No Trick Masks
Treat your skin
In this month of hobgoblins, gremlins and ghouls, consider the mask beauty trend, already popular in Korea, that’s meant to scare off stressed-out, damaged skin. Serum-drenched sheet masks are a once-a-week treat when you trick yourself into actually taking a bit of me-time to lie down and let the variety of ingredients, held in by the microfibers in the mask, work their magic. Select spas, such as Spa Gaucin at St. Regis Monarch Beach, even use sheet masks, such as Knesko Skin’s Nanogold Repair and Diamond Radiance face masks and eye treatments (sold at kneskoskin.com in sets from $60 to $150) as enhancements to their facials ($15-$45, stregismb.com). Here are a few to try at home:
Brightening and anti-aging
Founded in Japan in 1872, Shiseido is
one of the oldest cosmetics companies in the world.
Its products exemplify Asia’s love affair with skin-brightening
formulations. Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask (six masks, $68, shiseido.com) fits right into the trend with vitamin C and other ingredients that target dark spots for a radiant complexion. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is proven to help combat fine lines. Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask showcases the ingredient and is also meant to revive your skin’s supple texture.
(four masks, $63 :: shiseido.com)
Frighten away acne
This Korean-based skin care line, now distributed across four continents, made its name with another Korean beauty trend that became massively popular in the U.S.: BB cream. This particular mask is formulated to soothe acne redness and irritation. It also combats the problem directly with the acne-fighting ingredients salicylic acid, tea tree oil and niacinamide.
Dr. Jart+ Dermask Clearing Solution (one mask, $9 :: sephora.com)
Awaken jet-lagged, UV-damaged skin
A package of samples of When sheet masks includes one that can be used to offset dry in-flight cabin air or UV damage from basking at the beach. Also included are masks for brightening dull skin, moisturizing severely dry skin, an anti-aging mask with collagen extract and a mask especially for special occasions to prep skin for perfect, camera-ready makeup.
When Special Package Sheet Mask Set (five masks, $35 :: birchbox.com)
The amino acids, minerals and vitamins in the 100 percent cotton mask replenish and give a glow to skin.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
(10 masks, $135 :: sephora.com)
This pricy indulgence is a blend of antioxidants, plant oils and algae to moisturize even the driest of complexions.
La Mer The Hydrating Facial (six masks, $250 :: cremedelamer.com)