Face masks are something that I am deeply passionate about. Seems dramatic, but I think a good face mask is key to a solid skincare regimen, and I believe in investing in your skin. Make up is amazing, but at the end of the day, you want your skin to look good when you take it all off.
Just for a little background info, my skin tends to be quite sensitive and I get the occasional hormonal breakout around my chin (the ladies will understand). For this reason, I love a good clay/mud mask to draw impurities out, but often they tend to be too drying and irritating. Here are my top picks in preferential order:
This mask is my ultimate fave. I actually purchased the travel size for my boyfriend (we do face masks together – don’t tell him I told you), and I used it while I was in town a few weeks ago. I couldn’t believe how soft my skin felt after washing it off that I purchased the full size for myself! This mask is charcoal-based and is designed to dry down before you remove it. It calms any breakouts and leaves your skin looking glowy and hydrated – I never thought a mud mask could do all of these things at once. *Insert the heart eyes emoji here*
#2: Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask, $19.99
This mask is pretty unique in the way that it heats up on contact with the skin. It’s definitely not uncomfortably warm, but just enough to help open your pores to get a deep clean. It’s very thick, though, and you need to be relatively quick in applying it so that you get an even heat. Since it doesn’t dry down, it tends to be quite hydrating, too. My skin feels clean but not stripped after use. Definitely recommend if you can get your hands on it! I used to pick mine up from Priceline, but their website seems to be currently out of stock.
For an affordable but still quality option, I love this mask from cruelty-free brand Sukin. This brand is pretty natural and is easily accessible. On top of that, this particular face mask is amazing at helping to wash off the day. With all of the pollutants in the air, our skin needs a break to breathe and this mask helps remove these pollutants from your skin. I particularly love it if I’ve been in the city all day and have been extra exposed to pollution. I will say, though, that for someone with pretty sensitive skin this mask does tend to sting a bit on application, but that feeling goes away after a minute or so and doesn’t leave behind any redness.