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Super Charging My At Home Time: Masks and Treatments I’ve Loved Lately

I’ve been trying to make the most of my time at home lately, which comes in spurts. I have my “on” weeks at work (which will soon be increasing), and my at home weeks. My normal high maintenance ways have gone by the wayside, and my daily beauty routine is definitely more laid back. I’m either home or hiding under a mask continually at work (we have a policy to wear a mask all day no matter what our activity is). I am also concentrating on pampering myself and using a lot of treatment products. There have been a lot of new releases recently and I’m overdue for sharing them!

All of my Beauty Insider Point hoarding has come in handy, as I’ve been placing orders for new products I’ve been using my points for trial sizes of new releases like Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40 (which is great and is now in my cart for my next order). I also get emails that have codes for more products, exclusive offers, early access to new releases and more! You can learn more about the Beauty Insider Program here, it’s free if you somehow haven’t joined yet.

Extra Hydration

Last week on Instagram I shared how I’m layering some of my favorite moisturizing products to combat the super dryness I’ve been experiencing lately due to long hours in the hospital and even more hand sanitizer than usual.

My usual combo is Kiehl’s Since 1851 Midnight Recovery Concentrate, followed by Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream. Once those have absorbed, I put a little Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Balm on trouble spots.

2-3 Minute Treatments that Work

I’m a sucker for quick acting masks that get the job done! My two big finds recently are the IGK Offline 3-Minute Hydration Hair Mask and Youth to the People Yerba Mate Resurfacing + Exfoliating Energy Facial with Enzymes. Both are super fast and easy, so I can incorporate them into my daily beauty routine without needing to take a lot of extra time.

Yerba Mate Facial is a sandy paste, leave it on for a few minutes, then wash it off. It’s similar to Kate Somerville Exfolikate, but it is a bit gentler on sensitive skin! I love using it in the shower or as part of my nightly skincare routine. I haven’t had any additional redness or irritation from it. I’m using this about 1-2x/week as my skin requires it.

Offline Hair Mask is a super simple swap out in the shower for your usual conditioner. I’ve noticed that my hair looks healthier afterwards and it’s more manageable for a few days. I’ve been washing every day (part of my decontamination process when I get home from the hospital), and that’s resulted in my hair being drier than usual with added frizz. This picture is right after I finished blow drying my hair recently. I only had this blow dry primer in my hair, which I love for speeding up the drying process. My hair is definitely smoother and looks like I spent more time on it than a quick blow dry!

Beauty Sleep

Any time you can multitask a treatment product, especially during sleep, that’s time well spent! I’ve always been a big fan of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, and now there are new flavors out! I’ve switch to Apple Lime for the spring.

Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask provides both extra moisture and a little gentle exfoliation. It’s a bit like a milky lotion, you can apply and wash it off after 15 minutes or just leave it on all night. It does take a bit to fully absorb into the skin, but it depends on how much you apply and if you rub it in or not. It’s gentle enough for my sensitive skin, which I love!


What products have you been trying out at home recently?
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Iā€™m a doctor, a mommy and a bit of a beauty addict. If you let me, I can take 2 hours to get ready in the morning. Really. I'm on a quest for faster beauty that works!

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  1. 4.11.20
    Danielle said:

    Your hair looks so good! After you blow dry or do a blowout, do you finish it with a hairspray or anything else to keep it that smooth all day? Or does the blow dry primer on its own do the trick?

    • 4.12.20
      15mins said:

      This is my hair without anything in it after the primer! I do really like this finishing cream, but I thought it wasn’t fair to use that and then take the picture (I used it after the picture). I’ve been using this blow dryer, it’s really worth the splurge if you have long/thick hair.

      • 4.13.20
        Danielle said:

        Awesome, thanks!

        I do have long hair, but fine, not thick šŸ™ Are there any particular blow dryers you’d recommend for that hair type? Mine is so old now haha

        • 4.13.20
          15mins said:

          If you want a brush dryer, this one from Drybar is the only one that’s worked well on my long/thick hair (I tried similar from Revlon and John Frieda).
          Otherwise for a regular blow dryer, I’ve had the best luck with T3!

          • 4.13.20
            Danielle said:


  2. 4.16.20
    sonny cordeiro said:

    A deep moisturizing product that really works for me is Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Pomade. It creates shine in a oil-based extra rich formula. It has organic jojoba oil and shea butter that moisturize my scalp and deep conditions my hair leaving it feeling softer. The organic olive and coconut oils impart a super gloss. It has an aroma from pure lemon tea tree, tea tree, geranium, lavender, and rosemary. I think this pomade is perfect for use by men and women alike because these essential oils are known to promote healthy scalps. Extra plus for me, it is Pure Plant Origin formula is vegan, color safe, gluten, PVP and alcohol free. I can use it everyday or as a leave-in overnight that I washout in the morning.