You always want what you can’t have — especially when it comes to beauty products. That’s why we’re getting the inside scoop from your favorite retailers on what’s selling out right now, how to sign up for waitlists, and where to go to find the next best thing. Because if everyone’s buying it, you know it has to be good.
Isn’t it strange how we get so amped for fall in the middle of August — looking ahead to wearing jeans and soft cardigans and riding the subway without beads of sweat pooling on on our hairlines — but then it gets here (um, it’s mid-October), and you’re still dealing with the same problems? Yes, the humidity is marginally more bearable, but that T-zone grease? Still kicking.
If you’re looking to get rid of greasiness and flush out those nose blackheads that you thought would go away on their own come colder weather, you should consider leaning into your exfoliation game with a heavy-duty treatment. Bioré just dropped this new creamy, cooling whipped face mask, which combines the dry skin-sloughing powers of your kitchen-pantry staple baking soda (which we don’t endorse using in DIY recipes, as it can upset the skin’s pH balance if you’re not careful) with soothing blue agave, costs only $6, and is already completely sold out at Target.
Luckily, where there’s one great, but sadly out of stock, exfoliating face mask, there’s more to be found. Whether you want to get yours for under $10 on the same shelves at Target, or are looking for the chicest all-natural option Sephora has to offer, we’ve rounded up some great alternatives, ahead.
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When you’re feeling stuffy or congested, sometimes a pore-purging face mask is the perfect remedy. This one is flying off the shelves thanks to its fizzy exfoliating powers, but the nourishing blue agave keeps it from stripping skin dry.
Biore Baking Soda Whipped Detox Mask Facial Treatment, $6.49, available at Target
Biore Biore Charcoal Whipped Detox Mask Facial Treatment, $6.49, available at Target
This white powder actually absorbs excess oils in your skin, which can be helpful as a spot treatment when you feel like your blackhead-prone bits — T-zone, nose, or chin — are getting super shiny.
Mario Badescu Silver Powder, $12, available at Ulta Beauty
When you’re looking for some hefty brightening, try this tingly exfoliating mask. It minimizes the look of pores while brightening and firming dull skin.
GlamGlow YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment, $25, available at Sephora
Herbivore Botanicals makes a great resurfacing mask that unclogs pores and exfoliates dead skin cells using natural AHAs, like fruit enzymes.
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask, $48, available at Sephora
If you’re looking for something cheap, you can’t go wrong with this charcoal clay mask. It’s only $8, and it leaves your face looking luminous after just 10 minutes.
L’Oreal Paris L’Oreal® Paris Detox & Brighten Pure-Clay Mask , $8.89, available at Target
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