It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I’ve been a bit overwhelmed with balancing the blog and Instagram with my day job. But I’m coming back with a plan and I’m stronger than ever 💪🏽 Get ready for more consistent posts from me!
So let’s talk Skincare! If there’s anything you should know about me it’s that I adore drug store products. Up until this past May I was in college and I didn’t have much of a budget for skincare, so for a long time I would only buy from CVS and I found a routine that really worked for me.
Now that I have a full-time job, I’ve had fun playing around and experimenting with different products but I still find myself going back to a lot of my drug store stuff because it works! One of my favorite masks is Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Mask, which I’m actually wearing as I type this. I bought it on Amazon for about $5, but I’ve seen it in places like Family Dollar for as low as $3!
This mask has been a miracle for my oily, acne-prone skin. It’s a clay mask with a bit of sulfur in it, which is beneficial for killing bacteria, drawing out oil, and exfoliating the top layer of your skin, making it ideal for acne-prone skin types. I tried to find out the exact percentage of sulfur content in the mask, but my search only gave me results of other people asking the same question with no answers. In any case, it seems like it’s enough sulfur to help out my skin!
The mask has a minty smell that I find really pleasant – however, some people are sensitive to fragrance so be sure to patch test if you decide to try it out. Most times I use it as a spot treatment mask, but every now and then I’ll apply it all over my face if I’m experiencing extra-oily skin or a big breakout.
The most satisfying part of this mask is that, as it starts to dry, you can see dark-green spots where the mask is “pulling out” oil from your skin. Today, that was mostly on my chin, around my nose, and anywhere I had pimples. After about 10-15 minutes, the mask is completely dry and ready to rinse off with warm water. Less is more when it comes to this mask – it’s really thick and you don’t want to have to wait 30 minutes for the mask to fully dry.
I highly recommend using a moisturizer in your routine after using it, and maybe even following it up with a hydrating sheet mask, because my skin does feel a bit dry when I rinse it off. If you already have very dry skin, maybe stick to using it as a 5-minute spot-treatment rather than all over your face.
I only use this mask about once every other week, because I find it too drying to use more often than that. But everyone’s skin is different, so just pay attention to what works best for you, whether that’s using it more or less often than I do.
Overall, I really love this mask and can’t think of any complaints other than it’s really hard to squeeze the product out of the bottle. But I’ll put up with it, because the benefits are more than worth it!
Comment below and tell me! – what are some of your favorite drug store products to use?