Sometimes there is nothing better than a great face mask. For me, they're the key to a great pamper session to really wind down on a Sunday evening (or any evening really, let's be serious). Not to mention, they are ultimate product when your skin is playing up and messing around. Skin feeling a bit congested or oily? There's a face mask for that. Feeling a bit lackluster or maybe a bit dull in your complexion? Face mask it. Or maybe your skin is feeling dry and dehydrated? There is definitely a face mask for that too. Face masks have to be one of my favourite skincare products for sure. And one my favourite type of masks are those targeted towards congested and clogged pores, absorbs excess oil and brightens your skin tone (all that fantastic delicious stuff we love...) If you read my last my post about my Morning skincare routine, then y'all already know that my skin can be quite a pesky little things and is quite oily and blemish prone. So a clearing mask is something I use at least once a week as I find they are best way to whip my skin back into shape if it has been feeling a bit off. But first, what makes a good face mask for congested, oily and acne prone skin?
When looking for a mask to deal with congestion and blemish prone skin, there are few common things you want the mask to address including (but not limited to):
- Excessive oil production
- Clogged pores
- Dull tired Skin
- And of course - blemishes
- Sulfar - acts as a mild antiseptic that helps disinfect skin and promotes exfoliation of dead skin cells that lead to clogged pores
- Clay and/or charcoal - acts like a magnet to draw out impurities deep in the pores while also absorbing excess oil. Clay is usually listed in the ingredients as kaolin or White China Clay.
- Salicylic Acid- is a BHA that acts as a exfoliant to go deep into the pores and dissolve dead skin cells that clogs up our pores. It can however be slightly drying.
- Also look for hydrating and soothing ingredients such as glycolic acid (also a gentle chemical exfoliator), Aloe, Rosehip Oil or jojoba. This insures that the mask doesn't completely dry out your skin and reverse the process by triggering even more sebum production!
1. Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask
I love Origins masks and this has to be my absolute favourite of the bunch- I even spotted Ashley Benson on her Snapchat saying how much she loved it (if it was sponsored or not that is a different story though...) I have sung extensive praises for this mask on my blog many the time before (you can view my full review here) and this is my go-to mask when my skin is in need of a real good clean out. This mask retails for $39.00 and contains White China Clay and Active charcoal that work to declog pores and absorb excess oil. I use this mask to combat congestion and especially when my skin is feeling extra oily towards the end of the week. Skin is left feeling more refined, brighter and just cleannnnn (you all know the feeling!)
2. Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque*
This mask was only released early February but it has already reached top 5 status and is one of the most reached for masks in my collection. Containing unique Activated Binchotan Charcoal to absorb toxins, impurities and excess sebum and Sulfur to promote cell turnover for brighter skin, my stressed out skin is left feeling calmed and visibly clearer but most importantly not irritated or dried out. But what I love about this mask is that it also acts as a gentle exfoliator when rinisng it off - what's not to love? The one downside for me is that I am not a huge fan of the scent, however it isn't a big deal considering the amazing things that it does for my skin.
3. Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask
This is an oldie but a goodie. Aesop can do no wrong in my opinion and this mask is no exception. I have been using this mask for what feels like years and years. I think it may have been one of the first more pricer masks I ever bought when I first started really getting into skincare (thank you Lily Pebbles!) and my skin has loved it ever since. The scent of the mask is definitely a little something. I think it is the Parsley seed oil and evening primrose but it is a scent that you either really like or really don't. Besides that, this mask is fantastic for healing and treating blemishes and decongesting the skin. This contains kaoiln but also contains Rosehip Oil and Aloe Vera which I find work well together to draw out impurities in the skin without leaving it feeling dried out and tight AND is actually quite soothing, which I found quite surprising for a clay based mask. I highly recommend this!
4. Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask
This Clinique mask is clay based with Salicylic Acid as its active ingredient. It works to heal existing blemishes, prevent new ones and mop up the oil slick that is sitting on your skin. I love this mask as I find it is a quick fix for problem skin and blemishes are reduced if not gone by the following day. However, I have a tendency to leave masks on a tad longer than I should, aka the usual 20 minutes and this mask recommends leaving it for 5 minutes, so it's definitely not one for lounging around and watching Netflix in. I find if left on for too long it can start to irritate the skin a bit but it's nothing to be too worried about. It is however also a bit drying so I usually follow this mask up with some hydrating facial mists and Rosehip Oil.
5. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
This mask is a bit more of a fun one and not quite as heavy duty as the others. I like to use this mid-week when my skin is in need of a little pick me up but doesn't quite need a clay or charcoal face mask (yet...) This is a peel-off that mask that works to minimize the appearance of pores and reveal healthy, glowing skin. I find this also helps with the texture and tone of my skin. It is smoother and definitely more even - plus I love peeling this off, there is something just so satisfying about it!
Honorable Mention: Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask
I've included this Glamglow face mask as an honorable mention because I do love this mask (very much so) and didn't want to finish my post without mentioning it at all. But the reason why this doesn't quite make my top 5 is the price. Here in Australia Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask retails for approx $98.00 and it comes in a teeny tiny 34g jar - and that my friends makes a very pricey face mask for not a lot of it. It does however work wonders on the skin. It contains acne loving ingredients such as kaolin, Salicylic Acid, Charcoal, Glycolic Acid, Eucalyptus and Mandelic Acid - but it is wayyyyy too dang pricey for my liking. However, if you are willing to shell out the big bucks for not a very large amount of product I say go for it, it is a fantastic mask for acne prone and congested skin.
I hope this helps you out when choosing a mask for your skin when it is feeling out out of shape! What are some of your favourite masks? Have you tried any of these?