Beauty Advice: Best Facial Masks

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Dear Budget Fashionista,

What is the best budget facial mask from a store or DIY at home for smoothing skin?

Answer:Store: Definitely Queen Helena Mud Masks are the best, at a great price! (under $4). I’m sure readers also have their favorites (feel free to post them below)

At Home:
Oatmeal facial scrub. Mix Oatmeal, water, and a bit honey until it forms a sticky paste. Scrub it onto your face and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse. Your skin will be smoother and softer (and you can eat the leftover mix)

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  • liggy

    I found using baking soda works really well as an exfoliant and leaves your skin baby soft. You just mix a little with enough water to make a paste and then rub into your face and body. It works great and is so cheap.

  • Kirsten

    Just went to CVS last night and bought my favorite Queen Helene product: the Mint Julep mask. I think it was all of $3.99 and works wonders on my face. LOVE IT.

  • Judy

    I forgot this natural tip…my husband uses mashed very ripe bananas on his face as a mask and for a brief time his forhead wrinkles actually DO VANISH.  Now if only they could stay gone!

  • TBF

    TBF readers are the bomb.. aspirin, M.O.M, etc for facials.. I love it and you know I’m going to try everything you guys mentioned

  • Michele

    Good old M.O.M. for me. Phillip’s Milk of Magnesium. It’s recommended by a lot of beauty experts, soaks up oil, AND should be in your medicine cabinet already. At 44, I still have extremely oily skin and use it every other day. It leaves your skin VERY tight so use it at night so you don’t have to worry about using a moisturizer.

  • ohiogirl

    The old but good aspirin and yogurt mask is fabulous.  Veyr very gentle, you can just leave it on or scrub a bit to exfoliate. Let it dry, then rinse with water.  Your skin will be clearer, tighter and it will GLOW.

  • Judy

    I have Rosacea so I have to use VERY gentle masks or my skin acts up.  I have found Zia brand masks…both Pumpkin and Papaya to be gentle on my skin.  They are not exactly budget priced since they cost about $25 but you don’t use much so the price/treatment is far better than going to a spa.  Whole Foods carries them.