Carbon Beauty’s edit of the best face masks for every skin type

Clueless as to which face mask to buy? Here we have collated the best masks that actually do their job.

Oily skin

Sebaceous glands that all of us have in the skin can sometimes create too much sebum (sebum is an oily substance that keeps our skin protected and hydrated). Overproduction of sebum is what causes the skin to become oily. Managing oily skin means creating a regular skincare routine and adding a good face mask that can produce wonders!

Glossier. Mega Greens Galaxy Pack £18

Try out Glossier’s Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. A very gentle mask that detoxifies the skin, ridding your skin of excess oil. The superfruit antioxidants and vitamin-rich leafy greens draw out any impurities, nourishing your skin. Consequently, it will leave your skin with a clean matte finish. Another quality of this mask is that it reduces your pores most importantly, it works well with combination skin too, targeting the oily sections of your face.

Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque £27.50

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque works to minimize pores and reduce oil on the skin. The ingredients kaolin and bentonite clays absorb the excess oils your skin creates. Alongside this, aloe vera gives the skin a little dose of moisture alongside the oat extract soothing the skin. Use this highly rated mask once or twice a week for a mattified look.

Acne and breakout-prone skin

Acne and blemish-prone skin can be hard to look after. A lot of it is trial and error, finding what works with your skin as everyone is different. However, below are two bestsellers that are known to do their job and help clear up breakouts in no time at all!

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask £18

First up we have The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. The acne-fighting mix of bamboo extract, tea tree oil and green tea leaves will reduce any breakouts. It works to absorb any excess oils, exfoliating and sucking out the impurities. As well as this, the mask creates an intense tingly feeling on the skin and gives you a healthy-looking glow. Use this mask two to three times a week to see the benefits.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask £22

Caudalie’s Instant Detox mask is one of the best face masks out there for acne-prone skin. It mattifies the face without drying out the skin. Using this product twice a week will minimize the appearance of pores, smoothing out any texture you may have. The 98% natural pink clay inside this bottle draws out the nasty toxins in the skin to leave your complexion looking refined and even. The smell of this mask is gorgeous, making the experience a little bit more luxurious. Use this mask twice a week to start seeing the changes to your skin.

Dry skin

If you have skin on the drier side, this means your skin produces less sebum. The result of a lack of sebum means that there are not enough lipids that the skin needs to retain moisture and build a protective shield against external influences. Using a mask a few times a week will help your skin restore hydration. Below are some great suggestions for you to try out!

Liz Earle Hydrating Cream Mask £20

The Liz Earle Hydrating Cream Mask is the most hydrating mask you will come across! It creates 72 hours of hydration in 10 minutes, intensely nourishing the skin as a result it’s perfect for those with dry skin. The blend of apricot kernel oil and borage seed oil in this product locks in the moisture onto the skin. Your skin will feel as soft as a cloud. Use this mask one to two times a week after cleansing.

Drunk Elephant Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque £15 (full size £44)

Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial is a cooling, overnight mask that works to plump and restores the skin. Alongside strengthening the acid mantle (this is the vital film on the outermost layer of your skin – the first layer of defence against any viruses and bacteria). It effectively rehydrates skin, improves any signs of damage, texture and uneven skin tone. The ingredients in this mask are second to none, targeting so many different skin issues while balancing the skin’s hydration and moisture levels. It may be more on the pricey side however, this mask creates wonders on the skin.

Dull skin

With dull skin, you feel your complexion looks a little flat and lacking in a glow. No need for you to worry anymore! Here are two masks that can bring back your beautiful, healthy skin.

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque £36

The Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque instantly invigorates and brightens dull skin. The turmeric extract within this is, works as an anti-inflammatory. The micronized cranberry seeds gently exfoliate the skin when you wash off the mask. The mask is suitable for all skin types but specifically targeting dull, rough skin.

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask is a great product for dull skin as it delivers multiple benefits to the skin. Blended with vitamin C to boost collagen production, it plumps the skin and reduces the look of fine lines to reveal a smooth, dewy finish. In addition, it has an exfoliating element to it, leaving your complexion restored with a healthy-looking glow. This mask creates miracles on duller skin.

Combination skin

This skin type is where there are some areas of the skin that are dry and others that are oily. Usually, it will be your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) that is oilier. Therefore, you’ll need to find skin products that dry out the skin while maintaining hydration. So, here are two of the best masks for just that!

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask £38

Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Skin Clay Mask is the perfect mask for combination skin. It’s the perfect mixture of being a detoxifying and hydrating mask, pulling out the grime in the skin. Leave this mask on for 10 minutes to see your skin brighter, smoother and plumper. Try out the small bottle of this mask first to see if it works well with your skin.

The Inkey List Kaolin Clay £4.99

The best budget buy is The Inkey List Kaolin Clay Mask. This is a natural and deep cleaning, using the clay to absorb the excess oil that your skin creates. This product is ideal for drier complexions keeping your skin hydrated while also working to absorb excess sebum without stripping the skin. Use this mask once a week.

Save your coin!

Never buy skincare (or makeup!) from the first place you see – there is always somewhere that sells it cheaper. Lookfantastic and Feelunique are two sites that offer between 15% and 25% student discount. If you aren’t a student, they often have 10% discount across their websites.

By Eleanor Coleman