With the cozy sweaters and stylish boots fall ushers in also comes the potential for skin flare-ups. Vert Beauty esthetician Shelley Beaumonte explains as temperatures drop, diets change, and that might mean more breakouts, more oil, more redness, more puffiness—all signs that your skin could use a little extra nourishment.
“Our skin cell turnover slows down and our skin can feel out of balance. We need to pay special attention to repairing our skin from the summer elements and to hydrating it for the upcoming colder weather.” ~SHELLEY BEAUMONTE
Gentle (VERY GENTLE!) exfoliation can help with that. Plus, incorporating nutrient-rich masks into our skincare routines gives our complexions a chance to fight back. That’s why we’ve picked these three masks to transition your skin to fall. Read on for Shelley’s recommendations to find the best mask for you.
Full of five superfoods for skin, this jam-like mask is a complete treat to apply. Its base of honey and royal jelly is a superb anti-aging and anti-bacterial combo: Honey gently exfoliates, hydrates and heals, and royal jelly is known for its powerful plumping properties.
“It’s nutritive, hydrating and brightening (from the grapefruit essential oil). And the organic strawberries and blueberries are high in antioxidants, so the mask is not just cleansing, but restorative too.” ~ SHELLEY BEAUMONTE
PRO TIP! Apply this mask warm for an extra-special treat—fill a saucepan with water and heat until just before boiling. Place a small scoop of the mask in a bowl and then place that bowl in your saucepan filled with water to melt the mask and heat it gently (we don’t recommend microwaving, p.s.).
This powerhouse mask from Mahalo is great at reducing inflammation, which Shelley says is the key to healing any skin condition.
“Fine lines, puffiness, redness, acne—it all starts with inflammation. Anything that reduces that inflammation can help heal the skin and give us results we want.”
A hydration infusion can help with that too. Hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and is part of skin’s natural composition, helps your complexion retain water, and helps other ingredients penetrate more deeply.
The Petal is soothing and calming, with rose hydrosol that’s more potent than rose essential oil, and can help reduce redness and blemishes. “It’s great for rosacea,” says Shelley. So is the turmeric found in The Petal. “It’s immunity-boosting, so it can help reduce flare-ups and redness,” Shelley says. Willow, a natural salicylic acid that’s great for detoxing and exfoliating, plus silver, which pulls toxins up and out, round out this mask’s blend.
This mask can be used as a redness reducer spot treatment. Apply just on the areas of skin that are suffering from irritation for a quick, soothing boost.
Dr. Alkatis’ motto is that if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. “The line uses food, plants and herbs, all edible, in its formulas,” says Shelley. In this youth-boosting mask, there’s a “magical forest mushroom complex,” that’s reparative, healing and reduces signs of aging.
“Your skin is really, really smart,” Shelley says, “and it wants to be glowing! That’s why using skincare that’s full of nutrient-rich, clean ingredients helps your skin perform better. This mask can help increase cellular turnover and collagen production, as well as strengthen the skin’s barrier. It’s also great for repairing damaged skin, from sunburns to acne.”
Don’t let this mask get dry while you’re letting it set. Keep it damp by spritzing on a toner or face mist every few minutes.
Don’t forget, says Shelley, that applying a face oil or serum post-mask is the best way to seal in all that skin goodness. “You’ve just opened up your skin with that gentle exfoliation to receive nutrients. Applying a nutrient-dense face oil or serum locks it in and gives skin added hydration.”