Walking through the many stores of Union Square, I couldn’t help but notice the unusual amount of pre-teens at the make-up counters. They were decked out in foundation, blush, bronzer, and the infamous raccoon-esque eyeliner- the whole sha-bang. They were sitting in the chairs at the MAC and Sephora counters getting their make-up done on a Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, I was just aimlessly walking around the mall in my haphazardly, car- applied powder and concealer (I had woken up late that morning and was forced to do my makeup in the car). These days, putting on make-up is a job – instead of spending 30 extra minutes snuggled in my bed, I’m forced to stare at my dark circles trying to make them presentable to the public.
I remember when I was at the mere age of 10-12, I thought skincare equaled water and maybe some soap if I was feeling extra bold. It wasn’t until high school did I start to get into skincare and make-up. Even then, I was only permitted to wear BareMinerals. Now, at the age of 21 I have to start preventing wrinkles and fine lines? My skincare regimen has revolutionized from just using water, to the typical 3-step -cleanser, toner, and moisturizer process, to what it is now – a bathroom counter full of products ranging from anti-aging creams to face smoothing serums, many of which are in languages I can’t even understand. Although getting ready for bed is now a 20 minute activity, not all of it has to be tedious.
When I lived in a dorm with 4 of my best friends, we would always make time at least once a month to have a “face mask party.” After a long hard week of studying and paper-writing, it was always nice to come together, look ridiculous, and just talk and gossip. It was 1/2 relaxing, 1/3 theraputic, and 5/3 fun (I was never really good at math). Instead of hugging the toilet at the the end of the night, we had glowing skin after one of these “parties.”
Maybe I’ve taken to Formula 10.0.6’s Mud Masks in a bout of nostalgia because they allow my memory a healthy jog without compromising my immigration to more adult skincare.
Whenever a pimple starts to surface on my face, I tend to have a little freak out session. My parents and past roommates can attest to this. I will do anything and everything to try and reduce the size and/or redness of it. Formula 10.0.6’s skin-care line carries products ranging from cleansers to treatments and they don’t use harsh chemicals that might further irritate your skin. I’ve been using Formula 10.0.6’s Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask and Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask for three months now, and I have been really loving them.
The first product is the Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask. This mask is great for drying out pimples and it has made the process of getting rid of pimples much faster. This mask is very thick, but dries thinly. The citrus extract and sea salt in the mask will instantly brighten up your complexion, decrease inflammation, and gently buff away any dead skin. I like to use this mask on my whole face, but if you have sensitive skin, I would use it as a spot treatment first and see how your skin reacts to it.
The Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask is a lot more thin and liquidly than the Detox Mask, but it helps with my hyperpigmentation and it really smoothes and hydrates my skin. This mask is perfect for summer because it has a light strawberry scent and it’s very refreshing. This mask helps clarify my pores, especially any blackheads near my nose.
After both these masks, I always notice a difference in my complexion – my skin is smoother, there is a decrease in hyper-pigmentation, and after a good-night’s rest, any pimples are barely noticeable the next morning. What’s more? These two masks are super affordable at $5.99 each and they are often on sale at Ulta (right now they are BOGO 50% off). If you like face masks and want to try something new, I would definitely recommend these two masks. If you only want to try only one of these masks, I would recommend going for the Deep Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mask as it is more potent and effective at clearing up and clarifying any acne spots.
Photos courtesy of Formula 10.0.06