“Gel masks used to be drying, but in the last year we’ve seen lightweight ones with the lasting effects of a cream,” says Whitney Bowe, a New York– based dermatologist and the author of the forthcoming book The Beauty of Dirty Skin. Try La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask ($20), which has hyaluronic acid and soothing spring water.
Like a deep-cleaning dirt magnet for your face, clay masks “pull debris out of pores and help with oil control,” says Bowe. Skin & Lab Pink Clay Facial Mask ($24) also has calamine to reduce redness.
Single-use sheet masks, like Simple Skincare Water Boost Hydrating Sheet Mask ($2.50 each), are ideal for a blast of hydration. Pop the package in the fridge before you apply— the coolness can help calm inflammation and even ease a migraine!
Make a personalized skin cocktail with Starskin JuiceLab Power C+ Booster Mask in Twist & Sprout ($14). The kit includes a sheet mask dotted with vitamin C and a serum infused with wheat sprout and celery. Pour the serum onto the mask to activate the acids and cleanse skin.
H2O+ Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask ($6) is a fizzy pick-me-up for combination skin. It uses yuzu and Champagne extracts (seriously!) to even out tone.