BACK TO SCHOOL BEAUTY WITH THE ELEMENTS BEAUTY BLOGGERS

The Elements Beauty Bloggers are launching a new, fun series of beauty lessons! In my first installment of Elements Beauty School, I am going to tell my Judys all about SHEET MASKS!  If you're unfamiliar with this term, you're probably thinking what's a sheet mask? It is a thin, face-shaped fiber or gel sheet immersed in a concentrated serum. The liquid generally contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. They are packaged individually and intended for one time use (however, if there is leftover serum, you might be able to get two uses out of one sheet. #judyhack) I first discovered these masks while on a layover at the Seoul Incheon Airport a few years ago. They are slightly terrifying but hilarious and definitely full of benefits! I've been so excited as they gain popularity and are more accessible to me! 

One of the many reasons i love sheet masks is because you can literally do them anytime, anywhere. I prefer to use sheet masks before bed, but they are also great in the morning (during meditation or to remedy a hangover) and in the afternoon (right before an event or even while you fly!) You can use them everyday, if you wanted to. All you need is 20-30 minutes. 

1st step: CLEANSE. Follow your regular AM/PM cleansing routine. I like to tone before I use a mask. 

2nd step: UNWIND. Decide where you plan to chill. I've seen people cook or clean while using sheet masks, but they don't call this the 'lazy girl facial' for nothing. I often use this time for me time. Everyone  deserves to set aside time to relax while treating your skin. 

 You can even have a beer on the couch! 

You can even have a beer on the couch! 

3rd step: RELAX. These masks are usually standard one-size-fits-all, with two eye cut-outs and one for the mouth. Unfortunately, not all faces are proportioned the same way, so when you begin to put the mask on your face, find the positioning that is most comfortable for you. Try to keep the mask away from the eyes and mouth. I like place it on my nose and smooth it outwards on my forehead, cheeks, and chin, putting extra serum on my neck and décolleté.

4th step: ENJOY. While you read a mag/watch Netflix/take snaps, your skin is getting pampered. Sheet masks are the perfect treat to cool your face off during the Summer or to balance skin dehydrated by central-heat blast in the Winter.  My mask ritual hasn't replaced my skincare routine. I've just incorporated it as more of an added hydration boost. I love to use a variety of masks that will firm, brighten, or detox; depending on what my skin care needs are. It's also much more convenient and cost-efficient to buy one single mask over an entire bottle of product. 

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5th step: REVEL IN LUXURY. Leave your mask on for as long as you want. When you're done, throw it away. Viola! Your skin should be rejuvenated. Rub any excess serum into your skin. (I like to treat my neck & decollete.)

Are you ready for your first sheet mask? Stop what you're doing and head on over to Elements of Carytown or elementsbeautyshop.com. Elements Beauty Shop is a woman-owned, local business here in Richmond! The shop specializes in cruelty-free, luxury skin and body care items. They have a wide array of unique products for all to enjoy. Beard oil, nail polish, deliciously scented candles......need I say more?

* Go to Elements Beauty Shop, don't forget to mention my code LUSCIOUSJUDY to received 10% off your first purchase.

*While you're there, join the loyalty rewards program and earn points towards future purchases! For every dollar that you spend, you will receive one point.

*Let me know what mask you chose by posting your goodies on social media. Include the hashtag #ElementsBeautyHaul for a chance to win a $50 gift card!! 

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These are just some of the great benefits of shopping local! 

shop my picks:

ERNO LASZLO Detoxifying Hydrogel Mask // 1 for $16 / 4 for $60

Erno Laszlo offers a selection of sheet masks that are intended for firming, detoxifying, brightening, or soothing sensitive skin. The exfoliate & detox mask is a personal fav becuz I'm obsessed with charcoal and anything that will minimize my pores. This mask is ideal for those with blemish prone, combination skin. The AHA fruit complex aids in removing dead skin cells, while kiwi extract helps boost collagen. This was the first hydrogel mask that I've used and it adhered to my skin so well that I didn't want to take it off! It was so comfortable. Try an Erno sheet mask for fun and get to know this amazing line.

TALIKA Bio Enzymes Mask Décollete // $12

Sheet masks are not restricted to the face! In addition to their hydrating/brightening/purifying facial masks, Talika offers décolleté, neck, and after-sun masks. Chock full of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and a complex of 17 plants this bio-enzymes mask is highly-concentrated with ingredients that will visibly lift the skin after one use. This mask is great for sun worshippers who spent years forgetting to apply SPF to the décolleté (me). Talika's bio-enzymatic process is influenced by skin regeneration therapy and these masks promote youthful, healthy skin. Vitamin B3 helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, while aloe vera vigorously hydrates the skin. No really, this sheet mask was almost dry when I removed it. My décolleté was parched and this sheet mask helped quench the thirst! 

JOANNA VARGAS Bright Eye Hydrating Mask // 5 for $60

Joanna Vargas knows how delicate the eye area is and there are special treatment pads! Whether you are trying to firm or hydrate, these soft bamboo sheets tone and depuff under the eye. There are 5 peptides that are soaked into the mask that prevent aging and revives elasticity. Other ingredients include: licorice root, an anti-inflammatory that hydrates the skin around the eyes and matrixyl, a potent ingredient that mimics collagen. This leads to a boost in collagen production. A great way to pass the time while traveling. Throw on an eye mask while getting ready for an event and your peepers will certainly glow!  

PETER THOMAS ROTH Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Intense Wrinkle Mask // SALE!!! 6 for $54.40

Let me start off by saying that Element Beauty Shop is trying to move their PTR supply, so take advantages of this deal ASAP!!! I bought this package of sheet masks last Christmas and gifted them to my family members. There is just something so decadent about gifting gold. The 24k element has anti-inflammatory benefits that are intended to illuminate dull skin. I was drawn to this masks claim of minimizing the appearance of deep wrinkles. 18 neuropeptides and peptides work to reduce fine lines and frown lines (my arch enemy!). This cotton sheet is pumped with hyaluronic acid (duh), which improves hydration and retains moisture from water in the air. Can we all just agree that hydrating is key to maintaining a youthful glow? You do not want to miss out on this sale!! 

 

Do you have a favorite sheet mask? 

 

This is a sponsored blog post; all opinions are my own. 

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