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The 10 Best Face Masks of 2019

Face Masks: The Best of 2019

Face masks have become an increasingly important part of the routine for anyone who recognizes that a big part of feeling good and looking good involves treating your face properly.

In theory, face masks are simple. You just apply whatever form they may take to your skin, and wait for your face to absorb the beneficial ingredients. From there, you should start enjoying healthier, better-looking skin.

When a face mask works as it should, it produces the kind of results that make you wonder how you ever lived without them. It’s a feeling we’re all looking for when we’re seeking out simple purchases that can make our lives better.

However, the truth of the matter is that not all face masks are made equally. In fact, there are some out there that will straight up lie to you and tell you that they can achieve things that they simply cannot.

The key to finding the right face mask is often experimentation, but who has the time, money, and patience to try every option out there and let your face be the experiment? That’s why we’ve taken a look at the best face mask options out there in order to find the top candidates that you should consider when you’re looking to look your best.

Editors choice

1. Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay

9.99 / 10

There’s no one purpose for a face mask, but it feels safe to say that protection and rejuvenation are at the top of the list of most face mask users’ needs. Many of the most beloved face masks out there are designed to treat your skin so that it’s at its best even when you’re not wearing the mask.

If that sounds like the face mask you’re looking for, then we recommend checking out Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay.

The secret to this clay is really no secret at all. It features a Calcium Bentonite Clay formula that is free of many of the things other masks try to hide from you such as additives, animal products, and manufactured fragrances. It’s a clean solution designed to treat your skin.

Naturally, that makes it a terrific option for sensitive skin users who have suffered in the past from significant irritation and breakouts when using other face masks. There is a risk of that here (as there is with other masks), but it’s minimal. You will have to experiment with the mixture ratio to get everything just right, but it’s pretty painless to find the ideal application method.

Besides, the benefits are tremendous. Clay like this is a fantastic option for those who just want to treat certain spots on their face, but anyone who opts for total coverage will find that this clay excels at reducing acne and other blemishes over a long period of time. It’s a simply incredible option.

Key Features
  • 100% Calcium Bentonite
  • Additive and fragrance free
  • 10-15 facials worth of clay
  • Application Time: 5 minutes
  • Product Form: Clay
  • Important Ingredients: Calcium Bentonite
  • Effectiveness Time: Up to 1 Week
  • Fantastic for acne
  • Perfect for sensitive skin
  • Great for spot treatments
  • Can cause redness of the skin
  • Breakouts can occur after use
  • Requires some mixture experimentation

Your pores are an essential part of your body. They help you sweat, they move essential oils, and they even help you achieve an overall healthy look.

The problem with pores comes when they are a little too obvious. When your pores began to stick out, it ruins the overall complexion and smoothness of your skin. When pores begin to appear on your face, it can be hard to hide their negative effects.

For those who suffer from facial pore problems, Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay is most certainly here to help.

The benefits of this face mask may be immediately apparent to some after just a quick look at its primary ingredients. Australian pink clay is a well-known facial treatment ingredient that effectively helps to pull toxins and other negative elements from your skin. The result is a cleaner, healthier-looking face that takes just 10 minutes of wear time to achieve.

While the reduction of pores is the most obvious selling point of this facial mask, it’s actually quite effective as a generally invigorating solution that makes your face look as healthy and young as it will inevitably feel after you use this product. It’s also a tremendous solution for acne suffers and anyone who has to deal with sensitive skin.

One thing worth noting is that the ingredients of this product can make it slightly more difficult to spread on your face. You may also feel a slight tingling sensation during use, but that’s just a sign that it’s doing its job.

Key Features
  • Australian pink clay formula
  • Included applicator brush
  • Detoxifying effects
  • Application Time: 10 minutes
  • Product Form: Cream/clay
  • Important Ingredients: Australian pink clay
  • Effectiveness Time: 48 hours
  • Reduces pore size
  • Great for acne
  • Works for sensitive skin
  • Dry formula can be hard to spread
  • Not effective as a moisturizing solution
  • Can cause breakouts/burning
Best value

3. Celavi Essence Facial Face Mask

9.00 / 10

Generally speaking, it’s not easy having sensitive skin. However, anyone who regularly uses makeup and has sensitive skin knows that it can be incredibly difficult to find the perfect products. Most sensitive skin users doubt that the perfect product actually exists.

While we don’t know if we’d go so far as to call the Celavi Essence Facial Face Mask the perfect product for sensitive skin users, it must be said that it’s one of the best in its class for anyone who finds themselves easily irritated by other face mask options.

The key to this face mask is its moisturizing benefits. While there are many face masks out there which work well enough as a moisturizer, there are few that work quite as well as this one. You have its liquid formula enhanced by natural ingredients to thank for that.

This face mask even comes in a variety of styles perfect for those who prefer to mix up the ingredients they put on their face or even those who aren’t quite sure which ingredients work best for them yet.

Regardless of which face mask option you choose, you’ll find that the Celavi Essence Facial Face Masks emphasize the three Rs: rejuvenate, revitalize, and refresh. They’re particularly great at the refreshing part, as it feels genuinely great to wear one during the treatment period.

As is this case with similar products, this may not be the best option for face mask users looking to address facial blemishes. The liquid formula in the face mask can also run a little bit from time to time.

Key Features
  • Moisturizer for hydration
  • Anti-Aging formula
  • Brightens skin tone
  • Application Time: 10 minutes
  • Product Form: Sheet
  • Important Ingredients: Antioxidants/Natural Ingredients
  • Effectiveness Time: 3-4 days
  • Variety of options
  • Great for dry skin
  • Works for sensitive skin
  • Can dry out
  • Liquid may run
  • Creates slight burning sensation

Given that there is so much that a good face mask can do, it makes sense that more and more face mask manufacturers are opting for a variety approach. After all, who wouldn’t want face masks that offer as much as possible?

While these Dermal Korea Collagen Essence variety face masks don’t offer quite as many benefits as some other variety packs, they are undoubtedly one of the best overall face masks you can buy in their price range.

Dermal Korea Collagen Essence masks are sheet masks, which means that they’re a light sheet you wear over your face for about 20 minutes. Ideally, you should soon start enjoying the benefits shortly thereafter.

Benefits in this case include clearer, cleaner skin that feels refreshed. While there are some questions regarding whether or not this is as effective as a solution for heavy acne and other significant blemishes, the refreshing effect of these face masks isn’t really up for debate. Simply put, the masks feel great to use and will result in your skin feeling better and looking better.

The variety pack format these masks are sold in also means that you get to enjoy what is essentially a few different “flavors” of masks that emphasize certain ingredients and sensations. They all work about the same in terms of the results, but it’s nice to be able to mix it up a bit with each use.

Sensitive skin users looking for an easy face mask solution should find a lot to love about the Dermal Korea Collagen Essence face masks.

Key Features
  • 24 combo pack
  • Vitamin E and Collagen
  • Designed for healthy skin
  • Application Time: 20 minutes
  • Product Form: Sheet
  • Important Ingredients: Vitamin E and collagen
  • Effectiveness Time: 48 hours
  • Works for sensitive skin
  • Variety pack for different preferenes
  • Easy application
  • May not be the best acne solution
  • Formula may not be strong enough for some
  • Little to no hydrating effect

One of the biggest downsides to the capabilities of face masks is the fact that it can take some time to figure out which kind of face mask works best for you. It’s not that certain face masks are necessarily bad so much as there are some that are just going to work better for your needs.

With the Freeman Facial Mask Variety Set, you get the chance to try out a few different styles of face masks. The truly incredible part is that you may find that you like each of them.

This variety pack of face masks includes four options: Charcoal & Black Sugar, Dead Sea Minerals, Cucumber, and Avocado & Oatmeal. Each of them emphasizes a certain benefit. Charcoal is used for exfoliation and detox, Dead Sea Minerals is great for making your skin more radiant and reducing the effects of stress, the cucumber is great for a refreshing feeling, and Avocado and Oatmeal is great for combination skin that purifies and finishes clean.

The clearest benefit to this pack is the chance to get a taste of a few different types of face masks while also enjoying the benefits that each offers. The good news is that each of these face masks generally excels at what they promise to offer. They’re also great for oily skin.

The biggest potential downside is that you might find one you particularly like and won’t immediately have a larger quantity of it available. That aside, it’s hard to argue against giving this face mask set a shot.

Key Features
  • Deep sea minerals
  • Charcoal and black sugar formula
  • Cooling cucumber
  • Avocado and oatmeal
  • Application Time: 10 minutes
  • Product Form: Cream
  • Important Ingredients: Varies
  • Effectiveness Time: 24 hours
  • Variety of formulas
  • Fantastic for users with changing needs
  • Works on oily skin
  • Limited amounts of each formula
  • Can irritate skin
  • Strong fragrances

There’s a pretty good reason why many people associate face masks with the idea of a day at the spa. There are times when a face mask can indeed generate a tremendously relaxing sensation. Sitting with the right face mask can feel good in and of itself even before you start to see the benefits.

If it’s the relaxing nature of a good face mask that you’re looking for, then consider the Ebanel Korean Collagen Facial Face Mask to be one of your best options.

This face mask’s biggest selling point is the cooling effect it generates. A combination of natural ingredients that include tomato extract, purslane extract, and edelweiss extract ensures that this face mask won’t irritate your skin. Instead, it feels good to wear on your face as it exfoliates, rejuvenates, and refreshes. You can even leave it in the refrigerator for an extra refreshing feeling.

For the 20-40 minutes you can wear this mask, you will want to wear this mask. Just using it helps reduce stress, but it genuinely results in some long-term benefits that can lead to better skin.

You do have to consider some of the practicalities of this face mask, though. For instance, you really can’t rely on this face mask if you’re looking for a more aggressive option for acne-ridden faces and other intense blemishes. Those who just want to turn their home into a day spa whenever they put on their face mask, though, will most certainly want to think of this face mask as one of the best options.

Key Features
  • Long lasting moisturizer
  • Anti-aging formula
  • Oil-, alcohol-, and cruelty-free
  • Application Time: 10 - 30 minutes
  • Product Form: Sheet mask
  • Important Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid and peptides
  • Effectiveness Time: 48 hours
  • Fantastic cooling effect
  • Refreshes skin
  • Natural ingredients
  • Not the best for heavy blemishes
  • Doesn't work as well on oily skin
  • Somewhat strong scent

Blackheads are really just a pore that has been clogged with oil, hair, or some kind of other obstruction. However, anyone who suffers from them knows that they’re actually little nightmares. Blackheads can appear without warning and can take quite a bit of effort to successfully remove.

For quite some time, face masks have been seen as one of the best ways to combat blackheads both as they appear and to prevent them in the future. While it can be difficult to find the right face mask for the job, those who suffer from blackheads can do themselves a favor by checking out this blackhead facial mask from Vassoul.

The process is simple: you just wash your face, spread the clay from chin to forehead, rinse it off after about 15 minutes, and then apply your makeup as normal. In that brief period of time this face mask was applied it will have helped you remove blackheads as well as fortify your skin against immediate future outbreaks.

The mask itself may not look as refreshing as some alternatives, and while it isn’t, it does leave your skin feeling incredible after only a brief application. More importantly, it helps you win the battle against against blackheads in the long-term.

This mask isn’t quite as accommodating for users with the most sensitive skin nor does it produce the rejuvenating feeling you get with moisturizer masks. However, it’s simply one of the best when it comes to complete facial treatment against major blemishes.

Key Features
  • Deep cleansing formula
  • Designed to improve circulation
  • Multi-Purpose Design
  • Application Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Product Form: Cream/mud
  • Important Ingredients: Water, Kaolin
  • Effectiveness Time: 24 hours
  • Great for blackheads
  • Smoothes your skin
  • Cleanly stays on face
  • No real moisturizer benefits
  • May not be great for sensitive skin
  • Strong scent

Have you ever seen someone in the movies splash their face with water whenever they are shocked or are trying to wake up? Yes, it’s something of a cliche, but the refreshing effect is genuine. The problem with splashing your face with water is that it’s actually quite difficult to do properly and there are no real long-term benefits for your effort.

Now, if you want the feeling of a burst of water with some upside, you should absolutely take a look at the PF 79 Natural Facial Mask Sheets.

These face masks are most certainly of the 'day spa' variety in that they’re primarily designed to leave your face feeling fresh and rejuvenated. From aloe vera to shea butter, the ingredients in each of these masks are proven ways to enhance your skin and ensure it feels better than ever. What’s more is that each of the available ingredients emphasizes a particular benefit (that range from sun protection to rehydration) that you get to enjoy while experiencing the refreshing sensation these masks provide.

Because it’s easy to simply apply this mask to your face for about 10-20 minutes, it’s just as easy to use this product daily without having it feel like a chore. At the same time, it should be noted that the mask isn’t designed to last quite as long as some of its competitors. This also may not be the mask for you if you’re looking to tackle notable facial blemishes that include acne, blackheads, and heavy wrinkles.

Key Features
  • Fruit essence face mask
  • Aloe Vera formula
  • Enriched with hyaluronic acid
  • Application Time: 10-20 minutes
  • Product Form: Sheet
  • Important Ingredients: Aloe Vera
  • Effectiveness Time: 24 hours
  • Refreshing formula
  • Designed for sensitive skin
  • Feels great on your face
  • May cause some irritation
  • Not as effective on acne and blemishes

Many face mask manufacturers go out of their way to tell you that their products are safe, simple, and free of irritation or pain. That makes a lot of sense. After all, which manufacturer is going to go out there and actually tell you that their product can (and likely will) result in a noticeable degree of discomfort?

Well, that’s exactly what Zombie Pack does. One of the product’s key features describes a “15-minutes of horror” application process during which time you can expect some burning and discomfort. However, at the other end of that 15 minutes lies some truly rejuvenated skin.

First off, the 15 minutes of horror is a bit of an exaggeration. This isn’t the most comfortable or refreshing face mask out there, but you shouldn’t expect much more discomfort than you typically get with other masks. That is to say that there may be some burning and redness. It can also be a little more difficult to remove.

The benefits are honestly more prominent than the discomfort. This is a deep rejuvenation solution that is designed to target acne, wrinkles, and other set-in blemishes. People have referred to the work that this product does as being a “miracle,” and it’s easy enough to see why someone would use that word to describe its effects.

If you demand more from your face mask then just a refreshing experience, then you may just become one of the many who have fallen in love with the incredible abilities of the Zombie Pack face mask.

Key Features
  • 8-in-1 treatment
  • Albumin ingredient formula
  • Intense hydration
  • Application Time: 15 minutes
  • Product Form: Powder
  • Important Ingredients: Albumin
  • Effectiveness Time: 48 hours
  • Strong formula
  • Great for acne
  • Fantastic for older skin
  • Some pain during application
  • Strong odor
  • Application and removal can be difficult

Your first look at Skinfood Black Sugar Mask may cause you to do a double-take. If you didn’t know better, you’d swear it was ice cream or some other type of dessert. Even the name kind of sounds like something that may be served in a boutique sweet shop.

While using Skinfood can indeed be a bit of a treat, this is also a real-deal facial mask option that may very well be what you’ve been looking for.

The black sugar formula featured in Skinfood is about as natural as it gets. It’s actually not that far off from being food (though, no, you shouldn’t try to eat it). The idea there is that healthy skin can more often than not be at least partially attributed to a healthy diet. What Skinfood does is utilize many of the same elements featured in healthy foods and allows you to apply it directly to your skin.

From there, Skinfood works to not only remove dead skin cells but restore some natural moisture and nutrients to your face. The result is...well...natural looking skin that does appear as if you’ve put any substances on it at all.

Skinfood is not only great for sensitive skin, but for anyone who wants a combination of something that’s refreshing and genuinely effective against some of the more common forms of facial blemishes. Unless you’re opposed to cream/clay-based facial mask solutions, it’s really hard to go wrong with giving Skinfood a shot.

Key Features
  • Exfoliating mask
  • Black sugar formula
  • Vitamin rich
  • Application Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Product Form: Cream
  • Important Ingredients: Black sugar
  • Effectiveness Time: 48-72 hours
  • 10-in-1 face mask
  • Refreshing formula
  • Perfect for sensitive skin
  • Strong smell
  • Can be rough on the skin

You’ve found the perfect face mask, but what comes next? Using face masks can be relatively simple, but it’s sometimes just as easy to make little mistakes that prevent you from getting the most out of your facial treatment experience. With that in mind, here are some tips to ensure you’re maximizing your face mask usage.

Always Properly Wash Your Skin Before Use

Rule number one when picking a face mask is to find the right face mask. Do you want a sheet mask, a mud mask, a peel-off mask? Be sure to choose a mask that addresses the types of skin conditions or issues you're dealing with.

Rule number two when using a face mask is to always properly wash your skin before application.

Many face masks are designed to get deep in your pores and clear out toxins in order to infuse beneficial ingredients and re-invigorate your skin. The problem is that even the best face masks are going to have a hard time doing that if you lay them on top of dirty skin. All you’re really doing in that instance is trapping the dirt in.

Washing your face doesn’t even have to be an intensive process. A little water and some gentle scrubbing should go a long way when it comes to getting rid of the more obvious and problematic dirt.

Don’t Ignore the Application Time

Most face masks include a recommended application time that tells you just how long you should be wearing them. It can be tempting to ignore this time. Sometimes that’s because the substance can be uncomfortable, and sometimes it’s simply because you’re in a hurry.

However, it’s important to realize that application time is there for a reason. While it’s possible to get some of the benefits of a face mask without using it for the full recommended amount of time, you’re always going to get a lot more out of your face masks if you use them for the full recommended amount of time.

The point is that you should always take into account when you apply your face mask in order to ensure that you’ve got enough time to wear it for the proper amount of time. Don’t be afraid to switch your application time to the evening if that’s easier for you.

Don’t Rely Solely on Your Face Mask

You hear all the time about facial masks that promise to infuse your skin with the healing power of this or that ingredient or make you look 20 years younger. While face masks can achieve a lot, they’re not some miracle cure-all that is going to replace the rest of your makeup routine.

Face masks need buddies. They need moisturizers, they need users who regularly clean their face, and they need to be part of a complete makeup routine. It’s important to understand not only how your face mask works, but how it works in conjunction with the rest of your makeups and your routine. Only then can you hope to maximize their effects.

Once you've found the best face mask for your needs, then you can enjoy better skin!

Resources — Paula's Choice, Insider, Refinery29

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