8 Face Masks for Every Skin Type

Masks are my skin-care savior. A short mask session is like hitting Ctrl + Z on all manner of skin sins. They promise to transform texture, draw out impurities in pores, brighten skin tone, provide a hit of hydration, reduce signs of aging, and deliver nutrition deep into the dermis. Whatever the claim, masks are generally intensive treatments that translate into instant (sometimes mic-dropping) gratification.

Sheet masks are by far the most popular type in Asia. Not only are they convenient and full of beneficial nutrients, but they can be a non-committal, relatively inexpensive foray into trying a new brand or ingredient. I often (fondly) think of them as the one-night-stands of skin care. Read on to discover some of the coolest masks you aren't using yet, but definitely should be.

#1. Splash Mask
This gem lives up to its splashy name. After cleansing your face, simply mix it with some water, and splash (or, pat) it onto your face. It's great for the on-the-go beauty fan and will get you out the door faster than any other mask on the list — guaranteed.  The Blithe Patting Splash Mask in Rejuvenating Purple Berry is formulated with antioxidant packed berries to help leave skin looking brighter and more youthful. The splashing-then-patting action helps the mask to absorb quickly and efficiently for a quick and easy treatment that puts the face mask practically on the go. I'm also a big fan of their Yellow Citrus & Honey Mask, which helps to liven up a dull visage. 

Best For: Dull & lackluster skin

Blithe Patting Splash Mash in Rejuvenating Purple Berry
USD $45, available at glowrecipe.com

#2. Oxygen Bubble Mask
Sloane Inc's Oxygen Boost Energizing Masque S3.5 breathes new life into dull, fatigued skin instantly! If you need an instant skin pick-me-up to transform your visage from drab to fab, look no further than this oxygenating treat. Pamper your skin to a revitalizing blast of oxygenating ingredients to revive fatigued, sallow skin and achieve fresh-from-the-shower, dewy glow. Pure stabilized oxygen complex delivers star ingredients such as vital peptides, vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids to breathe new life into lacklustre complexions, instantly leaving skin soothed, glowing and refreshed. Ginseng extracts provides additional oxygen boost to energize fatigued complexions. Another fun fact, do you know that oxygen also kills acne bacteria? For the pimply & acne-prone, you can consider using this fun bubbly mask to help with your condition.

Best For: Dull, Lackluster Skin

Sloane Inc's Oxygen Boost Energizing Masque 
USD $79, available at Amazon.com

#3. Handmade, Natural Mask
If you try Lush, you love Lush. For the unschooled, Lush is a beauty mecca for natural products that not only look good but do good—and smell good while they're at it. With fresh ingredients and products that are handmade and often prepped right in front of you, it’s no surprise that Lush has reached cult status among the beauty obsessed and environmentally conscious alike.

Find the happiness you seek by cleansing cheek to cheek with this gorgeously soothing fresh mask. A simple blend of kaolin, calamine and Turkish rose oil to delicately calm the skin and restore balance. Whether you're feeling hot and bothered or just fancy showering your complexion with roses, cleansing calamine and kaolin will gently remove dirt while exquisite rose oil nourishes and tones your face. Calm, matte skin, here you come!

Best For: Sensitive, Redness-Prone Skin

Lush Rosy Cheeks Face Mask
USD $12.95, available at Lushusa.com

#4. Clay/Mud Mask
This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW dermatological chemists to help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. Powerful, skin-clearing mud visibly draws out dirt and congestion while a proprietary six-acid blend dramatically brightens and softens skin. It works to draw out dirt and pores with activated-X charcoal, leaving skin smooth and healthy-looking. How's that as a supermud for you? If 

Best For: Pimples, Acne, Clogged Pores

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment
USD $68, available at Sephora.com

#5. Ampoule Mask
An ampoule mask is like a sheet mask with a sidekick. You apply a single-use ampoule first, and then a sheet mask blankets it to allow the contents to penetrate deep into the dermis. 

Amorepacific’s version is unique because the sheet mask recreates the sealing effect of a modeling mask without the mess of peeling off rubbery bits from your face (and hair). The texture is unlike any sheet mask I’ve ever encountered; it reminds me of a cross between a face-compression bandage and pig skin. It’s slightly adhesive and moist on one side, and smooth and dry like a bandage on the other.

A little silver ampoule contains botanicals and nutrients, like the ever-potent red ginseng and bamboo sap, to firm and hydrate skin. Though the ampoule is tiny, I find that it takes two to three application rounds before the contents are depleted and I can move onto the sheet mask. The sheet mask binds to the face like shrink wrap.

Unlike sheet masks and hydrogels that leave your face shiny with a veneer of essence that’s yet to be absorbed, this one leaves skin completely dry to the touch but with an unquestionably dewy, hydrated plumpness.

Best For: Hydration

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Intensive Serum Masque
USD $32 per piece, available at Sephora.com
#6. Exfoliating Mask
This two-step peeling kit includes an exfoliating swab and soothing sheet mask so you can explore the Korean dermatology trend of milk peeling—a gentle, lactic acid based exfoliating method to reveal brighter, more hydrated, and smoother skin. Use the oversized, AHA Milkpeel Swab pre-soaked with a blend of lactic acid and botanical extracts to gently peel away dead skin cells without irritation. Then apply the soothing soy-milk infused sheet mask, enriched with green tea and rosemary leaf, to help lock in moisture. After treatment, skin appears instantly brightened and rejuvenated.

Best For: Exfoliation
Primary Raw DoYou 2-Step Milk Peeling Kit

USD $6, available at Sephora.com

#7. Leave On Mask
3-D Filler Mask is a leave-on mask that restores volume and youthful-looking contours, giving your skin an instantly* smoother look. It is specially formulated with a potent age-defying combination of peptides, Adipofill'in™ Complex, and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is the key ingredient in dermal fillers and absorbs its own weight in water to attract and bind moisture to the skin. 

Best For: Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Firmness
Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More® 3-D Filler Mask + Bonus Mini Needles No More™

USD $95, available at Sephora.com

#8. Sheet Mask
There’s probably no quicker way to set skin right than slapping on a ‘mask’-ed hero. A facial sheet mask is an efficient, fuss-free way to deliver a supercalifragilistic dose of active ingredients to your skin, even for jet-setters. The Sloane Inc. White Luminosity Mask is overflowing with antioxidant goodness from concentrated Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to saturate your skin’s natural emollient system, leaving you with luxuriously luminous, plumped up skin in 20 minutes or less. A single use will transform your glow factor instantly.

Best For: Uneven Skin Tone
Sloane Inc White Luminosity Mask

USD $18, available at Sloaneshop.com


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