The Best Face Masks for Your Biggest Skin Concerns
Whether I'm dealing with a hormonal breakout, dullness and dark spots from said breakout, or my skin is extremely dry from sitting in an office with bad air circulation five days a week, a face mask is always how I do damage control.
While face masks are a great way to help fix whatever skincare concern that's bothering me, taking 10 minutes out of my day to do a mask (and maybe drink a glass of wine) also calms me down from whatever is stressing me out.
What isn't relaxing is just how many face masks are out there. With so many options, how are you supposed to know which ones actually work?
Given my affinity for masks, I've tried a lot of formulas over the years, so I've narrowed down your choices by cherry-picking the best masks I've used for some of the most common skincare concerns.
Keep scrolling to find out the best face mask for your skin biggest skin struggle.
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For Dull Skin: Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Mask
Clear, glowy skin doesn't happen overnight, but you can get a little radiance boost with this flash treatment mask. The gel-cream hybrid formula includes 10 percent vitamin C to instantly brighten skin and fade dark spots over time, plus hydrating squalane and soothing rose oil. Together, these ingredients are effective, but not too harsh that you can't use it every day.
For Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask
With a mix of potent anti-aging ingredient retinol and soothing chlorella plant extract, if you're hung up on fine lines and wrinkles, this is the exact face mask treatment you've been looking for.
For Acne-Prone Skin: Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask
Thanks to a trio of popular acne-fighting ingredients like sulfur, niacinamide, and zinc, Sunday Riley's cult-favorite mask dries up multiple types of breakouts, reduces redness, and keeps pores clear to prevent future zits. You could even say its results are out of this world. (Get it?)
For Irritated Skin: SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque
Whether your skin is chronically irritated, you had a bad reaction to a product, or got too much sun, this is the mask to turn to when you have a seriously pissed-off complexion. Inside, there's calming botanicals, cooling dipeptides, and hydrating hyaluronic acid that calm and reduce redness.
For Large and Clogged Pores: Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask
Clay-based masks are great at unclogging pores, but they have a bad rep for drying the hell out of skin. However, this classic Fresh mask is one of the few exceptions. It works like a magnet, getting out all of the gunk that's sticking in your pores while soothing skin at the same time.
For Extra Hydration: Summer Fridays Jet Leg Mask
Yep, it's the face mask you've seen all over Instagram, but this blue Summer Friday's tube is more than just a very good looking skincare product. The actual formula is super nourishing, soothing, and leaves skin with a soft glow. Wear it for 10 minutes and rinse it off, or leave it on overnight when your skin needs some extra work.
For Even Texture: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Using an exfoliating face mask every day might sound like a direct route to dry, irritated skin, at least, until you try this Tata Harper mask. Formulated with natural exfoliating ingredients like willow bark extract and pomegranate enzyme, the jelly-like mask leaves skin more clear, even, and those extremely stubborn post-acne dark spots will finally go away with continued use.