*gasp* provide the face mask recs
*gasp* anything for you, love
First up: Gold Black Sugar Mask by TonyMoly! I have only recently discovered this exfoliating gem, but oh man do I love it. It comes in a pretty small pot for about $7 on Amazon, which can initially be disheartening, but the brown sugar goodness in here goes a long way. Also, there are very tiny gold flakes mixed in with the brown sugar! I usually apply this mask each night after washing my face, leave it on for 15 min, then wash it off before applying toner & moisturizer.
Second on the list is Brazened Honey by Lush! It’s an exfoliating and soothing (2 for 1) kaolin clay based mask, with exfoliating ground almonds mixed in. It smells truly lovely and, when refrigerated before use, it makes for a nice, cool treatment after a busy day. I like to apply it about once a week! Two sidenotes: it’s Lush, which means it’s a little pricey, and it’s got fresh, free-range egg yolk in it (not as gross as it sounds, and proven to provide dermatological help!) which means you have to keep it refrigerated and cannot buy it online.
Finally, I’ve gotta go old school. The first mask I ever used (and a consistently trustworthy one!) is the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. My mother, sister, and aunt have all used this darling thing for years, and it’s essentially the predecessor to Lush’s fan-favorite Mask of Magnaminty. You can get a massive green tube of this minty, dry-your-skin-out-in-a-good-way masque at pretty much any drug store. Failing that, most places have a store-brand “mint mask,” but I do recommend the original Queen Helene. It’s wonderful if you have oily skin, or just a small-scale breakout, though I must recommend moisturizing afterwards.
(side note: always moisturize after masks! even if you have an oily skin type, you should at least use a light, moisturizing toner or micellar water afterwards) I hope this helped, and that you find a mask that’s right for you! It’s always important to test different products and find the one that’s right for you. Always remember to treat yo self 💋