N.Y.C. weather forecasts were dire Monday night, with the mayor telling residents to stay indoors for the next 24 hours and the subways being shut down to all passengers. So naturally, we did what anyone faced with a snow day would do: Loaded up on junk food, queued up the Netflix and prepared for a long day inside. Well, the snow was pretty disappointing, but that doesn’t mean we had to abandon our plans for a day in checking everything off our to-do lists — including some deep cleansing and hydration, courtesy of three face masks. Check out our reviews, below.
Sarah Kinonen, Editorial Assistant: I love a good mud mask. (Especially one that makes me look like a hideous troll monster that hasn’t seen the light of day in months.) But for this week’s We Tried It, I grabbed a glob of my favorite celebrity-loved mud mask, Glamglow’s Supermud, and slathered my face with the charcoal- and clay-filled formula. (Fun fact: You can win it for free here!)
For those of you who have never used the product, here’s how it goes. First, I took a blob of the mask and evenly coated my entire face (and a little of my neck). After the application, I let it sit for about 10 minutes (or until the mask hardened) while I put my laundry away and frightened my poor boyfriend with my horrifying gunked-up face. (During this process, the mask drew out dirt from each of my pores, which was super gross yet super refreshing to see the dirt literally leave my skin. Adios, congestion!) Ten minutes later, I rinsed off the mask with water and towel-dried my face to reveal a squeaky clean and super-smooth complexion. Hallelujah.
Overall, for incredibly clean and decongested skin, 10 minutes of ugly is totally worth it. (You can quote me on that.)
Courtesy Colleen Kratofil
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer/Reporter: During my cozy snow day, I went with a classic I can’t resist: Clarisonic’s Detoxifying Clay Mask. It removes dead skin cells and detoxifies pores, but all I really have to say for it, is that it always leaves my face feeling so squeaky clean. Aside from a bit of initial redness, I never fully notice the results until the next morning when there’s a subtle glow to my skin. With the clay mask, I feel like I hit a “reset” button on my skincare routine because my face feels so much smoother and cleaner. Add in the fact that it’s a quick treatment (only 10-15 minutes) and comes off easily with a Clarisonic face brush, it’s no wonder it’s always been my go-to.
Courtesy Alex Apatoff
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: I never, ever do face masks (I also never wash my face or moisturize either. I’m an unrepentant skin care sinner). But with my husband in China for three weeks, myself dressed in the PJs my mom gave me for Christmas and a whole day on the couch with my laptop scheduled, I figured now was as good a time as any to pull something out of my “to try later” beauty product drawer. I pulled out Skyn Iceland’s “Hydro Cool Firming Face Gels,” primarily because they were the least messy-looking out of all the jars and pots of goop in my collection.
I slapped them on as instructed, skeptically, waiting for them to “work like an injection filler to instantly smooth and plump expression lines, while preventing future ones from forming.” My first reaction? Good God, they’re actually cold! Next reaction? I could get used to this. They were soothing and very spalike, and though the forehead gel started to peel off (it was no match for my hairline) it did stay put in the all-important frown line zone for the full 10 minutes while I walked around and did the dishes. And when I removed them, my skin did feel markedly more hydrated and resilient. Fine, I’m convinced: I’ll do this mask weekly from now on.