9 Face Masks Byrdie Editors Swear By for Glowing Skin ASAP
In the year of self-care, face masks fall into that feel-good category of beauty we can't help but indulge in. In the midst of your busy life, it might sound like a tedious task to set aside time and lather your face with a mask. But what if glowing, plumped, and hydrated skin is promised on the other side? There's nothing better in beauty than instant results with a product that totally transforms the texture of your skin in minutes. Preventative products are necessary, but masks that deliver immediate results are more fun.
Whether you want to wake up with glowing skin or your prepping your skin for a night out, having a clean canvas to work with is never a bad idea. Packed with the good stuff like vitamins and antioxidants, these masks promote elasticity, brightening, and full-on radiance. Ahead are the face masks for glowing skin Byrdie editors love. Treat your skin to one of these gems for the ultimate glow-up.
"When a skincare product falls just short of $500, you expect it to deliver. And if it's a glowing, radiant, even, and clear complexion you seek, this sleeping mask from La Priaire checks every box. Even though I'm pretty much married to my current skincare routine, I just couldn't resist tiring this sleeping mask recently considering all the hype I've heard and the considerable price tag. And honestly, I was expecting to be underwhelmed. However, after brushing it on as the last step in my routine one night and waking up the next morning with the dewiest (non-greasy) of glows, I was eating my words. There is a little bit of a strong fragrance which I'm not particularly a fan of, but the formula more than makes up for it with skin-improving ingredients like exfoliating enzymes, caviar extract, and the brand's special cellular complex." — Erin Jahns, assistant editor
"I'm convinced anything and everything from Tatcha gives me the dewy glow of my dreams, but this vitamin C-infused mask is on another level entirely. After letting the pretty purple formula sit on my face for about 20 minutes, the tone of my skin is noticeably more even and it pretty much looks like someone literally pumped life into my complexion. It's my go-to when I haven't been getting enough sleep or just look a little more peaked than I'd like to." — Erin Jahns, assistant editor
"In my humble opinion, this is the queen of all charcoal masks. It's basically like a pore-clearing vacuum, which is why I use it when I feel blemishes cropping up on my complexion—especially before big events when I need clear skin the most. It even seems to cinch my pores, so my skin looks even and uniform. All I do is apply this mask, wash it off, apply moisturiser, a dab of concealer, and some highlighter, and I'm good to go. My skin looks clearer, brighter, and generally just better." — Kaitlyn McLintock, news writer
"My one-two-punch for glowy skin involves a deeply hydrating pick, so I like to reach for this anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich teasure from German skincare genius Dr. Sturm. Ingredients like kaolin, Vitamin E, and aloe make this impossibly creamy mask one of the most deliciously glow-inducing on the market." — Amanda Montell, features editor
"I’ve used May Lindstrom’s Problem Solver for years—it really delivers on its namesake promise, and it’s completely natural. I always describe it as putting a warm spice cookie on my face, because the combination of ginger, cinnamon, cacao and clay to actually heats up and tingles on your face. It vacuums out my pores so that nary a blackhead exists on my face—perfect after long summer days or a lot of traveling." — Victoria Hoff, Managing Editor, THE/THIRTY
"Glycolic and lactic acid are both skin-polishing power players (glycolic has the ability to penetrate a bit deeper for better pore-unclogging prowess), so combining them together in one glow-inducing tonic creates magic. My skin always has a light-catching glow the morning after I use it, like I'd just gotten an expensive facial." — Lindsey Metrus, managing editor
"I feel like I’ve written about this mask a hundred times and that’s because it really works. Most people associate Charlotte Tilbury with makeup, but her skincare is incredible too. This mask is my favorite because unlike other clay masks it doesn’t dry your skin out. It smells slightly floral and very fancy, and it always leaves my skin looking noticeably brighter after using it. I’ve even gotten an ex boyfriend hooked— that’s how good it is." — Faith Xue, editorial director
"Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask is a product I kept in my medicine cabinet but never tried. Once I did get into it, however, I realised it was amazing. The mask has a really cool texture, kind of like Jell-O, and is made to be used often. It's super gentle, never causes redness or irritation, and works perfectly to smooth and retexturise before a night out. In fact, and I don't really understand why, but it (temporarily) fills and flattens my forehead wrinkles to the point where it looks as if they never existed to begin with." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
"Biologique Recherche's Masque VIP02 is an oxygenating, moisturising antipollution treatment that restores stressed, asphyxiated skin—which is exactly what happens when you're hungover. Its formula is rich in moisturising botanical ingredients and contains an oxygenating complex that stimulates epidermal regeneration. Pro tip: Stick it in the refrigerator prior to using it and apply a thick layer all over, but especially under your eyes and around your lips. You'll be glowing in 30 minutes." — Hallie Gould, senior editor