Fashion has a way of taking our core wardrobe essentials and turning them into statement pieces. Consider the trusty trench coat: originally created to shield soldiers from the elements but, over time, turned into one of the most distinctive utility apparel items a person could own. It's no surprise, then, that the face coverings we've been advised by the CDC to wear for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 have been embraced by the fashion world. Masks may still feel like an unusual addition to our daily routines because of the way they conceal the parts of ourselves that are normally exposed, but that doesn't mean our identities have to be hidden too. By opting for a stylish face mask in the right print to suit your own aesthetic and making a purchase you know will benefit those in need, wearing a fashionable face mask can become more than just our collective responsibility — it can be an entirely new form of self-expression. "It just felt like there was a need [for a stylish face mask]," says Hillary Taymour, founder of the sustainable clothing brand Collina Strada. "I was wearing brightly colored masks walking over the bridge daily to the studio and it put a smile on everyone’s face. So why not bring that to the general public?" Taymour began producing non-medical face masks in mid-March, drawing on the crafty skills of model and friend Sasha Melnychuk to design something protective yet personal. The final product was a remarkable marriage of motifs featuring Collina Strada's signature ribbons — a fixture of the brand's runway shows — and the vibrant patterns of already available deadstock fabric. "With every purchase [of a Collina Strada mask], you are donating five masks to healthcare workers," Taymour says. "The design just brings a little sunshine during one of the most difficult times we have seen in this lifetime."Taymour was one of many designers to pivot to non-medical face mask production with the goal of giving back as the coronavirus crisis hit its devastating crescendo. Companies like Reformation and Sanctuary also reacted quickly by organizing local manufacturers to do the same using fabrics from their warehouses. New York-based label Alice+Olivia announced that it would donate 5,000 face masks to medical centers around the country while selling consumer-friendly options online. In addition to equipping customers with the coverings they need, founder Stacey Bendet pointed out a greater purpose of this initiative: "Let's show support for our community and the doctors, nurses, delivery workers, and first responders who are combatting this crisis on the front lines,” she said in a press release. The more non-medical face masks made available to the public, the less of a strain there will be on the medical-grade materials our heroes on the front lines require to protect themselves on the job.Ahead, we've rounded up a list of fashion brands that are enhancing the process of mask manufacturing with their unique brands of sartorial savoir-faire. Face coverings are a crucial way for us to keep one another safe when we're in public, and they aren't going anywhere. So go ahead and get comfortable with one that speaks to your own style, be that in the form of something upcycled, a badass camo print, delicate florals — even toile, if that's your thing. You do you, as long as you're doing it responsibly. COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. Go to the CDC website for the latest information on symptoms, prevention, and other resources.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Slip Silk Reusable Face MaskSlip's face mask is made from 100% silk (of course) and features an adjustable nose bridge and earloops and includes a reusable pouch.Shop SlipSlip Reusable Face Mask, $, available at SephoraSkims Seamless Face MaskKim K. does it again with her ever-popular range of seamless face masks in an extensive selection of neutral hues. Shop SkimsSkims Seamless Face Mask, $, available at SkimsMilk It Recycled Woven Face MaskFrom galaxy to animal print, Urban Outfitters has got your mask needs covered. This particular option by Milk It is made from recycled cotton and features adjustable straps. Shop Urban OutfittersMilk It Recycled Woven Reusable Face Mask, $, available at Urban OutffitersRachel Comey Face MasksRachel Comey has created a stylish selection of printed face masks made sustainably from archival material. Shop Rachel ComeyRachel Comey Naylor Mask, $, available at Rachel ComeyReformation Face Mask, 5 PackReformation's 5-pack of reusable face masks are made in partnership with LA Protects, an organization that helps to create millions of masks for essential workers. Their single masks are also available for purchase, which come in a variety of colors and patterns. Shop ReformationReformation 1X Mask, $, available at ReformationBaggu Fabric Mask SetAll Baggu face masks are made of 100% organic quilters cotton, which is extra effective at blocking out respiratory droplets due to its tight weave and thick thread. Additionally, they have adjustable straps, a pocket for a filter insert, and of course, come in Baggu's unique range of funky colors and patterns. For every pack of masks sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a rotating selection of organizations.Shop BagguBaggu Fabric Loop Mask (Set of 3), $, available at BagguCollina Strada Fashion Face Mask With BowsCollina Strada is a fashionable platform for climate awareness, social awareness, change, and self-expression — all of which come together in the designer's beautifully made face masks. The masks, made from deadstock materials, fasten with delightfully patterned bows and feature an opening to insert your filter inside. With the purchase of one mask for yourself, you will also be providing five more to healthcare workers in New York City.Shop Collina StradaCollina Strada Flower Mask x Tomi Koni Turquoise, $, available at Collina StradaTory Burch Printed Face Mask, Set of 3Excluding the cost of production, all additional proceeds from these lightweight moisture-wicking face masks will be donated to International Medical Corps working to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to the Tory Burch Foundation, working to advance women’s empowerment and women entrepreneurs. Shop Tory BurchTory Burch Printed Face Mask, Set of 3 With Pouch, $, available at Tory BurchJennifer Behr Embroidered Scattered Pearl MaskWith every mask set purchased, this New York-based brand is donating a set of masks to essential workers. 25% of the profits from their sales will also be donated to DirectRelief.org to help equip health professionals in resource-poor communities.Shop Jennifer BehrJennifer Behr Embroidered Scattered Pearl Mask, $, available at Jennifer BehrLoveShackFancy x Stoney Clover Face Mask Set These super sweet masks by LoveShackFancy are sewn by hand, double lined, and made from their signature floral fabric scraps. Grab one while you can because they've been known to sell out quick!Shop LoveShackFancyLoveShackFancy LSF x Stoney Clover Face Mask Set, $, available at loveshackfancyThe Great The Face MaskThe Great's face masks are made in Los Angeles from their remnant fabric, are double-layered, and have adjustable straps. For every purchase, they donate a mask to the staff at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.Shop The GreatThe Great The Face Mask., $, available at The GreatKES Peace Face Covering, 2-PackThe unisex designs by sustainable brand KES feature adjustable drawstrings so you can fasten your mask to the perfect fit. They're made from a breathable, 100% silk charmeuse fabric. You can opt for a simple shades of white and black or go for something a little more playful such as cobalt blue or gingham. Shop KESKES Peace Silk Face Covering, 2-Pack, $, available at KESSt. John Artisinal Milano Knit MaskAmerican luxury house St. John launched a striking selection of limited-edition Care Masks that are sustainably crafted from surplus pique fabric. Plus, when you buy one of these masks, St. John will donate three non-surgical antimicrobial masks to those in need. Shop St. JohnSt. John Milano Knit Mask, $, available at St. JohnPACT Face Mask 3-PackPact's 3-pack of reusable face masks come in 3 universally flattering shades and are made of 100% organic cotton with an anti-microbial inner layer and splash-resistant outer layer for added protectionShop PACTPACT Face Mask 3-Pack, $, available at PACTVera Bradley Cotton Face MaskVera Bradley quickly converted their Fort Wayne sewing facility to manufacture cotton face masks to help protect essential workers and the general public — and it comes as no surprise that you can choose between all sorts of the brand's signature paisley prints, brightly colored motifs, and even limited edition Harry Potter themed masks. These non-medical masks are made from soft cotton and feature dual-layer protection with an inside slip opening for a disposable filter. Shop Vera BradleyVera Bradley Harry Potter™ Pleated Mask - 2 Pack, $, available at Vera BradleyFind Your Mask Tie Dye Face MaskThese highly-rated double-layer masks from Etsy come in two shades of trendy tie-dye and 2 sizing options. Reviewers also rave about the masks' perfect fit. Shop Find Your MaskFind Your Mask Tie Dye Fashion Face Mask, $, available at EtsyLisa Says Gah Knit MaskMade from a soft ribbed knit, we're positive you can find a Lisa Says Gah mask to coordinate with any outfit. Even better, with every mask purchase, they'll donate 2 meals to the San Francisco Marine Food Bank. Shop Lisa Says GahLisa Says Gah Baby Rib Knit Mask, $, available at Lisa Says GahCynthia Rowley Embroidered Cotton MaskCynthia Rowley has produced a really nice variety of 100% cotton face masks in both happy floral prints and sleek solids. We especially enjoy the detail of this embroidered version, which comes in five chic colorways.Shop Cynthia RowleyCynthia Rowley Embroidered Cotton Mask, $, available at Cynthia RowleyAraks Protective Face MaskTo benefit frontline healthcare workers, 20% of the proceeds from Araks Protective Face Masks will be donated to GetUsPPE, a non-profit grassroots coalition organized to address the PPE shortage worldwide. These beautiful masks are made of 100% cotton with adjustable ties and come in a solid selection of unique colors and prints. Shop AraksAraks Protective Face Mask, $, available at AraksSanctuary Modern Art Scrunchie Mask, 4-PackL.A.-based brand Sanctuary has launched its Essential Lifestyle Masks for consumers, designed to create a fashion-forward barrier to protect you from your surroundings. At the same time, the company is using its resources and the profits of its lifestyle masks to produce over 5 million N95 masks to support the medical community (N95s are not for sale) as they battle this virus on the frontlines across the nation.Shop SanctuarySanctuary Modern Art Scrunchie Mask, 4 Pack, $, available at SanctuaryGraf Lantz Zenbu Organic Cotton Face MaskGraf Lantz's double-layered organic cotton mask features a filter pocket, adjustable ear straps, metal noseband, and is available in both regular and petite sizes. Even better, for every mask purchased Graf Lantz is donating ten meals to Feeding America. Shop Graf LantzGraf Lantz Regular Zenbu Organic Cotton Face Mask - Ear Band, $, available at Graf LantzBaubleBar Adjustable Face Mask Set of 2As a go-to destination for gifts and jewelry, of course BaubleBar has added face protection to their accessory repertoire. These mask sets are soft, breathable, and double layered with adjustable ear loops.Shop BaubleBarBaubleBar Adjustable Face Mask Set of 2, $, available at BaubleBarRoyal Jelly Harlem Adult Face MaskYou may have seen this exact blue seersucker face mask being worn by the Duchess of Sussex herself! If this classic summer print isn't totally your vibe, Royal Jelly Harlem makes adult and children's masks in a wide range of colors and patterns. Each one is made of 100% cotton, double-lined, and includes a filter pocket. Shop Royal Jelly HarlemRoyal Jelly Harlem Adult Mask, $, available at Royal Jelly HarlemDSquared2 Techno Knit Face MaskFor a little extra confidence boost, we recommend a face mask by DSquared2. This one is made from a high-quality knit that can be washed up to 100 times. Shop DSquared2DSquared2 Techno Knit Face Mask, $, available at LUISAVIAROMARe/done Upcycled Denim & Bandana Face Mask SetOf course we can count on Re/done to make a cool set of sustainable face masks made from upcycled denim and bandanas. The masks feature a double-lining of fabric with elastic ear loops and a nose clip to secure around your face. And for every mask purchased, Re/done will donate five medical grade masks to frontline heroes in partnership with Donate PPE. Shop Re/doneRE/DONE Upcycled Denim & Bandana Face Masks Set, $, available at Saks Fifth AvenueSatin Nude Straight Cut Face MaskWhile you won't find any medical-grade products available on Etsy, many of its crafty vendors have shifted to selling handmade masks and other fabric gear that serve as a barrier between you and your surroundings. From luxurious satin fabrics to paisley and toile prints, the market place is a treasure trove of unique face-covering finds. Shop KGVCXKGVCX Satin Nude Straight Cut Face Mask, $, available at EtsyTanya Taylor Protective Face MasksWith the financial support of its community, Tanya Taylor is currently producing nearly 30,000 masks to be donated to hospitals in New York and Canada. In line with CDC’s latest recommendations, the fashion brand has now launched consumer face masks created from excess fabric. With every pack purchase, Tanya Taylor will donate the funds to create one non-medical grade mask for donation.Shop Tanya TaylorTanya Taylor Protective Face Masks, $, available at Tanya TaylorThe RealRealWhile The RealReal is known and loved for being the largest online marketplace for authenticated, consigned luxury goods, the site has also become host to a designer mask sale in support of frontline workers in partnership with Fashion Girls for Humanity. The goal is to support the fashion community during these difficult times while also offering new, non-medical grade masks with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Gowns For Good Made in America. You can even shop decorative accessories to layer on top of your mask to add some major edge to your look, like this upcycled, beaded style from Gypsy Sport. Shop The Real RealGypsy Sport Tangerine Decorative Mask, $, available at The RealRealGiovanna Watercolor Gingham Face MaskFor gingham that's prettier than a picnic blanket, check out the new face mask styles from New York-based lifestyle brand Giovanna. After making 500 masks for donation, the company has shifted to manufacturing a shoppable online collection for women, men, and teens. Each mask has a double layer of cotton and an additional layer of interfacing for extra filtration, and for every mask sold Giovanna will donate funds to cover the cost of an N95 mask for RETI's Rapid Resilience program.Shop Giovanna Giovanna Watercolor Gingham Face Mask, $, available at GiovannaHeroine Sport 3-Piece Metallic Cloth Face Covering SetDare we suggest we've detected somewhat of a metallic trend happening here? Saks Fifth Avenue is also selling shimmery nylon face covering options that can be washed by hand and feature a mesh interior lining. Shop Heroine SportHeroine Sport 3-Piece Metallic Cloth Face Covering Set, $, available at Saks Fifth AvenueKarina Grimaldi Karina Face MaskAvailable on Revolve are double-layered face masks with a viscose satin-twill overlay by Karina Grimald. The white and orange floating floral motif feels like it's fresh off a tropical island — where you'll find us mentally residing for the remainder of 2021.Shop Karina Grimaldi Karina Grimaldi Karina Face Mask, $, available at RevolveAlice + Olivia Staceface Adjustable Face MaskSince the beginning of this outbreak, fashion brand Alice + Olivia has been mobilizing its teams to create and distribute protective masks to hospitals and communities in need. Now, they're helping to stop community spread with non-medical protective masks made available to the public. The masks, featuring the brand’s iconic “Stace Face” pattern, are made from jersey material for reuse, wash-ability, and comfort. Plus, for every mask sold, Alice + Olivia will donate one to the medical community and beyond.Shop Alice + OliviaAlice + Olivia Staceface Adjustable Face Mask, $, available at Alice + OliviaMadewell 3-Pack Assorted Adjustable Face MasksEach one of these Madewell masks is crafted from leftover fabric scraps, which means every color is a limited edition. They are designed to fit over the top of the nose and below the chin. In addition to launching washable and reusable face masks for their customers, Madewell and J.Crew have donated 75,000 single-use face masks to Montefiore Medical Center in New York.Shop MadewellMadewell Three-Pack Assorted Adjustable Nose-Wire Masks, $, available at MadewellNisolo Upcycled Linen & Cotton Lined MaskHandmade by the local Nashville artist behind the apparel company Emlee, these masks feature a trendy two-tone pattern cut to fit your face. Each mask is hand-sewn by local seamstresses using deadstock linen, cotton, and hemp fabrics and lined with 100% USA-made cotton twill for comfort. Shop NisoloEMLEE Upcycled Linen & Cotton Lined Mask, $, available at NisoloAbacaxi Cotton Face Mask With Filter PocketMindfully made clothing and accessories brand Abacaxi is producing reusable, double-layer fabric face masks from 100% woven cotton. These are made ethically in NYC using deadstock fabrics, and for every mask sold, Abacaxi is working with The Mask Fund to donate the amount needed to purchase one N95 mask for health care workers. Shop AbacaxiAbacaxi Cotton Face Mask With Filter Pocket, $, available at AbacaxiSummersalt 3-Pack Face CoveringTrendy travel wear brand Summersalt is now offering machine-washable, non-medical grade face coverings made from 100% cotton, recycled materials and sold in sets of three. The "Lavender Fields" print is perfect for days when you feel like making a statement, whereas the black and yellow-white color-block alternatives will suit a more neutral vibe. For every set sold, Summersalt will donate a face covering to a worthy organization doing their part to help the larger community. Shop SummersaltSummersalt 3-Pack Face Coverings, $, available at SummersaltPearl Boba Tea Face MaskThis quirky L.A. brand launched a selection of face masks adorned with fun prints to represent your kookier side. The designs are flexible, washable, and reusable and have a pocket to insert your replaceable filter. And with motifs like "Pearl Boba Tea" and "Tayto Potato," you're bound to crack a smile while making this purchase. Shop SmokoSmoko Pearl Boba Tea Face Mask 2.0, $, available at SmokoStoney Clover Face Mask Set Of 2For anyone who can't resist a refreshing pop of pastel for summer, Stoney Clover's pink and mint-hued cotton masks are definitely the way to go. The adjustable straps mean this mask can be tied to your perfect size, with the option of adding a heart-shaped bead or two for a touch of whimsy. Available in standard and petite styles, the latter can be worn either by kids or by adults who want a more snug fit.Shop Stoney CloverStoney Clover Lane Petite Pastel Heart Face Mask, Set of 2, $, available at Stoney Clover LaneOnzie 2-Pack Protective Face MasksRevolve, the retailer known for its trendy clothing labels and glossy Instagram campaigns, is now offering 2-packs of re-usable face masks with elastic straps (with the option of a tie-dye print, of course!) from the brand Onzie.Shop OnzieOnzie 2 Pack Protective Face Masks, $, available at RevolveWolford Care Face CoveringBut if you're not one for shiny fabrics and funky patterns, keep it sleek and simple with this black, double-layered option from the hosiery brand Wolford — available on Matches Fashion.Shop WolfordWolford Care Face Covering, $, available at Matches FashionMaaji Calm 5-Pack Face CoveringsIf you've got an eclectic style, there are certainly reusable mask designs made to align with your unique taste. The Colombia-based swimwear brand Maaji is known for its whimsical prints, textures, and playful details — all of which have been applied to its new selection of patterned face coverings. Shop MaajiMaaji Maaji Calm 5-Pack Face Coverings, $, available at ShopbopCaraa Mask PackThis NYC-based sporty bag brand has launched an initiative to get non-medical grade masks to as many people as possible. Reusable, machine-washable, and designed for comfort, these masks are constructed from excess fabric cuttings of Caraa bags to reduce waste and make use of these leftover pieces for good.Shop Caraacaraa 5-Pack Mask, $, available at caraaCommando 2-Pack Non-Medical Cloth Face MasksFashion's favorite leggings and intimates brand is taking its signature approach of high-quality comfort to the production of non-medical cloth face masks. Each pack includes one solid black mask and one printed mask of choice, and for each of these sales Commando will donate a mask to its local chapter of United Way. The washable and reusable masks are made from an up-cycled Italian microfiber outer layer and a double-faced European microfiber and cotton blend lining. Shop CommandoCommando Non-Medical Cloth Face Mask 2-Pack, $, available at CommandoJonathan Simkhai Fabric Mask PackOffered in packs of four containing a spectrum of neutral colors that reflect the sleek Jonathan Simkhai design codes, these masks from the designer label feature an optional pouch for removable filter use. For every pack purchased, Jonathan Simkhai will donate a civilian mask to local front-line essential workers in need of non-medical mask protection. Shop Jonathan SimkhaiJonathan Simkhai Fabric Mask Pack, $, available at Jonathan SimkhaiChristy Dawn 3-Pack Sustainable Linen MasksThese reusable, non-medical grade masks from the charming sustainable fashion company Christy Dawn are fashioned out of 100% doubled deadstock cotton. Each order is for 10 total masks — five of which will be shipped to you with the remaining half donated to those in need. Whether you're the stripes type or all about plaid, there's a pattern for everyone among these eco-friendly styles.Christy Dawn 3-Pack Sustainable Linen Masks, $, available at Christy DawnRent The Runway Reusable MasksRent The Runway developed its own protective masks with an eye towards fashion and sustainability, so they’re washable and reusable (and NOT for rent... just to be clear). Made from 100% cotton or cotton blend and lined in cotton/poly, the fabric used has been salvaged as scraps from prior production runs or purchased as unused surplus from textile mills. Plus, for each 5-pack sold, RTR will give a 5-pack to a community in need through its partnership with Project Renewal.Rent The Runway Reusable Masks Buy 5, Give 5, $, available at Rent The RunwayThe Windwitch Seersucker Face MaskThe Windwitch was launched by an artist living aboard who is currently rebuilding a sailboat of the same name. Her reusable Seersucker Face Mask is made with 100% cotton fabric that is great to wear for warmer weather. It also features a pocket for replaceable filters, an adjustable nose bridge, and elastic strap and comes in charming, understated prints like white and blue stripes and vibrant, Caribbean-inspired plaids. There is a free tutorial and pattern on There is also a tutorial on The Windwitch's blog page for how to DIY your own mask. The Windwitch Light Blue Seersucker Face Mask, $, available at The WindwitchReformation 5-Pack Reusable Masks With TiesReformation has partnered with the City of Los Angeles on LA Protects, an initiative to organize local manufacturers to make five million non-medical masks. You can pick some up for yourself or donate to someone in need directly through the retailer's website.Reformation 5X Masks - L.A. Protects, $, available at ReformationChristopher Kane More Joy Face MaskAs a more recent addition to his More Joy collection, Christopher Kane created both an adult and child sized face mask printed with the iconic saying that seems to be more relevant now than ever. These masks are treated with their patented VIRO FORMULA ™ which provides effective protection from viruses and bacteria for up to 30 washes. Christopher Kane More Joy Face Mask, $, available at Christopher KaneEclecticist Hunter Leopard Face MaskFor the perfect leopard print accessory to transition into fall, look no further than Eclecticist's Hunter Leopard Face Mask. Their mask features a pocket for a filter insert and adjustable straps for just the right fit. Eclecticist Hunter Leopard Face Mask, $, available at EclecticistThe Mighty Company Metallic Face MaskLook no further than the online retailer Shopbop as your trusty resource for finding trendy reusbale face masks — like this bright pink style made from a lightweight jersey material featuring a striking metallic finish.Shop The Might CompanyThe Mighty Company Face Covering With Metallic Finish, $, available at ShopbopLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Here's Where To Buy Non-Medical Face Masks OnlineThe Most Effective Face-Mask Materials16 Face Masks Better Suited To Wear When You Fly
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Of all the skin-care topics I've covered in my years reporting on beauty, chemical peels are one of the most polarizing. The word "peel" alone implies a reptilian shedding process that is nothing short of scary as hell. I get it — who wants to walk around with massive patches of croissant-like flakes falling off their face?Still, there's a reason why the treatment comes highly recommended by experts and dermatologists. Board-certified dermatologist Suneel Chilukuri, MD, says that chemical peels target a wide range of skin concerns, including acne, discoloration, and uneven texture. "If the right peel is used, even those with rosacea and sensitive skin can benefit from the treatment," Dr. Chilukuri says. "Peels also improve the overall barrier function of the skin."The magic is in the acids used for peels. Dr. Chilukuri explains that peels can function as single acids or be mixed with exfoliating agents. "Typical peeling agents are alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, which work by penetrating the skin and releasing the bonds between cells that hold them together," he says. "This allows the cells to exfoliate more effectively and bring new, fresh cells to the surface." I'd gotten a gentle chemical peel once before, but decided to get a more intense treatment recently. Aside from wanting to hit a major reset button on my dull, tired pandemic complexion, I also thought now would be the best time for a chemical peel, since no one would see me crusty and dry while I moulted.This time around, I took selfies detailing my post-treatment process. I invite you to join me on my chemical-peel journey through a series of very up-close, not particularly unflattering selfies, ahead... as long as you promise not to judge me.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Before Chemical PeelHere's a look at my skin before my PCA Peel, which I got at KUR Skin Lab in New York City. Before my treatment, my skin-care routine mainly consisted of a cleanser, adapalene gel, Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream Moisturizer, and Supergoop Glow Screen. With residual hyperpigmentation popping up from maskne breakouts, and feeling lackluster overall, I knew it was time to see a professional.During Chemical PeelMy esthetician at KUR blended 12% lactic acid, 6% TCA (trichloroacetic acid), kojic acid, and azelaic acid to treat my skin. You won't find it in products for over-the-counter use, but TCA is a popular active used in professional chemical peels. "This removes surface cells in a controlled manner to instigate a healing response and allow new cells to rise to the surface," Dr. Chilukuri explains.My esthetician thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated my face, then brushed on the chemical concoction. I was warned to expect slight tingling or burning but felt neither. She felt confident that my skin could handle four layers of acid — she usually takes her clients up to six layers, depending on their skin type. PCA peel administrators work on a "one to ten" pain scale, Dr. Chilukuri explains. "This helps us understand the level of sensation they are feeling," he says. "More isn't always better, as over-treatment can make some conditions, like hyperpigmentation, worse."Once my esthetician neutralized my peel, she applied sunscreen, eye cream, and a nourishing lip balm. The entire process took roughly 45 minutes.After Chemical PeelThe KUR Skin Lab team sent me on my way with specific instructions and a PCA Skin Post-Treatment kit, which included a cleanser, balm, cortisone ointment, and sunscreen — all instructed to use for seven days following my treatment. I was sad to kiss my usual lineup goodbye for a week but was committed to healing my skin.Immediately after the treatment, my skin felt noticeably greasier than usual, but my esthetician instructed me not to wash my face for 24 hours following the treatment. She also recommended avoiding direct sunlight and sweating (the perfect excuse to hit snooze on my daily workout).Night Of Chemical PeelAs the evening progressed, I noticed the greasy cast left behind on my skin turn a few shades darker than my complexion, almost like I was wearing the wrong shade of foundation. My skin grew increasingly shiny, which further tempted me to wash my face before the 24 hour mark, but I fought the urge. First Face Wash (24 Hours Post-Peel)The minute that 24th hour hit, you bet I was in the shower rinsing off my face. The cleanser in my post-treatment kit was a creamy, gel-like formula that didn't create a soapy lather. I was worried that it wouldn't thoroughly remove the greasy residue left on my face, but it did. I was thrilled to have clean skin but knew to expect some peeling in the not too distant future.Day 1: PeelingMy skin first started peeling around my mouth area, which wasn't surprising considering that it's usually my face's driest area. I felt more taut than usual but didn't notice any other unexpected irritation post-peel.Day 2: Peeling (Morning)Okay, this isn't the sexiest photo of myself, but I took it before I could even get out of bed on day two. Peeling was in full swing. The dry patches started to inch up towards my nose and into my cheek zone this time. The areas that peeled also seemed noticeably darker than usual, which made my skin look splotchy. Yikes.Day 2: Peeling (Evening) By day two, night two, the peeling along my chin area was super visible and formed a bold demarcation line between my new skin and the shedding skin. Day 3: Peeling On day three, my skin took on a scalier look. My forehead, nose, and chin had a flaky white cast not even a face mask could hide when I stepped outside. I also experienced moderate itching in some areas, but nothing a slight tap with my finger didn't fix. At this point, I remained consistent with the post-care product regimen and found that reapplying the PCA Skin Silkcoat Balm in the kit throughout the day helped my skin feel more hydrated.Day 4: PeelingFinally, day four came around, and I didn't feel like a cracked marble statue. The shedding was focused around my forehead and hairline area, but the rest of my skin started to look and feel smoother. Alas, I was sort of normal again.Day 5: PeelingBy day five, I felt like myself but much drier. My shedding had almost wholly subsided, but there was nothing I wanted more than to layer on a hydrating sheet mask. While my skin did feel parched, I was relieved not to wake up to large patches of skin flaking off my face. I continued with the PCA post-care regimen and layered on some of my go-to Supergoop sunscreen before heading outdoors for extra hydration and protection. If you haven't been diligent with sun care before a chemical peel, don't plan on slacking after one: It's the single most crucial step to protecting your skin, especially while it's vulnerable. "Sunscreen is an absolute non-negotiable," Dr. Chilukuri says. Skipping out on sunscreen could lead to burning or worsening discoloration, which you can easily avoid by shielding your skin from the sun.Day 6 On the sixth day post-peel, I was greeted by a smoother, more radiant face. If you're considering a chemical peel, bear in mind that the process is different for everyone, and in some cases, you may not even visibly peel. "Visible exfoliation is not an indication of the success of a peel treatment," Dr. Chilukuri says. "Some exfoliation is at the cellular level and not as noticeable, while other peeling is more dramatic." The main thing to remember is that your peel ingredients are the most important component and are meant to treat your specific concerns, not solely to remove layers of your skin. As you can see in this photo, my skin isn't perfect. I still have some discoloration and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in areas. It's a reminder to myself and everyone inclined to invest in chemical peels that the treatment isn't a magic wand made to solve your skin-care concerns instantly.My esthetician encouraged me to make regular peels part of my routine, and space them out six to eight weeks apart. Talk to your expert candidly about a peel frequency that works for your lifestyle and budget (and plan around major events and vacations). Consider it a slow yet effective burn with results well worth having flaky-biscuit skin for a week.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 25: Natalia Verza @mascarada.paris wears sunglasses, a pastel colored green and pink oversized tie and dye midi dress with low-neck and puff large sleeves from Sandra Mansour x AGL, drinks mineral water from an Evian blue plastic bottle, during a street style fashion photo session, on March 25, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images) You don’t need to be woo-woo about wellness to be influenced into buying chlorophyll water right now. If you’re on TikTok, you’ve probably seen some variation of the viral clip: an influencer promoting their “morning supplement routine,” which involves a large glass of ice water, a medicinal-looking tincture of liquid chlorophyll, and a metal or glass straw (for aesthetic) to mix it all together. While the drinkable sludge-green water parading as a “supplement” looks about as appetizing as liquified seaweed, what’s more persuasive is the claim that these kitchen-counter influencers are making — essentially, that chugging a glass of chlorophyll water a day will give you better skin and clear your acne. The hashtag #chlorophyllwater has already amassed over 29.3 million views on TikTok, but we thought it wise to speak with a licensed dermatologist to get all the facts about liquid chlorophyll and how it can impact the skin — before ordering a $14 bottle of the green stuff from The Vitamin Shoppe. @snaillyyyyy chlorophyll is the $hit ##chlorophyllwater ♬ jealous by eyedress – sexy cool funny popular person You can use your middle-school science recall to think about chlorophyll: It’s the compound that gives plants their green color through the process of photosynthesis. “Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in plants, algae, and cyanobacteria,” explains Hadley King, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist. “It’s essential in photosynthesis, allowing plants to absorb energy from light. In the human body, chlorophyll has antioxidant properties and therefore has been shown to potentially improve signs of skin aging.” However, according to Dr. King, most of the benefits of chlorophyll come from its from topical application — as in, putting chlorophyll directly on the skin, not drinking it. “Some clinical trials have shown that chlorophyll in a topical form has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that may help reduce acne,” says Dr. King, “but with orally-consumed chlorophyll, we don’t yet have data about its effects on acne.” This doesn’t mean that TikTok is lying to you. Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, asserts that when taken in conjunction with a healthy diet, drinking liquid chlorophyll might be good for the overall health of your skin. “There’s some data suggesting that oral chlorophyll may enhance production of red blood cells in the body,” he explains. “This could mean better delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your organs, including your skin.” Of course, make sure to touch base with your doctor before becoming a micro #chlorophyllwater influencer. They’ll probably echo the same sentiment: There’s no real downside to dripping the green drops in your mason jar of ice water. But as with other forms of digestible “beauty pills,” don’t expect miracles. If getting rid of acne (or maskne) is your goal, try drinking more tap water first. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?We Spoke To The Pros About Estrogen-Deficient SkinLuxury Skin-Care Gifts To Send Your MomThe Laser Hair Removal Studio Catering To BIPOC
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The Olaplex team has been very busy over the past year, creating a number of at-home products to give our DIY hair-care routines a boost. Last summer, we were introduced to Olaplex No.0, an intensive pre-shampoo treatment with the ability to repair damaged strands fast. Now, this month, Olaplex is unveiling the hotly-anticipated No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, and it’s already causing a stir among beauty lovers and hair pros alike. The new mask promises to make lackluster hair appear totally revived in just 10 minutes — and, in my experience, it delivers. What is in the Olaplex No.8 Intense Bond Moisture Mask and how does it work? Olaplex No.8 works on all hair types, including virgin hair. The star ingredient in all Olaplex products is bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, which the brand says is scientifically proven to add twice as much shine, four times more hydration, and six times more smoothness for all hair types after just one use, according to an independent study. The protein works by repairing damage and relinking hair bonds after they’ve been broken by things such as bleach or color, harsh weather, heat styling, or general wear and tear. When the hair’s bonds are broken, hair often appears split at the ends or frizzy, and feels dry or brittle. The difference between other Olaplex hair products and the new No.8 is that the latter is souped up with a handful of extra ingredients, many of which can be found in skin care but are also shown to have brilliant hair benefits: hyaluronic acid for an extra hit of hydration, ceramides to speed up repair and lock in moisture, and avocado oil, rosehip oil, and rice bran oil, all of which nourish dry, brittle strands deeply and provide a glossy finish. (Think of it as a more concentrated version of Olaplex No.3.) According to Lavinia Popescu, vice president of research and development at Olaplex, No.8 has been formulated to avoid protein overload so that hair doesn’t become dry and break over time. Left on for just 10 minutes, the mask coats and absorbs into damp hair strands while the cuticle (the outside layer) is open, so it works from the inside out. No.8 is also free from sulfates, making it a safe option for colored hair and those with a sensitive or reactive scalp. How do you use the Olaplex No.8 Intense Bond Moisture Mask? Recommended for use once a week, the mask works best on shampooed, towel-dried hair. The brand’s experts suggest applying one to three pumps through mid-lengths to ends, depending on your hair length and thickness. The formula isn’t at all greasy or heavy; it feels just like a lightweight styling cream with a subtle orange blossom scent. I used a wide-tooth comb to brush the mask through and applied a little to my roots, which sometimes frizz up. Then I wrapped my hair in a hair turban to lock in heat and maximize results. London-based colorist Samantha Cusick is a huge fan of No.8, and recommends using the hair mask between salon visits. “You can damage your hair by doing nothing to it,” she says. “This works deep inside the hair structure, and everybody has these breakable hair bonds, so everybody benefits. Olaplex is for everybody and every hair type and texture, whether that’s naturally textured hair, virgin hair, color-treated hair, straight hair, and even hair extensions. Curly and natural textured hair tends to need more moisture in particular, and this mask really delivers.” Does the Olaplex No.8 Intense Bond Moisture Mask work? Yes, and the before-and-after pictures are proof. In just 10 minutes, the mask breathed new life into my frazzled, split, twice-dyed lockdown hair. After a quick rinse and rough-dry using the ghd Helios, I gasped. My hair felt smooth, soft, and so much easier to manage. My hair has one big wave at the back, which often makes it difficult to wear it natural, but my lengths were so glossy and soft, I felt like I could skip my straighteners. This is the first hair product that has made me consider ditching the heat, so it’s already leagues above anything else I’ve tried. When I did go to straighten my hair the next day, it took me all of five minutes — my straighteners glided through my hair without snagging. I’m most impressed by how it minimized my broken hairs, frizzy roots, and split ends. I’m in desperate need of a trim, but somehow my hair looks and feels so much healthier. While Olaplex No.8 isn’t a leave-in product, I decided to apply a pea-sized amount to the ends of my hair for extra smoothness and it worked really well, making it a multipurpose all-rounder. My only complaint is that you have to apply the mask through towel-dried hair, which means getting out of the shower, waiting 10 minutes for it to work its magic, then jumping back in to rinse it out. For lazy people like me, this is a bit annoying, especially when there are so many great deep conditioners and in-shower hair masks out there. That said, in my honest opinion as a beauty editor, the results of Olaplex No.8 are unrivaled. No wonder it’s already racking up five-star reviews. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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