The 18 Best Face Masks For Every Skin Type – Beauty – ELLE

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Very few things are as luxurious and indulgent as applying a face mask. So about once a week, I like to give myself a nice pampering and choose a treatment that will help me relax after a long week. Bonus points if you’re sipping a glass of white wine. But which mask to choose? Do you go for a pore-cleansing clay mask? A deeply hydrating sleeping mask? Maybe something to soften a fine line or two? The options are endless.

Face masks are a great way to boost your skin’s great ingredients you don’t ordinarily use in your skincare routine. So whether you have dry skin, sensitive skin, or acne-prone skin, here are 18 face masks worth indulging in tonight.

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Best For Dull Skin

Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask

Glow Recipe

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Best For Sensitive Oily Skin

Purifying Clay Mask


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Best For Damaged Skin

Like Butter Mask


Best For Enlarged Pores

Superclay Purify + Clear Power Mask

Youth To The People


Best For Breakouts

Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

The Ordinary


Best For Damaged Skin

Snail Rescue Intensive Wash-Off Mask

Peach Slices


Best For Fine Lines

Super Collagen Mask

Mario Badescu


Best For Uneven Skin

Charcoal Detox Mask

Buttah Skin


Best For Very Dry Skin

Jet Lag Mask

Summer Fridays


Best For Sensitive Skin

Cucumber Gel Mask

Peter Thomas Roth


Best For Unwanted Texture

Cold Plunge Pore Mask



Best For Plane Facials

Facial Treatment Mask


Best For Cystic Acne

Rapid Response Detox Masque

Renee Rouleau


Best For Blackheads

Detox Mask Green Tea Blend

Teami Blends


Best For Rough Patches

Water Sleeping Mask with Squalane


Best For Beginners

Facial Sheet Mask Combo Pack


Best For Glowing Skin

Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask



Best Spot Treatment Mask

Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask

Meet the Expert

Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, Dermatologist


Who should be using a face mask?

“Face masks are a great opportunity to deliver quality ingredients to your skin that can help maintain youthfulness, restore hydration and slow the aging process,” says Dr. Ibrahimi. “Almost everyone could use a face mask if you have the time to dedicate to applying the product in the evening. There are different face masks for different concerns including brightening, hydrating, oily skin or anti-aging purposes.”

Are face masks a necessary item in a skincare routine?

“I wouldn’t call them necessary but its an excellent opportunity to indulge your skin in a fun pampering routine and it doesn’t need to be done every night. It could be a once or twice a week treat for your skin,” says Dr. Ibrahimi.

What kind of face masks do you recommend?

“I would pick the type of face mask depending on the age and goals of the patient,” says Dr. Ibrahimi. “Older patients probably want to focus more on anti-aging whereas patients with oily or acne prone skin may want to choose something that reduces sebum production.”

Beauty Commerce Writer Tatjana Freund is a Beauty Commerce Writer, covering makeup, skincare, and haircare products and trends.

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