From Sheets to Clay: The Ultimate Guide to Face Masks
Whether you’re looking for the ease of an overnight mask or the unclogging power of clay, with so many face masks available, it can be hard to keep up with which is which and how they can be of benefit to us—or, more importantly, our skin. To make things a little bit easier, we’ve compiled the ultimate face mask guide—detailing each mask and its individual benefits—for your reference, below.
Gel masks can be a great way to both wake up and soothe your skin. These uniquely textured formulas often feature a cooling effect—that’s intensified if you store it in the fridge—making them perfect to use before a big night out! If you’re looking for a lightweight mask that can hydrate the skin in less than 10 minutes, look no further. You can apply a gel mask to the face first thing in the morning to give your skin some extra pep or at night before going to bed to calm the skin after a long day. When it comes to gel masks, we love Lancôme’s Moisturizing Rose Jelly Overnight Mask—can replenish skin's lack of moisture in no time.
When the Korean beauty trend took the Western world by storm, it came with the magic that is a sheet mask. The perfect mask for busy women everywhere, this type of mask is often made from a cotton blend and soaked in essence—or serum—that can provide the skin with many different benefits. From brightening, to hydrating, to calming, sheet masks definitely live up to the hype. If you’re looking to dip your toes into this particular field of sheet masks, try the Kiehl’s Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask a on for size. Housing super hydrating ingredients such as Copaiba Resin Oil, Pracaxi Oil, and Andiroba Oil, this mask will get your dry skin moisturized in no time.
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Kiehl’s Instant Renewal Concentrate Mask, $32 (Pack of 4) MSRP
Arguably one of the oldest forms of skin care, clay masks are a skin care staple. From bentonite to kaolin, this OG of the face mask world is most often used to help unclog pores, balance oily complexions, and so much more! If you’re not familiar with clay masks and are looking for something that can help remove excess oil and purify pores, try the AcneFree Kaolin Clay Detox Mask. Formulated with the aforementioned kaolin clay as well charcoal, this clay mask can help remove excess oil while working to draw out impurities and clarify the appearance of skin.
AcneFree Kaolin Clay Detox Mask, $7.99 MSRP
Overnight masks give beauty sleep a whole new meaning. These sleep-friendly masks come in many variations—most of which can offer the skin some ultra-hydration and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed in the morning. One of our (many) favorite overnight masks is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, because not only can it provide the skin with tons of hydration, it can help improve the skin’s ability to absorb moisture altogether.
For anyone who has ever experienced a mud bath, you’re probably already aware of the fact that masks aren’t just for faces. Treating other areas of your body to a mask can give you similar benefits as it would your face, which in turn, can leave your skin feeling deeply cleaned and soft to touch. In addition to its skin benefits, its aroma may also offer a certain level of zen that can leave you feeling like you just spent a day at said “Spa of the World.” Whether you’re relaxing in the bath or jumping in the shower after the gym, body masks can leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and cleaner than ever. Check out a few of our favorites from select indie brands, right here!
It’s always great when skin care products have more than one trick up their sleeve. It’s even better when said skin care product is a multitasking face mask. If you’re looking to tick off multiple skin care concerns in one shot, then the Garnier Glow Boost 2-in-1 Facial Mask and Scrub is the way to go. One of several Garnier double-duty face masks, this mask in particular can be applied as a five-minute mask or a quick scrub. Whichever way, the apricot-infused formula will visibly transform skin’s complexion into one that is softer, clearer, and more radiant in just one use.
Garnier Glow Boost 2-in-1 Facial Mask and Scrub, $8.99 MSRP
DIY masks are a fun, inexpensive way to take care of your skin. They can be yogurt-based, honey-based, or even, avocado-based, and are often made with ingredients that you already have lying around in your kitchen—like honey and oatmeal.