It’s time to burrow out from under those winter blahs and get ready to face the summer sun with rejuvenated skin. Facial masks are one of the top skin care trends this year, and they certainly can give you a jump start on prepping for the bright light of day that’s coming. Really, it is coming. I promise. Here to get you going are masks with features ranging from the black mud of Ireland to a roller application that means you never touch the formula.
The buzz surrounding sheet masks grew louder when companies like L’Oréal and Estée Lauder put some significant money into investing in brands that specialize in masks. Estée Lauder introduced this year Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask ($79) with “dual-matrix” technology that seals in the Advanced Night Repair super skin-restoring concentrate and works 25 times faster than a cotton mask. Use the mask just once a week for 10 minutes instead of the serum or treatment step of your nightly beauty ritual.
Erno Laszlo Hydra Therapy Skin Vitality Mask ($75) focuses on vitamin B5 to form a protective barrier over the skin while it repairs and improves elasticity. Got lackluster skin? This two-step formula will hydrate, renew and refresh while you enjoy a cooling sensation.
Nuxe Paris Anti-Aging Roll-On Mask ($53) available at Nuxe Paris is a thick cream containing the hardest working cells from two plants combined into one supercell that penetrates the skin to hydrate, plump, and add radiance. Your fingers never touch the stuff. You apply and then massage with the roll-on container. Massaging aids lymphatic drainage to brighten skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud ($58) uses 9,000-year-old Moor mud from the Irish countryside to reverse the damage of environmental stress and pollutants by sucking out dirt and oil from your skin. Organic minerals and antioxidants add nutrient-rich moisture and vitamins.
Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Masque ($54) is a natural, organic skin care mask from Hungary that soothes inflamed skin and helps clear up breakouts. Highly nourishing ingredients include lactic acid derived from yogurt exfoliates, shea butter, cucumber and marigold and a biocomplex to boost your skin with vitamins.