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The Great Mask Debate

Fashion & Beauty

Okay, so maybe there isn’t actually a great debate going on, but there’s no question that skincare masks are more popular than ever. And there are so many to choose from! As if I needed another reason to go to Sephora.

In my efforts to control my adult acne and erase old scars (and because it’s fun), I’ve started incorporating masks into my routine. I’ve tried all kinds of them lately, so I thought I’d share my experience with each of them with you. Let me know if you try any of these, or if you have others that you recommend!

Mask #1: Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask

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Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask

I recently discovered K-beauty brand Dr. Jart+ and have loved everything I’ve tried so far. This sheet mask was no exception. I was drawn to this one because it stated it was good for pimples and large pores…my face in a nutshell! As soon as I put it on I was hooked. This mask feels SO good! Some masks make my face itch while I’m wearing them, but this one was so cool and calming. I could have worn it for way longer than the recommended 15-20 minutes. My face looked and felt clean after using it, and I woke up the next morning with noticeably better skin. It retails for $8 for a single at Sephora (singles not sold online), or you can get a pack of five at Amazon (click here) for a little over $6 each.

Verdict: Two thumbs up! I will definitely repurchase.

Mask #2: Boscia Wake Firming Hydrogel Mask

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Boscia Wakame Firming Hydrogel Mask

This mask was a little different from other sheet masks that I’ve used. For one, it is gel and therefore clear (say hello to the two giant pimples on my forehead!). Second, it comes in two-pieces (top and bottom). I enjoyed the cooling sensation, and there was definitely plenty of product on the mask to massage into the skin afterward. Be warned, though…this is a slippery little devil and it can be a little tricky getting it out of the packaging and onto your face! I didn’t really notice any immediately visible results, but it was a relaxing experience. I couldn’t find them on Sephora’s webpage, but you can get them in their stores for about $8 each.

Verdict: Not bad, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to repurchase.

Mask #3: Sephora Avocado Handmask

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Sephora Avocado Handmask

Okay, true confessions…I only bought and tried this because I had no clue that such a thing as a hand mask existed. It seemed kind of ridiculous, honestly, but since I was working on this post I figured why not? Plus, in the last year I’ve noticed that there are more fine lines on the back of my hands. I once heard that the only place a woman can’t hide her age is her hands, which is not the most uplifting adage in the world. Anyway, the mask comes in two gloves that are marked L and R. Once you separate them (they are attached on a perforated line at the wrists) you just slip them on your hands. There are little pull tabs that are supposed to help you wrap them around your wrist tightly, but I found it impossible to do so. My finger kept sticking to the tab, but if you have someone to help you I’m sure it works fine. After that you just leave them on for 15 minutes (sadly, you won’t be able to use the touchscreen on your phone during this time…I tried). Once you remove them you just rub in the excess and you’re good to go. I did not expect much from this experience, but that’s because I had NO IDEA how soft my hands could be! I’ve had three babies and my hands after this mask were smoother than any of their butts. The fine lines were visibly reduced, to my delight, and I will definitely be making these a regular part of my routine. I’ve linked it for you here!

Verdict: Two impossibly smooth thumbs up!

Mask #4: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

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To me this is the OG peel-off face mask. I first tried it years ago and was fascinated by its transition from a thick gel to a single dry sheet. I’ve continued to buy it ever since, especially when I need a little extra clarifying. My pores are large enough to store a carry-on bag, so I am constantly looking for products to help keep them cleared out and as minimized as possible. I’ll be honest, there are some things about this mask I don’t love. It dries stiff (obvs) which is uncomfortable for the last few minutes. It also hurts to remove! Think a nose pore strip, but on your whole face. My eyes water up every time! Still, the benefits outweigh the downsides and I’ll continue to buy this mask. You can get it here.

Verdict: If you haven’t tried it, it’s definitely worth a try!

I hope you found this post beneficial, or at least got a chuckle out of my ridiculous mask-face! Let me know if you want to see more posts like this, and don’t forget to leave your recommendations in the comments below!


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