5 Drugstore Face Masks For Brighter, Softer Skin
Right now, our weekends pretty much consist of staying at home, re-watching Bridgerton, and journaling/ goal-setting for a brighter 2021. Another key component of our self-care routine? A face mask to keep our skin in check and our glow game on point. Whether you’re looking to detox your pores, hydrate winter skin, or brighten up your glow, there’s a drugstore face mask on this list that’ll offer an instant (or overnight) solution.
For an Overnight Glow: Versed The Shortcut Overnight Facial, $20
Sleeping masks are a K-Beauty staple for supple, radiant skin and this overnight mask is one of our new faves. The pH-balanced exfoliating mask is infused with a potent blend of lactic and glycolic acid, which work together to break down dead skin cells that could otherwise leave your skin looking dull and textured. It’s also fueled with vitamin A; one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients that also restores uneven skin tone and texture. As if that wasn’t enough, the mask boasts skin-conditioning allantoin, nourishing and brightening rosehip, as well as vitamin E to soothe and calm the skin.
To use: Apply a thin layer to cleansed skin and leave overnight. To cleanse in the AM, use either a washcloth, konjac sponge, muslin cloth, or gentle exfoliator to slough off the dead skin cells and remaining product. Use one to three times a week.
For Instant Hydration: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hydrogel Mask, $4
Nothing says self-care like slapping on a sheet mask and this $4 sheet mask is the real deal. Made from a unique 100% hydrogel material, drenched in a skin-nourishing serum formulated with purified hyaluronic acid, it’ll work overtime to plump and soften your skin. It’s also non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.
We really like the material of the mask as not only does it encourage absorption but it hugs the contours of your faces and doesn’t slip like other sheet masks. Although, a word of warning: it can get a little messy when you open it as there’s a lot of serum. However, we like to squeeze it out and apply it to our neck and décolletage.
To use: Simply apply to cleansed and toned skin and leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes. Once removed, massage (with clean hands) any excess serum into your skin.
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To Detox and Clarify: Pholk Beauty Moringa Pore Teatox Mask, $15
This antioxidant and chlorophyll powder will instantly detox your pores, combat oily skin, and leave you with a radiant glow. How so? The hero ingredient, Georgian Kaolin clay, will extract bacteria and excess oil from your pores, which could otherwise trigger a pimple. Plus, it’s enriched with moringa green tea, which is packed with vitamins B, C, A, iron, and amino acids to support skin cell renewal while providing a surge of brightening antioxidants that’ll also help protect your skin from environmental aggressors.
To use: Combine one teaspoon of powder with a splash of water and apply to cleansed skin with the brush provided. You can also experiment by adding a teaspoon of honey to the mix for added hydration and soothing properties.
For Dry Skin: Burt’s Bees Hydrating Overnight Mask, $15
Slacking on your skincare routine? Rescue your glow game with this ultra-hydrating overnight mask. Formulated with avocado oil, which is packed with skin-restorative fatty acids and radiance-boosting vitamins, it’ll hydrate the skin, correct uneven skin tone, and leave your skin with a healthy glow. The formula also contains prebiotics to support the skin’s healthy microbiome and strengthen the protective barrier against harmful bacteria and moisture loss. We also love that it’s gentle enough to use every night, which is perfect for those winter months when your skin needs extra hydration.
To use: Apply a thin, even layer to a clean, dry face, and massage the remaining product into skin after 10 minutes for overnight, healthy-looking skin.
For Instant Skin-Soothing: Formula 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Mask, $8
If your skin’s acting out right now, this mask is here to help. Enriched with hydrating coconut extract and skin-soothing hero cucumber extract, the unique gel formula will instantly calm and soothe without overwhelming your skin. It’s the perfect remedy for a maskne breakout as it’ll soothe inflammation and redness while the fatty acid content will boost skin cell renewal for a clearer-looking complexion. We love to keep it in the fridge for an added cooling effect.
To use: Apply a thin layer onto cleansed skin and allow the mask to dry for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Before you mask, make sure you read our ultimate guide to masking.
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