With so many masks on the market, there’s never been a better time to indulge—and never as many options to choose from, lets break down the syllabus to Face Masks 101: choosing and using the best masks for your skin.
Check labels for charcoal. Charcoal masks reduce pores by drawing out impurities from the skin caused by the pollutants of daily life, like makeup and dirt. Popular charcoal masks include:
- Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
- Tony Moly Bubble Mask Sheet
- Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment
Go for mud and clay masks that naturally draw out sebum. These are usually applied to the face for around 15 minutes, and thoroughly rinsed. Popular mud masks include:
- Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment
- I. Pekar Thermal Mud
- Patchology’s Smartmud No Mess Mud Masques: Detox
Soothe Dry Skin
Go for hyaluronic acid. It’s the active ingredient in many hydrating masks, which can also be spotted by their fruity ingredients. These products are normally applied and left to absorb into the skin without rinsing, and are key for reviving your glow after a flight.
- Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
- Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer
- SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque
Smooth Fine Lines
Look for masks with antioxidants, prized for their ability to fight free radicals (aka cells damaged by pollutants). There’s a whole range of antioxidants, most of which will be labeled as such, but common ones in skin care include tea leaves and vitamin C. Here are some of the best masks in the antiaging game:
Oatmeal and witch hazel are great ways to soothe sunburned or inflamed skin. In other words, hydration is the major key to success. And because hydration comes from natural (not synthetic) ingredients, these masks are safe to use on inflammation multiple days in a row.