I don’t know if many of you know, but I LOOOVE face masks. I always look forward to getting out of the shower and slapping on a good ol’ face mask every now and then. Especially on the weekends. Good ol’ TLC.
You just need to treat yourself every now and then. Ya feel me?
Before, I used to be so hesitant to try any face mask or just any face product in general, for fear that I would break out. That’s the last thing I wanted for my skin. I mean, my skin is acne-prone as it is, I don’t need more volcanos on my face.
Currently, my skin seems to be behaving itself, just the occasional redness of the cheeks. That blushy glow if you will.
And I don’t want to brag or anything but I’d like to say that I’ve become a face mask expert. Well, particularly for myself since I’ve taken more time to figure out what works best for my skin type. I’ve mentioned this briefly in my
Skin Care Tips post that I have oily/acne-prone skin.
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I think it’s the absolute worst but maybe I’m just being biased. It’s like in the morning, I have just the right amount of dewiness and my skin has never looked so flawless and then by noon, I’m a walking grease ball.
I just can never win in the beauty game.
But mind you, the oils that our skin produces acts as a barrier to keep the bad toxic things out and the hydration in.
So I always make sure to find products that won’t strip too much of my oils cause we still need the oils for our face to seal in that much-needed moisture. I also look for active ingredients in my face masks, like witch hazel, tea tree oil, and hyaluronic acid (sounds scary but trust me, it’s good).
If you’re a bit hesitant on putting a face mask all over your skin, do a patch test to see if it causes any irritation before 100% committing.
Ok, so let’s dive write in. I’ll be sharing with you guys my top 5 favorite face masks that have worked for my skin type and may potentially work for you as well.
Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment
Glamglow man, where do I start?
It’s magic in a little tub. Glamglow has a whole line of face mask products and they all have their benefits and target different skin problems.
This mask is excellent for oily skin. It deeply cleanses pores by drawing out sebum. It smells strongly of eucalyptus (fight toxic skin complications) and peppermint (controls bacteria and irritation). I’m personally not a fan of the scent but I can get past it since it does wonders for my skin.
Other beneficial ingredients and special acid blend that help cater to your skin’s needs:
- Activated charcoal – helps pull excess sebum from pores
- Licorice root – helps regulate and alleviate problem skin
- Aloe vera – healing and rejuvenating
- Chamomile – helps inflammation and regeneration
- Cucumber – soothes and calms skin
- Pyruvic acid – helps scarring and clearer skin
- Salicylic acid – de-clog pores and skin rejuvenation
- Lactic acid – moisture and stimulates skin collagen
- Glycolic acid – improves skin texture and restores damaged skin
Just to name a few.
It’s dark grey in the bottle but as you spread it on your face and let it dry, it becomes a light grey color. Then you start noticing tiny dots of oil on all the pores on your skin. That’s the activated charcoal working its magic. I notice them more prominent on my nose and I bit on my forehead. And a little bit on my cheeks….ok basically my whole face lol
After washing it off, I notice a significant difference on my skin. It’s less inflamed and doesn’t feel irritated due to the aloe, cucumber, and chamomile. You can use it all over the face, as a spot treatment for those stubborn pimples, OR incorporate it into a multi-mask face mask and only apply it to the areas where you want to be less oily.
It leaves your skin tighter. Brighter. Supple. I do recommend using it 1-2 a week but other than that I can’t recommend it enough. It is a bit pricey though. If you don’t want to go out and spend $69 on a mask, they do sell in a smaller size for $24.
I’ll leave a link if you want to check it out → Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment
Glamglow YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE Treatment
Yes, there’s another Glamglow product. I’m telling you, they’re amazing.
This mask is able to improve skin texture, draws out imperfections, clears blocked pores, and leaves your skin looking radiant and YOUTHFUL looking. Yes, give me all of that. I want my face to feel as soft as a baby’s booty.
It works great for oily skin as well but any skin type can use it. This mask is mostly used if you’re going out and want your skin to look it’s best. It’s a great pick-me-up for your skin.
This is an interesting mask. Just like the SUPERMUD face mask, it’s clay-based, but the YOUTHMUD has green tea leaves in it. Yes, actual green tea leaves. It also has tiny exfoliating granules that work great for smoothing the skin.
Makes your skin feel like it’s been sanded down by one of those industrial sanding machines. No joke.
- French sea clay – absorbs impurities and minimizes pores
- Volcanic pumice rock – exfoliator to remove dead skin cells; smooths fine lines and wrinkles; soften the texture of your skin
- Green tea leaf – an antioxidant, which protects skin from free radicals
French clay, volcano rock, green tea!? Sounds like a spa to me.
Now, it says it in the name – it tingles. In a good way though.
Definitely, apply a THIN layer of this stuff. Too much can create a burning sensation on the skin. I know. It happened to me. A little bit really goes a long way.
Once you rinse it off, your skin is just…glowing…youthful…renewed.
Get your hands on this bad boy → Glamglow YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE Treatment
Lush’s Fresh Mask – Cupcake
My first time going to lush was December 2017 and boy, was it magical. My eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store. No, even better. Like a girl at Sephora lol (you ladies can relate).
When I went in, I already had my eye on the prize – Lush’s Fresh Face Mask called Cupcake. Such a cute name for a face mask. The smell is mouth-watering you almost want to eat it.
But don’t! I mean, Lush is known for their handmade, all-natural ingredient products but it wouldn’t be wise to consume said product. In simple terms, friend….don’t eat it. It..it’s tempting, I know. But ju…just don’t.
Anyway, from what I read about Lush’s Fresh Face Mask is that they’re handmade and preservative-free. Since this is preservative-free, it should be kept in the fridge and has a shelf-life of about 3-4 weeks.
It claims to deep clean and calm redness; it also has mint, which refreshes the skin. This mask is specifically created for oily and acne-prone skin. Yoohooo, oil slick city over here!
Lush’s beneficial ingredients:
- Rhassoul mud – clay that deep cleans and de-greases the skin
- Linseed infusion – helps treat acne
- Fresh mint – an antiseptic and cooling to the skin
- Sandalwood oil – smooth and softens skin
- Spearmint oil – refreshes skin
When applied to the face, you do feel an instant cooling sensation. Leave it on for 5-15 minutes and once you rinse it off, you’re left with a squeaky clean face.
Like mentioned before, I’m hesitant when it comes to trying new face products out but I think it lives up to the hype. It hasn’t broken me out and I do see less redness on my face. This is some pretty good stuff if I do say so myself.
Curious? Lush’s Face Face Mask – Cupcake
Green Tea Matcha Mud Mask
Matcha has been gaining a lot of popularity, not only as a nice drink but also in the beauty world. It’s a great energy booster, excellent antioxidant properties to your body so I see why the skincare industry is making this such a popular product.
If it provides wonderful benefits to the body, can you imagine what it can do for your skin?
Matcha green tea, when applied to the face, is able to:
- Treat inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties are perfect for acne-prone skin. It also diminishes any redness on the skin. Cause you know green counteracts red and…you know…the color wheel. Ok whatever lol
- Improves skin complexion. It rejuvenates the underlying skin.
- Diminish signs of aging. It stimulates elastin, which keeps our skin…elastic.
- Antioxidants protection. It also protects from free radicals that can cause sun spots and the evil…wrinkles. Let’s face it, we can’t stop the inevitable signs of aging but we can surely slow it down by taking care of our skin.
I use Once Upon a Tea Matcha Green Tea Mask.
Listen, it’s amazing. When I first heard about it, I said the same thing.
I was confused yet intrigued.
Now there are many types of seaweed masks. There are the clay-like masks and then there are the seaweed seed masks. I’m going to be talking about the latter.
This face mask, in particular, comes in 12 packets, each packet filled with seaweed seeds ready to be dumped into a bowl. You fill that bowl with a little bit of water and the seeds will absorb the water and start excreting this slimy goo. That’s the good stuff. That’s what you’re looking for.
Be sure to only at a little bit of water at a time. I can’t stress that enough. Adding too much water, when applied to the face, it’ll just slide right off, so you have to find the right balance of seaweed to water ratio to where it can stick to the face and not be a slip n’ slide.
Let’s list a few benefits shall we:
- Treats acne. The seaweed’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce the inflammation
- Increase skin metabolism. Rich in iodine (boosts thyroid gland which in turn metabolism in the bloodstream that rejuvenated the skin
- Anti-aging. There’s the ascorbic acid that helps slow down signs of aging and wrinkles
- Skin moisturizer. Has natural cleansing and hydrating properties, which treats itchy, dry skin
- Contains collagen and elastin. This is what keeps our skin firm and stretchy
Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and you’ll feel the mask a bit hard, almost flaking off at the edges. It is a bit messy when you take it off. It leaves a lot of seeds on your face that you need to flick off.
But on the plus side, it leaves your skin so smooth and hydrated. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry. It’s honestly an amazing mask if you really suffer from acne. I’ve seen a significant difference using this mask 2-3 a week.
And the best thing is, it super affordable!
Have a peek here → Eshylala Seaweed Mask
So there it is! My top 5 favorite face masks for oily/acne-prone skin.
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