This Drugstore Face Mask Is the Key to Waking up With Glowing Skin

Who's with me on this quest for glowing skin? Anything that guarantees luminous skin instantly catches my eye—I don't discriminate when it comes glow-inducing products (you should see my overflowing collection of highlighters). But I've realized a truly lit-from-within, dewy complexion starts with a clean canvas. Therefore, I've prioritized skincare. I'm a mask addict—three to four times a week, you can catch me lathering up every inch of my face with some hydrating, de-clogging, or revitalizing formula my skin needs at the moment. It's a form of self-care that I take very seriously.

If I'm being honest, I'm slightly bougie when it comes to face masks. I can count on one hand how many drugstore (or at least under-$20) formulas I've tried. However, while going through a bag of new beauty products I wanted to try, I stumbled upon this Bliss What a Melon De-Stressing Overnight Mask. At the moment, the keyword "de-stressing" sounded very alluring for my tired skin. I hadn't had much success with sleeping masks in the past, but I'm not the one to give up. So I gave this a go.

Bliss What a Melon De-Stressing Overnight Mask $13
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One whiff of this watermelon-infused scent was all I needed to paint it all over my face. My sensitive skin gets scared of super-strong, fragrant products, but this cruelty- and paraben-free formula smelled fresh, like a safe garden that won't flare up your allergies. I used my Moda silicone spatula face mask brush ($8) to apply an even layer. After a few minutes, the silky texture of the mask gradually sank into my skin. I love how fast-absorbing the formula is. It's like my pores drank it right up. Plus, who wants to wake up to a messy pillowcase with remnants of their face mask everywhere?

Other quick-absorbing formulas tend to dry out my already-dehydrated skin—this did the exact opposite. Thanks to its moisture-inducing ingredients, like pure watermelon extract and cucumber, it deeply hydrated my skin throughout the entire night. In the morning, I washed off the little that was left with lukewarm water and instantly saw the noticeable glow it left my skin with. And y'all, this radiance lasted the entire day. I didn't even wear foundation the morning after. Not to mention the texture of my skin felt like a soft cushion. Even my rough patches seriously felt so soft. So yeah, my beauty sleep with this mask on gave my skin a complete 360 makeover. And it looked like I'd slept for two days straight.

Here are the results:

Writer Maya Allen after using the Bliss Watermelon Mask
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My lesson: Look past the price tag. This drugstore gem is only $13 a pop and works harder than many luxury overnight masks on the market. I plan to buy these in bulk, and you have my highest recommendation.

Maybe there's something in the watermelon? Byrdie editors have been keeping tabs on all of the watermelon-infused products that have launched recently, and we're fans. Shop some of our favorite watermelon skincare products below.

Overnight Restorative Cream 2 oz/ 60 mL
Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream $94
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Winky Lux Watermelon Jelly Balm $16
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Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask 1 oz/ 30 mL
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask $45
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Grown Alchemist Watermelon & Vitamin Lip Balm $23
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Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Sheet Mask $5
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Watermelon Brightening Serum 1.2 oz/ 34 g
Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum $36
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Next up: Find out why this Glow Recipe Watermelon Jelly Sheet Mask is one of the most talked-about products of the summer.

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