SELF-CARE SUNDAY: FACE MASKS EDITION

It’s that time of year where the weather is changing, and if you’re anything like me, your skin is going through some major transitions too. Oily/combination skin is a gift and a curse for sure. But don’t fret, DKT woman. For self-care Sunday, I’ve rounded up a list of my favorite masks for those days when your skin could use an extra boost. Continue reading below for ways you can get your glow-on:

  1. Bentonite Clay: of course this is on my list. You all know I’m a sucker for a good natural/holistic product. I’ve used Bentonite clay on and off for over a decade now and I’m never disappointed. Mix with a little Apple cider vinegar (my preference) or water until you get a thick paste, spread it on your face and leave on for 20 minuted or so. Be sure not to mix it in/with anything metal. Plastic or glass only. Metal interferes with the natural healing powers of the clay. Bonus tips: you can use the leftover mixture to detox your underarms. For us naturally curly girls, Bentonite clay is a great hair mask to define curls and help reverse heat damage. Click here for the link to the brand I use.  

  2. Peter Thomas Roth masks: I eyed the Peter Thomas Roth face masks for a while. A little on the pricey side, I was hesitant to buy one and risk being disappointed. When a friend told me about this sampler pack, I was ecstatic. The best part about these masks is that a little goes a long way, so you should be able to get several uses out of each tube. Once you determine your favorite, they are definitely worth the splurge for the full-size product. My faves? The Irish Moor mud for detoxing, the pumpkin enzyme for resurfacing, the 24k Gold for brightening and firming, and the Rose Stem Cell for repairing and smoothing. Although I didn’t get the full-size (yet), the Cucumber Gel mask is a close runner up, especially for those with drier skin.

  3. When sheet masks: As the name suggests, When sheet masks are named after/organized by when you should use them. I don’t know about you, but in a world where I’m forced to make a million decisions a day, it’s nice when someone else has already done most of the thinking for me…sometimes (shout-out to all my fellow Type A’s). I went to Vietnam this summer and I cannot say enough good things about When’s Travelmate sheet mask. I purchased at my local Anthropologie, but you can find it online here. I am in love with it. Maintaining great skin during and after a 13 hour flight in your 30’s is a whole different ballgame, and this sheet mask made it easy. I can’t wait to try a few others from this brand.

  4. Patchology eye gels: I always say the eyes are the most forgotten about part of our skincare routines (lips are a close second). I follow Rihanna’s makeup artist on Instagram and she swore by these Patchology eye gel masks. Ummm have you seen Rihanna’s skin? Of course I had to give them a try. I went to my local Anthropologie to get a trial pack, and to my surprise, the sales associate had great things to say about these. I tried them out and I can see what the hype is about. I’ve always suffered from puffy under-eyes. Seriously, I look at my baby pics and think “how was I tired at 3 months old?!” These are a great instant boost when you need to reduce puffiness and under-eye dryness quickly. These are now a staple in my arsenal.

  5. Saturday Skin sheet mask: a friend of mine got me this mask for my 31st birthday last month (was she throwing a hint?) and its AMAZING. I used it on a Sunday because I’m a rebel ;) My skin was glowing and looked perfectly hydrated the next morning. Will be adding to my regular masking routine.

  6. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow mask: DKT Polish’s Digital Media Specialist swears by this mask. Her skin looks great so I believe her. She shared that she sees an instant glow when she washes it off and it leaves her skin feeling minty fresh. I can’t wait to try this one out.

    So what about you? Have you tried any of the masks listed? Share some of your faves with us in the comments below.

Shirlynn Brownell