The 9 Best Clean Face Masks
Cared-for, optimum-condition skin is truly an everyday endeavor—making cleansing, treatment, and SPF as every bit as un-skip-able as brushing and flossing your teeth—that pays off stealthily, but significantly. Masks, which might seem to be more about short-term gains (glow, smoothness, pore-less-ness, hydration, breakout-calming) than the long game, can actually bring about serious long-term benefits when incorporated into a skincare routine on a regular basis.
Not that a mask isn’t a brilliant solution to most #hadit moments, from nerves and exhaustion to that moment you look in the mirror and think, “Something has got to give.” Either way, keep them (and we say them because masks are the one element in your skincare routine that it’s okay to switch up every once in awhile) on hand to solve problems both in the moment and long-term: Skin- or simply psyche-related, these clean, totally nontoxic and wildly effective all-stars really work. (Conventional masks rely on everything from plastics and silicones to hormone disruptors and known skin irritants to “treat” skin, so this category is one to totally detox and go clean with for sure.)
Moisturizing For plump, dewy, glowy, ultra-hydrated, healthier skin
goop by Juice Beauty Luminous Melting Cleansergoop, $90
Winner of Allure’s prestigious Best of Beauty Award, our Luminous Melting Cleanser sinks luxuriously into skin to remove dirt and makeup, leaving it incredibly moisturized, soft, and glowing. This sumptuous blend of almond, olive and coconut oils, shea and cocoa seed butters, as well as jojoba and sunflower gently purifies and deeply hydrates the skin as it cleanses. Beautifully textured, it evens skin tone and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as it cleanses.
Tammy Fender Restorative Radiance Masquegoop, $235
You think of clay as drying, but this soothing rosewater/pink-clay concoction is ultra-moisturizing. It feels incredible going on, and your skin is left dewy, firm, and totally hydrated. Somehow detoxifying and totally moisturizing all at once—this is, like her and her spa, heaven.
Breakout-Obliterating For clear, poreless, balanced, glowy, even-toned skin
May Lindstrom The Problem Solver Correcting Masquegoop, $90
It starts out as a powder (a blend of raw cacao, bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, and spices), only releasing its potent healing elements once mixed with water. The resulting mousse heals blemishes, fights inflammation, encourages circulation, and visibly tightens pores pretty much instantly. Use Lindstrom’s facial treatment bowl and brush to mix the paste.
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Maskgoop, $48
Clarify and calm skin with this gently exfoliating, anti-inflammatory mask. Blue tansy oil soothes inflammation; aloe leaf gently unclogs pores; and natural alpha-hydroxy and salicylic acids plus fruit enzymes gently resurface skin to leave it clear, practically poreless, smooth, soft, and refreshed.
Goldfaden MD Facial Detoxgoop, $65
Clear your skin and totally detoxify your pores with this revolutionary new acne-and-pore treatment mask from dermatologist Gary Goldfaden, M.D. To clarify and minimize pores, use it once or twice a week; to clear seriously breakout-prone skin, up to four; it also works as an amazing spot treatment. Suitable even for sensitive skin, it draws out impurities with sulfur (a natural disinfectant/antiseptic that also regulates oil production and encourages exfoliation of pore-clogging dead skin cells, dirt, and oil), leaving skin soothed, smoothed, and protected with naturally potent zinc oxide (which forms a protective barrier on skin) and camphor (a soothing, toning astringent). Apply a thin layer to cleansed skin, leaving it to work for ten-to-fifteen minutes before gently rinsing off with warm water.
LILFOX Bamboo Charcoal Purifying Maskgoop, $55
Made with mineral-rich Rhassoul and Dead Sea clay, activated bamboo charcoal, raw cacao, and soothing organic botanicals, this weekly detoxifying mask is amazing: Spritz with water or toning mist and it turns into a velvety mousse that smells of cacao, lavender, and frankincense. The mousse cleanses, tones, balances, and revitalizes skin, calming inflammation, drawing out impurities, evening skin tone, speeding cell turnover, and restoring balance overall. Incredible for all skin types; especially helpful for oily or acne-prone.
Exfoliating For poreless, glowy, smooth, even-toned, better-functioning skin
Tata Harper Resurfacing Maskgoop, $58
Made with powerful beta-hydroxy acids that calm as they sweep away dullness and congestion, this works like a traditional peel to instantly smooth skin, leaving it glowy, practically pore-less, renewed, radiant, and revitalized.
Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Maskgoop, $48
This is a gentle but super-effective skin resurfacer that brightens the complexion as it exfoliates, leaving your face baby-soft and ultra-refined. Gentle enzymes from pineapple and papaya (natural alpha-hydroxy acids) work in concert with rice powder to sweep away dead skin cells, while tourmaline gemstone slightly warms the skin, increases circulation, and illuminates the complexion. Use for three nights in a row to start, after that, two to three times a week will transform your skin.
Sodashi Brightening Marine Mineral Maskgoop, $120
Seaweed, phytonutrients, and marine minerals detoxify and revitalize skin for a rich, once-a-week treatment packed with shea butter, jojoba, macadamia, vitamin E, grapefruit seed, lavender, and two types of clay to moisturize, brighten, and refine.