Post-Holiday Detoxifying Facial Masks

Here’s a multiple choice question. During the holidays, you tend to: A) stay up later than usual, B) allow yourself to indulge in food and drink, C) wear more makeup than other months, or D) all of the above. My answer’s D, how about yours?

With the festivities all wrapped up, I always feel the need for some post-holiday detoxification. Here are two of my favorite purifying and cleansing masks for when I need to de-puff, detoxify and decompress, stat.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque

Something about Kiehl’s Rare Earth Masque just demands it be taken seriously, and of all the masks in my go-to arsenal, it’s the most effective at improving my complexion and leaving me with that feeling of an intense deep-clean. The Amazonian White Clay goes to work drawing out toxins, dirt, oil and any makeup that may still be clogging up my pores, while the aloe vera moisturizes and the oatmeal rectifies any puffiness. After each use, my pores look smaller, my complexion looks brighter, and my skin feels smoother and definitely cleaner. According to Kiehl’s, the masque is designed to be gentle enough for sensitive skin — I rarely have issues with skin sensitivity so I’m unsure whether that’s true. If it’s been a while in between mask treatments, my skin will sometimes appear pinkish or a little red for a few minutes after I use this product, but I attribute that more to the removal of toxins, in which case a little pinkness is perfectly normal. (That’s how I know the mask was working hard!)

Get it: $23,

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask 2.8 ozBoscia’s Clarifying Detox Mask is the detoxifying mask I use most regularly. Another clay-based product, it takes advantage of a lot of natural herbs and other ingredients, absorbing oil and purifying the skin without any parabens, sulfates or phthalates, which is important to me. It also adds antioxidants, which help fight free radicals and keep skin looking and feeling healthy. Boscia’s mask doesn’t leave me with the same “tighter skin” feeling that the Kiehl’s one does, but it’s just as effective at reducing the appearance of my pores and waking up my skin. Boscia also makes the all-natural and detoxifying Luminizing Black Mask, which I’m a big fan of. It’s packed with minerals and specially formulated to brighten skin by removing the dead, dull cells and impurities. It seems to have achieved an almost cult status among many beauty junkies, and although I love the black mask, I prefer the Clarfying Detox Mask for more regular use because it’s the less expensive of the two.

Get it: Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask, $25,; Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, $34,

Tips: Be sure to apply a mask to clean, dry skin, and follow the instructions on the label for usage. After the recommended amount of time, rinse off the product with warm water, then pat your face dry and always follow with a light moisturizer to soothe and rehydrate your skin. If desired, you can use your regular tonic or toner before applying the moisturizer.

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