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Treat yourself to these 7 fabulous face masks

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Some prefer to unwind with relaxing tunes and a glass of wine, or an evening of meditation followed by yoga. My go-to? Face masks.

Perfectly indulgent, and often the answer to all of my problems, slathering on a face mask cleanses my skin but also my soul. (It’s self-care, not vanity.)

Years of *diligent* research have led to my discovery of exceptional formulas–from clarifying clays and gentle exfoliants to hydrating potions that seriously deliver. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, try these fabulous face masks for yourself–and thank me later.

 

Best exfoliating

My skin loves a good exfoliant, and The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution tops that list. True to its name, this facial in a bottle is now my go-to face mask for reviving a dull, textured complexion. It helps clear pore congestion and restore your glow in only ten minutes, thanks to AHA and BHA acids that gently exfoliate the skin and hydrating pro-vitamin B5.
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Best purifying

Clay masks are essential for oily to combination skin types like mine. When I feel a blemish coming on–usually around my t-zone–I know I can count on this kaolin clay mask by La Roche-Posay to eliminate impurities. The best part? It’s formulated with glycerin, a humectant that helps protect the skin’s moisture barrier, leaving skin hydrated post-rinse.

 

Best brightening

I’m here to confirm, this Glow Recipe sleeping mask is worth the hype. It’s the perfect skin reset, with glow-getting ingredients including hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and watermelon enzymes that simultaneously hydrate, brighten and firm. This new formula also contains AHA complex for added exfoliation. Come morning, my skin feels glow-y and plump.
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Best warming

Love a good spa day? This Farmacy Honey Potion face mask brings the spa to you with its gentle warming formula that transforms into a rich cream–it’s a truly pleasant experience. Plus, antioxidant-rich honey, ceramides and upcycled apple extract deliver essential moisture to the skin, for a smooth to the touch feel.

 

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Best pore-erasing

Behold, the secret to clear, luminous skin. Viral posts praising this Caudalie Instant Detox Mask had me curious, and I’m delighted to report that it exceeded my expectations. Forget pore strips–this product surpasses them all in pore-tightening prowess. Its transformative effects visibly draw out impurities and excess sebum, leaving behind a flawless complexion.
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Best hydrating

Winter tends to wreak havoc on my skin, causing dry spots galore. Enter the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, my saving grace for restoring hydration. Infused with squalene, it delivers a surge of lightweight moisture overnight, while its probiotic-derived complex works wonders to visibly brighten.

 

Best soothing

With my skin prone to redness, a gentle physical exfoliant is crucial. The St. Ives Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Scrub and Mask effortlessly tackles dryness and evens my skin texture, all without causing irritation. And–the best part–it doesn’t break the bank.
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