When it comes to our skin-care routines, there's no step perhaps more indulgent than doing a face mask. Whether you prefer a deep-cleansing clay mask or a hydrating overnight gel formula, there's no better form of beauty T.L.C. than devoting 20 to 30 minutes to take care of your skin. "[Face masks] are designed to deliver high concentrations of active ingredients to your skin," Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells Allure. "Generally speaking, masks are used intermittently to help give your skin a boost when it needs it."
And while our desks are continually graced by new product launches on the daily (a tough job, we know, but someone's got to do it), we're taking a step back to spotlight the best face masks that left our complexions brighter, dewier, less congested, and just generally glowed-up.
Here, we've rounded up 27 of our all-time best face masks, including editor favorites, Best of Beauty winners past and present, and dermatologist-approved formulas that deliver every time. Happy masking!
Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Mask
Even though the cotton Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Mask is soaked in serum, it won't slip or slide as you go about your morning. Fifteen minutes later, the hyaluronic acid-infused formula will leave your parched skin plump and refreshed. You'll notice a bit of brightening, thanks to exfoliating willow bark. That's an impressive return on investment, considering it takes seconds to apply — no downtime required.