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Sure, they look fun, but what does a face mask do for your face? From hydrating to purifying, masks can enhance your skin care routine with targeted ingredients, and you can find ones for all skin types and concerns. Plus, a face mask is more than just a product—it's an experience. Face masks can elevate your skin care routine and make you feel like you're getting a spa treatment in the comfort of your home.

But what are the types of face masks for skin, and which should you choose? Whether you like to slip on a sheet mask, sleep your way to better skin with an overnight mask, play in the mud, or luxuriate in cool gel, there's a type of mask to match your vibe. Here's what they're all about and how to narrow down your best match.


Sheet Masks: Your Quick Fixers

Sheet masks are the go-to for a quick skin boost. Typically, they consist of a thin sheet with holes around the mouth and nostrils that you place over your face. It's drenched in serums to offer hydration, brightening, anti-aging, or other benefits, depending on the ingredients. Sheet masks are generally suitable for all skin types, and their ease of use makes them a crowd favorite.


Overnight Masks: Your Dreamy Rejuvenators

Imagine sleeping while your skin gets pampered. Overnight masks like PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Overnight Mask work as you rest by supporting your skin's natural regeneration process, focusing on intense hydration and skin repair. They're perfect for dry or aging skin with active ingredients that work deeper and longer.


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Clay and Charcoal Masks: Your Deep Detoxifiers

These masks have a purifying, detoxifying effect that's ideal for oily and acne-prone skin. They may contain minerals like Kaolin or Bentonite Clay or Charcoal to absorb excess oil and draw out impurities, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean. PCA SKIN Detoxifying Mask is an at-home charcoal mask that helps clear pores and minimize their appearance.


Peel-Off Masks: Your Pore Purifiers

These masks remove dead skin cells and unclog pores as you peel off the synthetic polymer that forms a film-like texture. They often contain fruit and plant extracts, vitamins, Hyaluronic Acid, Charcoal, or Aloe Vera, leaving your skin smooth and pores visibly cleared. Many people find the act of peeling super satisfying, too.


Gel Masks: Your Soothing Comforters

Gel masks are a boon for sensitive or irritated skin. Ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid or Aloe Vera soothe, cool, and hydrate your skin, making them a summer favorite or a post-procedure ally.


Finding the Best Face Mask for Your Skin Type

Your first step is to identify your skin type so you can match it to your mask like a pro. This will help you find the perfect pairing of ingredients to support your skin health and target any concerns, from dull skin to blackheads.


Sensitive Skin

Look for masks with calming ingredients to help reduce redness, discomfort, and inflammation. Go for Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Allantoin, Oat Milk Extract, and Cucumber Extract. Avoid potentially irritating ingredients like alcohol, sulfates, fragrances, harsh exfoliants, Benzoyl Peroxide, and parabens.


Dry Skin

Masks rich in Hyaluronic Acid or Glycerin quench your skin's thirst. Excellent for both dry and sensitive skin, PCA SKIN Hydrating Mask is a must-try for deep hydration, boasting Sodium Hyaluronate (a derivative of Hyaluronic Acid that attracts moisture), Glycerin, Oat Milk Extract, and Cucumber Extract. Swap in a hydrating overnight mask every now and then for the ultimate in smooth, soothed skin.


Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Clay and charcoal masks are your best friends. They absorb excess oil and help regulate sebum production to help you feel your best. Try PCA SKIN Purifying Mask to dial down the shine and rejuvenate your skin. With Tea Tree Leaf Oil and micro-fine Pumice, this mask is designed to promote a clear complexion and gently exfoliate built-up surface debris.


Combination Skin

The key to combination skin is balance. Most masks can work well for this skin type, but multi-masking is your best bet. Using different masks on different facial zones—such as a hydrating mask on your cheeks and a clay or charcoal mask on your T-zone—can work wonders for your skin.


Aging and Mature Skin

Look for masks with peptides, antioxidants, or Retinol to boost collagen production and support skin elasticity. Since skin loses moisture as you age, hydrating masks are also a good bet. Got lip lines? A lip mask like PCA SKIN Overnight Lip Mask hydrates and nourishes lips while smoothing out fine lines for a softer, smoother pout.


Embrace Transformation with PCA SKIN

So, what does a face mask do for your face? Using the right types of face masks for skin can give your complexion that extra oomph by infusing it with targeted ingredients. It's an easy addition to your routine, and it can do wonders for your skin's health and appearance—and encourage you to take a few minutes out of the day for yourself. Find your favorite mask (or masks) and embrace self-care and healthier, more radiant skin all in one go.


Daisy Brumby
Daisy Brumby is a journalist turned beauty writer who specializes in all things skincare. She has written for West Dermatology, the Skin and Cancer Institute, and The Aesthetic Guide. What’s her skin care secret? She swears by the power of sunscreen to protect skin and Retinol to rejuvenate it.