To spend lots of money on treating yourself or not to treat yourself? That is not the question! Cruelty-free face masks available online allow you to indulge in luxury and self-care like an IG influencer while staying in line with your ethics. Swerve expensive salon facials where you have no control over which products are used and get face masks that weren’t tested on animals and contain no animal-derived ingredients instead—they often contain clay and charcoal to extract impurities, aloe and oils to hydrate, and herbal extracts and other plant-derived ingredients that act as astringents and diminish redness. Bye, chemicals cruelly tested on animals. 👋
It’s not hard to find beauty brands that refuse to pay for horrific tests on animals. (However, some cop out by selling animal-tested versions of their cruelty-free U.S. products in China, where experiments on animals are required.) So if you’re not keeping it cruelty-free, you’re doing it wrong. Use one of these humane, PETA-approved face masks to reveal your outer and inner beauty:
We’re not sure if these were purposely crafted to help people attain the Michael Myers lewk, but the resemblance is uncanny—making sheet masks perfect for freaking out your roommates before stepping out to dazzle the public with your luminous skin. Très chic!
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Sheet Mask
Andalou Naturals Instant Brighten & Tighten, Lift & Firm, Pure Pore, and Hydration Hydro Serum Facial Masks
Check out all the other super-affordable vegan sheet masks from this brand, too!
Pacifica Heart Chakra, Disobey Time, After Sun, Cosmic Beauty Dose, Energized Glow, Super Green Detox, Mattify Prep, Pollution Fight, and Stress Rehab Facial Sheet Masks
Yes to Carrots Vitamin-Enriched Kale Paper Mask
Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying & Hydrating White Charcoal Paper Mask and Acne Fighting Paper Mask
CLAY AND MUD MASKS
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as letting a clay-based mask dry and tighten until you can’t even move your face and then rinsing it off to reveal your freshly sparkling skin while making exaggerated stretching motions with your mouth. Perfection.
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Warming Mud Mask
Freeman Beauty Purifying Avocado + Oatmeal Clay Mask
MDacne Clarifying Pink Clay Mask
Pacifica Cosmic Clay and Sea Purify Balancing Clay Masks
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Mud Mask
Skyn Iceland Fresh Start Mask
Yes to Carrots Vitamin-Enriched Kale Mud Mask
7th Heaven Charcoal Mud Mask, Exfoliator & Masque, and Dead Sea Mud Mask, Pink Cactus + Clay Peel-Off Mask, Coconut + Clay Peel-Off Mask, Dead Sea + Clay Peel-Off Mask
GEL AND CREAM MASKS
Not a fan of sporting Halloween fashion or chipping muddy flakes off your crusty mug? Then these hydrating gel, cream, jelly, bubble, and other super-moisturizing masks that go on and come off easily and comfortably are perfect for you. There are some for every skin type.
Acure Brightening Face Mask
Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask
Andalou Naturals Sensitive 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask
Bliss What a Melon Reviving & De-Stressing Overnight Mask and Mighty Marshmallow Bright & Radiant Whipped Mask
Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque
Dr Botanicals Cocoa & Coconut Superfood Reviving Hydrating Mask and Many Others
e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask
Florence by Mills 16 Wishes Better Together Peel Off Mask Duo
Fresh Faced Skin Care Purifying Sulfur Mask
Herbivore Blue Tansy Invisible Pores Resurfacing Clarity and Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Masks
Lush Cup O’ Coffee and Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Masks
Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful and Pineapple Bubble Masks
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
SIRCUIT SKIN Cosmeceuticals Clarity Broccoli Sulfur Mask
The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
Trader Joe’s Face Mask Trio
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Très Spa Lemon Sea Kelp and Calendula Masks
WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold, Brilliant Enzyme, and Clear Skin Anti-Blemish Masks
Activated charcoal is said to suck dirt and other nasties right out of your pores so you can say hello to smoother and more even–looking skin every time you glance in the mirror. Check you out!
Florapothecarie Charcoal Mask
Pacifica Kale Charcoal Ultimate Detox and Crystal Lava Bubbling Charcoal Masks
Très Spa Moss & Charcoal Face Mask
Give your peepers some TLC with an eye mask. These are specially designed for the sensitive area under the eyes to help keep you looking lively for those never-ending Zoom meetings. 👀
Très Spa Gel Eye Mask
DIY FACE MASKS
Prefer to make your own mask? We commend you on your craftiness! You’ll be shocked by the skin-improving qualities of some foods, many of which you likely already have in your kitchen. Try hydrating avocado-banana and exfoliating strawberry-lemon face masks, and check out these other DIY beauty hacks while you’re at it.
FOOD FOR HEALTHY SKIN
Eating fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to help maintain your youthful glow. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, which fight free radicals that cause wrinkles, and red grapes are high in resveratrol, which acts as an acne-fighting agent. The isoflavones in soybeans can reduce wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, increase collagen synthesis, and protect skin. Oranges and pomegranates are packed with vitamin C, which your body needs to produce collagen, a protein that keeps skin firm and fights the appearance of aging. Tomatoes have a ton of vitamin C and are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage (by eliminating free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays) and promotes circulatory health. Watermelon is a great source of lycopene, too. And never let anyone call you “basic” for eating avocado toast! Avocados contain vitamins A and E (which guard against UV rays and keep skin moisturized), glutathione (a powerful antioxidant), and NMN (a compound thought to have anti-aging effects).