Treating your skin to a little TLC with earth-centric ingredients is one of the simplest, yet most rewarding acts of self-care you can do.
When it comes to gifting yourself a little “me time,” few approaches are as accessible (yet luxurious) as doing a face mask at home. Considering how simple it is, it’s almost disproportionately fun; search the tag #facemask on Insta and you’ll find a million and a half goofy selfies of individuals donning some goop on their faces.
I suspect that the charm of doing a face mask, too, is in the speedy results; you feel a product going to town on your pores, and when you come out on the other side of it, you (hopefully) get to bear witness to noticeable results.
Perhaps best of all, in contrast with going to get a facial or blowing hundreds of dollars on fancy product, super effective and affordable face masks abound in the ever-growing skin care and beauty marketplace. Check out some of our faves below, all of which will set you back less than 25 bones.
Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment, $24
This mud mask from buzzy brand Glamglow aims to zap blemishes with a mud base, plus glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, pyruvic acid, and tartaric acid, and some activated charcoal to finish up the job. While a full-size, 1.7-ounce jar will set you back $69, you can snag a mini half-ounce jar for $24 if you’re keen to give it a whirl before making the big investment.
Hokkuu Volcanic Mud Mask with Green Tea, $21.99
This mud mask offers up a detox double whammy, with volcanic mud and green tea extract, which is prized for its antioxidant properties. This exfoliating mask leaves your skin super smooth, supple and noticeably brighter. Plus, it smells delicious and it’s fun to wear; the green hue gives you some real ~martian vibes~.
Jeju Volcanic Lava Mask, $12.67
Formulated with volcanic ash sourced from the Jeju Islands located off the southern tip of South Korea, this key ingredient is prized for its rich mineral content and its ability to soak up sebum—a.k.a. face oils that can contribute to acne issues.
Rosen Skincare Tingling Mud Mask, $18
This potent mask comprised of bentonite clay, zinc oxide and tea tree oil work together to veritably suck the ickiness from your skin. And they’re not kidding about the tingling part; the tea tree oil works its magic and you’ll come away with skin that feels super fresh and clean.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, $9.29
There’s much mystery surrounding this 100 percent bentonite clay mask, as far as how it become so popular, and who, exactly is behind it. But it’s one of the best-selling beauty products on Amazon, with well over 12,000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating. Those are impressive numbers to say the very least, and it’s garnered adulation from the likes of Mindy Kaling and beauty bloggers everywhere. Mix it with water or apple cider vinegar, apply it once a week per the product instructions, and watch the acne-zapping, tone-evening results roll in.
Word to the wise, however: Those cleansing properties tend to result in serious dryness; hydrate accordingly.