“Meditation enhances our capacity for deep sleep and boosts our immune system, which both benefit beauty,” explains Jackie Stewart, a meditation teacher at MNDFL in New York City, who partnered with Fresh to develop an easy five-minute practice that can be done in tandem with the company’s Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask (RM308, from Sephora). First, smooth the mask over your skin. Then sit on a pillow or the floor, take a few breaths, and let your body settle. Next, with eyes open or closed, scan your body, becoming aware of your feet, your neck lengthening, the softness of your belly, and your shoulders broadening. If you sense your mind wandering, bring it back to your breath, which directs you to the present. Continue this for five minutes, then rinse the mask off. It’s best to do this in the morning, when your cortisol (stress hormone) levels are highest, says Naomi Whittel, an entrepreneur, a health expert, and the author of Glow 15. “It will have the highest return on investment of anything you can do all day,” she says. While you meditate, if you need to deep clean rather than hydrate your skin, try Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
( RM130) with detoxifying Amazonian white clay.
MUDDY BUDDY The new breed of clas masks aren’t just meant for oily skin - L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks (RM42.90) come with either Hydrating, Illuminating or Anti-Pore benefits, giving you more bang for your buck.