How To Decide What Face Mask to Use

Is there anything better than a face mask? Nothing says ‘me time, do not disturb’ quite like giving yourself a facial with a nice face mask. It’s the perfect cure for the Sunday Scaries and an even better cure for a rough day. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but recently face masks totally blew up and it seems that every skincare brand has their own mask—which is a good thing except for how confusing it can be when you want to pick just the right one for just the right occasion.

The Pick-Me-Up

Best pre-event masks to ensure flawless, refreshed and photo-ready skin:

Sometimes my skin doesn’t get the memo that I have a very important event the next day. And in the time when I need it most, my skin breaks out and completely fails me. Nothing ruins the excitement of a big day like looking in the mirror and seeing that your pores are clogged, your skin is dull and/or irritated, and you have about seven zits that you know for a fact weren’t there yesterday. If your skin is nowhere near photo-ready, has multiple problems that need solving and needs a quick pick-me-up look no further. These masks are perfect to prep you for your job interview or a first date to ensure that your skin doesn’t pull any funny business.

Help! Breakout!

For the skin that needs rescuing (fast!) these masks will make even your worst zits disappear:

There’s nothing like a good ol’ breakout to immediately cause your stress levels to skyrocket. It’s so tempting to quickly run to the nearest bathroom and pop that thing, but I urge you to try your very best to ignore it and let a mask do all the work. These masks have acids that penetrate your skin to minimize pores and create clearer, healthier-looking skin. Use one of these, then pop on a COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch before you go to sleep and you’re good to go! The best masks for acne-prone skin should contain clay, oxygen, or charcoal.

Ugh…Bleh

For skin that’s dull, tired, and needs a quick mask that will make your skin tone even and glow like a Christmas tree:

This is an issue I have far too often. I wake up, look in the mirror, and am terrified by how dull and tired my skin looks. Whenever this happens—which is usually in the morning—I reach for one of these masks and, after a few minutes, I have a refreshed, radiant glow. If your skin is looking dehydrated and rough, these masks use AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to improve your complexion. Here are the winners for an immediate glow:

Tip: When you want to get your glow on, look for sleeping masks, cream masks and gel masks

Never Grow Up

For skin that needs a little plumping, these masks will make your skin radiant, fresh and youthful:

Who doesn’t want younger, fresher looking skin? No one, that’s who. If you’ve started to notice fine lines and wrinkles, these masks are perfect to make you feel like a modern-day Benjamin Button. These masks target the texture and tone of the skin and will give you a youthful glow.

High Up

For jet-lagged, dehydrated and rough skin that needs a tall glass of water in mask form.

A Mask Cheat Sheet: Masks for Every Skin Type

Sheet: All skin types
Gel: Dry, dehydrated, or sensitive skin
Clay: Combination, oily, acne-prone skin
Cream: Dry, dehydrated skin
Charcoal: Acne, oily, combination skin