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Five Best Face Masks 2011

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin
October 25, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 9 Comments

Halloween means that its time to don a mask. Not the scary type – although we don’t recommend answering the door to the FedEx guy wearing any of our picks (you’ll look beautiful once you rinse them off, not while you are wearing them). Most of my Five Best face masks have stood the test of time and there is also a new hydrating mask from E’shee that makes the ranks. These masks all do a slightly different job so choose the one that's best for what your skin needs, pour yourself a glass of wine, give your face a Halloween treat and trick your friends into thinking you just had an expensive spa visit.

E’shee Aqua Radiance Hydra Mask ($96 for 3.4 fl oz in the TIA shop). Best for thirsty skin in need of hydration.This is a new addition to the E’shee line of high performing serums. This is all about hydration and it is actually much more than a mere mask, multitasking as a moisturizer, night cream and after shave lotion. In an aloe base, there’s cucumber, witch hazel, hydrating sodium hyaluronate, antioxidant grape and d-panthenol (vitamin B5). There’s a couple of potential irritants in the form of propylene glycol and triethanolmine, but my sensitive skin has been fine with it. Read the full review

Tilvee’s Acai Pomegranate Rejuvenating Masque ($27 for 2oz in the TIA shop). Best value and for lovers of all-natural products. This mask is pure goodness, loads of fun (you can use it for really creative DIY concoctions) and the price/quality ratio is exceptional. Tilvee has somehow magically transformed a mouth watering fruit salad (pomegranate, chokeberry and much more) into powder form and put it into a tub. All you do is add a drop of water and make a paste. Well that’s if you have zero imagination. How about adding in your favorite toner, or you customize your own sun spot treatment by adding in apple cider vinegar, oatmeal, lemon juice, and mashed papaya. Even the plain old water paste will make your skin really soft and glowing. Read the full review

Your Best Face Prep Microdermabrasion ($80 for 1.7oz in the TIA shop). Best for anti-aging and large pores. This mask is a clever multitasker that exfoliates and delivers antiaging ingredients. Great for blackheads, uneven skin, complexions that need refreshing and a weekly mask that will give your serums a boost. Prep will enhance the effectiveness of any other from any other brands that you may use. But best of all it has great antiaging peptides including Syn-Tacks and Matrixyl 3000, clarifying alpha arbutin and an ingredient called Pentavitin that helps the skin retain moisture. Read Katya’s review

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel. Best for dark spot fading and organic lovers. There are two strengths, but for face I prefer the Sensitive version. If you use it over time, you will see freckles fade.  As being a dark spot fader and skin brightener, it also helps with acne and breakouts. Juice Beauty focuses on organic ingredients and this mask has fruit juices, alpha hydroxyl acids, vitamins and alga. Read Sarah’s review

La Vie Celeste Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the TIA shop). Best for brightening.This facial mask is one of the best glycolic products I have found. A gentle, but effective 5% glycolic concentration that is a terrific skin brightener. The glycolic’s brightening and smoothing effects are given a helping hand by exfoliating bamboo grains, licorice and bearberry extract, which is loaded with alpha arbutin - a natural (safer) hydroquinone. Organically sourced antioxidants include white tea (supposedly better than green tea) and melon. Read Kelley’s review

  • January 9, 2012

    by yasmakia

    If you're an organic skincare junkie like me I highly recommend checking out Om Aroma & Co products (they sell online at www.omarom­ and also have a storefront in the West Village in NYC with a Spa) The products are fresh, totally organic, super pure and anti-aging­! Powerpacke­d with cool antioxidan­ts and skincare genius ingredient­s like White Truffle and Champagne Grapeseed. The hydrate cream (available at http://oma­­rganic-ski­n-care/cre­me-luxe) is a-mazing. :)

  • October 28, 2011

    by spo

    Just ordered the Tilvee & YBF prep - can't wait to try these out.

    Thanks, Marta for the discount - Happy Halloween, everyone!

  • October 28, 2011

    by Debra

    Absolutely love the La Vie mask! As well as the eye cream and moisturizer. I have gotten so many compliments on my skin and eye area since using these products! I attended my 40th class reunion this summer and received several compliments! Including, I was the youngest looking grandmother!

  • October 26, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Ann, I have very sensitive rosacea prone skin and I use all of these masks with no ill-effects

  • October 26, 2011

    by Ann

    I always love the idea of a mask but have had bad reactions in the past due to rosacea. Which one would you recommend for combination, sensitive skin? I really want to get the most out of the other products I use!

  • October 26, 2011

    by Marta

    Ouch! Joy, I hear you. I wish I could find less expensive products that work as well but I can only be as good as the industry. The Tilvee is good value and the rest all last for ages and ages, so they aren't so bad.

  • October 26, 2011

    by Emily

    Marta--thanks. I always look for your Five Best and this is great. I'd love to chime in, too. I cannot second your views on YBF Prep and on LVC's Exfoliating Gel (glycolic) too strongly enough. I am never without them both (they do very different things) and both are superb. I like Juice Beauty, too. Now I'll need to try the Tilvee mask: I have become a convert to their Argan & Sea Buckthorn creme which I use in rotation--it is amazingly soothing and super-moisturizing, and an amazing bargain as well. Thanks!

  • October 26, 2011

    by Joy

    Is your target demographic the 1%?

  • October 25, 2011

    by Lauren

    Hi Marta! We're so happy you love the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel! Thank you for including it in your top 5!

    Juice Beauty, Online Marketing Manager

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