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Sheet masks, sleep masks, clarifying, and DIY masks — the list goes on! With so many options on the market, it's hard for a bride-to-be to know what will get her skin glowing for the big day and beyond. Here at BRIDES HQ, we've asked our editors which masks they swear by for luminous skin. Whether you have a month before you walk down the aisle, or an hour until "I do's," your skin will be sparkling like the engagement ring on your finger!
Three of our editors turn to SK-II Facial Treatment Masks ($17 each) to give their skin a brightening boost. Our in-house beauty guru tells us how in Asia, it's tradition to put one on every single day for a month before the wedding. "If you can invest in that, go for it! But doing it once or twice a week a few weeks before the wedding really makes a difference in your skin. I like to take the rest of the serum that's in the packet and slather it all over my décolletage."
To combat severe dryness, especially in the winter months, one editor's go-to is the Honey & Jasmine Mask by The Organic Pharmacy ($74). "With ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, rose hip oil and evening primrose, the ultra rich mask is the ultimate drink for dehydrated skin." Traveling for your wedding or honeymoon? This mask can also be used as an intensive moisturizer during long flights!
For a tightening and pore refining fix, our Director of Public Relations loves Mario Badescu's Flower & Tonic Mask. "After using this mask consistently twice a week, for 15-20 minutes each time, my skin is much tighter, pores look smaller and my blackheads are virtually non existent!" A bonus — it won't break the bank at $18 per jar.
Don't have time to run out and buy a mask? No worries, the best part about this mask is that it's already in your refrigerator! One editor treats her skin with a DIY mixture of Greek yogurt, olive oil, and honey. The lactic acid in the yogurt helps to diminish dark spots, while the honey and oil moisturize and add a healthy shine. If you're prone to dark spots, make this 15-minute mask two nights a week, for the month leading up to your wedding, and you'll notice a huge difference on your big day.
Rosacea affects 1 in 10 people, making it a common skin condition, yet it's rarely talked about in the beauty industry. One editor learned the secret to combating an untimely breakout after a recent trip to New York's CAP Beauty. "A girl in the store with the prettiest skin I've ever seen told me to buy a jar of Wedderspoon 100% Raw Organic Manuka Honey ($40) and slather a teaspoon on my face for 15 minutes a day for 7 days. It's been 8 days and I have zero redness, all bumps are gone and the small acne scars I had are barely visible!"
For that "squeaky-clean" feel, our editors are obsessed with Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque ($26). "This is one of the few clarifying masks that doesn't give me that uncomfortable tingly feeling when I use it," says one editor. This mask uses betonite, a silicate clay that gently absorbs oil, while Amazonian white clay works to draw out dirt and oil from pores. Use once a week for about 10 minutes, and your pores will seriously thank you!