Take it from someone who owns more than 50 face masks (give or take) but only uses, oh, about five regularly: You don’t need enough face masks to fill a gigantic Sephora store or, heck, even one-sixth of your bathroom cabinet. In fact, face masks (although extremely delightful to use and fun to shop for) can be considered a mere add-on to your regular skincare routine. Using too many formulas—especially if they’re not suited for your specific skin type or concerns—might actually lead to unintended skin issues, not to mention a wounded bank account. Often, though, scrolling through Instagram or shopping our favorite beauty retailers (where we see roughly a million face masks per minute) makes us feel like we’re supposed to have a super-bountiful collection of masking options. Well, we’re here to shout nay.
Being the beauty-and-skincare enthusiasts we are, we decided to help you pare down your options depending on how your complexion is wired. Whether you veer oily, combination, sensitive, dry, normal, or acne-prone or are looking for the best face masks geared toward anti-aging, we found four of the best options specifically suited to enhance, improve, and heal your skin. Below, you’ll find one splurge-worthy face mask, one budget-priced face mask, one sheet mask, and one super-clean face mask targeted for each skin type. (Some handily happen to fall into more than one category for a few win-win situations.) So feel free to browse through all of our editor-selected face-mask options, or simply speed ahead to your specific complexion type. Keep scrolling!