Mask Therapy

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Home masks are one of my favorite skin care activities, and rightfully so. Skin care masks come in several formulas that will target one, or several concerns for the wearer. They balance and purify the skin on your face and body. Masks are also a great activity to do with friends, and for the jetsetter on the go. Either way, treat yourself to a therapeutic encounter.

Allow me to recommend some favorites that I have personally used and include in my routine, and why they are at the top of my list.

Ahava Dead Sea Mud Mask
Ahava is a line of skin and body products mined from the Dead Sea, imported from Israel. The minerals and nutrients within the mud are known for their purifying powers. Almost like magic, this mask will draw out dirt, oil and toxins, improving the skin’s tone and clarity. The mud I suggest is actually meant for the body, however it can also be used for your face. For a therapeutic experience, heat the mask to a warm temperature and spread all over.

Borghese Fango Volcanic Mud Mask
Fango hails from Tuscany’s volcanic hills. As an individual who battles unbalanced oily to dry skin, this is my go-to. I use this mask twice a month to correct the imbalance of moisture in my skin. Different from other masks, Fango’s main benefit is skin hydration. Use this mask generously on your face and body for about 5-10 minutes, and avoid drying as it can have the reverse effect on your skin. It should be removed while still wet. If you notice it dries in some spots and not in others, that means you did not apply a thick and even layer.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
If your skin needs a good detoxing mask with dirt clearing powers, say hello to your new best friend. Liquid rubber and jet black in appearance, Boscia dries to a super tight peel off mask. As you carefully and slowly peel, you will see texture in the mask that resembles the pores in your skin, which means a deep clean. Not only is it dirt detox, it also illuminates with Vitamin C. In addition to normal skin care, I also recommend this mask before an evening out or a formal occasion, because it gives you a smooth doll face appearance and brightens as well. It will make your complexion makeup look smooth and flawless.

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How to get the most out of your mask:

• Masks should be applied post cleansing
• Create an ambient atmosphere to mimic a spa
• Avoid speaking and moving while your mask dries
• Remove gently and slowly whether it is a wipe or peel formula

Choice Masks

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Borghese Fango
$66
www.borghese.com
Visit Lord & Taylor in Garden City NY mention LI Pulse “ABOUT FACE” and get a free gift with Borghese purchase.

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Ahava Dead Sea Mud Mask
$16
www.ahavaus.com

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Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
$34
www.bosciaskincare.com

matthew ambrosio

matthew ambrosio

Matthew Ambrosio is a considered a beauty connoisseur on many levels. As a designer and image expert he presents a fresh and realistic attitude towards personal aesthetics and style for men and women.