July 4, 2017
Applying a face mask has long been a sign that you’re in spa-mode. Slather it on, and you’re heading to a land of instant calm where you have to take a few minutes to just breathe. And oh yeah, there’s the added bonus that you’re doing something good for your skin.

Sure, wearing a face mask takes some time out of your day, but choose the right one, and the results are worth it. “These products are for the motivated person who wants to do something else for their skin,” says New York City-based dermatologist Doris Day, M.D. They can also help soothe your skin and your soul. No joke, taking time to de-stress is healthy for your complexion and also gives you a few moments of self-care.

That doesn’t mean that any old face mask will do. Just as with the other skincare products in your regimen, choosing one based on your skin type and goals is key. So while it’s great to take recs from Instagram, remember that the woman posting doesn’t necessarily have the same type of skin that you do. She may have oily skin, whereas you need a dose of hydration. Or she may be fighting acne, whereas you’re looking to smooth out those lines that are cropping up around the corners of your eyes. (Find out how bone broth can help you fight wrinkles with Women’s Health’s Bone Broth Diet.)

Whatever your unique skin needs, there’s a bevy of face masks out there to help you address them. IDing your skin type can also help take the confusion out of the plethora of options you have at your fingertips. We consulted Day for your buying guide to find the right mask for your skin type:

IF YOU HAVE OILY SKIN, TRY A CLAY MASK

When your skin has a tendency to become a wee bit greasy, clay is naturally drying, says Day. Go ahead and opt for the type of clay—red, black, green—that appeals to you most.

IF YOU DEAL WITH BREAKOUTS, TRY A SALICYLIC ACID MASK

“Salicylic acid hangs on to oils and pulls them away from the skin,” explains Day. That’s why this is a tried-and-true acne fighter.

IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN, TRY A HYALURONIC ACID MASK

There are few things better than this super hydrator for a parched complexion. “Hyaluronic acid is very good at holding and pulling water into the skin,” says Day. A mask is particularly great because it provides a barrier against water loss and locks in moisture.

IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN, TRY A CAFFEINE MASK

A caffeine-packed mask can help ease irritation and redness. Green tea is another skin soother, says Day. Find them both in 100% Pure Caffeine Mask with green coffee extract and organic green tea to gently hydrate and calm. The one-time use hydrogel mask also infuses skin with vitamin C to boost brightness and even tone.

IF YOU HAVE SIGNS OF AGING, TRY AN ANTIOXIDANT MASK

You’re going to want to find a mask brimming with antioxidants, prime free radical fighters. Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Mask is made with everything in your fave green juice: spirulina, microalgae, kale, and spinach to guard and repair environmental damage, support collagen production, and deliver nutrients needed for a bright, healthy-looking complexion.