Wash-off masks are always just such a treat! They check all the boxes, coming in all sorts of yummy scents, fun textures, and even any colour your heart desires. They’re great as an emergency measure for sudden skin outbreaks, or even just for pampering purposes after a long day of work. Of course, there is something very exhilarating then about being able to spend an affordable amount on a mask, and less guilt when you slather it on and sit back.
These are our favourite products for any occasion, and the best part is that they are all easily accessible locally, and come at reasonable price points!
Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque
The Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque features the usual clay mask culprits, kaolin and bentonite, infused with all sorts of good-enough-to-eat ingredients, primarily kale and goji berry. The yummy combination is powered up by vitamins and antioxidants to detox stressed and tired skin, while avocado, baobab and rosehip oils lend their powers of hydration. The mask has a tingling sensation when applied, and leaves skin glowing and feeling clean and fresh.
Additionally, Sukin is a brand that’s very big on naturalness, committed to balancing good ingredients with affordability. 98.8% of their ingredients are naturally derived, and their products are also vegan and cruelty-free, with no parabens or sulfates. The list does go on: their production is carbon neutral, and packaging is recyclable! Environmentalists, vegans, anyone who wants great skin— rejoice! Sukin has your back.
The Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque, $21, is available in Guardian stores and online here.
St. Ives Nourished and Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask
Two-in-one, because who doesn’t love options? The scrumptious formula is made with honey and oatmeal, not so unlike your breakfast! The calming properties of the two front-line ingredients makes for happily nourished skin, and the delicious scent is definitely an added bonus. As a mask, it is easily used: it applies as a thick, viscous layer, but lathers up with water and washes off with little effort. As the name implies, the product is also a gentle scrub, courtesy of walnut shell powder.
And, yes! This scrub + mask is safe for sensitive skin, formulated to be hypoallergenic, paraben-free and non-comedogenic.
The St. Ives Nourished and Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask, $9.90, is available in Guardian stores and online here.
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X
Two-in-one is already enough to get us to perk up, so how about ten-in-one? Well, Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X, the advanced version of the Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, claims to be an all-rounder. It elevates your skincare with these abilities: pore tightening + sebum control + exfoliation + fine dust cleansing + blackhead removal + deep cleansing + cooling effect + softening + brightening + firming. That’s quite the skill set! It achieves this with Jeju clay and volcanic cluster capsules that together effectively cleanse pores and absorb excess sebum.
The Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X, $21, is available in Innisfree stores. Read about it here.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask
This mask is a cult-favourite, and deservingly so. Touted as “the world’s most powerful facial”, the Aztec Secret Clay Mask goes back to basics with its sole ingredient of natural calcium bentonite clay sourced “from Death Valley, California, where it is sun- dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees”, according to the website. The highly-absorbent clay draws out impurities and excess oils from deep within, cleansing pores and leaving skin feeling clean and healthy. Many also swear by this mask for vanquishing blemishes and acne with consistent use.
The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask, $10.88 for 1lb, is available online here.
Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-Off Mask
The Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off is a sweet treat for your skin, featuring a coarse scrub of organic black sugar granules. It smells absolutely amazing, and is wonderful as a small pampering at the end of a long day. After cleansing, simply massage into skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. This will leave you with glowing, soft skin, and no complaints about the lingering sugary scent either.
If you’re an ardent subscriber to the Korean ten-step routine, this affordable scrub is perfect contender for step 3: exfoliate, in between cleansing and toning. It scrubs away dead cells and impurities without being overly harsh, for visibly brighter and smoother skin.
The Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, currently on sale for $9.90 (U.P. $16.50), is available in Guardian stores and online here.
Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask
This mask is berry lovely, from its pretty pink packaging to its equally pretty contents! Packed with antioxidants and a primary combination of strawberry, yarrow and rosemary to deep-clean pores and eliminate impurities, this mask will give you an instantly perfected complexion. At just $13.90, this mask is value-for-money, coming in a thinner formula such that a little goes a long way!
The Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask, $13.90 is available in Guardian stores and online here.
Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask
Feeling like a sea-witch? This fun blue mask will have you feeling like a princess in ten minutes. Soothing bergamot and lavender calms your skin and your senses, purging dirt, stress and bad vibes. Sea salt and dead sea minerals help to rebalance your skin, leaving you with clean, moisturised skin.
The Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask, $6.55, is available in Guardian stores and online here.
Do any of these masks have your name on them? At their price point, it’s definitely worthwhile giving them a whirl. So why not, indulge and add a little kick to your usual routine with these cheap thrills!