Applying a face mask has long been a sign that you’re in spa-mode. Slather it on, and you’re heading to a land of instant calm where you have to take a few minutes to just breathe. And oh yeah, there’s the added bonus that you’re doing something good for your skin.
Whatever your unique skin needs, there’s a bevy of face masks out there to help you address them. IDing your skin type can also help take the confusion out of the plethora of options you have at your fingertips. We consulted Day for your buying guide to find the right mask for your skin type:
When your skin has a tendency to become a wee bit greasy, clay is naturally drying, says Day. Go ahead and opt for the type of clay—red, black, green—that appeals to you most. Try Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, which packs a duo of bamboo charcoal to sop up pore-clogging grime and white China clay to reduce toxins on skin.
Buy it: $26, amazon.com
“Salicylic acid hangs on to oils and pulls them away from the skin,” explains Day. That’s why this is a tried-and-true acne fighter. You’ll find SA and more in Arcona Tea Tree Mask, acombination of tea tree and salicylic acid to keep pores clear, plus pimple-preventing sulphur and grapefruit extracts. To get the most out of this one, use it two to three times per week.
Buy it: $36, nordstrom.com
There are few things better than this super hydrator for a parched complexion. “Hyaluronic acid is very good at holding and pulling water into the skin,” says Day. A mask is particularly great because it provides a barrier against water loss and locks in moisture. Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque, formulated with hyaluronic acid to smooth and deliver a glow, fits the bill perfectly.
Buy it: $54, dermstore.com
Try this seriously awesome DIY avocado face mask for softer skin:
A caffeine-packed mask can help ease irritation and redness. Green tea is another skin soother, says Day. Find them both in 100% Pure Caffeine Mask with green coffee extract and organic green tea to gently hydrate and calm. The one-time use hydrogel mask also infuses skin with vitamin C to boost brightness and even tone.
Buy it: $29, dermstore.com
You’re going to want to find a mask brimming with antioxidants, prime free radical fighters. Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Mask is made with everything in your fave green juice: spirulina, microalgae, kale, and spinach to guard and repair environmental damage, support collagen production, and deliver nutrients needed for a bright, healthy-looking complexion.
Buy it: $44, sephora.com