Top Face Masks for Dry, Oily, Mature, and Irritated Skin

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The Best Face Masks From Cheap to Steep


An important part of your weekly or monthly skin routine is hydration. Depending on your skin type, a great mask can remove excess oils or hydrate very dry skin. While you can make your own masks out of ingredients found in your refrigerator or pantry, you can buy some great ones, too.

I recommend leaving these masks on your face for 5-10 minutes and then rinsing with a warm washcloth. The washcloth acts as a natural exfoliant. Baby washcloths are the best for this. They are super soft (try ones made from bamboo) and won't tear at skin.

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Best for Dry Skin: Ahava Intensive Hydration Mask


I love Ahava products because they're so simply made but with the most luxurious of ingredients (hello, Dead Sea mineral-rich mud!). Also, they don't cost so much you feel like you have to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a week. This hydrating mud-based mask has won many awards from beauty magazines, but what I like about it is that it's really rich, leaving skin feeling super soft, supple, and hydrated. You can wash it off after 15 minutes, or for best results, you can actually sleep in it.

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Best for Oily Skin: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner


Masks for oily skin work by removing excess oil and blackheads. This face mask was named a Best Beauty Buy by Allure Magazine in 2010. The editors loved it because the salicylic and glycolic acids do a great job of exfoliating skin and helping to remove blackheads from problem areas, while the eijitsu rose helps minimize the appearance of large pores.

I have not tried it because I have dry skin, but users report it dries to a light blue after a few minutes and leaves a cool tingling sensation. I would store this in the refrigerator because these types of products work best when very cold.

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Great for Acne: Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask


When it comes to acne masks, look for products containing bentonite and sulfur, which have the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

This mask from Origins was by far the best-rated and most talked about mask for acne that I found in my research.

The charcoal in this universally beloved facial mask pulls dirt, bacteria, and dead skin from your pores to the surface. The white china clay and lecithin work together to dissolve any remaining impurities.

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Best Inexpensive Clay Mask: Aztec Indian Healing Clay

Aztec Secret bentonite clay. Pricegrabber

I own this and love this mask and so do hundreds of reviewers on I get mine at a local health food store and make it up every now and then in my bathroom. It's a bit messy, but for the price (less than $10), it's worth it. Because it's an organic, natural product with no fancy additives, it's a great mask for anyone looking for a chemical-free product. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is bentonite clay from Death Valley, California, where it is sun-dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees.

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Best for Acne: Mario Badescu Drying Mask


A good acne mask helps sop up oils, while dissolving dead skin cells that clog up pores. This drying mask does just that. Apply during breakouts a couple times a week and watch as the calamine, kaolin, and sulfur work to clear up skin.

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Best for Special Occasions: SK-II Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask


Allure has named this a best beauty buy and it's no wonder why. Makeup artists use it to revive models' parched, over-cleansed skin while beauty editors steal it off the swag tables because it's become a bit of a cult product (it's not cheap at about $135 for six treatments).

Each treatment comes with a hydrating mask that you wear for about 15 minutes. The results are supposed to be amazing. You're supposed to use it twice weekly for best results, so at this price I think this mask is best in the weeks leading up to a special occasion, like the prom, a wedding, or the Oscars.

Best for dry, parched, or mature skin.

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Great for Aging Skin: Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask


This white-clay mask is perfect for maturing skin because it brightens skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. It goes on super thick, so it does take some effort to wash off and those who've tried it report it smells a bit like Play-Doh.

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Great for Irritated Skin: Mark Calm Yourself Hydrating Mask


This hydrating mask gets great reviews for calming and soothing chapped and irritated skin. It's great for winter when skin suffers from harsh cold climates and it's also great in summer for treating sunburned or wind-chapped skin.

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Best for Anti-Aging: Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment


I learned about Glam Glow on my favorite blog Into the Gloss. Bramble Trionfo, creative director of The Thick, raved about it and I knew I had to try it after reading her words:

"I will endorse Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment until I die. Adam Selman told me I had to try it, so I left, went to Sephora, and bought it immediately. I went home, put on the mask, and my best friend came over and was like, ‘Oh my god, what did you just do to your face?’ I’ve never looked better in my life."

It doesn't contain any of those horrible ingredients you don't want on your skin and it gets rave reviews on all the major review sites, so I say buy and try. Keep it on for 10 minutes and see if your friends have the same reaction Trionfo's did.

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