I don’t know what it is but my skin has been seriously acting up lately and my usual routine just isn’t cutting it. I’ve been getting better about scheduling regular facials and spending more time on skincare at night but I really felt like I needed to mix up the products I was using and start doing face masks at home. The nice thing about a mask is that you can do it while multitasking (definitely doing one while writing this post…) so it feels less like an extra step in your skincare regimen and more like a way to get great skin while you binge on Netflix. 😉

design darling face masks

These are three masks that have worked well for me as well as a little info about what I like most about each one. I try to do one at least a couple times a week and I definitely notice a difference in both my complexion and the texture of my skin. I have dry, sensitive skin that’s prone to the occasional breakout so if you have a similar skin type I’d definitely recommend trying these out for yourself!

design darling face masks origins clear improvement

1. Origins clear improvement active charcoal mask, $17. I’m actually on my second tube of this mask because I love it so much. The charcoal works like a magnet to draw out toxins and my skin is visibly cleaner after every use. It can be a little drying (but never leaves my skin feeling too tight if that makes sense) so I apply a little extra moisturizer to compensate.

design darling face masks tata harper purifying mask

2. Tata Harper purifying mask, $65. I picked up this mask after reading through all your natural beauty recommendations a couple weeks ago — this brand came recommended highly by so many of you that I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself! I will say that it made me break out a little in the beginning but I like to think that was just bad stuff coming to the surface, aka the product doing its job! It makes me feel good to know that her products are made with natural ingredients and I love the scent (not at all chemical-y like so many other skincare products I’ve tried).

design darling face masks first aid beauty purifying mask

3. First Aid Beauty skin rescue purifying mask with red clay, $30. This mask leaves my skin feeling crazy soft and has seriously helped with the breakouts I’ve been experiencing lately. But the best part is that you just peel it off once it’s dry (instead of rinsing after 10 or 20 minutes). For someone who can’t stop peeling her skin after a sunburn (sorry for that visual), it’s pretty cool to peel off this mask and feel like it’s taking any acne-producing oil with it. Also a little goes a long way so I imagine this bottle will last me a while!

Obviously everyone’s skin reacts differently to certain products but I thought I’d share a few of the things that I’m enjoying recently. Are any of you regular mask users? Any other favorites (masks or other products!) I should know about?


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  1. Hey Mackenzie,

    Thanks so much for posting about these masks. I can’t wait to try them! I have similar skin – prone to occasional breakouts – and I’ve been trying to perfect my skincare regime so I truly appreciate your openness and recommendations. I’d love to know which cleansers and moisturizers you use, too! Many thanks!

    ‘Ray Bucknell,

  2. Perfect timing! My skin always goes haywire when the seasons change so I’ve been looking for some new products to try. And masks are always so fun – any time I can take 20 minutes to do nothing but beautify feels pretty luxurious!

  3. Ooh! I can’t wait to try! Especially the third one. I’m a total ‘picker’ too. Haha, so gross. I just purchased a “Say Yes to Grapefruit” mask – it’s one of those creepy paper ones with holes for your eyes and mouth that make you look like a serial killer. Yikes. Oh well. I can’t wait to try it!


  4. I am definitely a face mask addict! I have at least half a dozen going at one time, depending on the skin concern. My skin is usually on the combination side, but I get dry spots and occasional breakouts. Right now I’m loving all of the Glamglow products. The Thirstymud is my favorite – it’s great because it can be used as a mask or an extra hydrating moisturizer. I also love the Supermud and Gravitymud (cleansing and lifting, respectively). Lush fresh face masks are also wonderful and the smaller size means they’re reasonably priced (perfect for trying them all!) and you aren’t stuck with it for months if you don’t like it. All of their products use natural ingredients as well.

    Good luck! 🙂

  5. I haven’t tried Tata’s purifying mask, but I love her resurfacing mask. I recently started using the Honey Mud mask from May Lindstrom and really like it. Plus it smells delicious! I’ve used First Aid Beauty products and will have to try that one next!

  6. I’m definitely a big mask user- both of liquid and sheet masks, I actually just bought the mini Origins mask samplers at Sephora and tried the one you mentioned above as well as their rose clay mask. I LOVE the rose clay mask as it draws out impurities as well but also smells nice and has little mini exfoliating beads in it as well. Maybe try that one next time as well!


  7. Mackenzie, if you’re breaking out along your chin/jawline- try a supplement called Estroblock. It’s the only thing that’s helped my hormonal/stress acne. You can get it on Amazon. It sounds a little scary- but it’s just the good stuff from cruciferous veggies. & Thanks for the intel on the masks. All sound great! xo

  8. so glad you tried and liked tata harper! i have that mask and love it, although i do enjoy their resurfacing mask and regenerating cleaners equally. i have been curious about the first aid beauty mask so i’m glad to hear you like it.

  9. I have super similar skin and have also been dealing with more than normal breakouts lately- this post is perfect, thank you! Excited to try these 🙂