Nothing gives instant skincare gratification like a good mask. Whether you suffer from dullness, dehydration or congestion (or all of the above), there is a mask out there for you.

If you’re having a night in, you can even try using a few different kinds of masks to create an at home facial effect.

If your skin is feeling dull (or as the first step in your multi-product regimen), reach for an exfoliating mask. Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is the perfect mask to give your skin a good glow. Packed with alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes it gently but powerfully dissolves dead skin to leave behind a fresh and bright new layer.

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With a thin application and just three short minutes later, you’ll find yourself with a brighter, cleaner, and more even complexion. Acid masks such as this one provide a gentle chemical exfoliation (instead of a physical exfoliation with beads or granules) that sloughs off dead skin gently without micro tearing the skin. This gives all the benefits of a traditional manual exfoliation without weakening the skin or spread bacteria around the face.

A great option for congested skin, or as a second step in your facial regimen is a deep cleansing formula. Cleansing masks contain ingredients specially designed to bring all the nasties that live in your skin to the surface. Using this as a follow up to something exfoliating is great because it ensures that the deep cleansing mask is working on the freshest skin and getting to all of your problem areas easily.



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Very often clay based; cleansing masks easily absorb any excess oil or grease. The American drugstore classic Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Mask is a longstanding favorite, and for good reason! It balances kaolin clay for cleansing and glycerin for hydration, to help deep clean without drying out. The added mint helps to really get the blood circulating and leaves your skin feeling refreshed.

Finally, if your skin is parched – or as the final touch to your facial, Glossier has a rich hydrating mask to inject some moisture and plump up your skin. Glossier is the brain child of Emily Weiss and her team over at Into The Gloss, and emphasizes good skin as the first step to looking good in your makeup.


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Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask is the perfect blend of sweet almond oil and hyaluronic acid to help draw moisture to the skin and keep it there. After applying a thick layer of this moisturizer and letting it sink in for 20 minutes, your skin will feel fresh and firm.

Whether you opt to try just one of these masks, or want to give the “at home facial” a shot, knowing the basics of these mask favorites is the most surefire way to pick the routine that’s right for you.

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