Summer Essentials: You Need To Know About These Masks

Normally right now I would be posting travel based product stories to align with spending the summer in Italy leading Glam Italia Tours.

This is the first summer in the past decade spent here in the U.S.and I had forgotten just how hot and dry the weather is here in Arizona! I wish I was frolicking around the Italian beaches – I was supposed to be in Puglia (the Italian Maldives) as well as multiple trips up and down the Amalfi Coast with my tour groups, but now I doubt I will even see the ocean this summer.

Last summer at the beach in Southern Basilicata.
The Greek Islands are somewhere out there in the distance

Hot sunny days, sea water, chlorine and just being out and about in the sunshine all strip moisture from your hair and your skin, so masques become an essential part of your summer routine.

I normally do a hair mask and a face mask once each week, more if my skin needs extra help. I had bought the following two masks with a view to taking them with me to Italy. Instead this summer they are getting used here at home.

Note: This is NOT a sponsored post or a paid advertisement. It is also not a product review. I have been using these products for the past 3 months and am obsessed with them. This post does contain affiliate links.

Intense Hydrating Mask

Your best accessory for summer is a glowing, gorgeous complexion. That means keeping your skin exfoliated and hydrated.

I am so excited about the award winning Colleen Rothschild products. I have used them for 3 months now, so have a good idea of their quality and efficacy. At this time I haven’t used the exfoliating products but plan on trying them with my next order. You can check out the Colleen Rothschild exfoliating products here.

Colleen Rothschild Intense Hydrating Mask

I have however been using the Intense Hydrating Mask every week, and consider it a summer skincare essential. Here’s why: it is like a long, cool drink of water for your skin. It gives amazing hydration, relieves tired/dry/rough skin and gives you a radiant glow.

Unlike hydration masks that leave your skin feeling slimy or sticky, this one soaks in and leaves the surface of the skin feeling supple. Which brings me to my next point: were I traveling this summer I would wear the Colleen Rothschild Intense Hydrating Mask on the plane. I never wear foundation on long flights, opting instead for a moisturizing mask or reapplying moisturizer during the flight. Many hydration masks are not viable because they either don’t provide enough moisture or they are just too sticky and make your skin feel dirty.

Another reason I consider this a summer essential is that it’s a great rescue product. If you accidentally spend too much time in the sun, if wind or salt water or chlorine have sucked the life out of your skin and have left it feeling parched and/or irritated (which happened to me last week) this mask works wonders, instantly soothing and re-hydrating your skin.

It applies like a moisturizer, so you can put it on and go to the store – you don’t have to stay in hiding while it is working. You can leave it on for 15 minutes or do my favorite which is leave it on all night. It is very concentrated too, so a little goes a long way.

This is a really beautiful hydrating mask. Find the Colleen Rothschild Intense Hydrating Mask online here.

Colleen Rothschild Beauty

Quench and Shine Restorative Mask

I actually discovered this entire line because of this hair mask/restorative deep treatment. You can use it weekly or every time you shampoo. Quench and Shine Restorative Mask is my absolute favorite hair treatment product.

Best Hair Masks Colleen Rothschild Quench and Shine Restorative Mask

This mask is good for all hair types as it doesn’t weigh your hair down. It gives you a really nourishing deep conditioning treatment and makes your hair really shiny and bouncy. It also helps frizzy hair. My hair gets really frizzy in humidity so this mask is a godsend. On top of all the benefits it does for your hair (you can read about them here on the website) it smells heavenly.

I find the more I use it the more I love it. It makes my hair really soft and super shiny.

Colleen Rothschild Beauty

Pro Tip: before you swim, especially in salt water or chlorine, wet your hair with tap or bottled water then comb through some Quench and Shine Restorative Mask. It fills the cuticles of your hair, protects your color and stops your hair getting dry or crunchy. At the end of the day you will be amazed at how gorgeous your hair feels!

You can find Quench and Shine Restorative Mask online at

Colleen Rothschild Hair Travel Set
The perfect travel kit for summer

Colleen Rothschild has a fabulous hair travel kit with travel sizes of their shampoo, Quench and Shine Restorative Mask and the Smooth and Shine Hair Serum. If you are not traveling or going to the beach this summer it is a great way to try the products out!

May 2021 update: I now have my own Colleen Rothschild Beauty discount code. Use code CORINNA20 at check out.

Natural Skin Care ~ How To Make Masks At Home

I wrote an article about facial masks in the latest issue of Luca Magazine. Face masks are the greatest addition to any skin care regimen. You can use masks to treat any skin concerns you have. Today on the blog instead of looking at masks you can buy in the store, lets look at DIY masks, all natural masks that you can make at home!

How To Make Home Made Face Masks

Did you know that you already have most of the ingredients you need to make the very best skin care masks, sitting in your kitchen? High performance, beautiful skin care products don’t always have to come in a bottle or a tube on a shelf in a store. You can make them yourself with all natural ingredients, many of which are already sitting on your kitchen counter or in your pantry! Before using any mask all over your face, do a little test patch at the corner of your jawline. If your skin feels any adverse reaction, remove the mask immediately.

Here are some fabulous DIY skin care facial masks.

Exfoliating Mask


If you have been following my Corinna B’s World blog for more than 5 minutes then you will already know that I am not a fan of facial scrubs. I always think they scratch away the debris on the surface of the skin, but also scratch the baby skin underneath, keeping you in a perpetual cycle of rough, gritty skin.

I prefer to use enzyme masks to exfoliate my skin. An enzyme mask uses fruit acids or lactic acids to dissolve away dead skin cells and debris from the surface of the skin, without damaging the fresh skin underneath. They are super gentle and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Here is an easy to make DIY enzyme mask:

Papaya Enzyme Mask

all natural home made face masks

image by Brad Olson for Luca Magazine

Slice a papaya in half, lengthways. Take one half of the papaya, scoop out the seeds and discard, then scoop the flesh of the papaya into a glass or ceramic bowl. Mash the papaya, apply it all over the face, avoiding the eye area.

Leave the mask on the skin for 15 minutes, then rinse off with luke-warm water and a washcloth.

Brightening Mask

If your complexion is looking dull and lifeless a DIY brightening mask could be the answer.

Apricot Brightening Mask

Apricots are rich with vitamins A, B1, B2, C and PP (a bacterial astringent). They also contain many important minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, sulfur, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous). An apricot brightening mask is fabulous for normal to dry skins, and can be used once or twice per week.

Peel and halve 2 ripe apricots. In a ceramic or glass bowl mash apricots with a fork (use a food processor). Apply with a brush, avoiding the eye area. and leave on the skin for 30 minutes. Rinse off with luke warm water and a washcloth.

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Brightening Mask For Oily Skin.

If you have an oily or combination skin a lemon Mask is a fabulous way to brighten your skin.

Lemon Mask

Lemons have vitamin A, C, B1, B2 and B3 (a strong astringent and bactericide). Lemons are great for oily complexions. You can use this mask daily if necessary, or just a couple of times per week.

Add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to 1 stiffly beaten egg white. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on the skin for 10 minutes and then rinse off with bottled water.

Strawberry Mask

Strawberries contain vitamins B, C, E and K as well as salicylic acid and silica. Its astringent and revitalizing properties make this mask good for all skin types, and it can be used twice per week.

Apply 2 tablespoons of mashed strawberries directly to the face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse off with bottled water.

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For Dry or Dehydrated Skin

When your skin needs some luscious nourishment just reach for an avocado.

Avocados are rich in vitamins and amino acids and make fabulous anti-aging masks for dry, combination and mature skin.

all natural home made face masks

image by Brad Olson for Luca Magazine

Avocado Mask

Mash half a ripe avocado with a fork, (or put in a food processor) and apply immediately to the skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse off with bottled water.

For Angry Skin

If your skin is feeling angry or irritated one of the best masks you can make to soothe and smooth your skin is an oatmeal mask. Oatmeal contains anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories, which will reduce irritation and soothe itchy or irritated skin.

Oatmeal Mask

There are several variations on this mask.

Mask One: Add 2 tablespoons of honey to one serving of hot oatmeal. Let it cool to a warm temperature (never hot), and apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off with cool water.

Mask Two: Grind 4 tablespoons of oatmeal in a coffee grinder or food processor. In a ceramic or glass bowl add 1 tablespoon of honey and one egg yolk. Mix together and apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 minutes, and the rinse with cool water.

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Cucumber Mask

Anytime your skin has had too much sun, too much wind, or just needs soothing, grate one cucumber that has been refrigerated cold. Apply to the skin and leave for as long as you want! The cold cucumber hydrates, soothes and refreshes the skin. (Note – it gets super messy, but its worth it!)

I hope you will try out some of these masks at home! Leave me a comment in the comment section below if you do! Also, if you have some favorite homemade masks that you would like to share, please tell us about them in the comment section below.


How To Choose The Best Face Masks For Your Skin Type


skin care face masks

Its fall here in Phoenix, which means it is full on wedding season. All weekend, every weekend from the end of September until Thanksgiving I am doing makeup for weddings. Its super fun and very fabulous!

One thing I have been noticing lately is that most girls have really, really dry skin. Here in Phoenix we get an extraordinary number of destination weddings, with bridal parties coming in from colder climates around the country.  Cold weather = dry skin.

Even though I am much older than most of the girls I am working with, and I live in the dry old desert of Phoenix, my skin is markedly better than theirs. I put this down to 2 major factors.

Number one:

most people are using the wrong cleanser for their skin type, and as such are stripping their skin. I find many girls using foaming cleansers or soaps that are better used by someone with really oily skin (not just a little T zone action.) I use an oil cleanser to dissolve away makeup and clear away the debris of the day. It’s super gentle on the skin.

If I’m doing a second cleanse I use a micellar water cleanser like Trish McEvoy Skin Cleansing Water.

Number two:

They don’t take advantage of all the masks available to them. Masks are a brilliant way to go after specific skin concerns, from aging to nourishing to moisturizing to decongesting to brightening – you name it, there is a mask to tackle it.


How To Choose The Best Face Masks For Your Skin Type

how to choose face masks

You choose a mask based on your skin concerns. If you have multiple skin concerns you can do several different masks per week, just listen to your skin and make sure you’re not over-taxing it.

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How Often Should I Mask?

I use masks as many days of the week as I have time. I have a really crazy work schedule at the moment, so I’m not doing a mask every day, but I am doing them multiple days per week. I vary the masks I’m using, so that I am making my skin feel the love, not overly stressing it. Most masks only take 15 minutes, so they’re not a huge time eater.

Deep cleansing masks and exfoliating masks should only be used every week or two, depending on your skin. Over doing it can really make your skin angry, and make it red and irritated.

Enzyme Masks:

This is my preferred method for exfoliating. Aggressive exfoliating scrubs use rough particles (like crushed walnut shells!) to scratch the dead skin cells off the surface of your face. The problem is they scratch the new, baby skin underneath, giving you perpetually rough skin. (In my opinion)

Enzyme masks dissolve away the dead skin cells and debris on the surface of the skin, giving you gorgeous, radiant, glowing skin underneath.

My favorites at the moment are Tatcha Rice Enzyme Polishing Powder which I have been using for ages. Just when I was running out of it I received a new, full sized jar of it in my Zoe Report Box Of Style – perfect timing! I normally use it once every week or two as needed. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is amazing too. I just received one from Sephora, and had to order another immediately. This one uses beta hydroxy acids to clear your skin. You use it every day for 2 or 3 days, then drop back to once per week. The results are stunning!

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If I am going out or have a special event I will use one of these masks before putting on my makeup. Makeup loves smooth skin!

Charcoal and Clay Masks

Charcoal masks and clay based masks are generally used to draw out impurities and give your skin a deep cleanse. They are wonderful for congested skin, or skin that needs help with blackheads and acne. If you are suffering from breakouts I recommend only using once per week as you need to let your skin complete the cycle of deep cleansing and bringing all the impurities up to the surface. Sometimes a weekly deep cleansing mask is just too much, and you need to step it back to every other week.

Some clay masks serve multiple functions. For the recent Luca Magazine Beauty shoots I used Reves de Sabine Rose Clay Mask to exfoliate, soften and smooth the models skin prior to doing their makeup. It feels really luxurious, and it gives the skin a gorgeous glow. I moisturized after the mask and then put on the makeup, and it was exquisite!

rose clay mask

Masks By Skin Concern

Dull Skin

If my skin is looking dull I like to use a resurfacing mask such as the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask or the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder, followed by a brightening sheet mask. I don’t always do them on the same day as I hardly ever have that much time, but where possible it is my Sunday night routine.

Tatcha has a new Violet C Radiance Mask that I haven’t had a chance to try yet, but you just cannot go wrong with their products, they really are just exquisite.

Dehydrated Skin

I love nourishing, moisturizing masks and use them a couple of times per week if possible. A moisture mask may be as simple as a sheet mask or as involved as a rich creamy mask.


Angry Skin

If your skin is looking angry – irritated, red, generally not happy with you, you need to use a calming, soothing mask. Ren makes a lovely calming mask called Evercalm Ultra Calming Rescue Mask that reduces inflammation, redness and irritation. Oatmeal is a great skin-calmer, and I found the Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask by First Aid Beauty at Sephora. I don’t really get angry skin, so haven’t used either of these on myself.

Bloomingdales sent me the Kiehls Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask recently in a bonus box. I love it. I used it a lot at the end of summer when my skin had had enough of heat, sun, airplanes etc, but it would also be wonderful for angry skin.


Aging Skin

Aging skin needs a couple of masks. Skin that is aging tends to look dull, so a brightening mask is a must. It also needs nutrients, so nourishing, moisturizing masks are wonderful too.


Sephora has a great Mask Buying Guide that pairs your skin concern with the ideal mask options. It takes the work out of choosing the right face mask for your skin needs., Inc.