Regardless of what Gwyneth Paltrow and her crew of zombie mommy bloggers have to say about it, you don’t need to spend your entire paycheck on good face masks. In fact, lots of professional makeup artists and celebs swear by and frequently grab the same moisturizers, body washes, and face masks that us common folk use from places like Walgreen’s, Duane Reade, and CVS. Because those florescent-lit aisles can be a bit daunting when you’re dealing with flaky dry skin or a huge zit emergency, here are some of our fave drugstore face masks to help with everything from puffy eyes to dull, gross skin.
As winter rolls around and we snuggle into sweats and embrace our winter bodies, don’t forget about how harsh the cold is about to be on your skin. The Burt’s Bees mask ups your skin’s moisture without making it oily or greasy, which works for those of us with dry, flaky skin AND those with oily skin caused by your body’s inability to like, chill TF out and stop overcompensating for being dry.
Charcoal is a fav for pushing out gross sh*t in your skin, and this clay mask uses a lot of it. It helps even skin tone, keep breakouts at bay, and shrink already-on-the-surface pimples. That’s a pretty decent rap sheet for a $10 mask, fam.
Skin dull and blah? Vitamin C will help and this sheet mask is literally full of it. Vitamin C, grapefruit, and pink kaolin clay help minimize pores, exfoliate dry, dead skin, and brighten up your face.
If you haven’t tried out the Shea Moisture line yet, time to get on that sh*t now. The Clarifying Mud Mask contains tea tree oil, long worshipped as a saving grace for those of us prone to zits. Plus, while the tea tree oil dries out your pimples, the shea butter keeps your whole face nice and moisturized. Praise be.
The best part about this mask is that it comes in single use to-go coffee creamer sized pods that you can stash in your purse or gym bag so you can look refreshed after either hooking up with a rando or sweating it out at the gym! Since it contains lots of mineral clay, it’s pretty effective on acne-prone skin. Bonus: It helps clear out disgusting white and black heads so you won’t look and feel so dirty. On the outside, anyway.
Pond’s has long been known for making your grandma’s face smooth thanks to cold cream, but they also make stuff for young folks, like face masks. The single use sheet mask contains papaya extract (good for your skin AND your mixed drinks), vitamin E and vitamin B3 to help your skin look refreshed and hydrated instead of oily and v tired.
I would sell my soul for this sh*t. I kid you not, this mask—which you can find online or in some drugstores—has minimized the spots where I picked at zits throughout college and healed the under-the-skin cystic pimples I swore I could not get rid of. Mix the powder with a bit of apple cider vinegar, rub on your face after your shower, let it sit, then wash off.
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