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7 Best Face Masks for Radiant Skin, No Matter Your Skin Type

Masking is one of the secrets to beautiful skin. We love face masks because they give your skin an instant pick-me-up — right from the comfort of home. Whether you have dull, dry skin or an aging complexion, the right mask can make a huge difference.

Today’s blog post is all about the importance of masking at home, what type to use for certain skin concerns, best face mask ingredients and how often to use them for best results. Dr. Bernard Beldholm and dermal therapist Lea Barclay from Specialist Skin Solutions share how you can achieve a model-worthy glow by masking the right way.

How to get the most benefit from face masks

Specialist Skin Solutions - Benefits from Masks

While some lucky women wake up with a perfect complexion, the rest of us need all the help we can get. Your skin changes over time, so it is important to choose the right mask for your skin condition. It all comes down to using the right ingredients. Different masks can treat a variety of skin concerns from premature aging to redness and dull skin.

Today, we will talk about masks that improve your skin with active ingredients (like enzymes and peptides) that will make you do a double take in the mirror when you see the results.

There’s a bit of a misconception as to how often you should use face masks. Some people mask everyday, but that can be too much for delicate skin. Doctor Bernard and Lea help make sense of how and when to mask, and which ingredients work best based on your skin type.

Masks help your other skincare treatments work better

Masks are the perfect way to maintain beautiful skin after in-office treatments. They also work in a pinch when you can’t make it into the clinic. The purpose of masks is to enhance what you are already doing at home. They offer instant benefits compared to cleansers and face serums, which are designed to work slowly over time to improve skin. When your skin is stressed or dull, simply pop on your favorite mask and you’ll see results in minutes instead of weeks later. That’s the beauty of a good face mask.

Some masks contain active ingredients that sink into deeper layers of skin where they go to work repairing skin from the inside out. Others work on the upper layer of skin known as the epidermis. These include exfoliating masks that rid dead skin cells from the surface to reveal a bright, even complexion. Masking is a beautiful way to enhance the benefits of the other products you are already using.

Sure, masking feels luxurious. But there are real benefits that make it worth the extra few minutes it takes to do one.

7 Best Masks to Beautify Your Skin

Now that we know the importance of masking, let’s move on to the fun bit: Our experts have seven incredible face masks that have powerful effects on your skin. As skin experts, they have tried nearly every kind of mask. These are the seven best.

Aspect Hydrating Mask

Aspect Hydrating Mask

This is an intense hydrating mask that is one of our favorites at the skin clinic. For dehydrated skin that needs repair, there is no better choice. Not only is it good for aging skin that needs a boost of moisture, but it is also handy for reviving skin after stressful travel days. We all know dry cabin air on planes and trains can leave skin looking haggard.

Not to worry, Aspect’s Hydrating Mask is here to rescue your skin. What makes it so great? It has a special blend of oils that infuse your skin with hydration and nourishment. The star ingredient is jojoba oil, which mimics skin’s natural oils. It also has olive oil and sunflower oil, as well as soothing green tea — perfect for calming stressed skin with a cocktail of natural antioxidants.

Skin dehydration is caused by trans-epidermal water loss. That means that the water content in your skin gets depleted due to dry air, sun and wind, harsh cleansers or simply aging. Dehydration makes skin look older. Creases and fine lines look more obvious, and the skin appears dull and tired.

Think of a kitchen sponge when it dries out. That is not what you want your skin to look like, right?

Hydrating the skin is vital to a healthy, youthful glow. The Hydrating Mask instantly re-hydrates skin, and the results only get better the more you use it.

Our experts recommend using it one to three times per week for dry or mature skin types. Yet they love the mask because even benefits normal-to-oily skin types. Everyone needs hydration. Natural oils help balance the skin, whether you have dryness or combination skin.

You can get even more out of this mask by using it on your neck, décolletage and even your hands.

COSMEDIX Bio-Shape Firming Mask

Cosmedix Bio-Shape

This mask for dry, mature skin is our experts’ go-to for youthful skin. This age-defying mask improves skin texture by plumping and firming. This mask is also a great add-on for older patients who have had injectable treatments to fight lines and wrinkles.

Lea loves using it to help tighten and smooth skin, with noticeable results on the jawline in particular. Many women use truSculpt ID for sagging jowls, and Bio-Shape Firming mask is an excellent complement to that treatment. When it comes to aging skin, a multi-step approach to skincare ensures the best results.

The best time to use this mask is at night. Pop it on before bed, and leave it on overnight for intensive repair. You’ll awake to firmer, hydrated skin each time you use it. Three times per week is our experts’ recommendation.

Rescue Bar Mask

The Rescue Bar Mask is like first-aid in a jar for skin that is extremely dry, chafed or cracked. Super hydrating ingredients rapidly repair a damaged outer skin surface. Think of it like a quick fix for dehydrated, flaky skin. If you’ve used a harsh cleanser, products with drying ingredients or just have dry, mature skin, this mask will help.

It’s popular at the clinic after most of our intensive treatments because it helps soothe the skin beautifully. It instantly calms redness and adds moisture after treatments like SkinPen, derma needling, the Deep Sea Peel and laser treatments.

However, everyone should have a jar of this at home. It’s packed with nourishing Shea butter as well as Canadian willow herb to comfort irritated skin. It also contains cherry bark extract, which leaves skin silky smooth.

Rescue Bar Mask can be used two ways. It’s great as a 20-minute mask, but you can also leave it on overnight to allow the ingredients to really go to work on your skin. Dry skin can happen any time of year, but it is especially common in winter time or if you sit in an air-conditioned office all day in summer. That is when people tend to lose moisture fastest. It can cause eczema flare ups, redness and flaking. Sunburn is also no match for this hydrating mask.

As you can see, this mask has endless uses. It’s no wonder that all skin types love it.

Rejuvenating Peptide Gel Mask from Societe Clinical Skincare

This mask is truly unique. These innovative gel sheet masks are great after intensive clinical treatments since they reduce redness and puffiness instantly. It also delivers deep hydration to the irritated, dry skin. The refreshing and cooling sensation feels amazing, too.

Peptides are ideal for the eye area as well. It helps instantly awaken tired, aging eyes. This mask improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles on a topical level, especially after dermal injectables. Muscle relaxant injections can take up to 14 days to take effect, so this mask helps you look a bit more youthful right away.

They’re individually packaged for freshness, unlike other masks which can dry out over time. You can pop on this mask anytime your skin needs a boost of hydration — perfect just before special occasions.

COSMEDIX Sculpt Professional Peel-Off Mask

For skin that’s irritated and lacking a glow, look no further than the Sculpt Mask from COSMEDIX.

If you’re tired of basic masks, this should be your top pick. This rubbery peel-off mask delivers a special blend of moisturizing ingredients while calming stressed out skin in minutes. Using the Sculpt Mask makes masking fun since you have to mix it up first, much like cake batter. As it dries, the color-change technology goes from yellow to orange. This lets you know that the active ingredients have been absorbed into skin.

This mask is revitalization at its best. It’s got a huge moisture-boosting capacity and it is seriously soothing. It is so calming that Lea loves using it after treatments that can have a side effect of redness. Peels, microdermabrasion, derma planing — you name it. This mask helps you walk out of the clinic with skin that is soothed and refreshed. It complements almost any clinical treatment.

They star ingredient is turmeric to brighten and refresh skin. Turmeric contains bromelain (the same enzyme found in pineapple) in high quantities. It also has sodium hyaluronate in it to replenish lost moisture. Finally, it contains red algae extract, an antioxidant powerhouse for red, inflamed skin that needs instant repair. Peeling it off is fun, too.

Aspect Probiotic Sleep Mask

Sleep masks are ideal for rapid skin relief overnight. When your skin is dehydrated, the Probiotic Sleep Mask treats your skin to intense hydration and nutrients.

The mask promises to deliver superior hydration and antioxidant power to refuel depleted skin as you sleep. It has two different probiotics in it, along with a fruit enzyme complex and vitamin B5. It contains luxe Argan oil as well, which is super conditioning for dry skin. Acai berry, another antioxidant booster, also makes a cameo. Antioxidants are vital for defending skin against free radicals.

To use, simply cleanse skin before bed as normal. If you use vitamin A products (think serums, retinol or retinoids), that goes on next. Finally, apply Probiotic Mask to your face, neck and chest, then hit the sheets for a restful night of sleep. You’ll be amazed to see healthy, calm skin with renewed moisture levels when you wake. “It’s brilliant,” Lea says.

Probiotic Mask is so gentle, you can use it every night for the first week. After that, your skin will be in much better shape, so you can reduce usage to once per week to maintain results.

Lea loves using it on clients after they’ve had injectables. It’s a perfect match for dry or mature skin, but all skin types can benefit from it.

Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask

Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask

We saved the best for last. Aspect’s Fruit Enzyme Mask will brighten and smooth nearly any skin type. Loaded with skin-loving antioxidants, it calms skin and imparts a healthy glow. But the real secret is its gentle exfoliating power, thanks to the enzymes in this mask.

If harsh face scrubs have left your skin red and raw in the past, enzyme masks are a gentler option. The surface of your skin sloughs off every 28 days or so. Yet some people’s skin sheds irregularly, leading to dry skin buildup, itching and flaking. As dead skin accumulates, it causes skin dullness that makes you like tired and aged.

The dead skin layer also prevents other products from sinking in properly, reducing their benefit. The answer? Gentle exfoliation, no scrubbing needed.

Rich in bromelain, a natural exfoliating enzyme found in papaya, this mask clears away dead cells and congestion instantly. This helps the active ingredients in the rest of your skin regimen go to work.

It has a beautiful gel consistency. Our experts recommend using it one to three times a week. First, cleanse skin to remove makeup, then apply toner and follow up with this mask. Let it sit on your skin for a few minutes, then gently massage it in. Your body temperature helps activate the enzymes. The gel will start to pill into little balls as it whisks away dead skin. It works like magic to reveal even, glowing skin in minutes.

Mask your way to beautiful skin

When choosing a mask, it all comes down to your skin concerns and ingredients. Try any of these seven best face masks according to your skin type, and prepare to be wowed. Which one will you try first?

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