The 9 Best Face Masks, According to Our Editors

“This mask is an investment, but let me walk you through why I think it’s worth it. First things first, it’s pretty and comes in a lot of colors. I am a fashion editor after all, so this is an important consideration! But more seriously, it’s made of silk, which is a smart move for a number of reasons. The fabric is known to possess antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, and silk is also much comfier than other materials and slides across the skin, making it less likely to irritate your skin. And just like silk pillowcases are great for not soaking up all your creams and serums, the nonabsorbent nature of the material helps keep skin hydrated and lets all that lovely skincare stay on your skin. (Picture rubbing a cotton swatch vs a silk swatch over your face and you can imagine the difference in how much more drying the cotton would be.) Now let’s talk about the disposable filter: it’s made from melt blown. If that term is new to you, like it was to me, let me explain. The material is used in surgical masks because it has smaller “pores” meaning it can better block particles in the air. Why does it have smaller “pores”? Because unlike woven fabrics like cotton, which naturally have more space between the fibers because they are woven together, melt blown is, “mechanically, thermally, or chemically bound from separate fibers of molten polymers.” Science. Also, the ear straps are adjustable so you can get the perfect fit for your face. And last, but not least, there is a charitable component. For every mask sold, they will donate five to frontline workers. That’s all I’ve got, and after writing this, I’ve basically convinced myself to buy another. Let’s match?” —Kat Collings, editor in chief