Best Skin Tightening Mask For Face

When your skin needs a pick-me-up (literally), firming face masks are the way to go.

They help to lift your skin, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and give your complexion an all-over healthy glow.

Face masks are brilliant to use twice a week to give your skin a helping hand. They rehydrate your skin, slough away dead skin cells and tone up your complexion.

We have selected our favourite firming face masks to lift your skin and give it a boost of energy.

Face masks have become the foundation of any luxurious skincare routine.

No matter how tired, stressed, broken-out, or dehydrated your skin may be, there's a face mask out there to actually help it recover and return your natural glow.

But with more ways to apply them than ever before—sheet, mud, gel, peel-off—and tons of clean options, it can be hard to determine which facial mask is right for your skin.

We did the homework for you, rounding up the best masks for every skin type, so you'll find your new favourite (or two, or three). Ahead, the 27 essential face masks for your next spa night.

While a face mask may not necessarily be an everyday staple in your skincare routine the same way, say, a cleanser or sunscreen might be, there's no denying that it's a very beneficial add-on.

Packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients, it's one of the easiest ways to give your complexion a little extra T.L.C., stat. (Not to mention that masking always makes for a great self-care moment.)

When it comes to finding the right formula, your options are, quite literally, endless. No matter whether your complexion concerns spots, sagging, dehydration, dullness (you get the picture), there's a mask for that.

Plus, you can also pick from a plethora of different formats, ranging from single-use sheet masks to creams in a tube.

The sheer number of choices can be overwhelming, so we narrowed down the playing field to these top face masks to make the process easier.

When it comes to our skincare routines, there's no step perhaps more indulgent than doing a face mask.

Whether you prefer a deep-cleansing clay mask or a hydrating overnight gel formula, there's no better form of beauty T.L.C. than devoting 20 to 30 minutes to take care of your skin.

"[Face masks] are designed to deliver high concentrations of active ingredients to your skin," Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells Allure. "Generally speaking, masks are used intermittently to help give your skin a boost when it needs it."

And while our desks are continually graced by new product launches on the daily (a tough job, we know, but someone's got to do it), we're taking a step back to spotlight the best face masks that left our complexions brighter, dewier, less congested, and just generally glowed-up. 

Favourite Face Masks

Best Overall: O.V.I. Deep Cleansing Face Mask

O.V.I. Deep Cleansing Face Mask is a mineral-rich, age-defying Volcanic Ash facial mask that gently absorbs oil, helping to reduce large-sized pores and eliminate built-up impurities leaving tired and stressed skin feeling energetic, vibrant and whole again.

O.V.I. is a powerful raw detoxifier & cleanser made for stressed and sensitive skin with natural oils and rich nutrients found from volcanic islands worldwide.

Key Benefits

✓ Detoxify, tighten and brighten your skin.

✓ Vegan & cruelty-free.

✓ Remove impurities built up in pores.

✓ Natural detoxifier & cleanser.

✓ Assists in spot reducing pimples.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask 

Sheet masks are fast becoming one of the most popular mask types in the beauty industry. They sit on the skin without going hard and still deliver all the same nutrients into your skin as a regular mask.

This one from Estée Lauder contains Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise the skin, which helps to plump out fine lines and wrinkles and tone the complexion.

Klur Supreme Seed

At long last, a detoxifying clay mask that's gentle enough for all skin types—seriously. Use it once per week on clogged pores if your skin's sensitive or dry or all over if you want to target excess oil and congestion.

SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight

Hailing from the dermatologist-favourite brand SkinCeuticals, the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight deserves its 2020 Allure Best of Beauty Award for many reasons.

The key ingredient, 10 percent glycolic acid, effectively exfoliates dead skin cells and speeds up cell turnover, so you're left with softer skin, less visible pores, and less hyperpigmentation. It's safe for sensitive skin, too, since the glycolic and phytic acids (which helps with clarity and brightness) are formulated with the brand's triple-action soothing complex.

Jojoba and sunflower seed oils act as a protective barrier from any potential acid-derived irritation.

Bliss Green Tea Wonder Clarifying Overnight Gel Mask with Azelaic Acid

For anyone dealing with acne (most of us), you'll definitely want to check out the 2020 Allure Best of Beauty winner, the Bliss Green Tea Wonder Clarifying Overnight Gel Mask with Azelaic acid.

Ava Shamban, a Beverly Hills-based board-certified dermatologist, previously told Allure that azelaic acid loosens pore-clogging skin cells, reduces acne-related inflammation, evens out skin tone, and reduces dark spots left behind from breakouts. 

Since it's a leave-on mask, it couldn't be easier to use — simply spread onto your face, and that's it. You'll wake up to smoother, clearer, and soothed skin, thanks to other anti-inflammatory ingredients like fermented green tea oil, green tea extract, and aloe leaf juice.

Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Lifting Bio-Cellulose Mask

Perfect for a concentrated, 20- to 30-minute dose of hydration, Mary Kay's TimeWise Repair Lifting Bio-Cellulose Mask is packed with oat kernel extract, orchid extract, and sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) for the ultimate pampering session.

The bio-cellulose material ensures a snug, face-hugging fit that won't slip around if you need to move around. But, to make the most out of this 2020 Allure Best of Beauty winner, we recommend not letting yourself not lift a finger. After all, you deserve the break.

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask 

This Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask is perhaps one of the most indulgent and luxurious we have ever seen. It is enriched with Colloidal Gold, which helps to firm and tone the skin, restoring any lost elasticity to leave your complexion healthy and glowing.

Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque 

Dermalogica is specialists when it comes to skincare, and their Power Recovery Masque leaves our skin feeling fantastic. It goes on like a cream and sits on the skin, infusing it with Vitamins A, C, E, and F. It aids in Collagen Synthesist leave your skin taut and firm.

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Lancer Skincare Lift & Plump Sheet Mask

This sheet mask is one of the most hydrating that we have tried. It sits on the skin beautifully and feels comfortable no matter how long you leave it on. Once you want to remove it, you can massage the serum into your skin for an overnight treatment. It leaves your skin glowing, firm and plumped up.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask 

For something a little different, why not try the Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing Foaming Mask? It contains a powerful form of Vitamin C which helps to slough away dead skin cells, unclog pores, brighten skin and firm up the complexion. Plus, it helps to refresh your skin and leave it feeling clean.

Ole Henriksen Firm Action Pore Refining Mask 

This unique face mask contains Soy Flour which helps to improve skin tone and increase elasticity in the skin. A mixture of Kaolin Clay and unique herbs helps to re-contour the skin and provide an immediate lifting effect, making this mask perfect to use before you go to an event!

Hauschka Firming Mask 

This natural face mask is enriched with a Triple Rose Complex including Rose Petal Extract, Rose Essential Oil and Rose Wax, which help support the natural renewal process of skin cells and, therefore, increase skin's skin elasticity to leave it firm and taut.

Sweet Chef Kale Vitamin B Fresh Pressed Face Mask Sheet

It's shocking how bright, plump, and glowy skin looks after letting this cutesy, under-$5 sheet mask work its magic. 

Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask

It's shocking how bright, plump, and glowy skin looks after letting this cutesy, under-$5 sheet mask work its magic. 

Burt's Bees Restoring Antioxidant Mask

There are many reasons to hate pollution, but what it does to your skin is the one that hits closest to home. One way to fight back against its dulling effects: this Burt's Bees Restoring Antioxidant Mask.

Of all of its natural ingredients, green tea takes the spotlight as the antioxidant powerhouse. The formula hydrates to give skin a noticeable boost while preparing it to face another day outside.

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

You probably know what wonders a clay mask can do for acne-prone and combination skin, and Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask is truly no exception.

It won a 2020 Allure Best of Beauty Award for its powerful Amazonian white clay formula that clears clogged pores, reduces surface oil production, and visibly minimises the appearance of pores.

Aloe and oatmeal help soothe skin along the way. You can apply the mask as an all-over treatment or use it as a spot treatment to target specific breakouts or breakout-prone areas.

7 Laboratories Cica-Rescue Skin Paste Mask

As the name suggests, No. 7 Laboratories' Cica-Rescue Skin Paste Mask deploys Centella Asiatica (also known as cica or tiger grass) to target redness like no product's business. Bisabolol, a chamomile extract, also acts as a moisturising, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial ingredient. Over time, you'll witness calmer, more resilient skin, and you'll have this 2020 Allure Best of Beauty winner to thank.

Paula's Choice Super Hydrate Overnight Mask

A 2020 Allure Best of Beauty winner, Paula's Choice Super Hydrate Overnight Mask is a great choice for anyone, especially those with dry and sensitive skin. The cream-gel formula is infused with calming reishi mushroom, soothing algae, shea butter, and glycerin to lock in moisture while you snooze away. Come morning, you'll wake up to plumper, dewier skin. However, you can also use it as a 20-minute wash-off mask, depending on your preferences.

Renée Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Masque

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Aesthetician Renée Rouleau promises, if you use the 

Rapid Response Detox Masque right when you sense a breakout coming on, the calming gel formula will essentially interrupt the eruption.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial 25% A.H.A. + 2% BHA Mask

At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, this truly is one of the best skin care products we've ever used. It blends a powerful concentration of alpha-hydroxy acids (25% of a glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric combo) with 2% beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic). We know it sounds intense, but it's worked wonders for anyone we know who's ever tried it—even those with sensitive skin.

That's because the acid blend is formulated at an ideal pH of 3.5 to minimise the likelihood of irritation. The mask also comes with a vial of the brand's pure virgin marula oil to help further soothe skin afterwards. Use it once per week for 20 minutes and prepare to watch your skin change in front of your eyes.

Best By Category 

Best Overall: O.V.I. Deep Cleansing Face Mask

O.V.I. Deep Cleansing Face Mask is a mineral-rich, age-defying Volcanic Ash facial mask that gently absorbs oil, helping to reduce large-sized pores and eliminate built-up impurities leaving tired and stressed skin feeling energetic, vibrant and whole again. O.V.I. is a powerful raw detoxifier & cleanser made for stressed and sensitive skin with natural oils and rich nutrients found from volcanic islands worldwide.

Key Benefits

✓ Detoxify, tighten and brighten your skin.

✓ Vegan & cruelty-free.

✓ Remove impurities built up in pores.

✓ Natural detoxifier & cleanser.

✓ Assists in spot reducing pimples.

Best for Oily Skin: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Clay is one of the best ingredients for absorbing excess oil; this formula contains clay and only clay. More specifically, it's 100% natural calcium bentonite clay that hasn't been diluted or mixed with other ingredients.

Mix it with water until you achieve your desired consistency, then leave it on for up to 20 minutes to let it do its thing and deeply purify pores. Also nice: It works great as a hair or body mask, as well as a bath or foot soak.

Best for Combination Skin: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

If your complexion has some oily spots and some that are dry, reach for this pick, on recommendation from Byrdie Editorial Director Faith Xue. It strikes the perfect balance of being detoxifying yet hydrating, no easy feat. Spanish clay does the detox duties, pulling out unwanted gunk and grime.

At the same time, essential oils help hydrate skin, so it doesn't look or feel stripped. Not to mention that all of this happens in just 10 minutes.

Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Lancer Skincare Clarifying Detox Mask

KEY INGREDIENTS Sulfur is a natural element that is an essential component for all living cells. Sulphur-based products tend to work best for mild-to-moderate acne, primarily whiteheads, blackheads, and papules.

Sulphur is one of the best anti-acne ingredients out there, thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits.

The only issue? It smells freaking terrible.

But even though this formula contains a 3% concentration of sulphur, it smells good, just slightly citrusy.

Paired with brightening azelaic acid and protective green tea, it works lightning fast to calm down blemishes and clear up clogged pores.

In our experience, it's even made huge, honking pimples look noticeably less obvious after just one 10 minute application.

Best Drugstore: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating 100% Hydrogel Mask

We like this pick not only for the very affordable price tag but also for the fact that it's made of a hydrogel material that won't fall off your face, unlike many other drugstore masks.

As the name suggests, it's insanely moisturising, thanks to a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid that also has the added benefit of temporarily plumping fine lines.