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Which Face Mask Is Best for You?
Remember when you’d sit, huddled with your best friends, smoothing on masks without a care in the world as to what they did (let alone what was in them)? While masks remain as fun and self-indulgent-in-the-nicest-way as ever, the best clean face masks can really change the way your skin looks and feels.
Whether you’re dry and sensitive, oily and breakout-prone, or anything in between, the right mask can take any skin-care routine to the next level. The key lies in understanding what results you’re looking for and working your choice properly into your routine for ultimate results.
If You’re DryTammy Fender Restorative Radiance Masque goop, $195SHOP NOW
If You’re OilyFollain Dual Detox Mask goop, $34SHOP NOW
If You’re Any Skin Typegoop Beauty GOOPGLOW Microderm
Instant Glow Exfoliator goop, $125/$112 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
Washing your face before you start a mask clears away makeup and dirt and unclogs pores, so the active ingredients in the mask can better penetrate your skin. Leave your face damp afterward to help the mask absorb into your skin more efficiently.
Exfoliate and Cleanse at Once
Cleanse, smooth, and brighten your skin morning and night with this unique, soft, exfoliating jelly face wash made with natural fruit enzymes, arctic cloudberry, and bitter orange peel.goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Cloudberry Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser goop, $28/$25 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
Cream-Gel Face Wash
Made with rose flower water, cucumber extract, and aloe vera, this silky, lightweight cleanser leaves skin feeling fresh, clean, and moisturized.Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel goop, $69SHOP NOW
Moisturizing Balm Cleanser
This soft, ultrasensorial balm sweeps away makeup and dirt while nourishing for fresh, delicately moisturized skin.True Botanicals Ginger Turmeric Cleansing Balm goop, $48SHOP NOW
Milky Enzyme Face Wash
This gentle, silky enzyme cleanser sweeps away excess oil, dirt, and makeup for calm, refreshed skin.Ursa Major Making Moves Milky Cleanser goop, $34SHOP NOW
DO YOU NEED MOISTURIZING?
Whether your skin is always dry or just seasonally so, ultrahydrating masks made with rich oils and butters, hydrators like hyaluronic acid, and skin-soothers like purslane leave skin looking and feeling nourished, plump, dewy, and luminous.
If you don’t think of clay as moisturizing, you haven’t tried this thick, crème-fraîche-like, restorative mask made with roses, avocado and sunflower oils, and kaolin clay.Tammy Fender Restorative Radiance Masque goop, $195SHOP NOW
Prebiotics and Collagen
These super hydrating sheet masks—you get four in a pack—are made with prebiotics, marine collagen, seaweed and edelweiss extracts, and hyaluronic acid to help smooth, brighten, plump, and nourish skin.Dr. Nigma Treatment Mask No. 1 goop, $120SHOP NOW
Aloe and Hyaluronic Acid
For skin that needs hydration, this moisturizing aloe mask with soothing purslane, chamomile, and nourishing sweet almond oil leaves skin plump and dewy.Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask goop, $120SHOP NOW
Algae and Vitamin E
Made with jasmine, comfrey root, algae, and vitamin E, this deeply hydrating mask leaves skin looking refreshed and gorgeously vibrant.Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask goop, $75SHOP NOW
Just for Eyes
This iconic set includes depuffing, ultrahydrating prebiotic eye sheet masks and the famous twenty-four-karat-gold-plated vibrating T-bar to lift and sculpt.Jillian Dempsey The Smooth + Sculpt Duo goop, $245SHOP NOW
DO YOU NEED EXFOLIATING?
Exfoliation–both chemical and physical—sloughs dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and other impurities, and it’s an essential step that benefits every skin type, from oily and acne-prone to dry. Tata Harper now even makes an exfoliating mask specifically for people with sensitive skin, so truly everyone should have an exfoliating mask in their cabinet.
Three Times a Week for Glow
This clinically proven microdermabrasion exfoliator delivers the benefits of both physical and chemical exfoliation, instantly polishing away roughness, smoothing uneven texture, and revealing a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.goop Beauty GOOPGLOW
Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator goop, $125/$112 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
Made with three types of clay (kaolin, bentonite, and montmorillonite); salicylic, lactic, and glycolic acids; and papaya extracts, this exfoliating clay mask is a dream for anyone dealing with breakouts, excess oil, or dullness.Follain Dual Detox Mask goop, $34SHOP NOW
Luminizing Turmeric and Enzymes
A luxurious two-in-one mask that leaves skin smooth, glowing, and even with super fine rose hip seed granules and papaya enzymes that gently polish and turmeric, aspen bark, and peppermint essential oils to cleanse and purify pores.KORA Organics Turmeric Brightening and Exfoliating Mask goop, $48SHOP NOW
Ultimate Breakout Treatment
This revolutionary treatment for blemish-prone skin clarifies pores with sulfur and leaves skin soothed and fortified with zinc oxide and calming camphor.Goldfaden MD Facial Detox goop, $65SHOP NOW
Once-a-Week Overnight Chemical Peel
An intense exfoliating overnight glycolic acid glow peel that refines, retexturizes, and brightens skin while you sleep. Swipe once before bed and the glow lasts all week.goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic
Acid Overnight Peel goop, $125/$112 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
This gel-cream treatment gently exfoliates even the most sensitive skin, dissolving dead skin cells and delivering soothing moisture.Tata Harper Radiance Mask goop, $65SHOP NOW
DOUBLE DOWN ON GLOW, MOISTURE,
SMOOTHNESS—ALL THE RESULTS YOU LOVE
You can supercharge the benefits of any mask with dermatologist-office-inspired tech for at-home use, like red light, vibration, and microcurrent.
Red and Near-Infrared Light
From the much-loved sauna experts, this easy-to-wear mask combines red and near-infrared light for powerful skin-care benefits.HigherDOSE Red Light Face Mask goop, $349SHOP NOW
A nanocurrent device plus clean conductive gel aimed at stimulating collagen for instant sculpting and glow boosting.ZIIP ZIIP OX + Crystal Gel Kit goop, $480SHOP NOW
This multitasking device delivers four separate treatments for the ultimate at-home facial.SolaWave SolaWave Wand goop, $149SHOP NOW
Red and Blue Light
With red and blue LED light, this high-tech mask helps smooth fine lines, clear breakouts, calm redness, and rejuvenate tired skin.Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Spectalite Faceware Pro goop, $435SHOP NOW
Not So High-Tech but Beautifully Cooling and Depuffing
Wake up your skin with the cooling, soothing power of rose quartz crystal.goop Beauty Rose Quartz Soothing Face-Massage Roller goop, $45SHOP NOW