Anyone who knows me (or has been following Haute Mess for a while) knows that I am a total mask junkie; I can’t go a week without masking. It’s just who I am. And because my readers requested I do more skincare posts in 2018, I decided to round up my favorite masks and tell you guys a little about them.
When it comes to finding a good mask, I look at the ingredients first; it is *so* important to be educated on everything you’re putting in your pores. Just like with food, ingredients are the first thing to look at when shopping for skincare.
It can get a little confusing, or at best, overwhelming, because most masks these days are multi-taskers jam-packed with ingredients that offer an array of benefits for our bodies’ largest organ: the skin.
From detoxifying clay masks to creamy hydrating masks and everything in between, I’ve tried so many different masks (including nearly the entire range from Lush)–and I definitely know which are my favs at this point. (Although I am by no means closed off the recommendations, so send me yours.)
In addition to the masks I listed here, I’m also a huge fan of hydrating sheet masks. Because they’re so affordable, I’ve tried countless different ones. And while I can’t even begin to narrow down my favs (or even remember which I’ve tried), I know that I love those formulated with red wine, collagen, hyaluronic acid and snail mucin.
Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack: Hands-down my favorite mask of all time, I really can’t get enough of this guy. It’s my go-to because I know I can trust it; it never breaks me out and it does its job time after time. Creamy kaolin clay detoxes, while bitter orange peel gently exfoliates.
As Glossier’s site states, Mega Greens, which is packed with powerful leafy green phytonutrients and superfruit antioxidants, is like a juice cleanse for your face. The ingredients work to cleanse the skin the same way juice cleanses you internally. And all that goodness protects the skin against pollution and other damage, too. $22, Glossier
Lush Brazened Honey: This mask from Lush is really similar to Glossier’s Mega Greens. The only differences are that you can pick it up IRL at your nearest shopping mall, and there’s much less of it per container.
It contains detoxifying kaolin clay and ground almonds, a gentle exfoliant, as well as honey (duh!), a superfood full of essential nutrients and antioxidants, that nourishes and fortifies the skin naturally.
Much like Glossier’s, Brazened Honey has never caused my skin any irritation, and it *always* does what it claims it will do: deliver smoother, brighter, more even skin that looks and feels clean and–most importantly–healthy. $9.95, Lush
Lush Cup ‘o Coffee: Another must-try from Lush, this face and body mask acts as a physical exfoliant while the kaolin clay gently detoxifies. Full disclaimer, though: I’ve never actually used this one on my face. But, I almost always have it in my medicine cabinet because I love using it from the neck down.
Caffeine wakes up the skin, leaving cellulite-prone areas looking perky. And of course, the ground coffee itself sloughs away dead cells so skin is soft, smooth and far from ashy. I love applying it before I shower, waiting 5-10 minutes, then hopping in to scrub myself clean. It’s an essential every season (and a must-have before any at-home tanning products) that leaves my bathroom smelling ah-mazing. $11.95-$22.95, Lush
Ulta Pollution Defense Pomegranate Peel-off Mask: I tried this one on a whim one time while shopping at Ulta and ended up falling in love. Although it’s not at all what I expected, it’s a really great, quick-and-easy affordable pick-me-up.
I was instantly drawn to this mask because it contains witch hazel, which is probably one of my favorite skincare remedies ever. It’s a natural astringent that removes excess oil, unclogging pores and purifying the skin.
Vitamins A and C, antioxidants found naturally in pomegranates, fight free radicals, which lead to signs of aging. It also contains soothing Vitamin E. The first time I used this mask, I noticed results as soon as I peeled it off.
This mask’s texture is really strange (and slightly difficult to work with), but the benefits (and price!) make it worth it. The slightly water-like formula drips like crazy before the mask is dry and ready to peel off, so I always make sure to throw on an old t-shirt or towel before I put it on. $3, Ulta
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay: Okay, so I’m sure most of you guys have seen this deep pore cleansing mask all over the beauty blogosphere. But, I couldn’t leave it out of this post because I always have it on hand.
For those of you who don’t know much about this mask, it comes as a powder and you mix it with apple cider vinegar (available at grocers, health food stores and Amazon), smear it on your problem areas, then let it dry. I definitely don’t recommend using this mask on your entire face–at least not at once–because it is so harsh.
Nevertheless, this mask is a long-time favorite; I love how you can actually feel it working as it hardens–it definitely lives up to its “feel your face pulsate” slogan. I use it on my t-zone to tighten and detox my pores, and to dry up any problem breakouts or excess oil. But I’ll warn you: it gets *super* uncomfortable if you leave it on too long, and the smell of vinegar is strong. Prices vary, Amazon
Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask: Moisturizing Moon took me a couple tries to get the hang of, but once I did, it quickly became a staple in my routine.
I’ll let you guys in on a little secret: I don’t use this guy as a mask, at least, not as a wash-off mask as it’s intended. Instead of smearing it on thick and rinsing it off after 20 minutes, I work a thin layer into my skin before bed, and by the time I wake-up, it’s fully absorbed–no need to rinse.
After continued use, I noticed visibly plumper, softer, brighter skin, as well as less dehydration overnight. It’s never caused my skin any sort of irritation whatsoever. In fact, it leaves my complexion with a Glossier-worthy shine in all the right places. $22, Glossier
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask: So this is one of those social-media-made-me-do-it purchases. I had my eyes on this guy for a while before Sephora’s VIB sale, but held out for a few weeks to get the 20-percent off.
I hadn’t heard of the brand until a handful of my fellow Glossier Reps started trying this mask out. But, I’m a total sucker for Korean skincare, so I was instantly intrigued by Glow Recipe’s one-of-a-kind mask.
The color, scent and texture are unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a mask before. Not only is it a gorgeous Glossier pink, it smells like a juicy, perfectly ripe watermelon. It has a weightless jelly–almost goopy–texture that sinks into the skin to brighten overnight. $22-$45, Sephora
GLAMGLOW GRAVITYMUD™ Firming Treatment: Because GLAMGLOW’s is the first anti-aging treatment I’ve ever tried, I was a little worried about how my skin would react. Thankfully, it hasn’t caused any type of reaction.
This easy-to-use peel-off mask delivers instant brightening and line-reducing results. Plus, the metallic silver sheen totally Insta-worthy. It has definitely made me eager to try more from GLAMGLOW. $24-$69, Sephora