When it comes to skincare, I love a face mask. It’s without a doubt my favorite step in my skincare routine. No matter how my skin feels, the right face mask can make such an improvement right away. I’ll never stop testing out new masks but these are my tried-and-true favorites. Whether you’re looking to clear and purify, hydrate and balance or brighten and renew, there’s a face mask below that’s bound to pique your interest and get your complexion back on track.

Origins Active Charcoal Mask

I’ve gone through so many of these charcoal masks that I lost count. Instead of waiting for my skin to act up, I typically use this mask once a week to keep it feeling clear and healthy. Start by steaming your face with a towel soaked in hot water to open pores so the charcoal and white clay can really get in to draw out dirt and toxins.

May Lindstrom The Problem Solver

The genius behind this purifying powder mask is that it only activates when mixed with water, giving you the highest potency of the stellar organic ingredients (clay, cacao, vitamin C, charcoal, turmeric, the list goes on) with every use. I use this detoxifying mask anytime my skin feels congested as like a reset button. It helps heal spots, reduces inflammation, tightens pores and leaves skin glowing. Mix equal parts powder and water and it turns into a mousse which I apply with a face mask brush. The mask can take up to an hour to dry, so use it when you have time to relax.

Fresh Rose Face Mask

This cult-favorite face mask is packed with pure rosewater, rose petals, green tea, aloe vera and cucumber extract. It’s at once moisturizing, soothing, toning and cooling so it’s wonderful to use when skin is dry or puffy or after getting a little sunburned. The scent is so relaxing, too. You only need to leave it on about ten minutes to see results but I’ll often leave it on for double if I have the time.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

There’s absolutely no irritation involved with this powerful natural peel, and that’s coming from someone with skin on the sensitive side. I find it’s best used in the morning or when you have extra time to get ready for a big event to guarantee a good, glowy skin day. The jelly-like formula is packed with beta hydroxy acids, rose clay and willow bark to remove dead skin cells, make pores look smaller, skin look smoother and bring out a true lit-from-within glow. I like to leave it on for about 45 minutes, rinse and follow with a moisturizer, then apply my makeup.

Caudalie Glycolic Peel

This is the perfect mask to do the night before a big event. Really all four of the Caudalie masks are incredible but this one stands out because it’s unlike any other peel I’ve tried. Usually I can feel a peel working and that tingle has come to signal it’s doing its job. Not this one – it’s so gentle, no tingling or redness, yet still incredibly effective. I appreciate that it’s mostly natural ingredients including papaya which is one of my favorite ingredients for boosting radiance.

Becca first light priming filter review

Everyone knows that good makeup starts with good skin. It also starts with good primer. As my first bottle of the Becca First Light Priming Filter is nearly empty, I have to admit I’m hooked. It has my two favorite features: hydration and glow. It’s infused with prickly pear flower, ginger and citrus to hydrate and awaken skin. Playing into the moment that color correcting is having, its lavender hue instantly brightens skin and evens out tone. It really does give skin the prettiest dewy finish – nothing shimmery or highlighting, just a healthy glow. It also sheers out completely so there’s no odd tint and it works for all skin tones.

I started using the primer when it launched this winter so I can definitely attest to the hydrating claim – my dry skin never feels thirsty halfway through the day when I use it. There’s also a very light lemony citrus scent that helps with the “waking up” effect. One pump of the lightweight formula and you have the perfect canvas for a good makeup day.

glow recipe watermelon sleeping mask review

The first thing you’ll notice about Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is the millennial pink color. The second is that is smells exactly like a watermelon jolly rancher, which we all know is the best jolly rancher. It’s not sickly sweet, just fresh and enticing and absolutely perfect for summer. The texture is a slippery, bouncy gel that feels super refreshing and sinks right into the skin. The star ingredients are hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, AHAs to refine pores and brighten and watermelon extract to sooth and soften. I’ve never used a product with watermelon extract before but if the girls behind Glow Recipe are putting it in their first product, I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes the next buzzy ingredient.

I like to use sleeping masks in place of a night cream a few nights a week. Unlike a typical face mask, sleeping masks don’t need to be washed off but just do their work boosting your (ideally) 6 or so hours of beauty sleep. And don’t worry about your sheets – the formula is pillow-proof! It didn’t leave a single mark on my silk pillowcase – another beauty sleep essential. After a tip from Felicia I discovered the best way to use this sleeping mask is after exfoliating or using a peel. My current favorites are the BEAUTYPIE Five Minute Facial and Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial – both will gently resurface skin so it’s primed and ready to drink up the sleeping mask. The result is a super soft, hydrated and glowing complexion by morning.