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        Best Oily Skin Mask 2016

        Origins Active Charcoal Mask

        Best Oily Skin Mask 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Origins Active Charcoal Mask

        Ready to get down and dirty? This mask, which can also be used as a spot treatment, relies on charcoal to get into pores and clean out debris and excess sebum. Use it twice a week and you can see less shine and fewer gaping pores staring back at you. And it won’t leave your skin feeling tight and itchy upon removal. “Using it can actually be a pleasant experience,” says Dr. Palm.

        $26
        Best Dry Skin Mask 2016

        Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

        Best Dry Skin Mask 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

        This rich p.m.-specific product hydrates dry skin like a boss, but it’s the moisture magnet hyaluronic acid and the lesser-known Ophiopogon japonicus (a plant extract) that help absorb and hold water in the skin. Translation: It plumps. After using it you can spy softer, less visible lines and creases, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Anthony Rossi.

        $35
        Best Face Mask for Normal Skin 2016

        SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

        Best Face Mask for Normal Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

        In America, this was the very product that started the sheet-mask craze, says Dr. Chiu, who notes that this signature blend of sake yeast, vitamins, proteins, and minerals leaves the skin soft and more luminous with weekly use. Consider a session under the sheet before applying heavy makeup (it smooths the surface for a more even application) or after a plane flight to rehydrate. N.Y.C. dermatologist Michelle Henry recommends using them after a laser procedure to “baby that new, fresh skin.”

        $95/6 masks
        Best Mask 2015

        Bioré Self Heating One Minute

        Best Mask 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Bioré Self Heating One Minute

        After massaging in this dampened mask for just one minute, a pleasant warming sensation takes

        over. That’s how you know the charcoal is attracting dirt “like a vacuum,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Debra

        Jaliman. Rinse, and skin is left clear with a menthol tingle.

        $7
        Best 2014 Mask

        SK-II Facial Treatment

        Best 2014 Mask
        WINNER 2014

        SK-II Facial Treatment

        Presoaked with a potent combo of vitamins and amino acids to hydrate and gently exfoliate, these individually wrapped cotton masks leave the skin feeling drenched and radiant in 10-minutes. Washington, D.C., dermatologist Noëlle Sherber recommends them to political players before TV appearances and says brides in Japan apply them “nightly for 90 days before the big day.”

        $90/6 sheets
        Editor’s Pick

        Glamglow Supermud Mask

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2014

        Glamglow Supermud Mask

        Sorry, Scandal. There’s nothing more satisfying than watching this mud mask do its dirty work. A mix of AHA and BHA acids visibly sinks into skin, drawing out blackheads almost instantaneously.
         

        $69
        Best 2014 Editors' Pick

        Glamglow Supermud Mask

        Best 2014 Editors' Pick
        WINNER 2014

        Glamglow Supermud Mask

        Sorry, Scandal. There’s nothing more satisfying than watching this mud mask do its dirty work. A mix of AHA and BHA acids visibly sinks into skin, drawing out blackheads almost instantaneously.

        $69

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        Best 2014 Mask for Oily Skin

        SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay

        Best 2014 Mask for Oily Skin
        WINNER 2014

        SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay

        This isn’t your grandma’s cakey, cracked clay. A modern mix of acids—including a mild glycolic— unplugs pores, while botanical extracts, like chamomile and aloe, spirit away impurities and calm the skin, says Minneapolis dermatologist Charles Crutchfield.

        $51
        Best 2014 Mask

        Lancôme Hydra-Intense

        Best 2014 Mask
        WINNER 2014

        Lancôme Hydra-Intense

        The beauty-counter equivalent of home-spa cucumber slices, this clean, cooling mask contains a botanical extract that locks in moisture. Whether you leave it on the suggested five minutes or overnight, “the face will look very hydrated,” says Dr. Graber, who recommends it for post-flight pampering. Lancôme

        $35
        Best 2013 Masks

        Clinique Acne Solutions

        Best 2013 Masks
        WINNER 2013

        Clinique Acne Solutions

        This treatment puts oil in its place (read: off your face) in five minutes flat. Micronized kaolin clay absorbs grease without drying out skin, while 1 percent salicylic acid prevents and controls acne, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Neal Schultz.

        $22
        Best 2013 Mask for Normal Skin

        Bliss Triple Oxygen

        Best 2013 Mask for Normal Skin
        WINNER 2013

        Bliss Triple Oxygen

        This frothy foam is "a mask with benefits," says Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, and just what normal skin needs during seasonal changes. Humectants and liquefied oxygen coddle, while an antioxidant cocktail (vitamin C and grape-seed extract) rallies collagen and blurs dark spots.

        $52
        Best 2013 Mask for Dry Skin

        Avène Soothing

        Best 2013 Mask for Dry Skin
        WINNER 2013

        Avène Soothing

        Professional results, minus the sermonizing. This dreamy formula, derived from skin-calming thermal water, instantly soothes and pampers red, dry skin. So much so that N.Y.C. dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton suggests it for post-laser and post-peel patients.

        $26
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2012

        Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Age Erase Recovery Mask

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2012

        Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Age Erase Recovery Mask

        How does this spa-like mask spell gorgeous skin? With all the most important letters in the alphabet. (Vitamins A, B, C, and E protect precious collagen, while vitamin D soothes dry skin.) The self-heating, two-step mask leaves the complexion smooth and radiant.

        $48
        Best 2011 Mask for Sensitive Skin

        Avène Soothing Moisture Mask

        Best 2011 Mask for Sensitive Skin
        WINNER 2011, 2010

        Avène Soothing Moisture Mask

        Unlike other masks that harden on your face, this one feels as gentle as water-and is just as quenching. It soothes with safflower oil and wipes off easily with a tissue, says Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, Calif.

        $22/1.69 oz.
        Best 2011 Mask for Dry Skin

        SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque

        Best 2011 Mask for Dry Skin
        WINNER 2011

        SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque

        Less drastic (and costly) than line-plumping fillers, this weightless gel sinks right in and delivers a quick shot of hyaluronic acid the same ingredient used in Restylaneto lock in moisture and soften the appearance of wrinkles, says N.Y.C. plastic surgeon Mauro Romita.

        $52
        Best 2009 Mask for Dry Skin

        Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask

        Best 2009 Mask for Dry Skin
        WINNER 2009

        Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask

        Fusco recommends applying this skin-plumping hyaluronic acid mask immediately after washing your face to seal in moisture.

        $35/2.5 oz.
        Best 2008 Radiance Mask

        Ren Skincare Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask

        Best 2008 Radiance Mask
        WINNER 2008

        Ren Skincare Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask

        Think of this as a speed facial: With a potent combination of glycolic, lactic and fruit acids, this tingly mask works in 10 minutes. "It exfoliates, unclogs pores and improves skin tone and texture," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Amy B. Lewis.

        $55/1.7 oz.
        Best 2006 Mask for Normal Skin

        Exuviance by Neostrata Rejuvenating Treatment Masque

        Best 2006 Mask for Normal Skin
        WINNER 2006

        Exuviance by Neostrata Rejuvenating Treatment Masque

        "It leaves skin feeling clean but not dry," N.Y.C. dermatologist Ellen Gendler says of this gel mask, which minimizes fine lines with alpha hydroxy acids. UCLA dermatologic surgeon Ronald L. Moy praises the skin-calming properties of the aloe vera in the formula.

        $30/2.5 oz.
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