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Save or Splurge: The 20 Best Face Masks for Your Skin

by Jessi Wilson

Save or Splurge: The 20 Best Face Masks for Your Skin
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No matter what your budget is, or how often you need to apply a face mask depending on your skin type, you deserve healthy skin. We spoke with skincare experts to learn what ingredients are best for 10 common skincare concerns and picked the best face masks — one a saver choice, one a splurge — for every skin type.



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Dry Skin: Save


For dry skin, add lavender essential oil to your skincare routine. Jolene Goring, board-certified holistic nutritionist, and Beth Powell, esthetician at Finesse Spa Salon, agree this secret weapon hydrates dry skin while preventing signs of aging. Powell says she custom-blends lavender with the Bioelements Ultra-Rich Crème Therapy for her guests with delicate skin. (Find out how often should you be applying a face mask based on your skin type!)

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Dry Skin: Splurge


Add a few drops of lavender oil to the Eve Lom Moisture Mask for extra hydration.

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Normal Skin: Save


If you don’t have major skincare concerns (lucky you), apply a homemade, anti-bacterial mask once a week to keep your skin healthy. Start with one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of coconut oil as a base — these ingredients work well for all skin types, Goring says. Add different ingredients to the mix, like Vitamin C tablets to brighten the skin or tea tree oil to remove bacteria, to give your face an extra boost for the week.

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Normal Skin: Splurge


Prevention is never a bad thing; the Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment is a multitasking mask that’s said to reduce hyperpigmentation, combat wrinkles, and even out skin tone over time.

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Combination Skin: Save


The Freeman Avocado and Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask is designed to remove dirt and oil from the face, but its avocado and oatmeal add-ins also leave skin feeling soft and moisturized. That's why this mask is one of our top picks for women with combination skin. Plus, it contains vitamin E, which works as a natural sunblock—a benefit for any skin type— says Dr. Helen M. Torok, medical director for the Dermatology and Surgery Center at Trillium Creek in Ohio.

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Combination Skin: Splurge


The Ahava Purifying Mud Mask’s blend of minerals and natural extracts absorbs unwanted oils, while the jojoba oil leaves the skin feeling nourished.

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Oily Skin: Save


For those with oily skin, the key is to balance the skin's oil production without leaving the face too dry. A face mask with sulfur, like the Acne-Free Therapeutic Sulfur Mask, should be your go-to. This mask is formulated with Vitamin C, which is a natural brightener, Torok says.

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Oily Skin: Splurge


The DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask is a 10 percent sulfur treatment perfect for ridding pores of excess oil.

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Clogged/Visible Pores: Save


As its name says, the Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mask unclogs pores with ingredients like strawberry and rosemary extracts.

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Clogged/Visible Pores: Splurge


The Bliss Steep Clean Mask is a professional-strength facial mask that removes gunk from pores in 15 minutes; this leads to smaller-looking pores after use.

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Acne-Prone Skin: Save


Nearly two-thirds of women between 20 and 60 experience acne, Torok says. Solve this skincare dilemma with an at-home face mask that absorbs toxins and removes bacteria from the skin. Goring says to mix one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of coconut oil, one tablespoon of bentonite clay, and a few drops of tea tree oil; apply the mixture to your face.

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Acne-Prone Skin: Splurge


Green tea works well on acne-prone skin because it is anti-inflammatory and soothing, Torok says. Try the Boscia Green Tea Oil-Control Mask, which contains Japanese green tea.

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Rosacea: Save


Rosacea is different from acne, so you have to be careful about what ingredients are in your skincare products, Torok says. Avoid gritty scrubs and products that contain salicylic acid or alcohol because they can cause more irritation. The Mario Badescu Healing and Soothing Mask is formulated with ingredients that reduce redness and irritation.

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Rosacea: Splurge


Torok also recommends using face masks with anti-inflammatory ingredients like copper, which is found in the Neova Copper Moisture Mask.

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Sensitive Skin: Save


Goring recommends creating an at-home mask by combining honey, coconut oil, and organic yogurt — one tablespoon of each — with two drops of lavender oil. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which helps smooth and moisturize the skin, Goring says.

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Sensitive Skin: Splurge


Sensitive skin can also benefit from the gentle ingredients found in the Fresh Rose Face Mask, which contains pure rosewater, cucumber extract, aloe vera, and green tea.

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Uneven Skin Tone: Save


Containing grapefruit, orange, and apple juices, the Korres Grapefruit Instant Brightening Mask promises to leave skin looking radiant. Plus, 92.5 percent of this fruity mask is made from natural ingredients!

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Uneven Skin Tone: Splurge


Whether you’re looking to treat hyperpigmentation, dark spots, or sun damage, the Ole Henriksen Power Peel can help. This three-step system — including an almond polish to exfoliate, a lemon strip to refine, and a chamomile mask to soothe — will leave your skin tone looking more even than ever.

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Aging Skin: Save


The Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Mask prevents the most common signs of aging and makes skin feel smooth.

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Aging Skin: Splurge


Torok says that, along with adding Vitamins A, C, and E to your skincare regimen for additional anti-aging benefits, retinol also prevents signs of aging from appearing on your face. The Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask claims to restore a youthful radiance to skin, thanks to pure liquid retinol and chlorella plant extract.