Do a Face Mask, Get Over Your Ex
Need to get your shit together? Do a face mask. Want to zap blackheads and soften your skin to the likings of baby’s butt? Face mask. Best way to get over a man, you say?
A face mask.
Seems to be a recurring theme here, ladies. A face mask is the solution to all of life’s problems. Go ahead, look it up. Now, there’s a face mask that not only will get you WAY over that loser ex-boyfriend, but will make you a complete goddess, forcing him to crawl back (in which case you ignore his calls). Yes, I’m
talking about a gold-infused mask. Specifically, twenty four karats of gold made for slathering on your face. Have I sold you yet?
24K Pure Gold Treatment Mask by Mimi Luzon
This mask, made by beauty brand Mimi Luzon called “24K Pure Gold Treatment” promises to “rejuvenate and moisturize your skin, leaving it radiant, well-nourished and touchably soft. It has lots of collagen (which, women stop naturally producing at age 23. I know, WTF).The kit comes with 24K Gold stripes, apply on your face and let sit for 30 minutes while the magic happens. Lots of women reported that their face felt smoother, softer and more radiant for days after use. Since gold is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to calm irritation, it sounds like a winning product.
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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
100% Natural Indian Healing Clay by Aztec Secret claims to be the “world’s most powerful cleansing clay.” Derived from volcanic ash that is aged over time, this type of Bentonite clay has been used for centuries as a facial mask. In fact, mega goddess Cleopatra used clay from the Nile River as part of her beauty ritual. German and Roman spas have also been using clay packs and treatments in the spas they built 4,000 years ago. Many of these spas still exist and continue to use clay today. Though excellent for facials, Bentonite clay can also be taken internally to help detoxify the body, and when mixed with organic raw honey and apple cider vinegar, it can be used on your hair, too! In this case it helps alleviate scalp issues such as dandruff, keeps frizz and flyaways under control, and also promotes shiny hair. Basically, all natural Indian Healing Clay is the bee’s knees. And I mean, if it’s good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for me!
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Queen Helene Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque
Made with all natural ingredients, this skin-purifying mask by Queen Helene contains a powerful antioxidant that helps to revitalise and refine skin, leaving it younger looking within minutes. It works by forming a peel-able film, which when removed, lifts impurities from clogged pores that can make your skin appear older. The Grape Seed Extract brightens and evens your complexion tone. Many women who use this mask say they’ve been using it for years, as it effectively tightens and exfoliates the skin without drying, and it smells great too! I personally had a lot of fun pulling the mask off my face.
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Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask
This dual-action purifying mask and smoothing exfoliant works like magic to moisturise and re-mineralise, making it incredibly soft. Skin-loving minerals collected from the Dead Sea have a natural nourishing effect that boosts smoothness and overall skin health. First, naturally purifying Activated Charcoal helps absorb oil and impurities, then gently lifts them away without over-drying the skin. Then, Black Sugar helps exfoliate away dulling skin cells for softness and clarity. This velvety, jet-black mud mask is super affordable and perfect for all skin types. It’s recommended use is twice a week or as often as needed. The mask is left on for only 5 to 7 minutes, then rinsed off with warm water.
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The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask
The Body Shop is one of my favourite places to shop for skin care. Completely cruelty-free, they never test on animals and are an ethically forward thinking subsidiary. The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask soothes, calms, and deeply cleanses skin to remove impurities. Infused with purifying tea tree oil grown in the foothills of Mount Kenya, it helps to promote clearer-looking, smoother skin. Perfect for blemished complexions, the instantly cooling sensation refreshes skin,
without over drying, and only $18. Well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties, tea tree oil is not only great for your skin’s
complexion, but also for treating wounds. Its uses are numerous: making homemade cleaning products, diffusing it in the air to kill mold, and it’s also becoming an increasingly popular active ingredient in a variety of household and cosmetic products, including face wash, shampoos and laundry detergents. Tea tree is an essential oil that should truly be part of everyone’s natural medicine cabinet and skin care regime!
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KNC Beauty Lip Mask
While we’re on the topic of face masks, how about a lip mask? As the season changes and the temperature drops, we all know those inevitable chapped lips are just around the corner. Call me crazy, but I’d say our lips are one of our biggest assets when it comes to catching the next guy’s attention. The all natural, collagen-infused Lip Mask by KNC Beauty retails for $25 and promises to plump, hydrate, moisturise and condition your lips. Women who have tried it say it makes lips appear fuller and lipstick look much smoother. Even Kim Kardashian West has endorsed this product! Shaped like a pair of voluptuous lips, they’re actually pretty adorable and fun to use, too! Which helps, as those babies are stuck to your lips for 20 whole minutes. So sit back, relax, throw on your favorite Netflix episode and as KNC would say, #lipmaskandchill.
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So test out some face masks, ladies, and let me know which one you like best! You deserve this.
By Michelle Ribeiro