HOW TO: Properly Mask Your Face


How do you know which face mask to purchase? Considering America’s drug, grocery, and cosmetic stores are SO over-saturated with product – how does one begin to narrow down the brand…let alone type of mask? Tough decision! Although the correct face mask can help prevent congestion, detoxify, hydrate, and/or plump the skin – the wrong mask could cause irritation and acne prone skin to breakout.

Warning: If you’re having a hard time selecting a mask now, the following news may be slightly frustrating or possibly helpful….depending on your skin’s situation! According to an article written by Harper’s Bazaar, “In 2018 the mask market is further branching out, and getting more sophisticated. Dr Gary Goldfaden – the dermatologist behind brand Goldfaden MD, says to expect “more body specific masks for the chest, arms and breasts”, plus presumably the hands, given that Swiss Clinic has recently launched a new Hand Restoring Dry Mask. “Trending masks will target specific problem solution needs as well as ageing issues,” he adds.”

EEEK! OK, we should really conquer and understand FACE masks first – for now. If your skin regularly maintains it’s healthy glow, I’m assuming it’s easier for you to find masks that correctly assist your normal skincare routine. However, if you have temperamental skin (like me) it can be challenging to predict what exactly it will do next! So, before selecting a mask – start with having a one-on-one meeting between your face and the mirror. Whats the ultimate goal here?



Dermalogica – Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

Ultra-replenishing masque helps rescue stressed, aging skin. This revitalizing masque contains powerful, concentrated vitamins A, C, E and F to help skin recover from damage that leads to skin aging, while Vitamin A helps increase elasticity and moisture content, making it the ultimate remedy for dulling, dry, dehydrated, lackluster, photo damaged skin.


Put dry skin to bed with this ultra-rich, hydrating overnight mask. Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils deeply and instantly quench compromised moisture reserves and help build a reservoir for tomorrow. While Japanese Seaweed helps repair skin’s barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging. Skin awakens comfortable, refreshed, supple.

DR. JART+ – Water Fuse Hydro Sleep Mask

A sleep mask that enhances skin’s moisture level and removes impurities overnight to restore optimal skin condition.


Dermalogica – Sebum Clearing Masque 

Cooling clay masque helps clear and prevent breakouts. Oil-absorbing clays help detoxify skin as Salicylic Acid stimulates natural exfoliation to clear pore congestion.

Saturn – Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask

A fast-acting, medicated 10 percent sulfur treatment mask that helps fight multiple forms of acne while preventing future breakouts.


Our most advanced clearing treatment. Developed by GLAMGLOW® to help fight common skin concerns. Designed for men & women. SUPERMUD® for super clear super poreless skin. Visibly see your pore congestion pull-out & encapsulate within the mask. Immediate and amazing results in just one use.


Dermalogica – Charcoal Rescue Masque

All-in-one treatment masque detoxifies, brightens and invigorates normal to oily skin. Activated Binchotan Charcoal powerfully adsorbs impurities while Sulfur promotes cell turnover for dramatically brighter skin.

YES TO – Detoxifying Charcoal DIY Powder-To-Clay Mask

For the perfect customized skin clearing solution, just add water, or yogurt or honey, and mask-it-yourself!  This amazing clarifying clay mask dries in 10 minutes, leaving skin soft and clear.  Built-in mixing bowl and measuring spoon (it also works great as an applicator!) for the perfect recipe and result each time.

Boscia – Charcoal Pore Pudding

Unique two part Pore Pudding powered by black and white charcoal. The powerful pair work together to minimize the appearance of pores while balancing skin for ideal results. Apply all over skin or targeted areas in need of extra attention.


Dermalogica – Skin Refining Masque

Deep-cleansing clay masque helps purify and refine oily skin. Use all-over or exclusively in the T-Zone after cleansing to help purify, lift surface impurities and wick away excess oils that can trigger congestion and enlarge pores

LUSH – Mask of Magnaminty

This tingly, minty face and body mask was formulated to be intensely cleansing but never harsh or abrasive. Kaolin clay and peppermint oil rid your pores of debris, giving you a delightfully tingly clean sensation. We add loads of ground aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe and moisturize.


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Don’t hate. Exfoliate!






Last post, we talked about setting skincare goals for 2018. Since New Year’s Day, I’ve selected yet another skincare habit to take up moving forward! Exfoliating the body TWICE a week. Yes, twice. After reading up on all the benefits, I started to realize that using body scrubs/salts shouldn’t solely be used as a “relaxing, every once in a while to treat to oneself” thing.

As we all know, the main benefit of exfoliating is to remove dead skin and leave your shower feeling silky-smooth. For my bacne and I (the acne on my back) this is especially important because it jumpstarts the process of drawing out congestion. Congestion, otherwise known as blackheads/whiteheads, is caused by the buildup of dead skin cells. Yuck!

SO – twice a week it is. And ONLY twice a week! Remember, the goal is to unclog your pores from excess oil. Exfoliating too often can strip away your natural oils, leaving an imbalance in your pH levels.

On top of these benefits – did you know that regularly exfoliating can benefit the rest of your skincare routine? During the winter, my legs get so dry they look like baby alligators! (I know, disturbing analogy) Applying lotion after baths and showers helps, but really the trick to lotion reaching the deeper layers of your skin is by removing the dead cells on the top layer. SO – start providing the depths of your skin with the best nourishment and stop wasting product!


  • Reduces the chance of breakouts
  • Allows your lotion to seep into deeper layers of the skin
  • Assists in a smoother/cleaner shave
  • Can help to prevent ingrown hairs


Trader Joes – Body Scrub Trio

LUSH – Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

Dermalogica – Gentle Cream Exfoliant,default,sc.html


Crafting Body Scrub

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The Ultra-VIOLENT Truth Behind UVA/UVB Rays


Roses are red

Your skin will be too.

If you don’t apply sunscreen

All the day through!


Who is ready for SPRING BREAK? Shoot, I guess it’s only February…but it’ll be here before we know it! If you’re as excited as I am – you’ve probably started picking out outfits, buying new swim suits, and creating a list of all the items you want to take along on your trip. Well, here is a friendly reminder to purchase and pack PLENTY of sunscreen. No matter your shape, size or color – everyone should be wearing and reapplying sunscreen.

Last vacation, I noticed folks applying sunscreen upon arrival to the beach. What’s wrong with this picture? They should of applied it at least 30 minutes ago! YES. This IS and has been a Golden Rule for decades now! To be effective, product needs time to soak into your skin. Even then…how safe are you?

The Basics

As we all know there are only two types of light. Unfortunately, both are harmful. But what exactly is the difference between UVA and UVB rays is regards to sun exposure?

The light from UVB rays cause that oh-so painful sunburn when its energy damages the top/protective layer of skin. YES, it actually kills the top layer of skin cells. As the cells die, the layers peel off and result in that tender, red, peeling skin. Congratulations. Depending on how close you live to the equator, what season it is, and the time of day will vary on when your skin is at risk of UVB light. SO, for example, if you’re planning on being outside from 12:00 to 2:00PM in July – take caution, use sunscreen, seek shade, be pale.

More great news: UVA rays could be even more responsible for signs of aging, sunburns, and cancer. We experience them everyday, all year round! (Unless you live in Alaska, in which you experience months of solid moonlight) UVA rays are thought to reach the deeper layers of our skin, as opposed to UVB. If you can see the rays, they can see you. Consider this while you’re sitting next to your window or stuck in your car because traffic.

The Science

According to an article written on Scientific America, “The energy from ultraviolet radiation can damage molecules in the skin, most importantly DNA. One consequence of this is the synthesis of different proteins and enzymes. The effects of these proteins, notably prostaglandins and cytokines, lead to dilation of the cutaneous blood vessels and recruitment of inflammatory cells. This, in turn, produces a sun burn’s characteristic redness, swelling and pain. Once the signal of excessive radiation exposure is initiated, it generally takes four to six hours for these proteins to generate. Sunburn symptoms thus don’t appear until well after exposure. (DNA damage can also result in the destruction of the involved skin cell. This is one of the reasons why skin peels after a bad sunburn.)“

YIKES! Looking back, did I really have THAT much fun laying out in the sweltering sun all Summer long?

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