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To maximize benefits, make sure your skin is properly prepped first, suggests Beck. “Ensure that you cleanse, tone and exfoliate prior to masking as unclean skin can impede the delivery of the active ingredients in the mask,” Beck said. She starts with Power Cleanse—a pore-purifying glycolic cleanser with tea tree and vitamin B5—from her M-61 Powerful Skincare line. Next is the M-61 PowerGlow Peel, a concentrated 1-minute peel with glycolic and salicylic acids, vitamin K, bilberry and chamomile that provides a thorough exfoliation to clarify and firm the skin, reduce fine lines and improve skin texture. Finally, she’ll use a hydrating sheet mask to replenish. “This is a great mini pampering routine to use after a long work week, when you’re traveling or even just while sitting in the tub and grabbing a few minutes of quiet time,” Beck says. “I am mindful not to leave the mask on for too long—follow the instructions for removal and rinsing. The mask can irritate your skin if left on for too long.” Beck shares her go-to sheet masks.

 

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Patchology Flashmasques, $8 each, bluemercury.com. “There are four types: Illuminate, which evens and brightens skin tone; Exfoliate; Hydrate; and SmartMud, which purifies and detoxifies. I love doing a Patchology mask with my two daughters. We order in some sushi, pop on a movie and put on whichever mask our skin needs at that time.”

September 12, 2016 by Jess McCarthy