Face masks are like the ultimate therapy session for your skin. When your skin is in a funk and getting all emotional on you, choosing to lash out with unwanted bumps and blackheads, all you need to do is spoil it with a good skincare regimen. And a good face mask is always essential. Plus, it's a cheap date for your skin.
Fortunately, new-and-improved face masks come with formulas available for the fraction of the price of some of the spendier options—I'm talking luxury-level ingredients for all of $5. Of course, some beauty investments are necessary, but you don't have to sacrifice your entire paycheck for a mask to work wonders on your skin. New drugstore face masks are popping up every single day with impressive ingredient lists to solve all of your skin woes.
Whether you're looking for more hydrating, acne-targeted, or glow-boosting, brightening masks, there's an option for you. Trust, you're going to want to buy these in bulk. To back up these unbelievably affordable options, I reached out to celebrity dermatologist Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, MD and Dr. Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology to share the drugstore face masks they recommend to all their patients. I also threw in a couple of my tried-and-true favorites, so you can screenshot this list for your next drugstore run.
Neutrogena Moisturizing Hydro Boost Hydrating Face Mask, $2
"This mask is super effective for moisturizing dry skin types and it’s cheap," says Mudgil. He particularly loves this formula because it has a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid, making it a super potent moisturizer for long-lasting hydration.
Mudgil recommends this mask to all of his patients who are dealing with unwanted blackheads. "Not only does the heat feel great, but it helps to open one’s pores, allowing all the debris to be removed," he explains. Might I add how sensational a warming mask feels on the skin in the winter—it's like treating yourself to an at-home spa sesh.
bliss What a Melon De-Stressing Overnight Mask, $14
I've previously shared my testimonial about this glow-inducing overnight mask, and my sentiments are still the same, if not stronger. This cruelty-free formula is free of parabens and all of the yucky stuff, and it smells like fresh watermelon. The gel-like texture will sink right into your skin, allowing it to deeply hydrate the skin while leaving you with a lingering glow. Real talk: My skin radiates for a whole 24 hours post this overnight mask.
Neutrogena Clear Pore Facial Cleanser/Mask, $7
This two-in-one cleanser and mask, if you choose to leave it on, acts as a deep-cleaner for clogged pores caused by oil build-up. "This mask contains benzoyl peroxide, which makes it great for acne-prone skin, especially for those on the more oily end of the spectrum," Mudgil explains.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial Treatment, $11
Thanks to this acne and blemish miracle worker, I hosted my first mask party in college. My girlfriends and I each took turns applying this bentonite clay-filled mask on one another, giggling at how crazy it looks once it starts cracking on your face and aging you 20 years—but it works. If you have a deep blackhead that's begging to come out, employ this gem. It's one of the most-loved, best-selling masks on Amazon because it works wonders on acne and fading blemishes fast.
Yes To Grapefruit Single Use Paper Mask, $2
Vitamin C is the star ingredient when it comes to brightening dull, stressed-out skin. I pop this insanely cheap mask on whenever I'm fatigued and tired (which is, like, always), and enjoy how the aloe, antioxidants, grapefruit, and vitamin C work together to give my skin a glow makeover. It also smells and feels like a tropical oasis, which is refreshing when the seasonal depression of winter is coming in strong.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Overnight Face Mask, $3
This mask is very similar to the sheet mask, which Nazarian also loves, but you can wear it overnight and wake up to glowing skin. "Aside from it being an incredibly affordable product, this particular mask is one that nearly every skin type can use," she explains. "The primary ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and draws water into the skin. It’s wonderful for dry and sensitive skin types, and can be used daily." She also points out how the mask doesn't need to be fully washed off. Simply rub it into the skin to amp up moisture levels. "It even temporarily improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles," she adds.
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