woman with clay face mask

Face masks are much more than an excuse for some "me time" — although that certainly is a pleasant fringe benefit! Underneath their serene exterior, face masks pack a powerful punch. Since they remain on the skin for 15 minutes or more before being rinsed away, they are a potent way to deliver targeted treatment for the task at hand. Whether you are looking to soothe sensitive skin, brighten dullness, ease acne breakouts, hydrate parched skin or absorb excess oil, there's a mask that's up to the job. These nourishing facial masks are all formulated with potent active ingredients to address different concerns — choose the right one (or ones) to suit your skin's needs and get ready for some pampering.

Face Masks for Dry Skin

Arcona Wine Hydrating Mask ($38) — Rich in antioxidants, this nourishing and moisture-binding mask is designed to revitalize, repair, and firm the skin, as well as stimulate cellular renewal and reduce wrinkles. Read the full review.

Royal Nectar Face Mask with Bee Venom ($68) — This hydrating and lifting face mask contains anti-inflammatory bee venom as the key active, and will give skin a healthy glow. Read the full review.

Astara Golden Flame Hydration Mask ($46) — This mask plumps and moisturizes skin with sodium hyaluronate and cucumber extract, and hydrates and calms dry and weathered-damaged skin. Read the full review.

Face Masks for Oily Skin

Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Mask ($34) — This gentle, purifying mask that uses mineral-rich charcoal to draw out impurities and toxins and clear the skin of excess oil, dirt and other pollutants. Read the full review.

Blissoma Refine Clay Renewal Treatment ($30.99) — This treatment, which can be used as a mask or as an overnight spot treatment for breakouts, contains Rhassoul clay, licorice and willowbark to detoxify pores, lighten sun damage, exfoliate dead skin cells, and soothe troubled or acne-prone skin. Read the full review.

Sciote Antioxidant Scrub & Masque ($65 in the shop) — This antioxidant-packed 2-in-1 mask and scrub unveils radiant skin with exfoliating glycolic acid (5%) and lactic acid (2%), coenzyme Q10 to neutralize free radicals, a peptide complex to improve skin texture and kaolin clay to draw out impurities. Read the full review.

Face Masks for Uneven/Dull Skin

Kat Burki Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask($78) — This mask contains natural ingredients and powerful antioxidants to enhance skin's radiance and clarity and resurface and exfoliate skin. Raw blueberries and cranberries reduce scarring and discoloration while rose hip and grapeseed oils restore moisture. Read the full review.

PureCeuticals Citrus Mint Refining Polish ($44) — This two-in-one polish can be used as a masque and scrub to gently slough away dead, dull skin and impurities for smooth, radiant skin. It helps to activate collagen production and reduce wrinkles with antioxidants and vitamins. Read the full review.

Michael Todd True Organics Rose Petal Mask ($34) — This hydrating and toning gel mask contains vitamin C and antioxidants to fight against free radicals and environmental damage, as well as glycolic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Read the full review.

Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

La Vie Celeste Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the shop) — This powerful exfoliating gel mask contains a 5% concentration of pure glycolic acid in an organic aloe vera base, and provides gentle exfoliation by bamboo grains. Read the full review.

Eslor Comforting Mask ($38) — This soothing mask helps eliminate impurities that dull the complexion for a deep skin cleanse with natural marine extracts to soften, tone, and detoxify skin. Read the full review.

suki transformative cleansing clay ($48.95) — This skin-balancing facial purifier serves triple duty as a cleanser, mask and spot treatment. It unclogs pores, reduces redness, treats breakouts and calms hypersensitivity for a clearer, smoother complexion. Read the full review.

Face Masks for Acne-Prone Skin

Astara Blue Flame Purification Mask ($42) — This mask contains tea tree oil and bioactive components to purify skin's pores and surface and to prevent and treat excessive oiliness and blemishes. Read the full review.

Red Flower Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser and Masque ($42 in the shop) — This light, creamy facial wash cleanses skin without stripping away moisture and also doubles as a mask. It's boosted with powerful antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients, such as regenerating marine-plants. Read the full review.

Arcona Tea Tree Mask ($30) — This refining mask combines witch hazel, sulfur and grapefruit extract to treat breakouts, tea tree oil for its antibacterial properties, and allantoin and lavender extracts to reduce inflammation and calm irritated skin. Exfoliating and purifying, it is designed to detoxify skin, decongest pores and refine skin's texture. Read the full review.