1- Vacuum Pore Cleaner
I was very skeptical of these “pore vacuums” when I first heard of them. Honestly, they seemed pretty scary, but I decided to try one anyway and I’m in love! First, it actually does suction things out and you will see a bunch of satisfyingly gross stuff in the suction head after your done. This particular one has 5 levels of suction and I’ve been using it for two months on the first setting because my skin is super sensitive. Also, I only use it on my T-zone because that’s where I get black and white heads. The most important thing is to not overuse this no matter how satisfying it is, to continuously move it on your skin, and to steam your face in advance so the debris are removed more easily.
2- Face Shop Sheet Masks
$20.99 (Pack of 20)
I was first introduced to these masks back in December when I visited The Face Shop in New Jersey. They were on sale so I got 20 sheet masks for just $20. With face masks that cheap, I didn’t expect much. Maybe some hydration and plumping, but that’s all. However, the masks actually covered an array of skin concerns: brightening, firming, hydrating, purifying, etc. They use fruit extracts to tone, exfoliate, and hydrate. The only downsides to these masks is that the actual mask material is flimsy and could get messy, but with such a good price, I completely look passed that.
3- Indian Healing Clay
$14.95 (two pounds)
You may have already heard of this product because it is a cult favorite and for good reason. It’s 100% bentonite clay that extracts impurities from your skin and unclogs pores. You mix the powder with either water or apple cider vinegar (I get better results with apple cider vinegar). The first time I used this mask, I felt my face pulsating which to me meant that it was working. Because of this, you will experience some redness but it goes away within 30 minutes. Make sure to hydrate your skin well after this mask and only use it once a week. The best part: two pounds are only $14.95!!
Dupe for: Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment ($59.00)
4- Rael Acne Healing Patch
$15.99 (Pack of 4 with 24 patches each)
With these babies, just stick a patch and forget about the pimple! If I catch them early enough, some even disappear overnight. These truly speed up the healing time and most of my acne spots are flattened within 3-4 days. The high-grade hydrocolloid (material used to heal wounds because they provide a moist environment that allows healing enzymes to work faster while keeping away bacteria) and transparent design will have you looking and feeling great in no time!
Dupe for: Peace Out Acne Healing Dots ($19 for 20 acne dots) (I’ve also tried these and they work fine but the price is much higher so I would use them very sparingly which meant that pimples didn’t heal as fast. With the Rael ones, I use them whenever I need them because they are so affordable.)
5- Konjac Sponge
If you like to gently exfoliate your skin daily, you will love konjac sponges! The konjac plant extracts and activated bamboo carbon will remove dead skin and impurities to prevent clogged pores. The sponges are available in activated bamboo charcoal (acne prone skin), pure french red clay (has naturally occurring minerals that nourish the skin and is suitable for eczema and rosacea), and pure french pink clay (rich in minerals and vitamins and is suitable for dry, fatigued skin). After I apply my cleanser, I gently massage it into my skin with the sponge and then rinse. To clean the sponge, just rinse it with clean water and hang it to dry. Make sure to change out the sponges periodically so they remain effective.
Dupe for: Bosnia Konjac Cleansing Sponge ($15.00)