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11 Awesome Face Masks for Every Occasion

Face masks are a great addition to any pamper evening, or even just at the end of a hard day when you feel like you need to pamper your skin a little more than usual. I love trying new face masks, because I feel like you can see results faster than with other types of treatments or regimes. Below are my favorite skin masks for different uses.

Hydrating

Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask: During the winter, my skin gets especially dull and dry. Even after using this mask for 10 minutes, my skin feels more full and hydrated. I instantly have smoother skin, and all my dry flaky patches are gone. It smells like apricots, and spreads smoothly. It’s a great mask to use in the tub, when the steam helps the hydration process even more. $25 for 3.4oz

GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment: This was definitely a splurge purchase. GlamGlow is a pricey brand, but there was so much buzz around it that I had to try it. The thing I love about this mask is that it’s a relatively skin-neutral color, which makes it perfect for wearing in-flight. Airplanes dry my skin like none other, so to be able to slap on a little of this and take it off after 20 minutes with a makeup removing wipe means I’ll be landing with skin that’s extra hydrated.  $69 for 1.7oz

Purifying

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliant Treament: This was another purchase that, along with the Thirstymud mask, was a big splurge. But I can definitely get behind this mask. Not only does it smell totally amazing (anyone who read my post about Redken’s Blow Dry Primer will know I’m a sucker for high-end smelling products), but it’s also the single most effective face mask I’ve ever used. It’s dual action, tightening and exfoliating in one. Similarly to the Lush BB Seaweed mask, it has natural exfoliants in it, but the mud helps to cleanse and draw out impurities, tightening pores and leaving skin feelings brand new. $69 for 1.7oz

Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask: If the GlamGlow Youthmud mask is a little bit out of your price range (and let’s be honest, it’s $70 for less than 2 ounces of mud, it’s kind of ridiculous), the Origins Clear Improvements mask might be a great alternative. This mask has a special place in my heart, and I consistently refer to it as my “bootcamp for skin”. If I’m breaking out, or have greasy, problem skin that just needs a solid boost, this is my solid go-to. You can get the same tightening, purifying effect as the GlamGlow mask, it just doesn’t have the same exfoliating action (but pair it with the Origins Modern Friction scrub for a pretty close effect) $25 for 3.4oz

First Aid Beauty Skin Purifying Red Clay Mask: I’ve had problems with redness and hyperpigmentation before, especially in the days following up from a pretty bad acne spot. So I love using this mask on days when those spots pop up to help prevent the dark spots that might pop up after. It’s one of the masks I’ll leave on longest, which can be a nice way to draw out a pamper evening, and I really feel like the clay helps zap away problem skin.  $30 for 3oz

Overnight

Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask: I actually stole this product from my mom, who started using this a couple months ago. I told her I needed a new night time face lotion because I didn’t want to use my daytime lotion with SPF. She said to try a little bit of this mask, and I instantly fell in love. The smell isn’t my favorite ever, but it’s really light. And the improvements it makes on my skin more than make up for it. I wake up looking like I’ve had a week’s worth of sleep and drank 10 gallons of water. $34 for 2.8oz 

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask: My skin gets dull and flaky sometimes, and I love any product that can help me wake up and feel like I have skin that’s awake and healthy. This one is more of a gel formula than a cream, but once you rub it in, it makes the skin so soft and hydrated. This is definitely one you need to make sure you rinse off the next morning, though, as I’ve found it can cause makeup to fade and flake easier if you forget and leave it on. $38 for 1.7oz

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask: Similar to the Origins 10 Minute Mask, this product helps get rid of my flakiness and dry patches, but works overnight. It has the same apricot smell, and goes on smoothly. This one is more like a cross between a cream and a gel formulation, and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy at all. $24 for 3.4oz

On a Budget

Lush BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask: I’ve always thought Lush masks are great if you’re on a budget. They’re literally one tenth the cost of the GlamGlow masks, and though they don’t always provide as immediate of a difference. BB Seaweed is one of my favorites. It has a high-end day spa smell, and has rose absolute to help calm skin and redness. The seaweed in each batch helps exfoliate gently, the same way the YouthMud mask does. For the price, this is one of my favorite masks ever. $6.95 for 2.1oz

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask: I’ve had the girls at my local Lush store remind me every single time I try to buy a new Catastrophe Cosmetic that you’re not allowed to eat Lush products. Because I swear, this mask just smells like a jar of the sweetest blueberries you’ve ever had. It helps calm skin that’s been irritated from too much makeup. Rose absolute, chamomile, and calamine help to remove redness and soothe skin. $6.95 for 2.1oz

Freeman Facial Anti-Stress Mask: I can’t say that this mask has as much of an intense effect as any of the other masks, but it does have Kaolin and sea salt with both help to purify and tighten your skin. For the price, it’s hard to beat. Plus, it’s got that great bright green/blue face mask color which, when paired with the perfect bubble bath, makes me feel like I’m a glamorous Hollywood movie star taking an expensive bath. $4.29 for 6oz

Bonus

Lush Full of Grace Serum Bar: I don’t necessarily have sensitive skin, but sometimes I can have intense reactions to certain types of clay, particularly high concentrations of Kaolin. Masks like the GlamGlow Youthmud and the Origins Clear Improvements can sometimes sting and be too uncomfortable to keep on for long periods of time. My favorite remedy: A thin layer of the Lush Full of Grace Serum. Not only is it super nourishing for skin, but it removes every trace of uncomfortable sting from those masks, plus it still lets all the benefits of the masks still get through. I warm the bar up in my hands a little (with clean hands, to minimize germs), spread a thin layer on my face, then put the mask on over it. Once I rinse the mask off, I’ll use another layer of this before my overnight mask. Seriously the best skin routine I’ve ever used. $14.95 for one bar

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