conditioning lip treatment – think an ultra luxe feeling, anti-aging lip balm. I always make sure to apply it when using a mask to avoid chapped lips. This is hands down my favorite lip conditioner. It smells seriously good – kind of like a fruit smoothie (it’s sort of banana-ish) and leaves lips feeling incredibly soft. This one is a tinted version, which I think give you more bang for your buck. The Be Adored shade is my favorite, but the color doesn’t last long so you have to reapply it quite often. This should be annoying but it isn’t since this stuff is so addictive anyway.
Always apply a face mask with a silicone brush. This is really important! First, it helps avoid product waste, which is super awesome since some masks can be pricey. Most importantly though, using a silicone brush prevents icky bacteria from growing in your products, especially those with water-based formulations. Even if your hands are squeaky clean, you can never get rid of all of the bacteria – bacteria that will multiply in your little jars of goodness. Since the last thing you want to do is spread bacteria around your face, an inexpensive silicone brush is a great solution. I use this one, but Sephora has a bunch of different options.
My suggestion? Pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a good book and carve out 30 minutes for yourself. Pick a mask, let it do its thing and enjoy your refreshed, beautiful skin. Just be careful – your pets might want in on the action too.
PS: I would love to hear about your favorite face masks too! Leave a comment below.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask / Tata Harper Purifying Mask / Lather Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract / First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask / Sunday Riley Good Genes and Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser / Tata Harper Be Adored Lip Treatment / Erborian Precision Mask Applicator
Wearing: Dear Bowie robe (old), similar here / Lululemon headband
(On a side note, this is seriously the best headband for washing your face, applying masks or doing makeup. It doesn’t mess up your hair and the lining keeps hair out of your face and prevents it from sliding off your head. I would be lost without this headband, and that’s not even a total exaggeration.)