Transitioning temps can take a toll on oily skin, so it’s important to refresh your beauty products as the seasons change. Whether you’re headed back to school or just looking to update your regimen, face masks could be a great addition to your skincare routine this fall. While a single face mask won’t cure your woes instantly, investing in a few different options and creating a habit can make a difference. So if you’re looking to treat your skin to some TLC, here are four at-home face masks that work wonders on oily complexions.
The Tech: Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Mask
If your skin is acne-prone – but topical medications dry out your face – the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Mask should be your new go-to. It uses blue light to kill bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation, which is a colorful (and effective) skincare match made in heaven. The treatment is clinically-proven, FDA cleared, chemical free and UV free, so you don’t have to worry about harmful consequences to your skin.
To use this mask, simply wash your face with your usual cleanser, pat it dry and turn the tech on. All it takes is 10 minutes! You can sit back, relax and let the lights do their magic, or go about your day while the treatment takes place. The mask comes equipped with temples (like the sides of your sunglasses), so it won’t fall off if there’s no time for rest.
Arguably the best part about this high-tech mask? You can purchase it at Meijer for under $40.
The Charcoal Mask: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask
Another mild remedy for acne-prone complexions comes in the form of charcoal mud masks. Charcoal is used to draw impurities out of the skin, which is especially great for those of us with oily faces. Oil and dirt clog our pores making them look bigger, but charcoal pulls those toxins out, ridding us of pesky blackheads in the process.
Charcoal is an ingredient in the Yes to Tomatoes Mud Mask, but it also features additional elements like salicylic acid and aloe. The charcoal works to remove oil and dirt from the face, while the other components fight acne and re-hydrate our skin. This gentle mask is also natural and paraben-free, so dry skin due to harsh chemicals will be a thing of the past.
The detoxifying charcoal may feel cool and tingly upon application, so test a small spot inside your arm before covering your face. When you’re ready, apply the product to clean skin and leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
If mud masks aren’t your thing, opt for the paper sheet version instead. Just peel, stick it to your face and go!
The Clay Mask: L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask, Detox & Brighten
To detox oily skin after wearing makeup all week, try the L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask. When mixed with three kinds of pure clay, charcoal acts like a magnet – it draws impurities out of the skin and tightens your pores, which will make your face feel clean and refreshed. The formula is also designed to even out your complexion, so your skin may appear brighter after regular use.
After work on Fridays or before you go to bed, say goodbye to stress and its toll on your skin by applying this mask to your face. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water and moisturize. Clay masks often stimulate circulation and blood flow, so don’t be alarmed if there’s facial redness upon removal. Make sure to test the mask on your arm first, just in case!
The Citrus Peel: Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Brightening Peel
To prepare your skin for the week ahead and leave your face glowing, use the Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Peel (available at select Meijer locations) before heading to work on Monday. Grapefruit is high in antioxidants, which means this peel helps counteract wrinkles, even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores. The product is natural and paraben-free, so it’s the perfect finishing touch for your skincare routine.
Apply this peel to your skin post-cleanse, relax for 10 minutes, then rinse it off. You can use it up to three times per week!
Want to learn more about the best fall face masks? Check out our post about achieving flawless skin.