The Absolute Best Face Masks For Every Skin Type
From brightening to acne to hydrating - we’ve got you covered.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:50 AM
Like you needed another excuse to use face masks, but just in case, we’ve assembled your go-to guide to all things masks. This comprehensive roundup will make all your self-care dreams come true. From wallet-friendly to luxe, clarifying to moisturizing, eyes to lips—here are the best masks you need for every occasion that could possibly arise.
If you want to go for gold:
This brand new, gold foil-layered mask was made for posting on Instagram. The under-eye mask brightens, hydrates, and reduces the appearance of dark circles and lines with a combo of hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf extract, and camu camu fruit extract. Plus you feel like a million bucks wearing it around for 20 minutes.
If you want to feel the heat:
Turn up the heat with this detoxifying mask, made with kaolin clay and Hungarian thermal water (from the ancient, mineral-rich area of Carpathian Valley). Twenty minutes later, impurities are drawn out, the look of fine lines, dullness, and uneven skin tone and texture are reduced—revealing healthier, younger-looking skin.
When it was all a dream:
This exfoliating mask is your answer to an immediate glow. Derived from purple sweet potato extract and glycolic acid, it brightens and reduces the appearance of pores within five minutes. Bonus points because it’s scented with distilled rose petals, too, for a relaxing experience.
If you want to look like Daft Punk is playing at your house:
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask
This revolutionary space-age looking light therapy mask is the only home LED device that treats with both blue and red lights to significantly reduce acne and inflammation for clearer skin.
If you’re acne prone and traveling light:
Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots
The sticker-like hydrocolloid dots acts as a protective cover over the treated area to keep you from picking, and quickly and effectively helps reduce inflammation so the blemish becomes visibly smaller ASAP.
If you want to get the most bang for your buck:
Peach & Lily Sheet Masks Set
This set of three highly effective sheet masks is designed to target specific skincare needs: Reset Button mask will calm irritated skin; Chubby Cheeks mask will lift and plump; Good Skin Day mask will deeply hydrate and nourish deep within the skin to offer a radiant glow.
If you want to treat yo’self:
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
Nothing says #luxe like this beloved bestselling hydration mask, which is specially formulated with a fusion of vitamin, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids for the ultimate revitalization.
If you want to reduce acne and inflammation:
Renee Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Masque
Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau is known for her acne treatments, and this new mask quickly rids bacteria and oil in pores to prevent and clear away blemishes, while instantly calming surface redness and irritation.
If you want to post a photo of yourself masking on Insta:
Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask
The new (gorgeous bright lavender) anti-aging mask—packed with Japanese beautyberry, two types of Vitamin C, and AHAs from seven fruits that unveils softer, glowing skin—was basically made for social media posting.
If you want to be sweet like honey:
Farmacy Honey Potion
An intensely moisturizing combination of honey (a natural humectant), propolis (a healing antiseptic found in beehives) and royal jelly, enhances cell renewal for younger, more hydrated skin.
If you need to hydrate those tired peepers stat:
Joanna Vargas Bright Eye Hydrating Mask
, $60 for 5
Awaken those eyes with this treatment mask that detoxifies and tones the delicate area around the eyes, and helps reinforce elasticity and prevents aging.
If you don’t want to forget about the lips:
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
This bestseller reduced flaky lips with a softening balm texture that adheres to lips for quick absorption with its exclusive technology to form a protective film to lock in moisture overnight.
If you’re feeling blue:
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask
The star of the show—blue tansy oil—is high in azulene and a powerful anti-inflammatory that soothes irritated skin and reduces redness. It also contains natural BHAs and AHAs that work to gently exfoliate and rid skin of dead cells, and aloe to gently unclog pores for a smoother, healthier-looking complexion.
If you need purification, quick:
Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask
A triple-threat clay treatment—purifying mask, deep cleanser, spot treatment—instantly minimizes imperfections and clarifies the complexion, all without drying the skin.
If you wanna stay dry:
Charlotte Tilbury Dry Sheet Face Mask
This truly unique and revolutionary mask is dry, but it’s not sleeping on the job—high tech molecules assess and tailor to your skin’s needs—reducing wrinkles, smoothing, brightening, lifting and hydrating, and it can be worn up to three different times.
If you want to feel like you’re in akorean spa
but also made of gold:
Shangpree Gold Premium Modeling Mask
Transforming from a gel-like substance to a thick, rubbery mask that seals moisture in, this Asian botanicals and gold mix provide long-lasting moisture retention, remove impurities, and re-energize skin.
If you need brightening, doctor’s orders:
Colbert MD illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask
, $110 for 5
Rejuvenate tired skin, hydrate, reduces dark spots, and stimulate skin cell renewal—celebrity dermatologist David Colbert made sure this one does it all.
This article was originally published on July 23, 2017 and updated on January 22, 2018.