How Do Facial Masks Work? Which Ones are the Best?

Masks, Skin Care
BelMondo Beauty Anti-Aging Sheet Mask

Facial masks are like IV treatments of vitamins: Short-term, super high doses of beneficial ingredients, all delivered into the skin using a fast-penetrating mechanism. Except, instead of needles in the case of IV treatments, facial masks use penetration-enhancing formulas, such as lightweight oils, alcohols, or glycols. But like an IV treatment of vitamins, facial masks Read more »

Product Review: NEOVA Serious Gly-Peel Peel-Off Masque

Masks, Neova, Peels, Skin Care, Wrinkles
NEOVA Serious Gly-Peel Peel-Off Masque

It’s no secret that I love, love, love most NEOVA products. The real secret with this one? The high concentration of glycolic acid. The most common of all the alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid in concentrations of at least 10% advances exfoliation of the top layer of the skin. As a result, glycolic acid peels smooth the skin, quicken Read more »

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel Review

Dry Skin, Masks, Product Reviews, Sensitive Skin, Skin Care Product Reviews
Elemis Enzyme Papaya Peel

People with sensitive skin (like me) often have trouble with exfoliating products. Scrubs can be too harsh; acids can sting and burn. I’ve had good luck, however, with enzymatic peels, like Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel ($43). It’s so gentle, I’ve used it right before an evening out. In about 10 minutes, it delivers smooth, glowing Read more »

A Must-Have for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin: GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment Review

Acne, Expert Advice, Masks, Oily Skin, Skin Care, Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews
GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

Typically, I am not a fan of products that feature lots of newfangled trademarked compounds. For instance, while I love many old Peter Thomas Roth products, some of the newer ones claim to contain 10% of exotic-sounding compounds like “10% Phytomoist Qusome™” that is probably just 10% hydrating phospholipids and sphingolipids. That sort of thing. Read more »

Product Review: Dermalogica Ultra Calming Relief Masque

Expert Advice, Masks, Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews
Dermalogica Ultra Calming Relief Masque

Here’s a secret: I don’t often get facials. I’m addicted to formulating and manufacturing skin care of my own, and I’m constantly researching the best ingredients and the latest in skin physiology, so I don’t see much a need to go and get a facial. That said, at a friend’s request, I got one a Read more »