Beauty

Which Face Mask Is Best for You?

Written by: the Editors of goop

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Updated on: May 20, 2024

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During the month of May, when you purchase a full-size (50 mL) Microderm for your face, we’ll send you the body edition to try. It’s on us, until we run out—enter code BODYGIFT at checkout. (And you can see the full terms and conditions here.)

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.

  1. IF YOU’RE DRY

    AUGUSTINUS BADER
    The Face Cream Mask
    goop, $220SHOP NOW
  2. IF YOU’RE OILY

    THE OUTSET
    Purifying Blue Clay Mask
    goop, $46SHOP NOW
  3. IF YOU’RE ANY SKIN TYPE

    goop Beauty
    Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
    goop, $125/$112 with subscriptionSHOP NOW

CLEANSE FIRST

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.

  1. EXFOLIATOR AND CLEANSER

    goop Beauty
    Cloudberry Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser
    goop, $35/$25 with subscription
    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.
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  2. CREAM CLEANSER

    Vintner’s Daughter
    Active Renewal Cleanser
    goop, $98
    Made with antioxidants, probiotics, and the brand’s proprietary complex distilled from whole plants (the process takes weeks), this silky cleanser leaves skin feeling fresh and soothed.
    SHOP NOW
  3. MOISTURIZING BALM

    True Botanicals
    Ginger Turmeric Cleansing Balm
    goop, $48
    This soft, ultrasensorial balm sweeps away makeup and dirt while nourishing for fresh, delicately moisturized skin.
    SHOP NOW
  4. MILKY GEL

    MACRENE actives
    High Performance Cleanser
    goop, $95
    With 20 plant-derived active ingredients—including olive leaf, green tea, and mint extracts—this lathering formula from a top New York dermatologist removes impurities as it smooths pores.
    SHOP 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.

  1. NOURISHING CLAY

    Tammy Fender
    Restorative Radiance Masque
    goop, $195
    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.
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  2. PREBIOTICS AND COLLAGEN

    Dr. Nigma
    Treatment Mask No. 1
    goop, $120
    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.
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  3. JUST FOR EYES

    goop Beauty
    Lift + Depuff Eye Masks
    goop, $125/$112 with subscription
    Wake up your entire face with these depuffing, ultrahydrating eye sheet masks. Soaked in a milky serum infused with brightening niacinamide and olive leaf stem cells, they soothe and target dark circles—an instant pick-me-up.
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  1. ALOE AND HYALURONIC ACID

    Dr. Barbara Sturm
    Face Mask
    goop, $150
    For skin that needs hydration, this moisturizing aloe mask with soothing purslane, chamomile, and nourishing sweet almond oil leaves skin plump and dewy.
    SHOP NOW
  2. Turmeric and Argan Oil

    Prakti
    MahaMask Pampering Moisture Treatment
    goop, $46
    Boosted with decadent skin soothers—antioxidant sandalwood oil, turmeric butter, and more—this rich treatment supports skin’s moisture barrier as it hydrates.
    SHOP 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 even makes an exfoliating mask specifically for people with sensitive skin, so truly everyone should have an exfoliating mask in their cabinet.

  1. MIRACLE POLISH FOR GLOW

    goop Beauty
    Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
    goop, $125/$112 with subscription
    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.
    SHOP NOW
  2. OIL-FIGHTING CLAY

    Klur
    Supreme Seed Delicate Purification Mask
    goop, $60
    Made with two types of clay (kaolin and bentonite), glycolic and lactic acids, and nourishing cacao seed butter, this powerful mask is a dream for anyone dealing with breakouts, excess oil, or dullness (and it smells like melting chocolate).
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  3. TURMERIC ENZYME SCRUB

    KORA Organics
    Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask
    goop, $54
    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.
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  1. BREAKOUT TREATMENT

    Goldfaden MD
    Facial Detox
    goop, $68
    This revolutionary treatment for blemish-prone skin clarifies pores with sulfur and leaves skin soothed and fortified with zinc oxide and calming camphor.
    SHOP NOW
  2. ONCE-A-WEEK PEEL

    goop Beauty
    15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel
    goop, $125
    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.
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  3. FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

    Tata Harper
    Radiance Mask
    goop, $68
    This gel-cream treatment gently exfoliates even the most sensitive skin, dissolving dead skin cells and delivering soothing moisture.
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DOUBLE DOWN ON RESULTS

You can magnify the benefits of any mask with dermatologist-office-inspired tech for at-home use, like red light, vibration, and microcurrent.

  1. NEAR-INFRARED LASER

    LYMA
    LYMA Laser Starter Kit
    goop, $2,695
    Firm, smooth wrinkles, and rejuvenate skin with this medical-grade laser that works on face and body (the results are noticeable—and amazing).
    SHOP NOW
  2. LED LIGHT AND FACE MASSAGE

    Therabody
    TheraFace PRO
    goop, $399
    Made with the same technology as the Theragun, this facial device relieves tension with percussive therapy, targets wrinkles with LED light, deep-cleans skin, and more.
    SHOP NOW
  3. WARMING VIBRATION

    Solawave
    Radiant Renewal Red Light Skincare Wand
    goop, $169
    This multitasking device delivers four separate treatments—firming galvanic current, LED light, therapeutic warmth, and vibrating facial massage—for the ultimate at-home facial.
    SHOP NOW
  4. RED AND BLUE LIGHT

    Dr. Dennis Gross
    DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro
    goop, $455
    With red and blue LED light, this high-tech mask helps smooth fine lines, clear breakouts, calm redness, and rejuvenate tired skin.
    SHOP NOW