Photography: Arthur Elgort
In skin care, masking is a lot like meditation — it’s a great way to unwind, de-stress, and set intentions (for the skin, that is). And while both practices are beneficial on their own, together they have an immense amount of mind, body, and skin care capabilities. So, the next time you sit down to meditate, why not apply a corresponding face mask, too? We share how to meditate with face masks, plus the best face masks for meditation, ahead.
How to Meditate With Face Masks
Before sitting down for a meditation, prep your complexion with a gentle cleanser. Cleansing the skin before masking is a necessary step to ensure the surface of your skin is free of any makeup, dirt, or debris that could get in the way while the mask penetrates your skin.
Then, use clean fingers — or, The Créme Shop Glitter Silicone Makeup Blender — to apply a face mask of your choice to your complexion. When choosing a face mask, we like to sinc its benefits with the intentions we set during meditation. If you’re practicing an energizing meditation, reach for an energizing face mask, if you’re practicing a cleansing meditation, reach for a cleansing face mask, and so on and so forth.
After applying your face mask, lay down on your yoga mat, or sit up straight with your legs crossed and hands placed on your knees to begin meditation. Once your meditation is complete, follow the instructions on the packaging to remove your mask and voilá!
The Best Face Masks For Meditation
Purifying: Skin & Lab Glacial Clay Facial Mask
Formulated with three different types of skin care clay — kaolin, bentonite, and Canadian glacial clay — the purifying Skin & Lab Glacial Clay Facial Mask deeply cleanses the skin, purifies pores, and helps keep acne and excess oil at bay with added tea tree oil.
Brightening: emerginC Vitamin C + Retinol Mask
Brighten the look of your complexion with emerginC Vitamin C + Retinol Mask. Formulated to fight against free radical damage, boost collagen production, protect against sun damage, and improve the skin’s tone and texture, this brightening mask can reveal a softer, brighter, more youthful-looking complexion with regular use.
Cleansing: The Créme Shop Little Black Mask
Cleanse your complexion and rid pores of blackhead, whiteheads, and dead skin with The Créme Shop Little Black Mask. Formulated with antioxidant-rich vitamin E and charcoal, the peel-off mask can help target excess oil, deep cleanse the complexion and soothe the complexion.
Got dry skin? Nourish your complexion with Farmaesthetics Herbal Hydration Complex Remedy Reserve Mask. Formulated with nourishing shea butter, aloe vera, natural lactic acid, peppermint and lavender essential oils and more, the all-natural face mask can work to replenish the skin, maintain moisture levels, remove excess oil, and protect against environmental damage.
Soothing: The Créme Shop Aloe Vera Face Mask
Is there anything more relaxing than meditating with a soothing face mask? Formulated with aloe vera, The Créme Shop Aloe Vera Face Mask works to nourish, moisturize, protect, and cool the skin. What’s more? Because of it’s soothing properties, it can also help relieve skin irritation and may be able to treat chronic skin conditions, too.
Protecting: PureHeals Ginseng Berry 80 Overnight Mask
If you’re meditating for deep sleep, consider applying an overnight face mask like PureHeals Ginseng Berry 80 Overnight Mask. Formulated with antioxidant-rich ginseng berry extract and soothing chamomile, this face mask works to protect the complexion against environmental aggressors, tightens and energizes the skin, and provides a mask of comfort while you sleep.
Energizing: The Créme Shop Cold Brew Face Mask
Like a cup of coffee for your skin, The Créme Shop Cold Brew Face Mask is a great mask to recharge in. Formulated with concentrated coffee extract, the face mask can promote a more awake-looking complexion, improve circulation, reduce puffiness, and awaken the skin.
– Jessie Quinn