The 7 Face Masks That Will Complete Your Skincare Routine (and When to Use Them)

From #MaskMondays to #shelfies, face masks have become an integral part of our skincare routines, and for good reason.

Not only are they super fun, they soak up complexion-saving ingredients into the skin and give you a much-needed reprieve from the woes of everyday life. But with so many masks on the market, which ones do you actually need, and when do you use them? Can you use more then one?

Below, we've rounded up the major mask categories, along with when to use them in your routine.

Brightening Mask

If you can spare a few extra minutes in the morning, a brightening mask is a good way to kick start your AM skincare routine after cleansing your face. Brightening masks tend to be rich in Vitamin C, which make the skin look radiant and bouncy. This also works at night, too, but because it makes you radiant, we suggest using this as a morning mask.


Detox Mask

Detox masks and clarifying masks are wonderful for pulling out impurities and really cleansing the skin and pores. This is a wonderful nighttime mask and can be used right after cleansing your face. It's great for when your pores are feeling clogged or a day when you've had on loads of makeup–it gives your skin that deep clean that it needs! Detox masks tend to be clay-based and contain charcoal, for example. Follow with a hydration step, like a moisture mask and an oil.

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Exfoliating Mask

When you need a few layers sloughed off, an exfoliating mask is your secret weapon. Usually filled with glycolic acids and lactic acids, these masks can be super strong and don't always mix well with others. It's best to only use these once a week and on a night when you aren't using heavy treatment serums after. You also want to plan this out so you're not exposed to sun the following day as your risk of burning and sun damage is much higher after using one of these. Make sure to follow with a really nice moisturizer or hydrating oil.

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Acne Mask

When pesky pimples pop up, a sulfur-based acne mask is there to save the day. However, limit this type of mask to only when you have a breakout, as they tend to dry out the skin. If you only have a blemish in one spot, you can always use the acne mask in just that area, and a different mask on the rest of your face.

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Moisture Mask

Moisture masks are the most versatile and pair well with other masks and skincare products well. Their job is to give your skin a concentrated dose of mega-moisture. If you're multi-masking, the hydrating mask should be the last mask step (unless you're using an overnight mask, too, but that might be overkill). But either way, use this before your treatment serums and lotions. You can use this type of mask most frequently in your routine.

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Sheet Masks

There is a sheet mask for every ailment these days. Interestingly, sheet masks should come last in your routine, because they're specifically formulated to stay on the skin and really soak in. After doing your normal skincare routine, pop on a sheet mask (there are some really fun ones like snail and egg yolk) and watch Netflix. Then, peel the sheet off and rub any remaining juice into the skin.

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Sleeping Masks

Sleeping masks are basically just a fun name for a really intense moisturizer. These should be used as the very last step in your routine. Like a hydrating mask, these are made to really moisturize the skin. The catch with these is that you don't need to wash them off and you should wake up in the morning with really juicy, hydrated skin.

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