Skincare: 3 best low-cost (UNDER £5) hydrating face masks

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Who doesn’t love a face mask? I’d never be without one if it was an option – alas, the glamour fades when I look in the mirror and see Mike Myers staring back at me. (Yes, that’s with the mask – sometimes it’s worse without, especially after a heavy night, trust me…). Anyway, the point is I probably do way too many masks and, if you’re anything like me, you only notice how much you’ve spent until you realise you’ve emptied your account on 5 trendy Korean purchases.

So, that long, painful lesson has taught me to hunt out bargains, and these are some of my favourite, go-to masks on the market today. They’re low cost, widely available in drug stores, and leave skin looking and feeling fab. I’ve gone for hydrating masks in this edit, so whatever your skin type, you’re sure to find something you love.

Oh, and, top tip – store your masks in the fridge for 24 hours before wearing. Honestly, I don’t know if it makes the ingredients work any better, but damn they feel good when you put them on!

Masque Bar Naturals Banana Sheet Mask

I was sent a selection of this new range from Masque Bar a couple of weeks back and I LOVE them! Actually, I’ve been a massive fan of the brand for a while now, and I’m yet to come across a mask I don’t actually like. And this is no exception. The mask is made with fruit extracts and infused with banana to deeply hydrate and illuminate skin.

While the banana is a favourite, there are four sheet masks in the range with 99% natural fruit and plant extracts to help hydrate, refine and nourish skin. There’s also coconut, rose, and green tea variations, each of which hydrate, cleanse, and re-energise skin, respectively. And priced at only £4 per mask, you can’t go wrong!

Hallyu Watermelon Sheet Mask

Last year, I was invited to the launch of these brilliant masks from Korean skincare company Hallyu, and it was a watermelon overload! From the cocktails, to candies and, of course, the masks, the theming of the event was on point. And while it would have been easy to dismiss the whole lark as a gimmick, I was genuinely so impressed with the results of these masks.

Available in sheet and gel varieties, these masks are honestly among the most soothing I’ve tried – despite them being printed in the image of a watermelon, meaning they’re best worn home alone! The serum itself is nothing revolutionary, but if you’re looking for an effective, low-cost (£4.99) mask that’ll leave you looking your best, this is a solid option.

Neutrogena Radiance Boost Hydrogel Recovery Mask

Now we get to my favourite of the selection – which also happens to be the cheapest! At £3.49, Radiance Boost Hydrogel Recovery Mask is one of, if not THE best budget masks available on the market right now. Designed in Korea, this is everything you could want in a facemask. The material is great, the results are fab, and, according to the packaging, one mask contains the equivalent of one month’s usage of serum. Amazing.

There are two masks in the range from Neutrogena that I love and, while they’re incredibly similar, there’s one key difference. This Radiance Boost Hydrogel Recovery Mask is packed with Vitamin B3, which helps brighten and illuminate the skin, leaving you with a healthy glow. Meanwhile, there’s the Hydro Boost Hydrating Hydrogel Mask, which contains Hyaluronic Acid and is a deep hydrating mask. Together, they’re an unbeatable combination – and at such a low price point, it’d be wrong to do one without the other!

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