Best Face Masks - Hydrating, Clarifying, Firming Facial Masks 2017

Best Face Masks to Restore Your Natural Glow

Best Face Masks Reviews

Detox your skin once a week with one of the best face masks we have loved this year. You know… the face masks that restore your skin, give it a beautiful, natural glow and make you feel amazing. We’ve looked at 28 different facial masks and covered more than 109 hours of research and testing to create this review which brings us to announce that Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment stood out as the best facial mask to buy for most people.

Top Pick:

1.

Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment

$69
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This mud mask will remove any pesky blackheads, breakouts, or discoloration with its mix of six hard-working acids. You’ll finally have the healthy skin you deserve once this mask removes those bothersome breakouts.

Why our reviews are trustworthy

We have covered facial masks for quite some time now and have covered weeks of research and testing (don’t feel bad for us, we need great masks too!).

Did you know that the discovery of epidermal growth factor won Rita Levi-Montalcini a Nobel Prize?

We’ve consulted experts and tested hundreds of masks over the years to recreate this review. We keep up with companies that also test or review facial masks, such as, Sephora, Allure and Total Beauty although we do find that the coverage is not as comprehensive as it could. Then we do our own testing of face masks with selected consumers, who product test them at home for us and provide their feedback through our product testing programs and with ourselves.

*This review covers the best face masks on the market from before and since we originally created this review.

Who should get these

We think everyone should be at least thinking about using facial masks, most of us will go to some length to find that perfect facial mask won’t we?  We consider spending our money on all types of facial and beauty products we’ve read about in beauty reviews until our heads are literally spinning and, of course, let skin experts in magazine adverts to try and convince us that their product is by far the best. Well, in an effort to end this madness and to save you time, hassle and money, we are sharing with you the results of our extensive face mask research and testing.

How we began the test selection process

So we began the process by finding all of the best facial masks that were new this year that we could find both online and on the high street. We listed 29 in the end.

There are face masks for a range of purposes: brightening, for a gradual illumination of the skin tone or deep cleansing, which work by penetrating the pores, or healing acne scars or skin pigmentation. There are masks that are designed to stay wet and those that can dry as hard as plaster or anywhere in between.  The effects can be healing, refreshing, revitalizing or brightening and illumination of your skin.

Face masks, like most beauty products, are however, personal to ourselves. In order to find a facial mask that works well, you need to have a good understanding of your own skin type, and what your perfect skin looks and feels like.

We spend our research time, going through thousands of consumer reviews on each one in order to bring you the most insightful guide on the best face masks. These are the ones that stand out among a plethora of mediocre facial masks.

So if you don’t already use face masks, or if  you think the ones your using are not getting you the results you want, then  take your time to look through our guide and ask yourself:

“Self, would you say such amazing things about the face masks you use now?”

If the answer is a no, then it looks like it’s time to get yourself a new one
We started looking at the ingredients of the masks we have selected, to make sure the ingredients were not in any way controversial.  So to warrant being added to the list, the ingredients had to have a chance of increasing the risk of clogging pores or increased the risks of skin irritation or sun damage.

Here’s a few of a few of the ones we didn’t allow:

  1. Sodium lauryl sulfate
  2. Quaternium-15
  3. Retinyl acetate
  4. Octinoxate
  5. Oxybenzone
  6. Diazolidinyl 
  7. Retinyl palmitate

This list is not exhaustive but should show you haw seriously we took this part of the process. So after we had finished our research, we had managed to get the number of masks to 13 that we brought in for testing.

How we tested them

We selected participants from our consumer product testing program. We started by selecting participants according to their skin types, age, lifestyle and whether they currently used any face masks and what their facial routines were (we wanted some participants that do and some that do not currently use a masks and/ or facial creams).  We then sent the masks, instructions for testing and details for scoring out to them and got the products and score sheets ready for ourselves.

Once everyone had their masks, we started by noting down the basic information for each of them, like the pack size, pack type, texture and of course the ingredients.

Before we could use the masks, we had to first use a small amount on our arm/ wrist to check our skin did not react badly to each of them (at this point if anyone’s skin reacted they were advised not to continue). Once that was out of the way, the instructions were simply to use the masks on our face, no more than once every two weeks, so we could see how well they worked and for how long the results lasted and then give the mask a score, then the same after the the second mask and so on, until we have used them all.  So, armed with our masks, we incorporated them into our beauty routines and monitored the results

Once the testing phase was over, all of us provided our score sheets so the results could be analyzed to find out which were the best face masks available and here they are, we hope this guide helps you to get yourself a great face mask.

Other Top Picks:

2.

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

$9
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Five minutes post-application, your face will be covered in bubbles that illuminate black heads and deeply cleanse pores. Super fun product to try with company.

3.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore

$11
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This scrub’s base is a beautiful blend of honey and oatmeal that is the perfect start to any day. The exfoliants are 100 percent natural, which will leave your skin feeling soft and invigorated.

4.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask

$15
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When it’s time to wash all the stress away, pick up this relaxing Tea Tree face mask with Community Fair Trade ingredients so you can feel confident with the quality of the product. It scored well with us, your complexion will be glowing after just a single use.

5.

Too Cool For School Egg Cream Firming Mask

$20
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Egg’s are extremely moisturizing on their own, but when paired with collagen they manifest their true capability. This mask incorporates the dream team that soaks into your skin for 20 minutes, leaving a hydrated complexion.

6.

Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask

$15
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Our favorite mask for controlling acne is a must if you’re prone to breakouts. The Dead Sea mud extracts any unwanted oils to refresh the skin, eliminating those nasty pimples.

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Laneige Renewal Water Sleeping Mask

$25
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It’s clinically proven that the skin absorbs optimally in the night  time, and this mask was designed just for that. While your asleep, the combination of snow water, essential oils, and extracts will work their magic to wake-up your fatigued skin.

8.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask

$50
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If you want to kiss your dirty pores goodbye, you must try this charcoal based product. The blend of mineral clay extracts excess oil and works perfect with any skin type.

9.

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

$42
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This mask can be throw on as you’re dosing off and you wake up with soft skin and a lovely complexion. It’s light formula will ensure you get the best ‘beauty-sleep’ of your life.

10.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

$26
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Dry, combination, and oily skin types are all welcome to use this top-rated charcoal mask. After a single use you will visibly notice smaller pores and clearer skin, all thanks to the bamboo charcoal and white china clay.

11.

Fresh Rose Face Mask

$62
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This gel mask can be used daily, to give your skin the much needed pick-me-up. Watch as the complexion-toning promises present themselves.

12.

Lush Cosmetics Mask of Magnaminty

$26
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This goegeous mask washes off any imperfections on your face with it’s yummy blend of vanilla, honey, and aduki beans. Exfoliating beads will take off the dead skin, leaving you with a new, clean slate.

13.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Face Masque

$7
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The best value on our list is a less than $10 face mask that works as if it is $100. Your acne-prone skin will thank you when your face clears and your pores minimize. Check out your local drugstore to pick up this bargain.

Which Face Masks To Buy

I can see your thoughts. No, I’m not psychic, but I know what the majority of women think when they see the words “Face Mask”. Your mind is off dreaming about pampering sessions, facials, and a day of pure relaxing bliss and rejuvenation. In a way, that visual is accurate. The right face mask will feel like you spent hundreds of dollars at the spa, you just have to find the right one for your skin. Although the whole “spa” feel is great, and an added bonus, the real reason for using a face mask is a bit more complex. A face mask should be a supplement to your daily skincare routine, and provide a boost to help give your skin what it may be lacking. Whatever that may be, dry skin, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, etc., your skincare routine likely can’t fulfill everything on its own, so a face mask every now and then is exactly what we all need.

Just like finding the right daily skincare routine for yourself, you shouldn’t just go buy a random face mask off the shelf or grab whatever your favorite celeb was using in her last Instagram post. Instead, you need to make sure you pick the right mask for what your skin is lacking and what you’re hoping to achieve. Remember, a face mask should be an extension of what you already give your skin with your daily skincare routine. So think about what you already provide your skin, what your skin’s needs are, and what you hope to achieve by using the mask. Once you’ve figured that out, let the shopping and spa day begin!

Let’s Start with Types of Face Mask

Wait… there are different types of face masks?! Yes! Even if you knew this already, it’s always good to review. Depending on your preferences and lifestyle your skin may react better to one type or another.

Clay Masks

When the general population pictures a face mask, likely they are think of a clay mask. With clay masks, you add water to form a paste-like substance that you rub on your face. This type of mask helps to stimulate circulation and increase blood flow, while drawing toxins out of your skin and diminishing redness and irritation.

Sheet Masks

This type of popular mask helps to rejuvenate and soften your skin utilizes a combination of active ingredients that help to revitalize even the most lackluster skin.

Charcoal Masks

This type of mask is not as widely known as the others, but is starting to come into the limelight with a recent social-media surge. Charcoal masks are best used for those of us who need a serious deep cleaning. Think of this as the spring cleaning of pores.

Other Masks

People seeking advanced antioxidant protection and anti-aging benefits should look to tea masks, caffeine-based masks can help to energize the skin, gel masks help provide nearly instant results for those looking to speed up the process a bit, and DIY face masks use all-natural ingredients from around the home.

Relinquish The Black

For blackheads, usually caused by clogged pores and impurities in the skin, you want to focus on a mask that has all-natural ingredients that won’t clog up your pores even more. The Aria Starr Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask meets all of that criteria, by helping penetrate deep into the pores to pull out all of your impurities without further clogging them. This all-natural mask will help you feel clean from the inside out, while also helping balance the moisture of your skin.

Sizzle Out The Volcanoes

Just like the masks focused on helping blackheads, those of us with acne-prone skin want a mask that will help get rid of our current blemishes, while helping to prevent future breakouts and improving the overall appearance of our face. Charcoal masks tend to be the best for this, pulling toxins from the skin, healing those pimples, and using active ingredients to help prevent new issues. The best charcoal mask to do just that is the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, which has been touted by the best in the business. The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is another great option for acne also, when you are looking to not just clear your pores, but also refresh and rejuvenate your skin.

Hydrate Me

When our skin is starting to feel and look more like a flaky white-washed fence than the radiating and glowing piece of natural art that it is, we need to reach for an ultra hydrating and nourishing face mask. These types of masks help our skin reach its peak moisture levels and typically is a cream-based formulation that can either be an instant rinse-off mask, or an overnight thicker option. The overnight options are the best for truly moisturizing your skin, leaving you with a brighter, well hydrated, and refreshed face in the morning. *Cue harps and sunrise scene. The best overnight mask comes from the well-known and respected personal care experts at Clinique — the Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. But, if overnight masks just aren’t your thing, reach for the Caudalie Moisturizing Cream Mask. This mask is design to hydrate and nourish in just 15 minutes.

I’m Not a Frying Pan

We’ve all had our oily moments, where our glow is not just because we’re having a great day… we are literally glistening with oil. Yuck! So what can we do to combat our reflectiveness? Look for a mask that will help unclog your pores, while providing some mattifying benefits. Generally speaking, a clay-based mask will help reduce the the oils in our skin, and the Mario Badescu Special Mask for Oily Skin is the perfect option. Made of clay and calamine, this mask is designed to clear the pores and help toss the build-up, which tend to be the causes of oily skin.

I Need a Reset

But what if I just need a refreshing mask to make me feel like a new woman? Have no fear, there’s an option for this too. If you’re looking to slough off some dead cells to feel radiant again without feeling all tight and dry, you’ll want an exfoliating face mask that is light and refreshing. Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask will do just that, and for under $20! This mask even smells zingy, like fruity pineapples, to help refresh your senses, as well as your face.

Additional Sources:

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