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The Very Best Face Masks, According to Racked Readers

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You could say that skincare is having a moment. Over the last few weeks the internet has debated its merits, but we’re firm believers that skincare is good for you and actually works, too.

So for this week’s reader recommendations roundup, we asked members of our Racked Lounge Facebook group to tell us about their favorite face masks, because who among us doesn’t love the luxurious feeling of putting on a delicious-smelling mask and having instantly smoother, softer skin?

Some of the most popular recommendations:

Glossier’s mask duo ($40), which includes the Moisturizing Moon Mask ($22) and the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack ($22), was mentioned multiple times. Racked Lounge member Hillary wrote: “Glossier Moon Mask is the only Glossier skincare product I still use. I have dry, sensitive skin, and the mask is so hydrating. I see the benefits into the next day, too.”

Glamglow’s Supermud ($69) and Thirstymud ($69) masks also got several nods. As Rachel wrote: “I can’t believe I’ve hopped on this train, but I am obsessed with Glamglow. Love the Supermud clearing mask a couple times a week and then I use the Thirstymud hydrating mask every night.”

Drunk Elephant’s TLC Sukari Babyfacial ($80) was another favorite among several readers. Margot wrote: “I use it every Sunday and it’s amazing. Definitely worth the (very steep) price tag! I also really love the Primary Raw DoYou 2-Step Milk Peeling Kit ($6) that is a lactic acid-soaked giant Q-tip followed by a super soothing sheet mask. I can always see a difference after using it.”

Sephora’s Purifying & Mattifying Mud Mask ($20) also got raves from our group members. Reader Samantha wrote that she loved it because “it’s one of the few to include zinc.”

A woman wearing the Glamglow Supermud mask
Glamglow Supermud, $69
A woman wearing the Glossier Mega Greens face mask
Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, $22

And a few other masks that got glowing reviews:

“Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Sheet Mask ($7). I got these on a whim after enjoying using the essence itself for a couple months. Could not believe how much brighter and more even my skin looked, and how much softer and smoother it felt, after just one usage. I immediately stocked up on more of these to do weekly.” —Kate

“I’m not a huge mask person BUT I do love using First Aid Beauty’s exfoliating peel ($40). It has both BHA (salicylic) and AHA (lactic) so it’s kind of a one-two punch. I use it once every week or so, and I really do think it smooths out the surface of my skin.” —Gray

“Herbivore Blue Tansy ($48) twice a week is my favorite way to exfoliate, especially because physical exfoliants are too rough for my skin.” —Oset

“The Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Mask ($7.50) and Cicapair Sleeping Mask ($48) pack = INCREDIBLE. I tried it for the first time last night. Woke up, washed my face like normal, dried off, and my skin looked and felt insane. No redness (usually an issue for me), no dry parts, no oily parts, and it felt SO soft. Definitely game changers for me.” —Jess

AZTEC MASK ($8.80) ALL THE WAAAAAAAAY. Cheap, intense, awesome, but definitely do it with apple cider vinegar or else the bloody thing won’t mix.” —Amy (Read more about the Aztec mask.)

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