Summer Lovin', Had Me a Mask


Beaches and barbecues don't require a lot of makeup, so it makes life easier when skin is in its best shape.  I keep these four masks on rotation in my routine, thinking about them like medicine for my skin.  Have a headache? Take ibuprofen.  Need to deep clean pores? Use the Dr. Dennis Gross peel. Cleanse and exfoliate your face, then take some you-time with one of these delicious masks.

1. Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask

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Bad news: I feel like they're discontinuing this mask.  Since I don't want you to fall in love then have it taken away, this is a great replacement.  In case I'm (hopefully) wrong, it still deserved a mention.  Although this isn't necessarily what you think of when you think "face mask," - I wanted something thicker and tingly-er - the results are awesome.  Your skin just looks clean and calm, and this is what I use when I want to do something but my skin is too irritated for a harsher treatment.

2. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula

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When I want to push the reset button on my face, I use this.  For my sensitive skin, I can only use it about every two months or so, but this peel cleans out pores, tightens skin, and makes everything glow.  I recommend using this at night, finishing with an emollient moisturizer, and taking extra care to apply sunscreen the next several days.  Another great aspect: you can do this mask in under five minutes.

3. Crude Personal Care Detox Mask


This one wins best new mask award.  While other clay masks leave my skin dehydrated, this cleaned my pores just as well as (and far more gentler than) a pore strip.  If you're into completely natural skincare, check out this whole line of excellent products.

4. Institut Esthederm L'Osmoclean Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser


Osmoclean makes me happy.  I've used this for years, and have many lovely memories attached to it.  When I want the ultimate face mask, I use this one.  It goes on almost clear, then, as you massage your face, thickens into a glorious cream. Although I usually leave this on during a long bath, you can rinse it immediately and still receive a beautiful treatment.