Multitask with Masks

I like to take a quick beauty break once a week by slathering my face with a mask. While I wait, I lie down for a mini power nap, meditate or just zone out with a couple quick games of computer solitaire. It’s a nice way to multitask: Do something kind to your skin and get a brief respite from your hectic daily schedule at the same time. This foursome made my skin feel great during and look great after just such me-breaks.

Decléor Experience de L’Age Resurfacing Gel-Peeling Wrinkle Lift Radiance does almost everything its long name indicates. Many high-end spas use the Decléor line from Paris, which employs natural ingredients such as fruit and flower extracts. In just five minutes, this glycolic acid mask removes dead skin cells without the irritation of a scrub, stimulates cell-renewal, smoothes fine lines and leaves your skin looking radiant. It’s a great anti-aging treatment when used regularly. Contrary to its name, however, there is no peeling. Simply rinse, tone and moisturize. This is a favorite of mine and can be purchased online at about $66 for a 1.69oz bottle.

Somme Institute Boost is a luxurious self-warming mask that smells like something akin to pumpkin pie. That’s probably due to the use of pumpkin enzymes to help increase cell regeneration. Their patented Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5) is meant to deliver free-radical antioxidants deep into the skin. Zeolite, a mineral that warms the skin, opens the pores and allows for dirt and other impurities to be absorbed. This deliciously scented mask is left on for seven to ten minutes, so it’s a great choice for just lying back and relaxing. $40 for a 3oz tube.

Repechage Biolight Brightening Miracle Mask is great if you are beginning to get some of those lovely dark spots on your face. It targets discoloration, combining their proprietary Laminaria Complex, which includes EcoCert seaweeds (hydrating antioxidant properties), willow bark (exfoliation), gotu kola (increases collagen growth) and licorice root extracts (anti-inflammatory) with glycolic and kojic acids. All these wonderful natural ingredients go deep to exfoliate, brighten and even skin tone. I didn’t notice a scent, but I did notice how great my skin looked afterward. 6oz tube for $45.

Sweden’s Yvonne Ryding, Miss Universe 1984, developed her natural skincare line because she’d had enough of the additives and ingredients that irritated her skin. She utilizes pure ingredients to provide products with the same pH as skin that do not harm skin or the environment. Her Herbal Mask contains witch hazel, cinnamon, chamomile, lavender and rosemary for cleansing and calming, and glycolic acid for renewal. Meant to be worn for twenty minutes, this is a perfect mask for tub-time or that power nap. $28 for a 20ml tube.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at