Complexion Perfection: With selfies on the rise, you want to keep that skin picture perfect and it all starts with a flawless complexion.
By Paula Conway
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com
These masques, peels, and lasers will exfoliate, tighten, brighten, smooth and soothe to reveal younger and more youthful skin.
b-leve b-fresh Soft Facial Cleansing Brush
This clever at-home exfoliator has a soft, yet strong brush to slough of the dull, dead cells and leave skin soft and renewed. It’s gentle enough that you can use it daily.
$6.99, at fine grocers nationwide and b-leve.com
Balanced Guru’s Spiced Up Berries Antioxidant Facial Masque
While mixing your morning smoothing, add some of that Greek yogurt to the Balanced Guru facial masque powder base for a one-of-a-kind beauty ritual. The powder can actually be customized by choosing your blend: water, honey, yogurt, or toner, depending on the consistency and thickness you prefer. Acai and Acerola berries, clove, cinnamon, oatmeal and vitamin C give your skin that youthful glow. The 4 oz. jar has roughly 24 applications and comes with a spoon for scooping out the powder, along with a spatula for mixing with your choice of mix-in.
$12.50 or $45, balancedguru.com
Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare Polish Enzyme/Firming Mask
This mask has the magic CoQ10, a somewhat newcomer in skin care. The antioxidant properties of CoQ10 help to neutralize harmful free radicals, the cause of aging. In this exfoliating mask, it protects against free-radical damage, alongside fruit and other gentle enzymes to polish and exfoliate the skin ever so gently. Lactic acid and cranberry essence help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, and age spots. What you have left is polished youthful skin that glows.
$44, dermstore.com or in spas across the US. You can find a spa near you via osmosisskincare.com/FindAStore.aspx
Dr.Hauschka Skin Care Rejuvenating Mask
It smells a little bit like lemon and tea tree oil, and it’s a bit strong. But the quince seed extract and chamomile seriously soothe and moisturize. It’s great for all skin conditions: revitalizes pale, dull skin, visibly reduces pores and softens harden skin tissue. Rosacea lovers rejoice, this mask calms the redness and irritation and reduces that ruddy appearance too. It’s a pricey little friend, but it packs a serious punch.
Facial Soufflé Intensive Hydration and Repair Mask from Elemental Herbology
An absolute savior for Monday mornings. This overnight repair mask reduces inflammation and works out all the redness and puffiness you might have built up over a weekend of celebrating. It has anti-aging marine collagen and hematite, a mineral sourced from magma rock. There’s also wheat and rice bran to firm, lift, and nourish.
But wait, there’s more: oils of macadamia, jojoba and Argan to infuse the skin with essential fatty acids, plus calendula and aloe to produce an excellent anti-inflammatory and emollient action to help preserve the skin from over drying, sun induced wrinkles and sun damage. If your skin needs a big dose of hydration, this one is it. You’ll feel it working the minute it hits your skin.
Revision Skincare Black Mask Purifying Facial Treatment
This mask goes deep to clean out the excess sebum, impurities and other toxins. It unclogs those pores using two types of clay, Kaolin and Bentonite, while also absorbing oils. A touch of Salicylic Acid encapsulated in time-released microspheres helps to exfoliate dead surface cells from the skin and Squalane, a naturally occurring lipid in plants, is used to hydrate the skin for a clean, moist feeling. $32.00, visit revisionskincare.com to find a retail location near you.
John Masters Organics Calendula Hydrating & Toning Mask
With a 4.3 out of 5 rating from MakeUpAlley.com, the votes are in that this is a clear winner. It contains calendula, a natural antiseptic and antibacterial, as well as Shea butter for deep hydration and softening. Aloe Vera gel gives it anti-inflammatory properties, while also moisturizing, and rice softens and heals with double-duty wrinkle prevention. Bonus: Aspen Bark has been added, a new all-natural preservative, which protects against harmful bacteria. $26.00, johnmasters.com.
Clé de Peau Beauté Illuminating Concentrate
Often voted at the top of the list among beauty experts, Clé de Peau Beauté is a leader in beauty and this treatment will not disappoint. The very Marie Antoinette style kit has three steps that start with two gold jewel looking packets. The first gold jewel packet contains the lotion to exfoliate and purify the skin. The second gold jewel is the silky essence that gives your skin instant luminosity, evens skin texture and firms it right up.
The final step is the mask, which takes on every curve of your face, instantly soothes and locks in moisture with Royal Jelly. Take this kit with you whenever you travel and you’ll never look jet-lagged again. $25 for 1 packet, or $150 for 6, at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue stores and websites
Suki Resurfacing Enzyme Peel
This gentle peel gets rave reviews from beauties nationwide for soothing even the crankiest skin. The patented technology lifts away the dead layers, eliminates toxins, helps heal scars and dry patches, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without irritating the skin. $65.95, sukiskincare.com.
Tria Age-Defying Laser
Take your youth in your own hands with this luxury laser. The price tag is a grabber, but compared to the multiple visits to the dermatologist, it’s a steal. The FDA-cleared Tria Age-Defying Laser is an effective treatment that you can use at home to get the same results at a fraction of the cost. Stimulate collagen renewal deep below the skin to reveal smooth, youthful looking skin, free of lines and wrinkles. You’ll use it just a few minutes a day, and in as few as two weeks you may start to see results. The company says full results can be seen in 12 weeks. $495, triabeauty.com
Erno Laszlo Hydra Therapy Skin Vitality Mask and Age-Defying Mask
Hungarian-born American dermatologist Erno Laszlo is known worldwide for making women gorgeous with his ground-breaking skincare that rose to perfection in the late 60’s and the brand still holds strong today. The Skin Vitality Mask cools and plumps the skin with a burst of hydration and reduces fine lines, while the Age-Defying Mask hydrates and smooths with Vitamin E and Shea Butter. It also contains cranberry seed oil and plant extract Gatuline Expression, which relaxes muscles for a smoother appearance. The Skin Vitality Mask is $55, the Age-Defying Mask is $95, both available at Nordstrom and ErnoLaszlo.com
Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford Deep Cleansing Masque
You’ll first take in a mildly minty scent when applying this thin white cream to your face, often referred to as a “facial in a bottle.” While you may not come out the other end looking like Cindy Crawford, the Ginko Biloba, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil and Cucumber will work their wonders to deep clean, revive and purify your stressed skin to reveal a more youthful you. $43, sold separately by calling 1-877-383-1212 or at MeaningfulBeauty.com as part of the five-piece New Advanced System ($39.95 plus s/h for 30 day supply).