[infobox subtitle=”Face Masks for Different Skin Types” bg=”red” color=”white” opacity=”on” space=”30″ link=”no link”]Mask It Up[/infobox] Maybe you’ve accidentally been falling asleep with your makeup on while staying up late watching Gossip Girl reruns on Netflix (trust us, we’ve all been there.) Maybe the summer humidity has finally been getting to you and your skin could definitely use a quick pick-me-up. Either way, face masks have always been essential to any skincare routine, whether you have sensitive skin or are more prone to an oilier T-zone. In order to pamper your skin, masks deliver a high concentration of active ingredients. With so many different formulas for face masks on the market today, it can be hard deciding which one is best catered to your specific skin concern. Thankfully, we’ve decided to make this process a lot easier by selecting some of our favorite face masks to keep your skin looking fresh and healthier than ever.


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For oily or combination skin, opt for masks that purify pores and remove excess sebum without irritation or over-drying. Try out Peter Thomas Roth’s Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask, loaded with antioxidants and essential minerals to decongest pores and Nugg’s Deep Cleansing Mask, formulated with natural ingredients and Jojoba Oil to reduce the appearance of pore size.

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Acne-prone skin tends to benefit most from clay masks, which draw out impurities from deep within pores and clear up any existing blemishes. We love GlamGlow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment, designed specifically to target problem skin by drawing out dirt and congestion with activated charcoal. For alternatives that won’t break the bank, try Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask and Peter Thomas Roth’s Sulfur Mask in order to fight breakouts and keep your skin feeling soft and healthy.

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[show_shopthepost_widget id=”781170″] While masks for oily or problem skin tend to focus on drawing out excess oil, those with drier complexions should aim to replenish moisture instead. Choose masks designed to hydrate and leave the skin feeling silky smooth. Try out some of our favorites, like GlamGlow’s Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment made with moisturizing sugars and raw honey or Dr. Jart’s Water Replenishment Mask, designed with allantoin and witch hazel for continuous moisture. For an overnight spa treatment, try Origins’ Drink Up Overnight Mask or Korres’ Nourishing Sleeping Facial.

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Sensitive Skin

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When it comes to sensitive skin, solving skincare woes can be a hassle out of fears of irritation, breakouts, or other adverse skin reactions. Stick to masks containing natural ingredients and designed with sensitive skin in mind. We love Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber Gel Mask, made with cucumber and chamomile to calm irritated skin, and First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask, formulated with protective oats and botanical antioxidants to nourish distressed skin. To banish redness, try Nugg’s Soothing Face Mask, designed to balance troubled or sensitive skin with chamomile extract and shea butter.

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Fine Lines/Wrinkles

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For more mature skin types, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is key. In order to retain skin firmness and elasticity, opt for masks that contain retinol or other brightening ingredients. Try Fresh’s Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask or Boscia’s Bright White Mask to even skin tone, diminish hyperpigmentation, and brighten and firm the complexion. For an added dose of energy to the eyes, try Shiseido’s Benefiance Pure Retinol Eye Mask to smooth fine lines and fake a well-rested eight hours of sleep.

Will you be trying out any new face masks? What works best for your skin type? Let us know in the comments!

Text by: Summer Lin