If there’s one thing that every girl has included in their beauty ‘regime’ since about the age of 13 it’s face masks. It’s an absolute must in my opinion. If your skin is oily, dry, acne prone, feeling sensitive or in dire need of a detox then your best bet and best friend is a face mask. For those of us who don’t have the time/money to get away from it all and head to a spa for the day the next, most logical choice is to grab a face mask, run a bubble bath, open a book and relax. That sounds like bliss to me. Go ahead, look it up in the dictionary.
I’m a beauty blogger as we all know (duh!) so I’ve purchased, used and reviewed numerous face masks. Some expensive, some beautifully scented and some being Freeman masks. These colorful, fruity facial masks have been my favorites since way back when. I’ve mentioned them more than a dozen times (here, here, here and here) and I thought it was about time to dedicate a post entirely to my best budget face masks. The quality to price ratio on these masks is outstanding. The packaging is bright and almost ‘cheap’ looking, but don’t let that fool you. These masks are worth a second look. I’ve used almost all of them before but I’m going to share the few that I keep repurchasing as well as a new one that I think deserves a shout out.
Freeman Pineapple Enzyme Mask
This multitasking mask is perfect for normal to combination skin. The pineapple enzyme mask is completely different to all the others in terms of consistency and appearance. It has a gel formula with teeny tiny granules that run through it. The scent has a light pineapple undertone to it, but for me this one also has a chemical smell. As you rub this mask into your skin (and rinse it off) it feels like it gives you a gentle exfoliation. I told you it’s multitasking! The pineapple extract and exfoliating AHA’s slough off dead skin cells revealing a radiant, smooth skin. In case you didn’t know AHA is short for “Alpha Hydroxy Acid” and works by removing the top layers of dead skin cells. I enjoy using this when my skin is looking a bit dull and lackluster during the colder months.
This refreshing mask boasts quite an impressive ingredient list – papaya, lactic acids, glycolic acids, seaweed, lemon, lavender oil, peppermint oil, tea tree leaf oil, aloe vera, vitamin E and a mild version of vitamin A. I absolutely love how revitalized and stimulated my skin feels after using this zingy pineapple mask. It’s a winner and a must in your beauty regime. R64.95 from Dis-Chem.
Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask
This one is suitable for oily/combination skin and always works a charm when my skin is feeling a bit meh or I’ve had a bit of a busy weekend and ventured in and out of smoke-filled rooms. I like to ‘purge’ my skin at the end of the week, usually on a Sunday and this mask does the trick. This green gem contains Kaolin clay which has detoxifying properties. It also aids in reducing the production of sebum in your skin. The mask draws out all the impurities in your skin and my face is always left feeling fabulous after application. The added Avocado and Oatmeal does a great job at moisturising your skin. It also contains Vitamin E which means your skin will feel baby soft instead of dry (like some clay masks) after use. The consistency is thick, but spreads easily and dries quickly. Only 10 to 15 minutes of looking like the incredible hulk before you wash it off. The packaging is fun, the scent is fresh/clean, the price is affordable and it does its intended job. What more do you need? R64.95 from Dis-Chem.
Freeman Chocolate & Strawberry Clay Mask
The chocolate and strawberry mask is ideal for normal to combination skin. This one is my favourite and I know it sounds silly but the main reason is the smell. I can’t get enough of the indulgent, sweet, chocolaty scent. Also, the creamy consistency is a winner in my book. It spreads easily, dries quickly and washes off with ease. This mask is ideal for skin that needs help with tone and large pores. Does it work though? It might seem ludicrous but I actually notice a pore tightening effect after use and my skin even looks more radiant.
It’s also very similar to the Avocado & Oatmeal one in terms of detoxifying properties due to the shared ingredient – Kaolin clay. However, the strawberry extract is what sets it apart. This juicy, heart-shaped fruit not only tantalizes your taste buds but it also packs a punch when it comes to skincare. Strawberries are super fruits that are bursting with powerful anti-oxidants and a truck load of vitamin C. They help with reducing dark spots and refining your skin texture. The added Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter are extremely moisturizing which leaves your skin feeling insanely soft. There is absolutely nothing I don’t like about this budget buy. If you only try one of these Freeman masks then let it be this one. R64.95 from Dis-Chem.
Freeman Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask
If you’re looking to try one of these masks then I recommend grabbing one of the pocket-size packets from Dis-Chem. They give you enough product for about 2 applications and that’s more than enough time to reach a decision about the mask. They sell for R19.95 and while it’s more cost-effective to purchase the full size they are ideal for testing purposes. Also, quite sadly, this new sleeping mask is only available in sample size. Boo hoo! Anyway, what sounds better than “deeply hydrates overnight”? Who doesn’t want to wake up to dewy, hydrated skin? I love this new ‘sleeping mask’ trend that I’ve seen offered by various brands. On more than a few occasions I’ve accidentally fallen asleep in the bath with a mask on only to wake up to rock hard skin. Oops! But now I can happily slather on a creamy mask and not worry about closing my eyes for a minute or two (or 6 hours).
If you’re looking to hydrate your dry, Wintry skin this antioxidant-rich honeydew and calming chamomile mask might be exactly what your skin is craving. So, besides the two obvious ingredients this mask also contains coconut oil, Shea butter, jojoba oils and silk amino acids – moisturising, moisturising, moisturising! The consistency is thick and creamy and spreads exactly as a night cream would. At first it doesn’t seem to sink in and feels a bit heavy and sticky. Just give it a bit of time to absorb and soon you won’t even notice it. The next morning my skin feels soft, plump and like it had a solid 8 hours of beauty sleep, even if it only had 4. The scent is mouthwatering and smells exactly like juicy honeydew melon. It really makes me wish I’d bought some for the photo shoot because now that’s all I’m longing for as I write this post. The sample sachets are R19.95 at Dis-Chem.