When your skin looks as tired as you feel, a face mask should fix you right up. But any skincare junkie knows that a mask is more than a simple indulgence—it’s often the key to a good skincare regimen and can be customized to fit your needs. Below, we’re breaking down the 6 different mask types in hopes that you’ll find The One for your next masking sesh.

Usually fabric-based (although some are made of jelly-like fibers), these masks treat a variety of skin problems. A sheet mask is soaked with serum or essence and packed with hydrating, clarifying, brightening, and/or firming benefits. This is probably the most fuss-free mask in the bunch. Just pop one on and kick up your heels—the sheet will do the rest.

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Ah, clay masks—the recurring stars of our Instagram Stories. These masks have a thick consistency that tightens over the skin as it dries. Sometimes, you can actually feel certain formulas pulsating! That’s because they’re absorbing every speck of dirt and oil that’s stuck in your pores. Very cool, and very cathartic.

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Satisfying to use because of their instant results, peel-off masks are buzzy for good reason. Similar to your regular nose strips, these formulas dislodge impurities from deep within the surface. Just slather on the mask, let it dry, peel it off, and kiss your comedones goodbye! This kind of mask will leave your skin clear and ultra-smooth.

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A scrub mask will work double-duty to exfoliate and condition the skin. The best part about this mask is its grainy texture. The granules in the formula not only buff away dead surface cells, they also help stimulate blood circulation. The result: skin that looks and feels baby-soft.

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Sleeping masks are the cherry on top of a good nighttime routine. These formulas lock in all your previously applied skincare products and boosts their effectiveness, too. The best sleeping masks will also strengthen your moisture barrier simultaneously. All you need to do is get some beauty sleep!
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