Every week, The New York Times Magazine runs a column that I really love: Letter of Recommendation. In it, a writer picks a topic and expounds on its virtues. My topic, were I ever asked to write a recommendation, would be in favor of pastel manicures.
If you live in Asia or follow Korean skincare, this will be old news to you, so bear with us: sheet masks are great. Even if your beauty routine is decidedly western, you’ve probably come across a silly Facebook photo of a friend wearing one or a brightly colored display of all the new sheet masks suddenly available at Sephora.
If you pay attention to the beauty industry at all, you’ve probably seen the words “hyaluronic acid” more in the past year than you’ve ever seen them before in your life. That’s for good reason; advancements in cosmetic science have made the naturally occurring skincare ingredient smaller at the molecular level and more easily absorbed by the skin, and that means good things for your moisture levels.
Now that it actually feels like winter in most of the US, it’s time to think about how in the world you’re going to retain any moisture in your body until April. Luckily (for you), this is a problem I have literally all the time, so I’ve done copious personal research and found some great things that work.