Megan Tries It

My Face-Mask Obsession for Clear Skin

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Megan O’Neill is the senior beauty editor at goop. Which is another way of saying she has a passion for clean products, loves anything that reduces stress, and will happily guinea pig herself in the name of wellness.

I got to stay on a boat in Martinique for a whole week, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Each day unfolded pretty similarly: We woke up to madeleines and croissants with coffee, plunged into the sun-warmed water to swim after grumpy-looking trumpetfish and French grunts, napped on deck in the cool shade of the sail, watched bats lurch through the sky at twilight, drank too much planter’s punch, and ate all of the perfectly thrown-together pastas and ceviches our captain whipped up for midnight dinners.

The payback for gorging on buttery delights and booze and not washing my face much was predictable: My skin went nuts. Whiteheads and monster bumps kept springing up—until I stumbled upon a secret for seemingly unsoothable skin: sulfur.

We’d ventured on land to check out the region’s famous sulfurous bubbling hot springs. I smeared the thick (and raunchy-smelling) sulfur mud all over my face and body, as one must, and sat in the sun, letting all the mineral goodness seep in. The next morning, my skin was—I kid you not—a thousand times better. Over the next two days, my blemishes all but disappeared. Even the tender monsters brewing under the skin receded.

I returned home obsessed with sulfur and fell instantly in love with a thick, creamy sulfur face mask from Goldfaden.

Supercharged with salicylic acid, an exfoliant that simultaneously soothes (dermatologists recommend it for breakout-prone skin), as well as powerful botanicals, the mask really helps my skin. It comes in a sleek, white tub that’s unusually light, so it’s easy to toss into a weekend bag or a suitcase, and it’s the real stuff, so it smells authentically…sulfuric. Best of all, smoothing it on mid-workweek (I use it two or three times a week) brings me right back to a gorgeous volcanic hot spring in the Caribbean.

  1. My Miracle Essentials for
    Postvacation Great Skin

    The sulfur mask is everything, but here’s what else helps coax my skin back to gleamy equilibrium.

  2. 1

    Daily Shot of Detox for Skin

    This brilliant powder is packed with liver support, so it’s amazing for healthy-looking skin. I knock one back in a glass of water (it tastes sort of herby) every day, and I really notice the difference.

    G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder
    goop Beauty G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder goop, $60/$55 with subscription
  3. 2

    Glowy Vitamin C Serum

    It brightens, smooths, and leaves your skin absolutely luminous.

    GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum goop, $125/$112 with subscription
  4. 3

    Cooling Coconut Moisturizer

    The gel-cream consistency soothes my skin into a supple, glowy calm. It also smells incredible.

    One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream
    One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream goop, $58
  5. 4

    Melts-Right-In SPF Cream

    This is so moisturizing and radiance-boosting, I even put it on at night sometimes to go out (and always before that six-hour plane ride to our LA office).

    Vive Sana Serum Crema SPF 20 Vive Sana Serum Crema SPF 20
    Vive Sana Serum Crema SPF 20 goop, $75
  6. BONUS:

    If You Take Nothing Else on Your Tropical
    Vacation, You Need This Bug Spray

  7. It really works (and is, of course, clean), it’s fabulous-looking, and the lemongrass-vanilla-clove scent is gorgeous.

    Kinfield Golden Hour Bug Spray Kinfield Golden Hour Bug Spray
    Kinfield Golden Hour Bug Spray goop, $22

The Life Aquatic

Our boat was called Sailing on Prozac—ha. The captain, Anto, is an absurdly talented, no-stress chef and house dad. And there’s a croissant boat on a certain stretch of the trip that—yes—scoots around the coast delivering flaky, to-die-for, hot croissants right to your boat!

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