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7 Marvelous Facial Masks ...

By Diana

Many of us use the excuse that we don't have time to protect our skin and we run out the door before using lotions or facial masks that could help make it healthier, younger looking, and keep it from drying out. I make sure to use lotion every day no matter what season it is, but I'm sure I could be doing more. Guest Blogger Amy is here with us today to share 7 Marvelous Facial Masks that will help us fight off dry winter skin among other great benefits...
Protect Your Skin with a Marvelous Facial Mask...
As winter creeps in - bringing with it the cold, dry weather - taking the time to keep your skin looking fresh and hydrated is of the utmost importance. Making the effort to take care of your face doesn’t have to be a chore, however. Curling up on the couch with a cup of hot tea, a warm blanket and a good book (or a trashy television show) is the perfect opportunity to show your skin some serious love by indulging in a great mask. Here are 7 luxurious masks for a spa day – or night – at home.

1 Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask...

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask... Price: $85
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This creamy mask is a perfect solution for bitter winter days. As the name suggests, the key ingredient is black tea, proven to leave your skin feeling smoother and looking brighter. Also containing sake, this velvety mask will detoxify your pores and the hyaluronic spheres (a fancy name for a joint lubricant found in our bodies) will not only help firm the face, but also protect and preserve moisture when we need it the most.

2 Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Mask...

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Mask... Price: $45
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Winter can be especially challenging for those with sensitive skin. The dry, icy air can easily wreck havoc, causing unnecessary flair-ups of redness and loss of hydration. The Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Mask is a fantastic soothing mask created for irritated, sunburned (maybe not such an issue in this time of year, but please don’t forget to put on SPF even on the greyest of days!) or blotchy, parched skin. Like the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, the Quench Mask also contains hyaluronic acid to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles while locking in some serious hydration. Cucumber and Canadian Willowherb will make your skin look luminous, even next to all those bright Christmas lights.

3 Ren ClearCalm 3 Acne Treatment Mask...

Ren ClearCalm 3 Acne Treatment Mask... Price: $45
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No, unfortunately oily T-zones and clogged pores are not just for those sticky, humid summer days. Breakouts happen year-round, so finding an acne treatment mask that won’t dry out your already dehydrated face can prove a bit difficult. Ren’s ClearCalm 3 Acne Treatment Mask is a fabulously gentle yet effective remedy for the blemish-prone. The 5% sulfur solution works as an antibacterial exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and the licorice extract fights those pesky scars from old breakouts.

4 Boscia Luminizing Black Mask...

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask... Price: $34
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Perhaps one of the more interesting masks around, the Boscia (bow-sha) Luminizing Black Mask actually comes out of the tube jet-black. While it may look somewhat like tar, this mask is rich in minerals and is made to purify, brighten and unclog those pesky pores. The Calcium Montmorillonite Clay contains 67 minerals used to absorb excess sebum, dirt, and toxins, all while gently exfoliating away dead skin cells. Witchhazel will help tighten pores, prevent future breakouts and firm and restore the skin. Just be warned – it’s not the easiest mask to get off, so make sure you’ve got the time before committing to this one.
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5 Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask...

Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask... Price: $40
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Caudalie (pronounced koh-dah-lee) is a fabulous brand formulated without parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and synthetic dyes, so you can rest assured that you’re putting only the best of the best on your lovely face. The Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask is a very effective mask – and Caudalie proves it with their clinical results. 95% of their 23 test subjects noticed an increase in their skin’s radiance and all 23 of their volunteers felt they had a clearer and more clarified complexion after using the Enzymatic Peel mask just one time. The company also says that the natural compound Viniferine, which is found in both the sap of grape vines as well as their entire VinoPerfect line, is 62 times more effective than vitamin C to help brighten and even out skin tone.

6 Umbrian Clay Face Treatment...

Umbrian Clay Face Treatment... Price: $48
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You will only find Umbrian Clay in two places – the Italian town of Nocera Umbra and in Fresh products. Fresh owns the rights to the use of Umbrian Clay, a natural detoxifier and breakout reducer used in therapeutic treatments since the 6th century BC. In addition, the white nettle and chamomile inside this traditional clay mask is going to prevent inflammation, soothe and calm. It’s a gentle and comforting creation that will help improve your skin with regular use.

7 AmorePacific’s Moisture Bound Vitalizing Masque...

AmorePacific’s Moisture Bound Vitalizing Masque... Price: $60
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In the mood to really indulge? AmorePacific’s Moisture Bound Vitalizing Masque is an overnight treatment designed to really lock in moisture, so you will wake up with a velvety smooth, hydrated and bright complexion. The texture of this mask is more of a gel as compared to clay, and it’s super lightweight so keeping it on overnight won’t affect your much-needed beauty sleep.

8 (Bonus!) Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment...

(Bonus!) Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment... Price: $42
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It’s important not to forget about what frames your face year-round – your hair! Split-ends can really drag down even the most glowing of skin, so fight them off with the Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment. Used weekly, it will increase the strength of your strands while leaving them silky, soft and shiny. The key ingredient PolyfluoroEster will actually reduce your hair’s absorbency by 100%! And further research shows that hair is nine times less likely to break after just five weeks.

So remember that masks aren’t only for Halloween and get yourself down to your nearest Sephora today to pick up a new treatment. What are some of your favorite masks? And what trashy television shows do you like to watch while helping your complexion?

More about the guest writer...

Amy was born and raised in a small town in Missouri, and had big dreams of being a writer from a young age. At 18, she headed West and graduated with a degree in Magazine Journalism from the University of Oregon. She then decided to go East - Far East - and made a home in Kyoto, Japan for five years. Now she's back in the States establishing herself as a beauty writer in San Francisco.

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