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THE TIP-OFF: MAKE THE MOST OUT OF MASKS

Nine ways to go maxi with the mud—and get skinstant results.

The Egyptians invented it. The Chinese made it healthy. The Romans turned it creamy. We’ve been messing with facial masks since we first slathered them on, and modern times are no different. (Microwave, anyone?) Below, we list our favorite insights this side of the millennium—and the masks we love for their instant magic. Got one we didn’t mention? Just want to show off your handiwork with le mud? Post a mask selfie to the Beauty Board! Cleopatra would be proud. MELISSA LANE

Go the distance.
TIP: After you remove a sheet mask, massage the extra serum into your skin for even more hydration. 
TRY: DR JART+ PORE MINIMALIST BLACK CHARCOAL SHEET MASK
WHY: Once you remove the fast-acting charcoal-infused cloth, you’ll find loads of spearmint extract and arginine reporting for a second shift.

Cool it.
TIP: To minimize visible puffiness, chill your calming mask in the fridge first.
TRY: FRESH ROSE FACE MASK
WHY: This rosewater gel, brimming with real rose petals, lends itself well to refrigeration—and its soothing effect is the perfect quick fix for puffy skin.

Multimask.
TIP: Want to slow signs of aging while you get a glow? There’s no reason not to get it all from one mask.
TRY: REN GLYCOL LACTIC RADIANCE RENEWAL MASK
WHY: This exfoliator is powered with natural fruit acids and papaya enzymes that rapidly boost radiance—and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Bad things come to those who wait (too long).   
TIP: Don’t wait for a clay mask to completely dry before wiping it off. By the time it’s dry and flaky, it will start to draw moisture from your skin, which can cause irritation.
TRY: GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT
WHY: We love this resurfacing clay mask: It leaves skin glowing and supports natural collagen—all in a matter of minutes.

Get more bang for your beauty buck.
TIP: Get the gunk out of your skin with a detox mask before applying your serum: It will help it sink in deeper and work more effectively.
TRY: GLAMGLOW POWERMUD DUALCLEANSE TREATMENT
WHY: Powerful conditioning, purifying, and detoxing in a snap—not to mention a sensual mud-to-oil format that feels like a vacation.

Get it on the go.
TIP: Counter travel stress with an invisible moisture mask before you board or an hour before touchdown.
TRY: FRESH BLACK TEA INSTANT PERFECTING MASK
WHY: It goes on clear, smells wonderful, and not only swiftly steeps your skin in hydration, but infuses it with advanced antioxidants from kombucha as well.

Elevate.
TIP: Paired with your regular skin care, masks are like frosting: They don’t replace the cupcake (your daily beauty routine)—they just make it better.
TRY: ALGENIST ALGAE BRIGHTENING MASK
WHY: If seaweed hasn’t made it into your routine yet, try this breakthrough combination of micro and macro algae. Known for its regenerative properties, it provides a speedy dose of brightening anytime you need it.

Sponges are for cleaning.
TIP: While oil can help remove a clay mask, a cellulose sponge can also do a bang-up job.
TRY: BOSCIA KONJAC CLEANSING SPONGE
WHY: Naturally deep-cleansing, this pH-balanced sponge is gentle enough to be used on the delicate undereye area.

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