If you need to tighten and tone
Other skincare mask ingredients such as vitamin C help replenish collagen, the main structural protein found in skin, and can tighten and tone laxity, Murrell explains. These include BioMiracle Collagen Masks. Ingredients like algae, found in Erno Laszlo Firm & Lift Firmarine Hydrogel Mask, can also help skin’s resilience. “If you are looking to really tighten and tone, go for the gold,” she says. Legend tells us that Cleopatra, the Queen of the Nile herself, slept in a gold face mask—and she may have been on to something. Many of today’s masks contain gold, which is said to stimulate collagen, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots, and increase radiance and luster. Some popular gold masks include Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask and Golden Door Golden Peel-A-Way Masque.”Gold helps to tighten and firm skin,” Murrell says. “It slows down the depletion of collagen and elastin in the skin.”
If you need to lighten and brighten
“Dehydrated, dull skin types should use a mask with exfoliating agents,” says Taylor Pollei, MD, a facial plastic surgeon in Mission Viejo, California. “Look for fruit enzyme ingredients to help with cell turnover and promote a brighter complexion.” Dr. Pollei likes PCA SKIN Revitalizing Mask. “This specific mask features a combination of papaya puree and extracts from lemon, orange, sugar cane, and apple to leave skin smooth and glowing.” Other brightening agents include lactic acid, glycolic acid, and retinols, according to Dr. Levin. Try Florapy Even Skin Tone Sheet Mask in Sunflower Lemon and Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. Check out these 6 DIY beauty products you can make for under $1.
If you need to unclog pores
Clogged pores can use a good clean. “Ingredients such as clay or charcoal are best to detoxify skin and eliminate impurities in pores,” Dr. Pollei says. He likes PCA SKIN Purifying Mask because it’s clay-based but also has added botanical ingredients for hydration and pumice to gently exfoliate. There are plenty of charcoal-based masks at every price point, from Vbeauté Deep Sheet Purifying Charcoal Mask on the higher end to Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask on the budget end. Oddly, magnetic face masks are also great for cleaning out pores, according to Murrell. These are iron-based powder masks that literally pull gunk out of pores, she says. Some bestsellers include Dr. Brandt Magnetight Skin Recharging Magnet Mask and The Younger Revealing Mask Intense from Dr. Harold Lancer.