The Best Face Masks for Summer
Whether your skin is begging for a boost of radiance and moisture after a day of sun and wind at the beach or you’re broken out after a string of hot, humid days, there is a perfect mask for that—not to mention skin devices to complement it. What we love most about clean masks in particular is that they’re so concentrated; without the fillers, texturizers, fragrances, and other ingredients potentially hazardous to our health, there’s more space for active botanicals to nourish and replenish our skin.
A mask can be a nearly nightly ritual or it can mark the end of a long week (perhaps accompanied by a soak in a bath or even a sweat in a sauna blanket or a gem-mat session). Either way, cleanse first. Applying your mask to wet skin increases absorption and thus the effectiveness of the mask.
Gelgoop Beauty G.Tox Malachite + Fruit Acid Pore Purifying Cleanser goop, $48/$44 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
BalmOkoko Beauté Majestique Cleanser goop, $116SHOP NOW
FoamDr. Nigma Cleanser No. 1 goop, $70SHOP NOW
Pick the Mask That’s Right for Your Skin
DETOX FOR CLEARER SKIN
A detoxifying mask sweeps away oil, dead skin cells, dirt, and other impurities that can build up in pores. Depending on your skin type, look for ingredients like clays, acids, sulfur, and zinc oxide.
Clay and Acids
This clay mask is great if you have oily, acne-prone skin: It combines kaolin, bentonite, and montmorillonite clays to help reduce excess oil and salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids to help break up dead skin.Follain Dual Detox Mask goop, $34SHOP NOW
Sulfur and Zinc Oxide
Sulfur and zinc oxide are both fabulous for sensitive types and work powerfully to detoxify and purify skin. Sulfur deeply exfoliates pores, getting rid of dirt, excess oil, and dead skin, and zinc oxide smooths and soothes skin. Bonus: This is brilliant as a full face mask but also amazing as a spot treatment.Goldfaden MD Facial Detox goop, $65SHOP NOW
For dry, beach-worn, or irritated skin, a super hydrating mask feels incredible as it brings the look of your skin back to life, renewing, plumping, and smoothing.
This mask’s all-star ingredients like seaweed, marine collagen, and hyaluronic acid moisturize and soothe the skin, and antioxidants nourish, too. You can optimize it with the Magic Glow Wand, which uses both warm and cool massage to help skin-care ingredients penetrate, as well as to help cleanse pores.
Dr. Nigma Treatment Mask No. 1 goop, $120SHOP NOW
Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand goop, $285SHOP NOW
For a boost of radiance and moisture, this mask—great for all skin types—leaves your skin firm, calm, and ultrahydrated. The combination of a moisturizing pink clay blend and soothing rose water sink into your skin for dewy results that really last. If your skin is feeling extra dry, you can leave the mask on overnight for revived, moisturized skin in the a.m.Tammy Fender Restorative Radiance Masque goop, $235SHOP NOW
SUPERCHARGE YOUR GLOW
There’s nothing like an exfoliating mask to revitalize dull skin for a brighter, more radiant, just-took-a-dip-in-the-pool face.
Keep this magical mask in your shower and you’ll find yourself reaching for it every few days (it’s GP’s favorite product). Both physical (quartz, garnet, alumina, and silica) and chemical (glycolic acid) exfoliants combine to polish and even your skin for the ultimate goop glow.goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator goop, $125/$112 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
Super fine rose-hip-seed granules and papaya enzymes exfoliate and buff, aspen bark purifies pores, and turmeric soothes and brightens for luminous skin.KORA Organics Turmeric Brightening Exfoliating Mask goop, $48SHOP NOW
Even those with sensitive skin can (and should) use exfoliants. This one from Tata Harper’s new line for sensitive and reactive skin uses lactic acid to dissolve dead skin cells without irritation for smoother, brighter skin. It’s made with prebiotics for microbiome balance and a sugar-carbohydrate complex for longer-lasting moisture.Tata Harper Radiance Mask goop, $65SHOP NOW
THERE ARE EVEN MASKS FOR LIPS AND EYES
You can do these masks at the same time as you’re doing an allover face mask or spot-treat as you need. Either way, they feel absolutely incredible.
These sheet masks from top makeup artist Jillian Dempsey are easy to apply, and they smooth and depuff, waking up your entire face. You can double down on the benefits by running Dempsey’s vibrating gold sculpting bar over the masks while you wear them (it feels amazing, too).
Jillian Dempsey Hydrating Eye Mask goop, $75SHOP NOW
Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar goop, $195SHOP NOW
This rich, ultramoisturizing lip mask transforms dull, dry lips into the supplest, smoothest, most hydrated version of themselves. Thick, luxurious, and loaded with sea buckthorn, rose hip, and avocado oils, it’s especially great to use overnight.Henné Organics Lip Mask goop, $37SHOP NOW
As with the Joanna Vargas and Jillian Dempsey devices above, you can optimize results by combining a topical mask with red or blue light, heat, cooling, vibration, or even electrical treatments.
This futuristic-looking gadget uses red and blue LED light to decrease the appearance of fine lines, treat breakouts, and soothe irritated skin. Use it after a face mask or other skin treatment to amplify your results.Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite Faceware Pro goop, $435SHOP NOW
Developed by renowned electrical aesthetician Melanie Simon, this handheld nanocurrent device delivers nine different electrical treatments. It comes with a conductive gel that works double duty to nourish your skin as the device sculpts, lifts, brightens, and tightens—and it’s best used before or after a topical mask.ZIIP ZIIP OX + Crystal Gel Kit goop, $480SHOP NOW
Vibration, Microcurrent, Heat, and Red Light
This easy-to-use multitasking treatment (it takes only five minutes) gives your skin four different treatments at once. Before or after a mask, touch the wand to your skin (it’s touch-activated) for microcurrent, red-light therapy, vibrating facial massage, and therapeutic warmth.Solawave SolaWave Wand goop, $149SHOP NOW