Skin Texture

to Masque or not to Mask

Charcoal, clay, ‘pore-eliminating’, sheet masques are literally everywhere right now! How in the world do you navigate and find a quality product that won’t set your skin a-fire? (We have seen this first-hand!)


Obviously, professional recommendations are your best bet – but maybe you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something new…and now! We’ve all been there.  Ingredients matter, and reviewing what is actually in your products is another way to inspect for quality before you indulge.  So what should you go for, and what should you avoid? Here are some tips from the pros, happy hunting!


·         Ingredients

Avoid products if you can’t read what is in them!  Some products may not provide their ingredient list at all, or they may be in another language – pass on these. 

·         Cost

Impossibly low-priced products are likely low quality as well.  This is a rule of thumb, and there may be some exceptions out there.  If you can’t believe the price, you may also be unsatisfied with the lack of results.

·         Skin Type

Skin type and ingredients go hand-in-hand!  Here are some helpful pointers.

Charcoal.   With quality charcoal masques, you can expect immediate results. Go for it - charcoal clears pores for those with oily, congested skin. 

Skip it – charcoal is a strong exfoliant, pass if you have severe acne, sensitive skin, or rosacea.

Clay. Helps with inflammation.  Best for congested and acneic skin.  Clears and prevents breakouts!

Sheet masks. You’ll hit or miss with sheet masks.  Quality sheet masks may even be used in the treatment room.  Low quality sheet masks will yield little-to-no results, or cause a reaction you’ll regret.  Be cautious!

Peel-Off.  NOT for everyone.  Drying masques that you peel off are helpful if you have texturized skin, and give back to those with undernourished skin.


While we’re at it, here are some masque pro favorites recommended by The Brow and Skin Studio.


Buy it anywhere (and here)! Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque by Dermalogica.  This masque will never let you down.  You can even sleep with it on for super nourishment!  When used on a consistent basis, the overall health of your skin will shine.


Buy it here (only)! Purifying Comfort Masque by Ultradermacine. We recommend this masque to so many of our clients because of it’s unique formula and the fact that almost all skin types will benefit.  Best for dry, dehydrated, congested and acneic skin.  (Chances are that’s most of us at any given point!)




Fall Skin is in.

Pumpkin spice, and everything nice, that’s what fall is made of!  Since fall began, I have been dying to write about fall skin and all the wonderful changes the new season brings us!  Here in sunny Southern California, however, the heat has kept our summer vibes going well into October. 


Whether you’re feeling the weather change or not, you’ve likely experienced a change in your routine, with kids going back to school, the sad end to summer vacations, and less time spent outdoors worshiping the sun.  If you’re lucky enough to still be in summer mode, soak up that vitamin D, and remember your sun block!


For those of us ready to welcome fall, embrace the opportunities it brings to modify your skin routine and transform that sun-beat skin!  Here are some of my favorite ‘opportunities’ fall brings this time each year:


Rejuvenate with a pumpkin enzyme peel.  Let the professional’s reveal your freshest skin after the havoc the summer month’s wreak on your face.  A pumpkin-based treatment will help with your skin’s texture and you will love the immediate brightness to your complexion!


Switch out that day cream to a moisturizer heavy with nutrients that really gives back.  Weather changes the amount of oil your skin will produce, and you may find a more emollient cream is just right for this time of year.


Consider body treatments!  Professional peels and at-home products for your body make all the difference this season.  Keep warm, and stay soft from head to toe.


Welcome the masque craze and try a new weekly treatment at home.  Vitamin rich, purifying, hydrating masques compliment your daily routine, and add to your overall glow.  Be cautious with inexpensive sheet masques, we have seen some horrible reactions to these, and instead pick up a professionally recommended masque.


Soon, it will be undeniable that fall is here and certain that winter is coming…


Here at The Brow and Skin Studio, we want to acknowledge that the transition from summer to fall this year has also brought tragedy to the United States, and the world.   Victims of the hurricane’s, fires, earthquakes, and shootings may be unable to join us in our joy for the fall season.  We stand with you, support you, and wish for the world’s speedy recovery from each travesty that has occurred recently.

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