Since most of us are spending most of our time at home these days, we thought it was the perfect time to talk about masks. Face masks, both sheet masks and cream masques, are an essential part of a good skincare regimen but since they can be time consuming, they are usually the first thing to go when our schedules get busy. But a quality mask can add so much value to your skincare routine—from hydration to exfoliation to detoxification. Whether your skin is sensitive, oily, acne-prone, dry, or combination, there’s a mask out there tailored to your skin’s needs. Today we’re sharing the best masks for whatever your skin is looking for to help guide you if you’re interested in adding one to your routine.
Best for Exfoliating:
Photo: Summer Fridays
While all of Summer Fridays products are amazing, we’re particularly fond of the Overtime Mask. This clarifying mask gently exfoliates dead skin cells using pumpkin and apricot seed powder to reveal brighter, softer skin. The Overtime Mask is mild enough that it won’t irritate sensitive skin, but powerful enough to polish congested skin and promote cell turnover. Simply apply the mask to clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, and use warm water to wash off and reveal glowing skin.
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Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial is a cult-favorite product for a reason—it works. The AHA/BHA resurfacer gently exfoliates away dead skin cells to help improve skin texture and reveal a clearer, more youthful appearance. This is the perfect product for combating dullness, as the combination of glycolic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids work together to brighten skin without any redness or irritation (so it’s even safe for sensitive skin types). To use the Sukari Babyfacial, you’ll apply a layer to clean skin, leave on for 20 minutes, rinse off with warm water, and finish off with a soothing oil or serum and moisturizer of your choice.
Best for Hydrating:
Bioeffect’s Imprinting Hydrogel Mask is one of those products almost every dermatologist will recommend to you, as the brand’s ingredients are both potent and effective (without causing breakouts). This ultra-hydrating sheet mask is the perfect solution for perpetually dry skin or to provide your skin with a major source of moisture after traveling (as we all know how dehydrating a plane is). The Imprinting Hydrogel Mask is safe for all skin types and provides deep hydration by replenishing skin with moisture.
Truthfully all of Tatcha’s products are incredible, but since we’re focusing on hydration the Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask takes the top spot. This sheet mask delivers a dewy glow by giving your skin a huge boost of hydration through botanical oils and extracts. The gentle formula is inspired by Japanese beauty treatments and will leave your skin moisturized and glowing after just one 15-minute use.
Best for Restoration:
SkinCeuticals’ Biocellulose Restorative Masque is a healing sheet mask for damages or sensitive skin. It works wonders for those with hypersensitive skin or post-treatment as it cools skin and soothes irritation using biofibers infused with water. This gentle mask provides instant comfort and relief while it restores irritated or damaged skin back to a healthy complexion.
Best for Detoxifying:
Caudalie’s non-toxic formulas can be found in the medicine cabinets of most skincare lovers around the globe, and their Instant Detox Mask deserves a gold star. This clay mask cleans out excess oil from pores (while also tightening them) to leave skin feeling fresh and glowing. The pink clay absorbs blackhead-causing dirt while the essential oils help fight off bacteria, preventing future breakouts as well.
GlamGlow’s Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask uses exfoliating acids and activated charcoal to unclog pores and clarify your complexion. Using a thin layer, you simply apply the mask to clean skin and leave on until it hardens. Once the clay mask feels firm on your skin, rinse off with warm water to reveal brighter skin and tighter pores.
What’s your favorite facial mask?
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