Big Night Out? Here’s how to prep your face.

Published on December 15, 2016

‘Tis the season for socializing. Whether you’re heading to a holiday party or gearing up for a New Year’s Eve to put all others to shame, looking your best these days is less about nailing your outfit or makeup, and more about appearing healthy, refreshed and relaxed. That’s why I’m such a huge fan of starting your pre-party prep with a facial mask: They pretty much require you to put your feet up and rest for a few minutes.

My other favorite thing about face masks? There are so many options that there’s a mask out there for everyone. We can thank K-beauty (Korean beauty products) for the plethora of sheet masks and the return, in general, of masks to skincare regimens from here to Australia. Below, we shortlist our favorite picks for various skin concerns, from aging to acne and everything in between. Just do yourself one favor and try not to multi-task your way through your mask time. Think of it as “me” time. And if that’s not enough of a reason, know that there’s a reason why A-list actresses take naps on the day of their red carpet appearances: Rest is (surprise, surprise) the real secret ingredient to looking well-rested.

SmartMud No Mess Sheet Masque ($30 for four)

Who doesn’t love a good mud mask? This mask brings together the ease of a sheet mask (just unfold and apply, then remove after 10 minutes and rinse with warm water) with the detoxifying, pore-clearing power of mud. Patchology, which also makes several kinds of sheet masks, recently released this mask, which uses mineral-rich volcanic mud sourced from Jeju Island in South Korea. The skin-purifying ash in the mud exfoliates away dead skin cells and leeches out impurities. Result? Unclogged pores, no mess in the sink and skin that feels clean and replenished.

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