There are more choices than ever when it comes to natural scrubs and masks—from a brightening vitamin C peel to a Pinot Noir-infused body scrub
1 Anti-Acne Mud Mask
MyChelle Dermaceuticals Clear Skin Cranberry Mud Mask is designed to detox skin and help fend off blemishes with kaolin and bentonite clays, which absorb excess oil and purge debris from pores.
Also: Sulfur inhibits bacteria, and cranberry and lilac leaf stem cells gently control acne.
2 Everyday Exfoliator
Hyalogic Episilk Facial Scrub is ideal for sensitive skin and gentle enough for daily use. Exfo-Amber, a fossilized plant resin, lightly exfoliates, while hyaluronic acid moisturizes and soothes skin. Natural peppermint oil leaves skin feeling refreshed.
3 Hydrate Skin & De-Puff
Perk up tired, dry skin with Farmhouse Fresh Guac Star. This cooling avocado mask for face and body contains avocado butter, green tea, pomegranate, goji, and coffee (helps de-puff and smooth skin). Try it chilled under your eyes to reduce puffiness.
4 Grab-n-Get Glowing Masks
Ten minutes is all it takes for a facial with Andalou Naturals Instant Facial Masks. Choose from three new clay masks, plus seven best sellers. Whichever you choose, you’ll notice brighter, firmer, and clearer skin. The handy, hygienic, single-use pods are ideal for trial or travel.
5 Detoxifying Facial
Buff and soothe skin with Giovanni Eco Chic Skin Care D:tox System Purifying Facial Scrub. Volcanic ash and activated charcoal draw out impurities without drying skin. Hand-harvested, antioxidant-rich açai and goji berries help rejuvenate skin.
Multitask Your Masks
Want to make your skin really glow? It may be easier than you think with the help of nutrient-packed scrubs and masks. Here’s how:
Scrubs: These fun-to-use exfoliators help refine the appearance of lusterless skin. Facial exfoliators scrub away the dead surface layer of skin and prevent buildup. Scrubs also stimulate circulation and encourage toxins to escape through the pores.
Masks: The best time to apply a mask is after using an exfoliator, when skin can absorb healing ingredients more effectively. Have more than one skin concern? Try “multimasking”—patching together different masks to target specific areas of the face.
The Grape Seed Cure for Beautiful Skin
Preventing wrinkles with scrubs and masks made from Pinot Noir grapes is the idea behind “Pinotherapy” at The Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon’s renown Willamette Valley wine country (shown here). Using grapes harvested from The Allison’s own Pinot Noir vineyards, the 90-minute “Grape Seed Cure” begins with an exfoliating crushed grape seed scrub, and is followed by a detoxifying body mask of organic honey, finely ground grape seeds, and wine. A 20-minute wrap (with scalp massage) allows the skin to absorb the healing. The treatment ends with a shea butter hydration body massage, leaving you feeling renewed and your skin looking radiant.
“Pinot Noir grapes have one of the highest levels of antioxidants, specifically resveratrol,” says Tara Calton, spa director at The Allison Inn & Spa. “The grape seed extract’s antioxidant power is 50 times greater than that of vitamin E and 20 times more potent than vitamin C. The thin-skinned Pinot Noir grape produces resveratrol to defend itself from a combination of pathogenic organisms and fungi that typically attack it in cool and damp climates. The same chemical defense that extends the life of these grapes appears to have similar benefits for us.”