I Gave Up My Go-To Face Mask For This Cult Favorite

I Gave Up My Go-To Face Mask For This Cult Favorite

They don't call it a 'cult favorite' for nothing.

Beauty & Fashion

With the skincare market set to hit over $180 billion in 2024, it is safe to say we will never run out of new face masks to try.

Since I am on the road a lot more these days and refuse to pay airlines baggage fees (just call me the carry-on queen), I was skipping my weekly face mask skincare ritual each Sunday. Packing my giant tub of Aztec Clay and bottle of apple cider vinegar in my carry-on was not an option — and the prospect of the vinegar possibly exploding in my bag if I checked one wasn't ideal.

Not having a clay mask on-hand was causing my skin to freak out and I started getting hormonal pimples again. Now, that I think about it, the change in water from city to city, the recycled airplane air, and my lack of sleep were probably contributing to my blemishes too — which is why it's essential to be diligent with maintaining your routine when traveling.

So, over the holidays, I bought a new mask by one of my favorite skin care brands Philosophy since they were having a sale. Thank you, Cyber Monday. I always look at reviews on the brand's website and across the internet at Sephora, Ulta, and Makeup Alley before purchasing anything new.

Shop Here

The Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask jumped out at me because of its rave reviews and because it was an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner. Not to mention it comes in a tube that is just under 3 oz, making it mess-free and perfect for trips that I am only packing a carry-on (which is 95% of the time).

When it arrived, I give it a shot on my Sunday self-care day after washing and toning my skin. One pro-tip an esthetician shared with me was to never leave a clay mask on until it's completely dry — it strips skin of moisture, which is counterproductive if you're looking to have balanced skin. I left it on for 10 minutes and went to remove it with warm water when I realized the mask doubled as an exfoliant too. Buh-bye whiteheads.

Writer Bianca Lambert wearing her new favorite cult favorite, the Purity Made Pore Extractor Clay Mask

After taking it off, my skin wasn't tight like it can be when I use other masks, and two annoying little whiteheads around my nose were less visible. The instructions say you can use this mask a couple of times a week, but since I have relatively sensitive skin, I'll keep my use to a one-week maximum.

Since adding the mask to my routine, the whiteheads I get around my nose and temples are gone, and when they do show up, they go away in a couple of days. My Aztec clay mask will always be in my beauty regime, but it's nice to know I have an option that is travel-friendly and will keep my skin in great shape while I'm on the road.

Do you have any skincare faves you gravitate towards when you travel? Share them with us below!

Featured image by Getty Images.

KevOnStage And His Wife Melissa Don’t Want To Be “Relationship Goals”

Being married or in any type of long-term relationship takes intention and diligence. No one could tell you that better than comedian and social media personality KevOnStage (Kevin Fredericks) and his wife and partner Melissa.

Keep reading...Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.
From Love & Basketball to The Woman King, The Evolution of Gina Prince-Bythewood

Of all the joys that came from my recent viewing of The Woman King in theaters, my favorite was simply watching another one of Gina Prince Bythewood’s visions brought to life. Since 2000 when she came on to the scene with her sports romantic drama Love and Basketball, Bythewood has built a diverse filmography that centers Black women.

Keep reading...Show less
Bags Secured: How Tia Mowry Continues To Make Money Moves Outside Of Acting

After 25 + years in the entertainment industry, Tia Mowry has remained a mainstay in many of our lives. Tia and her twin sister Tamera garnered fame after starring in their own TV series Sister, Sister, which premiered in 1994 and since then we have seen them venture into solo endeavors. Tia, specifically, went on to act in the film Baggage Claim, Netflix’s series Family Reunion, and who can forget her role as Melanie Barnett in The Game?

Keep reading...Show less
5 Ways To Keep It Together On A Stressful Work Day

Stress is a common part of living, especially when it comes to work. For women, the impact can be felt even more due to workplace issues including unequal pay, gender discrimination, and race-related aggressions. In fact, research shows that professional women experience more stress than men, with a 46% prevalence for those employed full-time (versus 42% for men).

Keep reading...Show less
What 14 People Say 'Great Sex' Means To Them

What is the difference between bad, average, and great sex? If I ask thirty people this question, I would get thirty different answers. As someone who's had their fair share of both good and not-so-good sex, I understand that there is no one size fits all answer to this question. "Great sex" can mean different things to different people. Case in point, I once had an amazing sexual experience with a guy that a mutual “friend” had a horrible experience with. Great sex is subjective AF! According to the mutual friend his sex was subpar at best. One person’s trash is another one’s treasure. Great sex boils down to what is good for you and your partner at the moment. No two people are the same so no two sexual experiences will be the same either.

Keep reading...Show less
Exclusive Interviews
Latest Posts