The 12 Best Peel-Off Masks (For Every Single Skin Type)

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Face masks are and have always been the symbol of self-indulgent care — and they’re so Instagram worthy too. When it comes to a peel-off face mask, you are not alone in finding pleasure in slathering goop all over your face, waiting 10-15 minutes for it to dry, and then peeling it all off like you’re in second grade and just made the “hand and glue” discovery.

What is more satisfying than sitting in front of a mirror and slowly trying to get it off in one pull? What’s even more gratifying than making your eyes tear up as you slowly peel off the thin sheet from around my fine lines and bridge of my nose are the results. Glowing, refreshed and ridded of the week’s grime. Hurts so good!

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No matter what type of skin you have, there’s a peel-off mask for that for every budget or splurge. Here are 12 peel-off face masks, one or more of which will become the best face mask for you. Feel the peel!

For oily/combination skin

You know you have oily skin, because your skin is, well... oily. You may notice it produces more shine and becomes more slick as the day goes on. Your pores may be visibly larger around your nose cheeks and chin. You may also suffer from acne or blackheads. Combination skin is basically the same thing, only your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) is overproducing sebum (oil) while your cheeks are dry.​

1. Queen Helene Grape Seed Peel-Off Masque

Queen Helene will lift impurities from clogged pores while it brightens and evens your skin tone. Grape seed has excellent antioxidant benefits that protect your skin from free radicals and premature aging. Grape seed oil is also notoriously known for healing damaged skin caused by acne. 


2. Pur Blue Agave Peel-Off Mask

Combination of green tea, ginseng and vitamin B helps to stimulate and plump up the skin while keeping it hydrated. Many of us with oily skin are only concerned with drying up are acne, but hydration is extremely important even though you may not think so because of slick skin. Green tea contains polyphenols called catechins, which have been shown to be anti-inflammatory

(Ulta, $26)

3. Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

This is a mineral-rich mask with activated charcoal that reveals a brighter, clearer complexion. Charcoal helps pull the dirt out of pores and tightens them up.

(Sephora, $49)

For dry/dull skin

If your face feels super dehydrated right after you wash your face, you probably are in the dry skin category. Even if this isn’t the case, seasonally speaking, everyone’s skin gets extra dry during the colder months. These masks for dry skin are the best solutions to aid in quenching your parched flaky skin.

4. Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask

This hydrating peel off face mask soothes away redness and impurities with ingredients like cucumber, melon and ginseng. Cucumber contains essential vitamin C and caffeic acid, which both battle inflamed and unhappy skin. Cucumber also contains a high water content which will aid in hydration when applied directly to the skin. 


5. Belif First Aid Transforming Peel-Off Mask

It improves elasticity while removing skin-damaging free radicals and helps clarify and soothe stressed out skin. Ingredients like lemon balm and white willow bark assist in clarifying and soothing your face while gently exfoliating dead skin cells. 

(Sephora, $34)

6. Neova Serious Gly-peel

When you want the best face mask for your skin, look no further than this product. It renews tired skin with soothing botanicals while exfoliating dead skin cells. Popular as an at-home glycolic peel, its soothing botanical ingredients replenishes dehydrated skin while diminishing the size of large pores. 


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For anti-aging

You’re never too young to start using preventative anti-aging skin care products. You’ll thank your younger and wiser self in your 30s and 40s if you start in your 20s. If you are or were a sun worshipper, it’s definitely time to hit the anti-aging products now, because those fine lines are going to creep up sooner rather than later. Be kind to your skin!

7. Danielle Creations Anti-Aging Peel-Off Face and Neck Mask

Containing collagen coenzyme q10, retinol and vitamin C, this mask diminishes the look of fine lines and pores while brightening your complexion. This mask helps to gently exfoliate dead skin during the tightening effect and also helps to stimulate cell renewal. 

(Kohls, $9.99)

8. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Peel and Reveal Revitalizing Mask

This product softens, exfoliates and retextures skin, and the result after peeling exposes freshly smooth and revitalized complexion. Cabernet grape seed extract helps to brighten and even out skin tone. Glycolic acid acts as a retexturizer which promotes cell turnover.

(Macys, $36)

9. Lancer Younger Revealing Mask

Infused with retinol, it removes with a magnet tool. It's the next generation of high-tech peel-off face masks! Your face appears firmer and more hydrated than before.

(Sephora, $250)

For sensitive skin

Those who suffer from sensitive skin develop an intolerance to certain products that aren’t geared toward their skin type. Redness, dryness and even hives are examples of having a sensitive complexion. Well-formulated masks for this concern are specialized specifically to soothe any flare ups you might be dealing with.

10. Mistine Egg White Whitening Poreless Anti-Blackhead Mask

This one helps to tighten pores without over-drying your face. Mild ingredients soothe away redness and gently “whiten” your skin. The result from this very mild, very affordable mask is firmer, smoother, less irritated skin.


11. Boscia Cool Blue Calming Mask

Calms redness and by instantly cooling and hydrating, and then refreshes the skin with willow herb, aloe vera and sea-whip. Anti-inflammatory properties promote skin firmness. This mask is formulated with deep-sea inhabiting sea whip, a natural anti-inflammatory that assists in calming stressed skin.


12. Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Double Action Peel-Off Mask

Attacks visible signs of aging while combating free radical agents that are responsible for winkles and fine lines. Helps reduce the appearance of pores while helping to brighten and smooth your skin into a radiant complexion. The mask removes pollutants and grime gently but effectively while not further upsetting your sensitive skin. 

(HSN, $78)

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