Try this soothing, strawberry-scented face mask the next time your complexion needs a boost.

By Rachel Sylvester
January 15, 2020
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It's no secret that face masks are having a serious moment. Everywhere you look (Sephora shelves and Amazon shopping carts included) you'll find some interpretation of the beauty trend, whether it's in the form of a sheet mask, overnight mask, or in-flight mask meant to soothe stressed skin on the go. But with hundreds of top-rated face masks on the market that claim to be the best of the best, it can often be confusing to find a skin-soothing face mask that actually lives up to its hype.

The perfect skin mask must deliver visible results, yes. But the best skin mask must also smell great, wash off without any hassle, and not cost a considerable chunk of your paycheck. With that criteria in mind, allow me to introduce you to my new favorite skincare staple: Skinfood's Black Sugar Strawberry Mask ($11; amazon.com).

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I first read about Skinfood and the beauty brand's cult-favorite face mask on a Twitter thread that detailed a makeup artist's intense skincare routine. Of the dozen-plus products that were recommended on the thread, Skinfood's Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask appealed to me for both its name and its skin-soothing properties. A strawberry-scented face mask that could be my golden ticket to a near-perfect complexion? I immediately clicked "add to cart."

The mask itself is a grainy, mineral-rich scrub that has the consistency of a creamy exfoliator. The texture comes from an infusion of real strawberry seeds and black sugar granules, while fragrant strawberry seed oil lends a fresh scent to the scrub.

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Enriched with skin-soothing vitamins and minerals, the hydrating scrub acts like a mask in that you apply it after cleansing. Post-shower, once your face is squeaky clean, massage the mask gently into damp skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. The result (for me, at least) was a subtle dewy glow and soft, exfoliated skin. Aside from the obvious glow up that occurred, another perk to the mask is its portability—the Skinfood product comes in a screw-top (read: spill-proof) container that fits easily in my weekender bag or suitcase. A little product goes a long way too; I've owned the mask for over a year and I'm just now using up the last of the remaining product.

The facial mask is a top-rated find on Amazon, where you can purchase the scrub for $11. Slather it on the next time you schedule some at-home self care, or whenever your complexion needs a visible boost.

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