Natural Nutrition From A Multitasking Mask

You know how you skip breakfast (and, let's face it, work through lunch), and by the afternoon your coworkers are telling you you're super-cranky and your lips have turned blue? Guess why. You need food! And your face needs nourishment, too.

I had a bout with Raw Foodism when I lived in Los Angeles, not just because it's popular there, but because it made sense to me that my body needed natural fuel and that certain processes (or entire food groups) make for far less nutritious sustenance. Unfortunately, a "raw" cookie tasted like corrugated cardboard. But I just found the steak dinner of skincare in Astara's Nourishing Vitamin Mask (and that was a metaphor, vegetarian friends-there are no meat products in this fantastic facial).

With a wink to the raw movement, Astara employs only lower-temperature, efficacy-preserving processing methods, never exceeding 105º F (36º C), to ensure fresh, live, active biocultures that benefit your skin. Just as your body's internal health is directly proportional to the quality of your diet, your skin-lest you forget, it's your body's largest organ-relies on the best nutrition to stay healthy, strong and youthful.

These days a lot of us are in a state of limbo-between jobs, between seasons, between guys-and those stresses tend to show up on your face. Nourishing Vitamin Mask is like Chicken Soup For The Face; you just apply it generously all over your face and neck, and wait 5 to 20 minutes. My skin drank it all up like a lush at a wine tasting, but you can simply tissue off any remaining product or rub it in before you leave the house. It covers all the bases that you'd expect by now: antioxidants, detoxification, hydration and balance.

The last few times I've used the mask, my face has seriously calmed down in a matter of hours. It's light and colorless and, of course, all-natural and fragrance-free. If only I still ate as healthfully on the inside!