Face Masks That Are Totally Worth the Mess

Victoria Moorhouse

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We love a face mask just as much as the next girl, but there is one undeniable con this skin care staple. We’ll admit it. They’re messy, and clean-up is almost always required. And going through the trouble of rinsing out your sink, wiping down the counters, and dirtying yet another washcloth (laundry ain’t free!) isn’t worth it for a mediocre formula that does, well, nothing for your complexion. We hear you, so we rounded up a few of the best face masks that are actually worth the mess.

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Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask ($16, walmart.com)

Made with detoxifying charcoal and salicylic acid, this face mask is a must for anyone with acne-prone skin. It’s easily to apply and is relatively gentle—just be sure to follow-up with a moisturizer and maybe don’t use white towels to dry off your face.

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Fresh Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask ($140, fresh.com)

It’s pricey and messy, but even that won’t stop us from using this formula from Fresh. It’s packed with antioxidant protection and ingredients like shea butter and seabuckthorn oil, and, obviously, honey to aid in moisturizing. It’s a little sticky (keep paper towels on hand) but left our skin feeling smooth and happy in the end.

Multi-Face-Eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask ($50, ulta.com)

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If it’s in the name of anti-aging, we can deal with the mess. This clay mask tackles six of the most common skin aging issues, including fine lines and skin tone. What’s more, it’s even designed to help decrease pore size.

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Charlotte Tillbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask ($70, nordstrom.com)

One major downside of clay masks (besides getting it all over your hands) is that they tend to leave your skin dehydrated and taut, but this velvety, smooth formula from Charlotte Tilbury changes the game. It doesn’t get hard or itchy while it’s on your face, and it’s enhanced with rosehip oil, almond oil, and clay for nourishment and oil absorption.

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nügg Hydrating Face Mask’s ($3.29 each, nuggbeauty.com)

So we’ll be real with you. These masks can be a pain in the butt to clean up, mostly because the pods aren’t resealable and some of the 4-day treatments require you to use one pod’s contents over two days. However, if you’re only using the mask for one, single-serving treatment, you’re in the clear. We particularly love the exfoliation mask, made with jojoba seeds.

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