Best face masks for every skin type: a beauty editor's guide

Face masks are a great way to keep your skin looking the best - and we searched high and low for the best face masks for every skin concern, from oily to dry skin.

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Face masks are a great way to keep your skin looking the best - and we searched high and low for the best face masks for every skin concern, from oily to dry skin.

And while you shouldn’t be relying on a weekly mask to deliver all the good stuff your skin needs, as there's an abundance of skincare acids and skincare ingredients on the market for that, they’re brilliant for targeting specific, niggling concerns.

But which one should you buy? To help you give your skin exactly what it needs, we compiled a beauty editor's guide on what face mask is best for each different skin concern...

The best face masks for your skin concern

Best face mask for stressed-out skin

Simple ultra calming sheet mask

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Triggered by everything from trauma to an over-whelming to-do list, stress causes levels of the hormone cortisol to spike.

With the body into fight or flight mode, it prioritises oxygen and blood flow for your vital organs, dropping skin to the bottom of the list. This leaves it prone to a whole host of skin conditions, from acne to rosacea.

This mask tackles dryness and inflammation, using antioxidant hemp oil to restore balance.

SHOP NOW: Simple Ultra Calming Sheet Mask, £2.99, Boots

Best face mask for lacklustre skin

Herbivore Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial

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Using a potent combination of four alpha-hydroxy acids to exfoliate as well as salicylic acid to dive deep into pores, it wil leave sking feeling baby-soft and glowing.

Leave on for between 10 and 15 minutes before rinsing, and witness the instant results! It’s likely to be too harsh for sensitive skin, so if you’re not used to acids make sure you patch test first.

SHOP NOW: Herbivore Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial, £53, Cult Beauty

Best face mask for hormonal skin

Faace period mask

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Hormones can wreak havoc on our complexions, leaving normally well-behaved skin stressed, spotty and sad.

Targeting one woe at a time, this uses hyaluronic acid to nourish, green tea to soothe, zinc to stop spots from forming and clary sage for its antiseptic properties.

It’s beauty that does good too. For every product sold, Faace donate one sanitary product to period-poverty charity Hey Girls.

SHOP NOW: Period Faace, £22.50, We are Faace

Best face mask for sensitive skin

algenist active prebiotic balancing mask

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Just as your belly can benefit from pre and probiotics to keep it healthy, applying them topically will keep your skin in balance.

Transforming from mint green to pink on contact with skin (we love skincare with a bit of theatre!) it works in as little as three to five minutes.

Skin feels softer and clearer after one use, with the results getting better every time you use it.

SHOP NOW: Algenist Alive Prebiotic Balancing Mask, £38, lookfantastic

Best face mask for rough skin

Decléor Green Mandarin Exfoliating Scrub Mask

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Half-way between a scrub and a mask, this is packed with natural sugars, zests and seeds that gently buff away dead skin cells as you rinse.

Best left on for around five minutes, so that green mandarin, apricot and marula oils work their magic, preventing skin ageing and delivering deep-down hydration.

The clinical trials speak for themselves, with 100% of women tested reporting their skin felt instantly clean and clear.

SHOP NOW: Decléor Green Mandarin Exfoliating Scrub Mask, £34

Best face mask for dry skin

Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Intensive Mask

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Hydration hero hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, and this sheet mask is packed with the good stuff.

It blends two sizes of molecule - the larger ones sit on the outer layers of skin, plumping and smoothing; while the smaller ones penetrate deeper to tackle deeper lines and wrinkles. A treat to use, skin feels instantly cooled and calmed.

Even better, the mask itself is biodegradable. Perfect if you’re trying to make more eco-conscious beauty choices.

SHOP NOW: Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Intensive Mask, £6, Boots

Best face mask for combination skin

Crabtree & Evelyn leafy greens mask

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A bit like a green juice for your skin, this powder mask is full of antioxidant-rich leafy greens.

Mix two parts water with one part mask, mix and apply to your face with your fingers or a brush.

Leave on for up to 15 minutes before rinsing. Kaolin clay works to absorb excess oil while the blend of vitamins makes sure skin isn’t left dry or tight.

SHOP NOW: Crabtree & Evelyn Leafy Greens Mask, £32, Amazon

Best face mask for oily skin

Green people Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask

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Delivering a satisfyingly-deep cleanse for skin suffering from breakouts, charcoal and clay work to draw gunk and grime out from your pores.

Rich in ceramides, it reinforces the skin’s barrier, meaning it’s less prone to damage from external aggressors like pollution.

Especially good if you live or work in the city, use once a week to rid your skin of built-up dirt.

SHOP NOW: Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask, £21, Green People

Now it's time to place your order and voila!

Get ready for the best at-home experience ever...

Jess Beech

Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. 

She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!

Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress. 

The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.