One of the most relaxing (and selfie-inducing) activities one can do, arguably, is putting on a face mask.
There’s something so mentally calming about the 10- to 20-minute ritual that covers your face in either a sheet, mud, gel or cream. We do this with the hope that when it’s all over, we’ll glow with the brightness of a million stars.
To celebrate our love for masks, we asked The Huffington Post newsroom what face masks they swear by.
Here’s a list of things to try on your next night in:
“This will get rid of even your most stubborn blackheads and give you such soft skin you’ll caress your own face all day.”
”Want to feel so fresh and so clean, clean? Use this face mask from Kiehl’s. The 48 hours after I apply it are when my skin looks and feels its smoothest. Magic.”
“I’ve heard this described as a perfect dupe for the GlamGlow SuperMud mask, which I’ve never tried because I love having money, but if you have super oily summer skin it’s beyond satisfying to smear this clay mask all over your face and watch dark spots materialize on the surface as the mask pulls oil out of your pores.”
“This is like slathering orange marmalade all over your face, but without any of the stickiness. You wipe it off after 10 minutes with a wet cloth, and your face feels like it’s soaked up every bit of goodness from the mask.”
“This is a mask for problem skin, and I have that. When my pores are feeling clogged, whiteheads are cropping up, and my face needs radical intervention to prevent a full-on crisis, this mask calms things down.”
“I love all things Origins and this quick, 10-minute mask never fails to save the day whenever I’m beginning to show the signs of breaking out. It’s light, affordable and something you can easily stuff to the back of your medicine cabinet until you wake up with less-than-desirable skin. Use it in tandem with Origins Modern Friction Dermabrasion and you’ll be good to go in no time.”
“Why does my oily, flaky skin always feel softer and more balanced with each day I use the Mega Greens mask? I don’t know the science, but it makes my skin look and feel fantastic.”
“This mask has a really nice floral smell but it’s not overpowering. It leaves your skin feeling super soft, and it doesn’t get hard and flaky like some other masks, so it’s easy to wash off. The directions say to leave this on for five to 10 minutes, but I normally keep it on for twice that long.”
“These three little pods will leave your face feeling fresher and more glowing than ever. The first pod exfoliates, making way for a duo of pods that form a tingly moisturizing mask (so you know it works!). It smells like a creamsicle, and the disposable pods mean you don’t have to double-dip into a messy jar.”
“Pop this sucker in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, leave it on your face for 15 minutes, and you’ll feel just as refreshed as those crazy-expensive La Mer masks that’ll cost you an arm and a leg.”
“Now that I’m a working mom, my daily beauty regimen has been cut down to about 2.5 minutes, which means that I need stuff to work well and fast. I just want to get rid of all the environmental crap that clogs my cores and come away knowing that my skin is cleaner and a bit closer to its more natural, normal state. This mask gets me there: I really do feel like the charcoal is acting as a magnet to remove impurities and my skin definitely feels refreshed, calmer and a bit tighter afterward... It combats breakouts or potential breakouts.”
“I LOVE these Korean face masks. Not only does it hydrate your face, but also leaves your skin feeling soft and healthy. My favorite is the blueberry one! Plus, they are they super cheap at $2 per pack.”
“This is life-changing, it leaves your skin so soft and glowy. It also smells delicious.
“I love doing this mask when I’ve put my skin through the wringer and it’s looking dull after too much sun exposure or lack of sleep. It leaves me glowing, shrinks my pores and exfoliates as you wash it off.”
“This legitimately smells like sake. It’s sort of gummy to put on, but it spreads fairly easily and it dries silver. It’s super fun to pull off and it leaves your skin feeling enormously refreshed and glowing. Using it 2-3 times a week has changed my life.”