Face Masks: More Than Just an IRL Snapchat Filter

by: BRIDGET CONLIN

*Has 7 exams, 3 essays, a dance recital on Saturday, and is currently living on a diet of chips*

*Does a face mask*

This is going to fix everything.

 

Sound familiar? Great, then we’re on the same page because I, too, am certain that face masks contain superpowers that solve all problems. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re basically an IRL Snapchat filter… Sharing a cute face mask selfie on your story is a must, duh. If you didn’t Snap, did you even face mask?

As fun as they are, I know the struggle is real when you walk into Sephora or Ulta and have one hundred different face masks calling your name… Which one to choose?! It’s important to find the right one for your skin so you don’t end up creating more problems for yourself like I did. I have VERY dry skin (anyone else?) and in a shocking turn of events, it turns out that the clay mask I was coating my skin in every night actually did more harm than good… Who would’ve thought?! My skin felt as dehydrated and awful as Spongebob without water, until I discovered that I should be using a hydrogel mask with hyaluronic acid to fix my skin situation.

In order to help you avoid these mistakes and achieve that #glowup we’re all looking for, we’ve broken down our favorite Zenzy-approved masks for different skin types below.  

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb – $3.99

SKIN TYPE: Normal / Dry

ZENZY RECOMMENDATION: Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb — The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask

In order to bring some much needed life back into my skin, I discovered Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb: The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask, to do the job. According to the label, the mask is soaked in *half* a bottle of hyaluronic acid – it isn’t lying. The mask is drenched when you remove it from the packaging and apply. Once you take it off, there is quite a bit of residual goo that you leave on and rub into your skin for a extra glowy look.

*Pro-Tip: Use before or after a flight – I’ve done this quite a few times and it helps with the dry, gross post-plane feeling. This is a trick known and loved by supermodels for a reason.\

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask – $2.49

SKIN TYPE: Normal / Oily Skin

ZENZY RECOMMENDATION: Yes To Tomatoes– Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask is a great option if you have normal / oily skin. Charcoal is a binding agent that latches onto dirt and oil and pulls them out of pores so you’re left with clean, detoxified skin and smaller pores! The Yes To line is also made with 95% natural ingredients, and is therefore free of nasty toxins that can sometimes be found in cosmetics- plus, their packaging is totally recyclable!

Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment – $59

SKIN TYPE: Oily / Acne Prone

ZENZY RECOMMENDATION: GlamGlow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment is designed to tackle blemishes with a blend of six acids and charcoal that maintain your skin’s oil balance while giving your pores a deep cleaning. It’ll get rid of that ugly crop of red bumps that popped up overnight, leaving you fresh-faced and shining.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay – $9.49

SKIN TYPE: Combination Skin

ZENZY RECOMMENDATION: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay seems to have a cultish following at this point. Self-described as the “World’s Most Powerful Facial,” this mask is made from 100% bentonite clay powder that, when mixed with water or apple cider vinegar, sends users into a frenzy. Something must be special about this mask since it takes up some major real estate on Amazon’s beauty bestseller page. This is a great option if you have combination skin and fall somewhere in the middle of the skin spectrum.

Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae – $52

SKIN TYPE: Sensitive Skin

ZENZY RECOMMENDATION: Peter Thomas Roth – Blue Marine Algae Mask

As I was also #blessed with extremely sensitive skin, I have to be on the lookout for products that don’t send my face into to a fiery fury of redness and reaction. Enter, Peter Thomas Roth’s Blue Marine Algae Mask. Yes, this this sounds like something from a SeaWorld gift shop but I promise, it’s not weird! This blue, gel-based mask is nice and cooling for us ~*~delicate flowers~*~ out there. It’s full of hydrating, nutrient-rich vitamins that keep the skin cool and nourished. But wait, there’s more! It also helps your skin fight against the various environmental factors we talked about with daily toners, by creating a shield for your skin.

Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask – $25

BONUS: The Holy Grail of Face Masks

Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask is truly the Holy Grail of face masks. This six set sampler has a Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, Cucumber Gel Mask, Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask, 24K Gold Mask, Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask and the aforementioned Blue Marine Algae Mask for every skin type and need – the Zenzy editors cannot stop raving about this set!

 

 

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