Today I'm going to be talking about the face masks I currently have on rotation. For reference, my skin tends to be super dry and is fairly sensitive. I deal with minor break outs every now and then but nothing too major. The face masks I have all target different problems with my skin. All of the products I'll be talking about are super affordable, so stay tuned if this is up your alley!
L'Oreal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask: This is my favorite face mask out of my current collection. It claims to detoxify and brighten your skin by pulling out impurities rooted deep in your pores and I find that it really does just that. I have massive pores and they appear much smaller - you can even see all of the oil and grime that's being sucked out of them as the mask dries which is both frightening and satisfying. I've even heard it's a dupe for the popular Glam Glow mask which is HUGE for a drugstore face mask! The only drawbacks are that it does smell quite strongly of perfume (but the fragrance does not irritate my skin) and it's messy - I would absolutely make sure you have a face mask spatula to apply this with and wash it off over a large skin or in the shower as the dark clay gets everywhere. Overall, when I'm feeling like my skin is dull or my pores are clogged, this does the trick.
L'Oreal Exfoliate & Refine Clay Mask: This face mask is from that same line as the Detox & Brighten Clay Mask but serves a different purpose. This mask contains small pieces of volcanic rock to exfoliate your face to leave your face feeling smooth and healthy. I like to use this mask when my skin is beginning to act up or break out. I find that the sediment in the product isn't harsh on my skin and the clay part of the mask helps to bring up any and all impurities to my skin's surface. Again, the only real drawbacks to this mask are its messiness and strong perfume scent. Although I find that the Detox & Brighten mask helps to shrink my pores a bit more than this mask, the Exfoliate & Refine mask is really perfect for those days where my skin has more lumps and bumps that are begging to be exfoliated.
Elf Hydrating Bubble Mask: I first mentioned this mask in a first impressions post on some Elf products I received courtesy of Influenster. I find it to be perfect for days when my dry skin needs to be tended to. Its purpose is to mimic higher-end bubble masks that use the power of fizzing bubbles to clean out your pores to have healthier looking skin. What I love most about the mask is not its pore-cleansing capabilities, but rather how hydrated it makes my skin feel. Through the moisturizing gel-like consistency of the mask as well as the bubbles that cleanse your pores, my face always appears more radiant and bright after using it. Even my boyfriend (who has skin dryer than the Sahara) loves this face mask because of how effectively it moisturizes the face. The only real drawback is that the bubbles forming and popping against your face are super ticklish!
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask: I did a formal review of this mask in one of my earliest posts on the blog, but I wanted to mention it here as well because it is still a favorite of mine. This is a mask I like to use when my face is in desperate need of exfoliation. Being a sugar mask, it has a much grittier texture than the L'Oreal Exfoliate & Brighten clay mask. For that reason I really love to use this when I'm experiencing some unwanted texture or some dry flakiness on my face. It exfoliates so deeply that my pores always look noticeably smaller and my face all-around brighter after use. However, it's not harsh to the point where it sucks every ounce of moisture out of my skin like most chemical exfoliants do. It also smells heavenly which is a huge plus.
Finally, I like to keep a pack of sheet masks in my face mask rotation. The one I currently have is the Anti-Aging Egg Nog Sheet Mask from the brand The Creme Shop. I actually picked up this pack of 5 masks from TJ Maxx for a super great price. For those who aren't familiar, sheet masks are a Korean beauty product made out of either cotton or fiber and cut into the shape of a face with holes for your eyes, nostrils, and mouth. They come in individual packets where the mask sits in an essence that claims to have all sorts of skin treatment properties. I like sheet masks because they're able to fit into every nook and cranny of your face that you often miss with traditional masks. Quite honestly, I find the majority of sheet masks to perform similarly - they're fantastic for hydrating the skin but don't target other skin problems quite as well. Regardless, I love using them when my dry skin is desperately pleading for help (I'm looking at you, winter skin) as they leave my skin feeling hydrated, healthy, and slippery as a slug.
So there you have it! These are the affordable face masks (all between $2-$14!) that I currently have on rotation. What are your favorite face masks? Leave suggestions for me in the comments below!