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A Facial Mask! Remember Them?

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In our world, Mother’s Day at home means four ways to pamper yourself. Here is our second suggestion: spa day with a facial mask. (Check back throughout the week for the other suggestions!)

It’s been an emotional few months, and if the stress of the pandemic is starting to show on your face, you’re not alone. Although a visit to the spa isn’t on the agenda this Mother’s Day, you can turn your bathroom into a relaxing retreat and treat yourself to a facial at home.

In her new book, “Glow from Within,” Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salons and Skin Care, offers practical tips for achieving beautiful skin, including homemade face mask recipes that you can easily whip up in your kitchen.

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Before you begin, make sure your skin is clean. “Spend a good minute or two on washing your face while concentrating on doing mini circles and really penetrating the cleanser into the face,” Vargas explains.

Apply the mask of your choice with your fingers, then slip into the tub for 15 to 20 minutes while it works its magic. “I love combining a great bath with an at-home mask. Bathe the body in a chamomile and rosemary soak—it’s great for calming stressed skin,” she says.

The best way to remove a mask, according to Vargas, is with tepid water. “Anything too hot will dry out the skin,” she says. Finish your facial with a light hyaluronic acid serum or any serum you have in your medicine cabinet.

Cocoa and Champagne Mask


  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup champagne
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey

If breakouts are a concern, try Vargas’s soothing and hydrating Cocoa and Champagne Mask. Not sure you want to break out the bubbly for a homemade face mask? We recommend popping the cork to make a Classic Champagne Cocktail to enjoy at brunch, then using what’s left in the bottle for your mask!

Matcha Glow Mask


  • 1½ teaspoons water
  • 1½ teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder

Vargas’s Matcha Glow Mask strengthens your capillary walls and increases circulation to revive dull, tired skin. Your face will look smooth and supple afterward. Vargas recommends adding the water and matcha powder first, stirring, then mixing in the remaining ingredients.

Moms, we want to make sure you’re taking time to pamper yourself! If you make one of these homemade face mask recipes, snap a photo and tag us with the hashtag #BaltimoresChild for a chance to be featured on our social media channels.

Want more pampering? Get lost in a book. Or give yourself an expert manicure.

A version of the article appeared in the May 2020 issue of Baltimore’s Child and Washington FAMILY.

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