Lately my skin has the best it's ever been in my adult life *knocks on wood*. Now that my acne has cleared up, I'm focusing on my pores and the texture of my skin. The current masks I have on rotation for these two problems areas are below!
Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
I copped this guy during a Sephora sale since it had raving reviews but I don't know exactly how I feel about this yet but it could be because my expectations were set really high. Note, I didn't previously sample the mask before purchasing. When I was growing up, watermelon was favorite fruit (it's second now behind mangos) and whenever my mom cut it up, she would give me the rinds to wash my face and it remember it being so refreshing and feeling amazing. I expected the mask to give me a similar feeling but it didn't. The mask barely smelled like watermelon. However, even though the mask experience wasn't what I imagined, the mask still led to great results. The mask felt more oil-like than gel even though the formula is oil free. I pat in a generous amount into my skin right before bed and I wake up with dewy skin! I've used it a ton of times and I've barely made a dent in the jar.
boscia's Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment
I actually grabbed three of these guys that were the mini sample 100 point items at Sephora months ago. I've never met a boscia product I didn't love so I knew I should stock up. I'm also pretty picky about what samples I spend my points on - I prefer to hold off for the good stuff ;) The mask alone looks really cool because of the black and white swirl. White charcoal is known to absorb 1,000x its weight in impurities, purifying and deeply cleaning your skin. You take a generous amount and apply to your face all while mixing the formula together, which then creates a grey color. You leave it on for 15-20 minutes. The jar is deceiving because it looks tiny but you actually can get a ton of uses out of it. The texture of my skin and pore size has definitely improved over the last few weeks of using this. Once I run out of the samples, I will be purchasing the full sized one!
Origins' Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
If my memory serves me right, I copped this guy last Fall during the Sephora sale. I personally feel like people sleep on the Origins brand more than they should. Origins was one of the first brands I was introduced to as a teenager fighting acne that I've been loyal to since. Their masks are fairly priced and has amazing results. They have recently been rebranding their packaging so I hope that helps more people to jump on the brand. This deep clean masks focuses on the two main parts I'm focusing on 1. pores 2. texture. I use it twice a week, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes at a time depending on how quickly it dries down. The formula helps flushing out environmental toxins, dirt, and debris that can clog pores and cause skin to look dull—leaving.
Fresh's Rose Face Mask
I'm not going to go too much into detail here as there is a dedicated blog post to the mask here! However, I have so much masks that this actually fell victim to the bottom of my skincare drawers. I recently re-discovered to finish it off since it was about 2/3 empty. I absolutely loved this one but will hold off on repurchasing for now. It smells amazing and did wonders to my pores but at the price point is a tad steep. I'd rather spend the money on Fresh's Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner, which I haven't tried yet but there are a ton of positive reviews on it.
*Paula's Choice's Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask
This one is very similar to the Origin's mask in my opinion except for the fact that it's gel. Because it is a gel, the formula doesn't dry down the way the Origins mask does. I hear a lot of good things about this brand and it was my first time trying it out. There really is no greater feeling than topping off a long work day with a relaxing mask. I leave it on for 10-20 minutes and wash off. Your skin immediately feels smooth with minimized pores. It's also really easy to wash off since it doesn't dry down. I def recommend this one, especially since it's really affordable!