Best Face Masks for Every Skin Concern Under $28
If getting a facial isn't high on your to-do list (the time commitment, the money), face masks are an easy, affordable way to give your skin a little TLC at home—no appointment necessary. Here, six editor picks broken down by the ingredients your skin needs most.
Breakouts: Dr. Jart+ Dermask Micro Jet Clearing Solution
This Korean-based skincare line has innovative textures and efficacious ingredients that get the job done. This super-fine (sulfate-free), silky sheet mask delivers antioxidants to help brighten discoloration (from those pesky, lingering acne marks), plus salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and niacinamide to keep oil production in check and help clear up pimples.
To buy: $9, sephora.com.
Dryness: Origins Drink Up
Coat a layer of this milky mask onto clean, damp skin, wait 10 minutes, then rinse. Apricot kernel oil and algae extracts moisturize even the most parched complexions so skin feels supple long after you remove it. Multitask by using it in the shower while you shave.
To buy: $22, sephora.com.
Fine Lines: L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask
Slick on this luxurious sleep mask (think of it as a powerhouse night cream you don't need to wash off in the morning). It sinks into skin quickly so you don't have to worry about it getting on your pillowcase (if you have any leftover product on your hands, apply it to your neck and chest). While you snooze, Pro-Zylane helps firm lax skin, hyaluronic acid plumps and smoothes, and a botanical extract (called Centella asiatica) helps repair any damage your skin endured during the day.
To buy: $25, ulta.com.
Dullness: Karuna Brightening+ Face Sheet Masks
While you're watching TV (or after a long flight), smooth on a sheet mask (a one-time use, individually-packaged paper mask with eye, nose, and mouth openings that's infused with skin-loving ingredients). This one is made of 100 percent natural fibers and is infused with grapefruit seed extract and salicylic acid to brighten sallow-looking skin. After 20 minutes, remove the mask and toss. Massage in any excess liquid.
To buy: $28 (for four), ulta.com.
Redness: Mario Badescu Azulene Calming Mask
Gentle enough for sensitive, irritated skin, this non-hardening mask is packed with Azulene (a chamomile extract), Balsam Peru (a natural anti-inflammatory), beeswax, and minerals to soothe and hydrate, plus kaolin clay to draw out impurities. Use it up to three times a week for 20 minutes.
To buy: $18, mariobadescu.com.
Pores: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque
You can't technically change the size of your pores, but keeping pores clear will make them look smaller. So the next time your T-zone looks congested, slather on this clay mask. It's made with Amazonian white clay to draw out dirt and oil that can make your pores appear larger. Unlike some clay masks that feel harsh, this one has oatmeal and aloe to soothe skin. Smooth it onto clean, damp skin (use all-over or target breakout-prone spots). Once dry, use a warm washcloth to remove it, working in small circular motions.
To buy: $26, kiehls.com.