best face masks

What are the best face masks out there?

FYI, I don’t believe everyone needs a face mask. If you’ve got your skincare routine nailed, your skin’ll be soft and supple without the need of this extra step.

(The exception? Oily skin. I still recommend a clay mask to keep shine at bay for you.)

But that doesn’t mean you should never use a face mask. I like to use one as a pampering treat when I need to relax at the end of a tiring day, as a much-needed pick-me-up after a poor night’s sleep, and as an instant fix before a friend’s wedding.

Whatever the reason, if you choose to use a face mask, opt for the best (cos your skin doesn’t deserve anything less).

Here are the best face masks I turn to time and time again:

Best Sleeping Mask: Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask ($18.00)

Don’t use face masks because you don’t have 20 minutes to wait around while they work their magic? Let me introduce you to sleeping masks: they’re hydrating concoctions you leave on your skin overnight. That’s right. No need to rinse off. My fave is Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask. Infused with moisturising natural oils, its lightweight texture deeply hydrates your skin while you sleep, leaving it softer and plumper. It also has a big dollop of niacinamide, a multitasker that hydrates skin, brightens the complexion and even soothes irritations.

Available at: Dermstore, iHerb, Look Fantastic, Soko Glam, Ulta and Yes Style

Related: What’s The Best Type Of Mask For Your Skin Type?

Best Face Mask For Oily Skin: Niod Flavanone Mud (£29.00)

If you can take the sting (this stuff makes your skin tingle a little), Niod Flavanone Mud is a game-changer. It’s the only clay mask I’ve tried that doesn’t leave a muddy mess all over my bathroom sink. It has kaolin and montmorillonite clays to absorb every last bit of excess oil, so it won’t clog your pores or turn your forehead into a greasy BigMac. Plus, it’s loaded with powerful antioxidants that help you fight premature wrinkles and soothe irritations. With regular use, it makes your softer, brighter and blemish-free.

Available at: Beauty Bay,Cult Beauty, Escentual and Feel Unique

Related: My Full Review Of Niod Flavanone Mud

Best For Dry Skin: Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask ($30.00)

Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask is loaded to the brim with moisturizing natural oils and fatty acids that strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, keeping moisture into the skin. The result? Your face’s softer, suppler and a little brighter for hours on end. Plus, the mask has its fair share of antioxidants to help fight premature wrinkles. The rich, creamy texture feels luxurious on and is easy to rinse-off.

Available at: Look Fantastic and Paula’s Choice

Related: The Best Skincare Routine For Dry Skin

Best Face Mask For Sensitive Skin: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask ($24.00)

Did you know oats are one of the most soothing things on this earth? They have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness, irritations, sunburns… You name it. They’re a godsend for sensitive skin that throws a tantrum every time you try something new. In First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask, they’re joined by licorice, feverfew and other natural extracts to make it even more soothing. Plus, it has natural oils to gently moisturise skin.

Available at: Asos, Dermstore, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic, Sephora and Ulta

Related: Why Colloidal Oatmeal Is A Godsend For Sensitive Skin

Best Sheet Mask: StarSkin The Gold Mask™ VIP Revitalizing Luxury Coconut Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask (£12.50)

StarSkin The Gold Mask™ VIP Revitalizing Luxury Coconut Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask isn’t the cheapest sheet mask out there, but it has everything your skin needs: natural oils to deeply moisturise skin, antioxidants like licorice to fight off free radicals before they give you wrinkles and dark spots, and anti-inflammatory ingredients like chamomile to reduce redness and irritations. Not to mention, a generous dose of niacinamide to… well, everything. Niacinamide hydrates, soothes, brightens and even helps treat acne. This mask is a pampering treat that’ll leave your skin softer, suppler and brighter… even after a poor night’s sleep or a long-haul flight.

Available at: Feel Unique and Look Fantastic

Related: Why You Need Niacinamide In Your Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type

What do you think is the best face mask, in your opinion? Share your thoughts in the comments below.