Thank you, Sir Peter Thomas Roth

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By: Brittany Priore        Illustration: Moiko Beauty

The road to clear skin is not a smooth one to say the least. It’s full of bumps and potholes and craters—no pun intended! It’s probably one of the only times in your life when you should be taking the road most traveled. Because in this case, when it comes to your skin, you want to exhaust every option imaginable before taking any extreme routes like Accutane, Birth Control, Acid Peels, or Acne Chemical Peels.

I have tried everything plausible to help my skin. You name it and I’ve tried it. (Everything except those really scary peels I mentioned and Accutane) But that’s what I’m here for- to be your test dummy so you won’t experience excessive breakouts or spend unnecessary money like I do!

My go to skincare product is always going to be a facial mask. I do them at least two times a week, usually four though. You almost always see immediate results with facial masks, which is why I love them so much. Of course, the continuous use of them over time will show greater results, but unlike the first-time application of most skincare products, you should see results right away. In my opinion, facial masks should give you a clear indication of how well they work and the type of results you should look forward to seeing just after one use.

Last year, when my skin was at its absolute worst, I started experimenting with different skincare products. This included moisturizers, facial masks, and cleansers from high-end brands at Sephora to all natural remedies I found at the farmer’s market. And out of all the products I tried, I fell in love with PTR masks. And I mean all of them. I loved every single one of them for different reasons. All of Peter Thomas Roth’s facial masks are made for normal, oily, combination, dry, and sensitive skin. Making them perfect for any skin type.

The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is great for all skin types because it’s rich in Vitamin A, C, E, & T. Vitamin A soothes and softens the skin, vitamin C helps the skin heal if it's suffering from sun damage, and vitamins E & T are acne fighting vitamins. Making it great for anyone battling acne. Which is why I love this mask and started to use it in the first place. It really decongests my skin and rids it of excess oil and in doing so it shrinks my pores and reduces inflammation and prevents breakouts. It really helped clear up my skin while improving the uneven texture and tone. I use it about twice a week for about 10 minutes.

The 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask is made up of caffeine, peridot (a gemstone rich in magnesium) and 24k gold. They all work together to tighten, firm, hydrate and reenergize your skin. I personally adore this mask, because for me, it makes my skin incredibly soft and has helped improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that I have formed around my mouth and on my forehead. Over the years, I have used so many harsh topicals on my skin that I have developed premature wrinkles. It’s something I’m actually really self-conscious about so I’m always on the lookout for a good anti-aging product. I like to use this mask for 5 minutes after I’ve used the Irish moor mask- they work really well together!

The Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask is hydrating and lightweight. This mask decongests your skin as the product draws out dirt and oil from your pores, which helps reduce their appearance and prevents future breakouts from occurring. It does wonders in soothing any inflammation you may be experiencing from current breakouts, too. This purifying mask is made from 9,000-year-old black moor Mud from Ireland, hijiki seaweed, volcanic ash, and activated charcoal powder. It's recommended to leave the mask on for 5 minutes, but like almost every other girl in the world, I keep it on for 10-20 mins. Call me a rebel!

Sephora offers two Peter Thomas Roth sample kits, which is great because just one of these masks can cost up to $70! If you're like me, and you know which mask works best for your skin, then it's smart to invest in a single mask because they do last you forever. But if you're not sure which mask will work best for your skin type, I suggest you purchase the Mask Appeal Kit or the Mask Frenzy Kit!

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