The Reason Why This Mud Mask Is Sold Out At Ulta & Sephora

As George R.R. Martin wrote, winter is coming. And with the harsh biting winds, sudden temperature drops, and moisture-stripping radiators, it's almost guaranteed that our skin will need a little extra R&R all season long. (Fun fact: "Winter acne" is a very real thing.)

A vigilant masking routine is one of the answers to our seasonal skin-care woes and, luckily, Peter Thomas Roth's Irish Moor Mud Mask has a great balance of hydration and purification. This mask is made with volcanic ash, Irish moor mud, and activated charcoal, which decongests pores and minimizes oil, while seaweed and peat, a moss found in Irish bogs, injects the skin with essential fatty acids and much-needed moisture.

And beauty-lovers agree: This product is currently out of stock on both Ulta and Sephora's websites. Thankfully, we've put our beauty sleuthing skills to good use and rounded up four stellar alternatives to keep you masking all winter long. Click ahead for our picks.

Like the Peter Thomas Roth mask, this Pure Clay mask from L'Oreal contains seaweed, which helps hydrate the skin and provides serious anti-inflammatory assistance. For under 13 bucks, this is a mask that will save your skin without breaking the bank.

L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask Clear & Comfort, $12.99, available at Ulta.
This ultra-hydrating mud mask contains argan oil and Moroccan lava clay, the perfect dual-action lineup. Other skin-aiding ingredients in this mask include aloe leaf juice, a calming agent, and sea water, which helps skin retain moisture.

Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask, $48, available at Sephora.
Both this option and the Irish Moor Mud Mask boasts peat as a main ingredient, that powerful moss often harvested from Irish bogs that we mentioned before. This creamy clay mask also helps reduce the appearance of pores and improves skin turnover for super-smooth skin.

Belif Peat Miracle Revital Clay Mask, $40, available at Sephora.
Bioré has some of the most affordable and effective charcoal products on the market. Case in point: This quick, self-heating mask with natural charcoal helps clear pores in record time (one minute, to be exact). After being outside in harsh, windy city temperatures all day, this warming mask is a savior.

Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask, $7.49, available at Ulta.
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