Behind the Mask: The Scoop on Goop - Skin Care - iVillage Beauty Skin Clinic

Cleansing and Tightening Masks

Ingredients: Mineral-rich muds or clays like kaolin, bentonite, fuller's earth, silicates (may also contain algae, seaweed, essential oils)

How It Works: Draws and absorbs excess oil from the skin; tightens the skin and makes pores look smaller

For What Skin Type: All except very dry

Good Choices: Aesop Primrose Face Masque, Ahava Advanced Mud Mask, Aubrey Organics Green Tea and Green Clay Rejuvenating Mask, Aveda Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque, Princess Marcella Borghese Fango, Molton Brown Purifying Marine Mask, H2O Sea Mineral Mud Mask, Origins Clear Improvement, Revlon 5-Minute Mask, Chanel Gentle Cleansing Mask


Exfoliating Masks

Ingredients: Scrubbing particles: AHAs, enzymes (papaya or pineapple extracts), plant gums, balsam

How It Works: Peels or sloughs off dead surface skin cells, surface oil, and debris; loosens clogged pores

For What Skin Type: Aging, normal, oily

Good Choices: Elizabeth Arden Milennium Hydra-Exfoliating Mask, Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Refiner, Clarins Gentle Facial Peel, Decléor Phytopeel Face Peel, Educated Beauty 10-Minute Cranberry Peel, Kiss My Face Scrub Masque, Lancome Masque Controlé Peel-Off


Moisturizing Masks

Ingredients: Emollients: essential oils, calendula, chamomile, aloe vera, ginseng, dong quoi, evening primrose oil, sweet almond oil, glycerin

How It Works: Softens lines and wrinkles; smoothes flaking skin; soothes irritated skin

For What Skin Type: All

Good Choices: Gels: Aveda Intensive Hydrating Gel Mask, Decléor T-Zone Refining Gel, Christian Dior Instant Radiance Purifying Mask, Mill Valley 99% Aloe Gel, Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask. Creams: Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Herbal Mask, BeneFit Mint Firming Mask, Decléor Hydravital Moisturizing Mask, Guerlain Issima Aquamasque, Kiehl's Imperiale Repairateur Moisturizing Masque, Origins Drink Up, Samuel Parr Masque Revitalisant, Yves Rocher Chamomile Soothing Mask, Shu Uemura Utowa Moisture Mask


Blemish-Busting Masks

Ingredients: Antibacterials: sulfur, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfates, tea tree oil, clay, AHAs

How It Works: Dries excess surface oil; kills acne-causing bacteria

For What Skin Type: Very oily, acne-prone skin

Good Choices: Clarins Absorbent Mask, Neutrogena Acne Mask, Origins Out Of Trouble, Penny Island Papaya and Honey Facial Mask, Tisserand Tea Tree and Kaluka Gel, Vit-A-Plus Hydr-A-Firming Mask, Estée Lauder So Clean Deep Pore Mask


For Your Eyes Only Masks

Ingredients: Anti-inflammatories: algae, amino acids, cucumber extracts, glycerine

How It Works: Reduces puffiness, lightens dark circles, softens lines and wrinkles

For What Skin Type: All

Good Choices: Carita Eye Contour, Clarins Eye Mask, René Guinot Instant Eye Mask, Shu Uemura Utowa Face Pads

Excerpted from BEAUTY: THE NEW BASICS © 2001, Rona Berg Used by permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. New York
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