Choose a mask according to your skin type and what you hope to accomplish. One that’s made out of clay will help dry out and control excess oil; a hydrating mask that’s rich in moisturizing ingredients will help plump skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; if you have acne-prone skin, choose a mask with anti-microbial ingredients, such as tea tree oil; and to soothe sensitive or easily irritated skin, choose one with ingredients such as chamomile, oatmeal or rose water.
(a) Aubrey Organics Green Tea & Green Clay Rejuvenating Mask ($9; aubrey-organics.com) draws out dirt and impurities in the skin with kaolin and green clay. (b) MyChelle Cranberry Mud Mask ($25; mychelle.com) combines green tea, cranberry and rosemary essential oils to detoxify skin and help oily complexions. (c) Kiss My Face Pore Shrink Deep Cleansing Mask ($15; kissmyface.com) uses the anti-inflammatory properties of clove, tea tree oil and lemongrass to deep clean and minimize pores. (d) Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask with Rosemary and Honey ($75; chantecaille.com) balances the drying effects of clay with moisturizing honey.
Now that your skin is cleansed, exfoliated and treated, the ideal ending to any facial is a protective layer of moisturizer. But rather than just slathering it on, take this opportunity to pamper skin just a little bit more. While your skin is still damp, splash your face with floral water, such as rose or lavender, to facilitate the absorption of your moisturizer. “Apply your moisturizer with short, circular massage strokes,” says Miraglia. “It helps the moisturizer penetrate better, and upward strokes help keep skin looking lifted and youthful.”
(a) glo-therapeutics Oil Free Moisturizer ($39; gloskincare .com) is a super-light formula with vitamin E and algae extracts that leaves skin silky smooth. (b) Dead Sea Essentials Aloe Vera Daytime Moisturizer ($15; deadseaessentials.com) calms and moisturizes with soothing aloe vera extracts and Dead Sea minerals. (c) Kaia House Organics Pomegranate Rejuvenating Treatment Moisturizer ($16; kaiahouse.com) blends pomegranate, rose water, jojoba oil and red African tea to hydrate skin and protect it from free-radical damage. (d) Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 ($39; origins.com) protects against the sun’s aging rays with UVA and UVB protection.