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The Best New Face Masks


An LED mask that combines red and blue light can kill acne-causing bacteria and calm redness after just one use. Experts agree: You can dramatically improve your skin in minutes with a potent mask.

Face masks are one of the few beauty products you can put on your skin and quickly notice a difference. And this is why: The ingredients are usually more concentrated than moisturizers and serums; they’re on your skin longer, so they penetrate better; and masks are often occlusive, meaning that they trap ingredients in your skin.

Masks are less successful when you’re trying to find one that hits everything. If you target a specific problem, that’s when you’ll get those turbo-charged results.

Increase Hydration

Sheet masks are packed with hyaluronic acid and give skin a big boost of hydration. Apply your favorite serum before putting on a cloth or gel hydrating mask and it will work harder. A mask enhances the penetration, so more of the serum’s ingredients will be absorbed into the skin.

Instant Glow

To fight dullness, opt for a fruit acid or enzyme mask. Fruit enzyme masks are a gentle way to exfoliate and make your skin look brighter. To fade splotches and even skin tone, try a brightening mask with niacinamide, licorice root extract, and vitamin C. There is very little risk of overloading the skin with ingredients when it comes to tackling this problem. The more you can get in, the better.

Treat Oily Skin

For complexions that are oily and acne-prone, a clay mask is your best bet; it soaks up grease and gives skin a healthy dose of calming minerals. Dermatologists also recommend formulas with algae extracts to soothe and firm.

Younger-Looking Eyes

The eye area ages faster than the rest of your face, making it well suited to masks because it benefits rapidly from a surge of ingredients. Look for firming and moisture-retaining ingredients like milk thistle, hyaluronic acid and retinol to tackle fine lines. For dark circles and puffiness, skullcap extract reduces inflammation and swelling.

The New LEDs

There’s also the futuristic route: Face mask uses both blue- and red-light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to zap acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation, respectively. You may see improvement after one use. Slip it on like a pair of sunglasses; it powers off after 10 minutes. LED mask which features red, blue, and infrared wavelengths, and can be worn for up to 30 minutes, may be beneficial for at-home anti-aging prevention, though more studies are needed. It seems to leverage scientifically proven technologies to combat wrinkles and stimulate collagen production.