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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If there’s anything I love more than plopping myself on the couch while eating my weight in carbs, it’s giving my face some TLC with a good face mask. Face masks are fucking awesome. I mean, you literally just slather some bright-colored shit on your face and bask in the glory that your face will look and feel flawless after just a few minutes. There’s like, an overwhelming amount of choices sitting in our nearest Sephora, but the only thing stopping me from buying them all at once is that they cost more than a handle of Tito’s. My savior often comes in the form of CVS or Duane Reade (any fucking drugstore works) when I need a quick chaser or like, a face mask that works just well and costs twice as less. Praise be. Here are seven tried-and-true drugstore face masks that won’t make your bank account hate you.
1. Bioré Charcoal Self-Heating One Minute Mask
If you didn’t already know, natural charcoal is bomb for your skin. It’s not the charcoal you see at BBQ’s, fucking obviously. This thermal mask rids stress and excess oil from your face to reveal unclogged pores and cooler, smoother skin. Mix with water to feel twice as much heat and rinse off after just a minute.
2. Beauty 360 Detoxifying Antioxidant Tissue Facial Mask
Beauty 360 is exclusive to CVS, so unfortunately, if you don’t have one by you, you’re SOL (and should probably consider moving to civilization). Their face masks accommodate different needs, but if you’re like rest of us on the east coast, chances are you probs need something to moisturize and firm your skin. This has tons of vitamins and proteins to hydrate, soften, brighten, and firm sagging skin.
3. Soap & Glory What A Peeling! Purifying De-Clog Mask
So long as you don’t rip your face off, peeling masks are v convenient for getting rid of fugly shit ASAP. Packed with Vitamin C, fruits, and mood-boosting oil (so you can feel zen af), this pretty pink liquid gel turns into a strip you can peel off to remove dirt, greasy oil, and T-zone triggers.
4. Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask
I honestly love overnight masks, simply because I’m too lazy to wash my face before bed. This Olay mask absorbs into your skin as you catch up on beauty sleep, so it brightens, hydrates, and evens out your skin tone by the time you wake up in the morning.
5. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask
I feel like most people don’t realize Burt’s Bees makes other good stuff besides overpriced Chapstick. They have a pretty decent foundation line tbh, and a skincare line that actually produces results. You can use this up to twice a week for super hydrated and tighter skin before bed. You don’t even have to wash it off because its absorption is *that* good.
6. St. Ives Nourished And Smooth Oatmeal Scrub And Mask
From my personal experience, this scrub actually works and doesn’t irritate my skin. It exfoliates with gentle beads to smooth out uneven skin texture and remove dry, flaky skin. Feel free to rinse off afterwards if you want to use as a scrub, or leave on for a few minutes before rinsing to use as a mask.
7. L’Oréal Pure Clay Mask Clear & Comfort
This shit is so good, it’s even in the skincare routine for a few celebrities and models we stalk via social media. After 10 minutes of using, this clay mask infused with natural seaweed offers cleaner, relaxed, and refreshed skin. It’s v creamy, so it’s def perfect for those extra sensitive areas winter has ruined for your skin.
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