Monday, September 18




Few products offer more immediate improvement than an excellent mask. Like a mini spa trip, a mask can hydrate, lift, and brighten—all in a matter of minutes, not weeks. Here are four new favorites chosen by our Beauty Buyer, Grace Davis Damrill.

ANTIAGING: Nannette de Gaspé Youth Revealed Masque

There are standard sheet masks, and then there are those by Nannette de Gaspé, which take the concept to a whole new level. The dry-to-the-touch “techstile” material holds active ingredients that release into skin when gently massaged, allowing a single mask to be used up to three times. The potent formulas are comprised of 87% active ingredients and emollients that penetrate skin to hydrate and reduce wrinkles. The Youth Revealed Collection includes masks targeting face, neck, eyes, mouth, and hands—ranging from $85-$120 each. $420 for a coffret of all five.

BRIGHTENING: Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask

With AHAs derived from seven different fruits, this creamy, purple-hued mask brightens and smooths by gently exfoliating and increasing cell turnover. The formula also contains Vitamin C in two forms: water-soluble to impart immediate glow, and oil-soluble to sink in and protect skin from free radicals and UV damage. A super antioxidant Japanese beautyberry and Tatcha’s signature antiaging trio—green tea, rice, and algae—round out the power ingredients to restore youthful glow. $68.

HYDRATING: Derm Institute Antioxidant Hydration Gel Mask

Pre-portioned and individually packaged, this rinse-less mask uses nano-gold technology to help active ingredients sink deeper into skin’s layers. That means the brand’s exclusive Moisture Complex with soothing aloe, antiaging mushrooms, and antioxidant tea leaves works even harder. Ideal for sensitive skin, the gel mask helps calm irritations, reduce redness, and add an extra dose of moisture to stressed complexions. The packaging is a natural for travel, too. $120, box of 20.

ENERGIZING: 111Skin CO2 Crystallizing Energy Mask

You may feel a little like a lab scientist when preparing the latest innovation from London-based 111Skin. The formula arrives in two parts: treatment mask and activating gel. Mix in the provided kit, spread on clean skin, and wait 40 minutes while the cream crystalizes into a protective layer that allows the product to work underneath. As CO2 is released, skin produces an influx of oxygen to remedy the imbalance, and in turn, boosts production of collagen and elastin. $200, box of 5 treatments.