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Face Masks

My Top Picks for Dry, Oily, Mature & Irritated Skin

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An important part of your weekly or monthly skin routine is hydration. Depending on your skin type, a great mask can remove excess oils or hydrate very dry skin. While you can make your own masks out of ingredients found in your refrigerator or pantry, you can buy some great ones, too.

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Best for Dry Skin: Ahava Intensive Hydration Mask

I love Ahava products because they're so simply made but with the most luxurious of ingredients (hello, Dead Sea mineral-rich mud!) but they don't cost so much you feel like you have to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a week. This hydrating mud-based mask has won many awards from beauty magazines, but what I like about it is it really rich, leaving skin feeling super soft, supple and hydrated. You can wash it off after 15 minutes, or for best results, you can actually sleep in it.

 
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Best for Oily Skin: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner

Masks for oily skin work by removing excess oil and blackheads. This face mask was named a Best Beauty Buy by Allure Magazine in 2010. The editors loved it because the salicylic and glycolic acids do a great job of exfoliating skin and helping to remove blackheads from problem areas, while the eijitsu rose helps minimize the appearance of large pores.

I have not tried it because I have dry skin, but users report it dries to a light blue after a few minutes and leaves a cool tingling sensation. I would store this in the refrigerator because these types of products work optimally when very cold.
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Best Inexpensive Clay Mask: Aztec Indian Healing Clay

I own this and love this mask and so do 100s of reviewers on Makeupalley.com. I get mine at a local health food store and make it up every now and then in my bathroom. It's a bit messy, but for the price (less than $10), it's worth it. Because it's an organic, natural product with no fancy additives, it's a great mask for anyone looking for a chemical-free product. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is bentonite clay from Death Valley, California, where it is sun-dried for upto six months in tempratures that sometimes reach 134 degree.

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Best for Acne: Mario Badescu Drying Mask

A good acne mask helps sop up oils, while dissolving dead skin cells that clog up pores. This drying mask does just that. Apply during breakouts a couple times a week and watch as the calamine, kaolin and sulfur work to clear up skin.

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Best for Special Occasions: SK-II Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask

Allure has named this a best beauty buy and it's no wonder why. Makeup artists use it to revive models' parched, over-cleansed skin while beauty editors steal it off the swag tables because it's become a bit of a cult product (it's not cheap at about $135 for 6 treatments).

Each treatment comes with a hydrating mask that you wear for about 15 minutes. The results are supposed to be amazing. You're supposed to use it twice weekly for best results so at this price I think this mask is best in the weeks leading up to a special occasion, like the prom, a wedding or the Oscars.

Best for dry, parched or mature skin.

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Great for Aging Skin: Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask

This white-clay mask is perfect for maturing skin because it brightens skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. It goes on super thick, so it does take some effort to wash off and those who've tried it report it smells a bit like...Play-Doh.

 
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Great for Irritated Skin: Mark Calm Yourself Hydrating Mask

This hydrating mask gets great reviews for calming and soothing chapped and irritated skin. It's great for winter when skin suffers from harsh cold climates and it's also great in summer for treating sunburned or wind-chapped skin.

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