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The 4 Best Clean Face Masks

Cared-for, optimum-condition skin is truly the result of an everyday endeavor. Making cleansing, treatment, and SPF as every bit as unskippable as brushing and flossing your teeth pays off stealthily but significantly. While face masks might seem to be more about short-term gains (glow, smoothness, porelessness, hydration, calming breakouts) than the long game, the right ones can actually bring about serious long-term benefits when incorporated into a skin-care routine on a regular basis.

A great skin-care mask is a brilliant solution to most had-it 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 skin-care routine that it’s okay to switch up every once in a while) on hand to solve problems both in the moment and long-term: Skin- or simply psyche-related, these totally clean 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, ultrahydrated, healthier skin

  1. Tammy Fender Restorative Radiance Masque goop, $235

    You think of clay as drying, but this soothing rose-water-and-pink-clay concoction is ultramoisturizing. It feels incredible going on, and your skin is left dewy, firm, and totally hydrated. Somehow detoxifying and totally moisturizing at once—this is, like Fender and her spa, heaven.

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Breakout-Obliterating

For clear, poreless, balanced, glowy, even-toned skin

  1. May Lindstrom The Problem Solver Correcting Masque goop, $100

    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.

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  2. Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask goop, $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.

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exfoliating

For poreless, glowy, smooth, even-toned, better-functioning skin

  1. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator goop, $125/$112 with subscription

    The GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator is a dual-action microdermabrasion exfoliator that delivers the benefits of both physical and chemical exfoliation, instantly polishing away roughness, smoothing uneven texture, and revealing a healthy-looking, glowing complexion. The air-whipped, almost marshmallow-like formula is densely packed with a blend of four powerful glow-inducing microexfoliating minerals (quartz, garnet, alumina, and silica) plus glycolic acid to help sweep away dry, dead skin cells and refine the appearance of pores for skin that is visibly softer, smoother, and more radiant.

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