“These masks just don’t disappoint.”
Freeman’s Face Masks are a store-in-the-back-of-your-bathroom-vanity-and-pull-out-when-you-need-pampered type mask. I can’t say they’re a game-changer, but they are certainly an affordable and reliable option when it comes to clay face masks. There are some I like more than others, and when it comes to catering to all skin types, Freeman’s takes care of that.
Here’s what Freeman’s offers according to skin types:
For normal/combination skin: Avocado & Oatmeal Clay, Cucumber Peel-Off, Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud, Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay, Chocolate & Strawberry Clay, Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud
For all skin types: Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress, Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing, Pomegranate Revealing Peel-Off, Acai Purifying Clay
For oily/combination skin: Sparkling Pear Pore Cleansing
For breakout/oily skin: Mint & Lemon Clay
For dry skin: Golden Grain Brightening, Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping
A short synopsis on my skin type: I have combination/oily skin and an especially shiny t-zone. However, I can get dry patches in the winter that turns my foundation a little patchy if I don’t moisturize properly. I am always looking for products that are mattifying/pore-shrinking but also heavily emphasize hydration in my daily routine.
As for face masks, I’ve made it a bi-weekly routine. On Mondays, I will reach for a pore-cleansing or detoxifying mud mask, and Thursdays I opt for a more soothing and moisturizing option. I am not a fan of sheet masks, and haven’t really been into peel-off masks either.
- Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress is a blue mud mask that smells incredible. It is meant to “clear pores and smooth skin.” As corny as it sounds, I really do feel relieved of stress when I use this. I can’t tell you whether it’s the scent or cooling sensation, but I will reach for this mask on a Monday if I have had a rough start to the week. (I have the CVS version of this in the tube pictured above. However, I have tried the Freeman’s brand and feel the exact same way as my statement here).
- Another mask I’ll reach for is the Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud mask, which so far is my favorite. It is meant to “smooth, purify, and moisturize” the skin. This mask will dry really tightly to your skin and feel like it’s absorbing and extracting all of the toxins deep down in your pores. I notice my skin is visibly less red and textured when I wake up after using this the night before.
- The Avocado & Oatmeal Clay mask is a mask I will reach for on a Thursday when I focus on hydrating my skin. This mask seems to layer thicker than others, though that could just be the way I apply it. Once you wash this off, your skin will feel cooler and refreshed, like it absorbed all of the moisture.
- One mask I would like to point out that I did not like is the Cucumber Peel-Off mask. Could just be that I’m not a fan of “gel-like” masks, but I felt as if this did nothing for me. It applies in a very messy manner, just kind of sits on your skin, and after I wash it off I don’t notice any change in the texture or complexion of my skin the next morning. I gave the rest of the bottle to a colleague, so that tells you how I felt about it.
Overall, these mud masks are very reliable for a weekly routine. I purchase them by the bottle, after trying the sample packet, so that I get the best deal for my cash money.
I am in the process of trying out some new face masks (think: Mario Badescu and Tony Moly), so I will be sure to report on those! In the meantime, let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite Freeman’s/drugstore face mask or holy grail mud mask you use religiously!