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From Ed’s Guest Blogger: 5 Detox Masks for a Stressful Week

This post originally appeared on the blog MakingManhattan.com.

By Crista Lacqua

Sometimes you just need a minute to decompress and feel pampered. Personally, we love taking a bubble bath while listening to our favorite playlist and letting our skin recover with our favorite detox mask. When you’re a busy bee, taking a few moments for yourself becomes a necessity. Below are a few masks that will help you unwind while you treat your skin to some TLC after a tough day.

Pratima Skincare Sandalwood Rose Mask, $52; pratimaskincare.com

Can’t seem to reduce large pores or remove blackheads?  Pratima’s Sandalwood Rose Mask will do just that, with the help of turmeric, ocean mud, sandalwood, manjistha and rose. Your skin will overdose on healing and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps reduce redness and pigmentation. Not to mention, this mask smells absolutely divine and every time we put it on, we feel like we’re in a luxurious spa getting special treatment.

How To Use: Apply a small amount evenly on face after cleansing, avoiding eye area.  Leave on for 10-15 minutes then rinse!

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Goop By Juicy Beauty Exfoliating Instant Facial, $125; goop.com

Gwenyth Paltrow is changing the game with her beauty line and miraculous Exfoliating Instant Facial. Ingredients like natural alpha and beta hydroxy acids (found in fruit such as apples) will exfoliate skin by removing any dead cells. If you want to achieve that Gwenyth glow, this mask is your new BFF. (She uses it every night!)

How To Use: Apply after cleansing, carefully avoiding the eye area. Leave on for three minutes, gently massage, then rinse!

Hanacure Multi-Action Treatment Mask—Starter, $29; hanacure.com

This mask will make you look 10 years younger by (literally) pulling your face.  Hanacure’s Multi-Action Treatment Mask went viral after Drew Barrymore told her Instagram followers that it’s the secret to her youthful appearance.  Made without chemicals and with anti-aging technology, it’s no wonder Drew doesn’t age!

How To Use: The package comes with a lifting serum (small bottle) and gelling solution (packet).  Distribute the serum into the gelling solution and mix together by shaking the packet.  Use brush to apply and leave on for 30 minutes.  Rinse!

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, $62; sephora.com

New York, we love you, but we don’t love your pollution. Luckily, Fresh’s Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask is our go-to when we want to rid our skin of toxins.  Umbrian clay is noted for its purifying and anti-inflammatory properties. Expect to see fewer breakouts, smaller pores and an overall smoother complexion.

How To Use: After cleansing, apply on skin for 3-5 minutes, carefully avoiding the eye area. Rinse!

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Ling Skincare Instant Oxygen Recovery Mask, $65; lingskincare.com

Ever notice how plump your skin looks after a long nap?  Just like they say a good night’s sleep can make you look younger, so can Ling Skincare’s Oxygen Recovery Mask.  It is “beauty sleep” in a jar.  The ingredients of hyaluronic acid, aloe extract and glycoproteins hydrate your skin to give you that “awake” look.  After a long week, this mask will be your ultimate road to recovery.

How To Use: After cleansing, apply on skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse!

Caroline Vazzana is a fashion writer, editor, and stylist living and working in her hometown of New York. She’s worked for Anna Sui, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, and InStyle. She has collaborated with designers including Betsey Johnson and Diane Von Furstenberg, and has styled celebrities for various red carpets like the MTV Video Music Awards and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Caroline is currently the Founder & Creative Director of MakingManhattan.com where she hopes to shed light on the industry to the future fashion generation. Make sure to follow her everywhere @cvazzana for an inside look into her day to day in NYC. 

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