Undercover

by Rina Gutierrez

Rina is a Registered Nurse born and raised in Los Angeles. When not attending to patients, she flexes her multi-talented muscles in baking, hair color, and all things fashion and beauty. Rihanna is her religion, and she is a dedicated apostle. Follow her on yung riri or @rinamarie on Instagram to get inspired.


Face masks are my favorite way to destress and treat myself. Though I still ball on a small budget, I'm pretty happy with the face masks I've been using. When I have free time, I like to make my own, but unfortunately, that is usually not the case. Instead, I stock up on store-bought ones. Here are a couple of my favorite masks:

If you have a DIY spirit... This Turmeric Yogurt Honey Mask is major key. I like to make this one when my skin feels blah. These ingredients have amazing effects on your skin, as you can read here. All you need is a spoonful of yogurt (I use Greek), a smaller spoonful of turmeric (I just eyeball), and a similar sized scoop of honey. Mix it all in a plastic condiment container. Be sure to wear an old shirt because the mask can be runny and might drip all over you. You don't want yellow stains on a nice shirt! Apply it using the back of the spoon instead of your hands because the turmeric can stain your hands yellow. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and rinse with water. Pat your skin dry with a paper towel (because, again, stains). Your skin may have a slightly yellow tint for a few hours but the end result is glowing skin. The above mixture gives me about 2 to 3 uses so pop it in the fridge and it should be good for about a week.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Face Mask is another favorite on rotation. I love this for when my huge pores begin to appear. Leave the mask on until it begins to harden and then rinse gently. This mask shrinks my pores and leaves my skin oh-so-soft. It's not drying or stringent on my skin at all, so it's good for use every 2-3 days if you're into that kind of luxury.

Another mask off this brand is the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask. I use this mask when my skin is feeling downright gross and needs a good exfoliation. However, I don't use it when my skin is dry because the sugar scrub can irritate my skin. Apply the mask all over your face ( a nickel or quarter-sized dollop will do) and leave it on for about 5-7 minutes and then massage it with a dry hand. Then, wet your hands and massage the mask deeper into your face. When massaging, make sure to do it over a sink as the mask can drop flakes. Rinse your face off and bask in how clean and soft your skin is. (Psst: Stephany wrote about this mask in her routine as well. Read more here.)

This next product has been touted by beauty experts and skincare enthusiasts the world over. The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Face Mask is something I use when I feel some pimples about to come out. A little can go a long way with this one. In a non-metal bowl (the metal deactivates the mask), add 1 spoonful of the clay mask and 1 spoonful of apple cider vinegar. I like mine on the thinner side so I add 1/2 a teaspoon more of apple cider vinegar. I use an old face brush to apply the mask and leave it on until it stiffens. Then, I use warm water to wet a paper towel and apply it to loosen the mask. You can use the same paper towel to start wiping the mask off. Rinse off your face and you are good to go. Your skin might feel dry and sensitive after the mask because it can be strong. A little redness is normal. 

This next one isn't really a "mask", per se, but it's still a treat you can make at home. This DIY Lip Scrub is just honey and brown sugar (the granules are larger than refined white sugar so you get a better exfoliating treatment). Scrub the mixture onto your lips whenever it feels chapped and then moisturize and moisturize afterwards.

Some tips: use a separate face towel than what you use on your body and change it at least twice a week. A clean towel just for your face will prevent bacteria from transferring. I don't really like piling on makeup after I do face masks just to give my skin an opportunity to breathe. I just use serum and moisturizer when I'm on the go.

Do you have any recommendations for hydrating face masks? Do you make any treatments at home? Let me know!