There's a face mask for every ailment. I try to use some kind of face mask at least twice a week to ensure open pores and conditioned skin. This kind of pampering doesn't have to cost a fortune, either—I've found great success with higher-end and drugstore products. Here are seven of my favorites!
lush mask of magnaminty
I love this mask for so many reasons—the delicious minty smell, the chunkiness, and the great story behind Lush. It's always a treat to spend some time in a Lush store and I leave more excited about my products each time. Bonus points: this mask is self-preserving, which means NO PRESERVATIVES and you don't have to store it in the fridge!
freeman mint & lemon clay mask
Freeman masks have always been a staple for me. You can pick them up literally anywhere—Ulta, Target, Walgreens—and they're only $4. Mint and lemon are two of the most relaxing and rejuvenating scents, and I'm a big believer in aromatherapy. The clay absorbs oil to reduce shine and large pores, and the lemon helps with inflammation caused by breakouts.
formula 10.0.6 pores be pure skin-clarifying mud mask
The berries in this incredible mud mask get right to work on your pores—strawberry and rosemary are good for eliminating the impurities of the skin, while yarrow is known for its clarification properties. Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes for best results.
Another Freeman winner here—the minerals and nutrients included purge pores and deeply moisturize the skin. Unwind and undo your long week by using this mask on a Friday night. I love the way it smells and how I can feel it working. Leave on until it dries, then rinse off with warm water. Make sure to moisturize immediately after!
the body shop vitamin e sink-in moisture mask
Soya and vitamin E make this mask a no-brainer. Soya should be a key ingredient in any intensive skin treatment, and vitamin E nourishes the skin and protects it against day-to-day wear. This 10-minute mask is super-easy to do on the go, as well—no rinse required. Just tissue off the excess or blend into skin.
Any Lush fanatic knows and loves the fresh face masks—they're made with such fresh ingredients they have to be kept in the fridge. This one is simply amazing for anyone who has oily skin, is prone to breakouts, or wears makeup at all, ever. Moisturizing egg whites and honey give skin what it craves, while garlic and tea tree oil deeply cleanse. (You might remember that your grandma always said people who eat garlic have the best skin—this is just as good.)
the body shop tea tree face mask
Lemon and tea tree oil make skin very, very happy. Use this non-drying mask after cleansing for a soothing, clarifying treatment. Perfect after a long day or a summer day spent in the sun, this mask instantly cools you down and lifts away any impurities left after cleansing.
What are your favorite face masks?