Our faces endure some pretty intense abuse in the spring and summertime — we're talking sun exposure, sweat, and clogged pores galore. There's no better or easier way to hit the reset button on your complexion than with a good ol' detox mask.
"Daily pollution can cause low-level irritation in the skin, so [it's] best to detox every two weeks," says Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and clinical professor of dermatology at the George Washington Medical Center. With the help of Dr. Tanzi, we broke down the best formulas and ingredients for you based on your skin type and budget. Click through to find your face-mask soulmate and emerge with cleaner, more radiant skin. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Acne-Prone Skin Splurge:
People with acne-prone and oily skin types are more likely to have clogged pores than others, so detox masks serve as serious skin-saviors. Dr. Tanzi advises to look for charcoal-based options "because [the charcoal] acts almost like a magnet to draw impurities out of pores."
This mask from GlamGlow is a holy-grail favorite that won't let you down. As it dries, you'll be able to see — and feel — the deep-cleansing treatment work its magic.
Supermud Clearing Treatment, $, available at
This superfruit blend is a hero to those who suffer from T-zone breakouts and want a natural solution.
Clarifying Mask, $, available at
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If you're looking for a more affordable option, this warming mask from Bioré is a great option. It contains natural charcoal and is pretty entertaining to use: As you rub it into your face, the formula heats up while removing dirt and oil.
Charcoal Instant Warming Clay Mask, $, available at
If your skin is a bit more sensitive, though, try this drugstore mask made with salicylic acid and aloe. You can use it all over or as a spot treatment.
Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask, $, available at
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Want to give your skin some overtime? Slather this charcoal-packed sleeping mask on and let it absorb. You'll wake up to less stressed-looking skin in the morning.
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For those with greasier visages, Dr. Tanzi recommends clay-based masks to absorb oil. This detoxifying mask stick is made with a base of kaolin clay, which removes dirt from the skin without leaving it too tight or dry. Plus, the easy-to-use stick lets you apply it wherever you need, totally mess-free.
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, bubble masks — our new favorite way to dissolve oil (while also collecting some winning Snapchat content). This option from Clinique doesn't disappoint: This bubbly gel whisks away oil, dirt, grease in just two minutes.
Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask, $, available at
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Rubber masks are a K-beauty staple since they help lock in skin benefits and seal moisture. We love Shangpree's formulas Mix the powder and gel concoction together, apply it on your face with the spatula (this is the fun part!), and wait as it dries to a rubbery texture. After about 15 minutes, it will conform to the shape of your face, lifting away impurities while supplying nutrients to the skin. (Pro tip: Layer on the mixture very thickly, paying close attention to the edges, will make it easier to peel off.)
Black Premium Modeling Mask, $, available at
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"A moisturizing mask with glycolic acid will help balance [combination] skin," says Dr. Tanzi. Ren's renewal mask (with lactic, citric, and glycolic acids) multitasks by brightening skin, fading hyperpigmentation, minimizing the appearance of pores, and softening fine lines.
Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, $, available at
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Come summer, combination skin types can feel extra oily around the T-zone, but irritatingly dry or dull on the cheeks. This mask is like rehab and only takes 10 minutes to revitalize skin with coffee for a boost of energy and brighten with papaya enzymes.
Instant Detox Mask, $, available at
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This peel-off mask instantly refreshes skin, giving you that post-facial feeling. With its star ingredient — honey — it exfoliates while hydrating.
Take It Off Exfoliating Honey-Peel Off Mask, $, available at
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Those with normal skin should search for masks with antioxidants, says Dr. Tanzi. Nude's Miracle Mask is infused with hyaluronic acid to deliver massive hydration and jasmine flower, an antioxidant that protects the skin.
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This multitasking mask eliminates impurities while breathing new life into your skin. It foams up like shaving cream and bubbles away with water, leaving skin radiant and glowing. The rave reviews don't lie, guys.
Bubble Mask Detoxifying & Oxygenating, $, available at
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Dr. Tanzi recommends sensitive types try out single-use sheet masks because they "have fewer preservatives and won’t irritate sensitive skin." Plus, they're easy to use and soothing. This option from Dr. Jart provides superior moisture.
Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask, $, available at
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Sensitive types should also look for sheet masks with hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate in the ingredients list, Dr. Tanzi advises. This one from Klairs is made of sustainable tencel fiberss and won't irritate even the most sensitive types.
Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask, $, available at
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Parched-skin peeps, be warned: Don't shell out for detox masks, as they'll only dehydrate your skin more. Instead, Dr. Tanzi recommends investing in deeply hydrating masks with ingredients like shea butter.
Fresh's honey mask gives you a boost of antioxidants with vitamin E and sea-buckthorn oil, softens skin with honey, and protects against environmental stresses with echinacea.
Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask, $, available at
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Bring the spa to your own bathroom with Bliss' cooling, whipped mask, which eliminates dirt and oil while simultaneously soothing dry, stressed skin thanks to ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter.
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