Summer is all about lightening your beauty routine and showing off a sun-kissed natural glow. But hot, humid weather can put a serious amount of stress on your skin.
To the rescue: Face masks are the deep conditioners of skin care products and can produce immediate results. And there’s one designed for every skin care concern.
Put your best face forward with one of these mask marvels.
1. Get an oxygen blast
This fast-acting, foaming face mask is the perfect way to wake up dull skin. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask has a pleasing citrus scent and is simply fun to use — it feels like hundreds of tiny fingers massaging your face. It’s also the perfect mask for mature skin. The self-activating mask boasts an exclusive blend of ingredients like soy proteins; free radicals are converted into healthy oxygen that revitalizes skin cells. Available at Ulta, $56.
2. Brighten up with charcoal
If oils tend to give your skin an unwelcome midday shine, turn to Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. Great for those who battle with blackheads, this mask minimizes oils while hydrating skin with ingredients such as glycerine and myrtle water. Rinse off after just 10 minutes for a fast and fabulous beauty fix. Available at Origins, $27.
3. Feel the power of pumpkin
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is the perfect antidote for those who suffer from dry skin. A hybrid between an enzyme face mask and an exfoliant, this marvelous mask smooths out fine lines, bumps and wrinkles. Little crystals of aluminum oxide make the skin feel tingly and tight as they slough off dead skin cells. Use at night up to two or three times a week (if your skin isn’t sensitive). Available at Sephora and Ulta, $58.
4. Detox with volcanic ash
Josie Maran’s Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxifying Treatment is loaded with active enzymes that boost blood flow and leaves skin feeling more vibrant and looking more plump after just one use. Clay formed from the volcanic ashes of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains will banish impurities, acting as a barrier between your pores and the dirt that threaten to clog them. Available at Sephora, $48.
5. Play in the mud
If you want to get really clean, slather on a mud mask. Originally created by a dermatological chemist for Hollywood elites, GLAMGLOW detoxifies skin and minimizes pores. It goes a step further by rejuvenating the skin thanks to ingredients such as ivy and aloe vera that tighten and smooth. The mask is Sephora’s best-selling skin care product of all time, and celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Tommy Lee, Kristen Stewart and Jourdan Dunn rely on it on and off the red carpet. Available at Nordstrom and Sephora, $69.
6. Make it magnetic
Dr. Brandt’s Magnetight Age Defier uses the power of a magnet to pull out toxins while leaving behind nourishing ingredients that tighten the skin and diminish wrinkles and other signs of aging. The magnet creates tiny fluxes to stimulate blood flow. Dr. Whitney Bowe, a NYC-based celebrity dermatologist and a member of the brand’s skin advisory board, has noted that magnet therapy dates back 2,000 years. Major bonus points to the brand for infusing the mask with lavender essential oils that leave the face with a dewy glow. Available at Ulta and Sephora, $75.
7. Glow grab-N-go
The natural rose extract in Sephora's Rose Face Mask softens and hydrates in just 15 minutes, leaving skin feeling supple and radiant. Tuck a single-use pouch into your purse for a quick skin quench wherever you go. The mask is a favorite of YouTube beauty guru Nikkie Tutorials, who raved about the product to her 7.2 million fans in a recent video. Available at Sephora, $6.
Bianca Montes is a freelance beauty writer who would love to get a glimpse inside the makeup bags of the rich and famous.