Very few things are as luxurious and indulgent as the application of a face mask. So about once a week, I like to be pampered and choose a treatment that will help me relax after a long week. Bonus points if you sip a glass of white wine. But which mask to choose? Are you opting for a pore-clearing clay mask? A deeply hydrating sleeping mask? Maybe something to soften a fine line or two? The options are endless.
Face masks are a great way to boost the great ingredients in your skin that you don’t usually use in your skincare routine. So whether you have dry skin, sensitive skin, or acne-prone skin, here are 18 face masks worth practicing tonight.
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Ideal for dull skin
Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleep Mask
- Some may not like the scent
If your skincare goals involve falling asleep and waking up with glowing skin, this is the product for you. It uses glycolic acid to gently exfoliate your cells, revealing brighter, healthier skin behind. Added hyaluronic acid helps plump up your skin overnight so you wake up looking like you’ve just had a facial.
Ideal for sensitive oily skin
Purifying Clay Mask
If you have the difficult combination of having both oily or acne-prone skin and sensitive skin, this mask is calling you. Unlike some products for oily skin that may use harsh chemical exfoliants or extremely drying ingredients, this mask purifies and detoxifies without damaging the skin.
Ideal for damaged skin
Like a butter mask
Ideal after a sunburn, chemical peel or any other skin aggravating event, this soothing and hydrating mask is a miracle in a tube. It contains colloidal oatmeal and ceramides to help heal, nourish and soothe the skin. You can wear it overnight as a sleep mask, for 20 minutes, or as a daily moisturizer.
Ideal for large pores
Superclay Purifier + Clear Power Mask
To suck out clogged pores, opt for this clay mask. While the clay helps detoxify the skin, the niacinamide and salicylic acid help take it to the next level, banishing blackheads and unwanted texture. Your skin will be clean and breakouts will be a thing of the past.
Great for rashes
2% Salicylic Acid Mask
- May not be suitable for very sensitive skin
Unexpected pimples can ruin your day, which is why it’s important to have this goggle in your back pocket. Using clay and salicylic acid, you can apply this product for 10 minutes once or twice a week to get the clearest skin of your life.
Ideal for damaged skin
Snail Rescue Intensive Cleansing Mask
- May not be suitable for oily skin
Has your skin barrier been damaged by harsh chemicals or sunburn? It can be hard to give your skin the nourishment it needs to heal, but this mask uses snail mucin to restore your skin to a healthy, acne-free glow.
Ideal for fine lines
Super Collagen Mask
- May not be suitable for very oily skin
To help tighten and firm the skin, opt for this collagen face mask. It uses clay and natural extracts to clear pores, plump skin, smooth fine lines. Basically, it’s a three-in-one product that you need in your routine.
Ideal for uneven skin
Charcoal Detox Mask
- Takes time to see results
Clogged pores and inflammation can make your skin look bumpy and uncomfortable. This mask uses clay, argan oil and shea butter to detoxify the skin and reintroduce moisture. You’ll end up with soft, smooth skin that doesn’t feel too tight.
Ideal for very dry skin
Jet lag Mask
If your skin feels tight, uncomfortable, or you even notice flaking, go for this mask. You can use a small amount as an intensive moisturizer, but it’s also great to apply on planes or at night for long-lasting hydration. When you wear it, it helps protect your skin from environmental stressors.
Ideal for sensitive skin
Cucumber gel mask
Who says people with sensitive skin can’t have fun with masks? If your skin tends to be easily irritated or inflamed, try using this cooling and soothing mask. It detoxifies the skin without drying it out thanks to the heavy clays.
Great for unwanted textures
Cold Plunge Pore Mask
If you’re looking for smooth skin with barely visible pores, this cooling mask can get the job done. It uses clay in an innovative way, cooling the skin and making your pores look smaller and tighter. This is a great product to use in the summer when the scorching sun makes your skin feel tight and itchy.
Ideal for airplane facials
Facial care mask
You know that awful skin irritation after a flight? Next time you’re on a plane, pull out one of these sheet masks to protect your skin. Each is infused with Pitera, which gives your skin an intense dose of hydration just when it needs it most.
Ideal for cystic acne
Rapid Response Detox Mask
For those deep pimples that never seem to go away, this lightweight mask can really make a difference quickly and gently. By using natural extracts and salicylic acid, even the toughest pimples don’t stand a chance.
Ideal for blackheads
Green Tea Blend Detox Mask
With matcha, lemongrass and clay, this mask is ideal for giving the skin a boost, helping to draw out pollutants from the pores that cause blackheads and breakouts. It will leave your skin glowing and softer than ever.
Ideal for rough areas
Squalane Water Sleeping Mask
Dry patches are never fun (or cute), so soothe those rough patches with this overnight mask. It locks in moisture so you wake up plump and dewy, and those dry patches are properly hydrated again.
Ideal for beginners
Combo Pack of Sheet Face Masks
Need a hydrating mask? A firming treatment? Something for acne? If you are a beginner in the world of masking, treat yourself to this combo pack so you can find out what you like and what you need. Sheet masks are a simple, hassle-free way to get involved in the fun part of skincare.
Ideal for glowing skin
Australian Pink Clay Face Mask
What’s the key to shining all year round? Ask the Australians, who seem to have mastered the sport. This mask uses Australian pink clay to detoxify the skin, while gently exfoliating. You’ll end up with luminous, even skin that glows even in winter.
Best Spot Treatment Mask
Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask
Sometimes you just need to deep clean a certain pore or area of your face. That’s where this mask comes in. You can use it either as a spot treatment on an emerging pimple or all over for a face moment. It uses sulfur to deeply clean pores and fight acne-causing bacteria.
Meet the expert
Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, dermatologist
Who should use a face mask?
“Face masks are a great opportunity to provide your skin with quality ingredients that can help maintain youthfulness, restore moisture and slow the aging process,” says Dr. Ibrahimi. “Almost anyone could use a face mask if you have the time to devote to applying the product at night. There are different face masks for different concerns, including brightening, hydrating, oily skin, or anti-aging.”
Are face masks a necessary part of a skincare routine?
“I wouldn’t say they’re necessary, but it’s a great opportunity to indulge your skin in a fun skincare routine and it doesn’t have to be done every night. It could be a treatment once or twice a week for your skin,” Dr. Ibrahimi says.
What kind of masks do you recommend?
“I would choose the type of face mask based on the patient’s age and goals,” says Dr. Ibrahimi. “Older patients probably want to focus more on anti-aging, while patients with oily or acne-prone skin may want to choose something that reduces sebum production.”
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