Don’t have time to get a pre-Christmas party facial? Yeah, we didn’t think so. That’s why we’re thankful for Well+Good‘s roundup of DIY holiday facial masks:
The next best thing to a facial with a rock-star aesthetician?
A skin-care mask you give yourself at home—and it’s the perfect DIY trick before that holiday party (or after one).
The raison d’etre of any mask is to deliver treatment-like results, partially by upping the time your skin’s in contact with great ingredients, from 30 seconds at the sink to 10 minutes or so.
Masks use that extra quality time with your skin to infuse it with beneficial ingredients (think hydrating masks), exfoliate it (like with fruit enzymes), or to soak up dirt and oil (with clay).
Here are four our of-the-moment faves suitable for a variety of skin-care situations…
Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask
Best for: Gentle yet deep cleansing, and combination skin
Two ingredients in this mask date to beauty antiquity but solve several modern-day skin-care conundrums:
Rhassoul clay draws out impurities and absorbs excess oil. While nourishing argan oil, culled by Berber women in Morocco (who receive 25 percent of Kahina’s profits), provides antioxidant moisture.
The blend fortifies and soothes even finicky skin. Tip: Dab a little argan oil serum directly on dry-ish areas then layer the mask all over.
$62, at BergdorfGoodman.com or Kahina-GivingBeauty.com (in January)
Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque
Best for: Exfoliating and brightening
Courtney Shepatin and Beth Hopkins are the “shamanistas” and creators of this all-natural skin-care line that’s just a year old—and has a friendly price point.
They aren’t the first to put exfoliating pumpkin enzymes to work on skin that needs a little healthy rejuvenating.
But their super-natural ingredients—from pumpkin for sloughing away blackheads to bilberry for brightening—couldn’t be a fresher approach. And the mask gets results in one use.
Continue reading for more all-star holiday facial masks…
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