Face masks have always been a staple in any good skin care regimen, but they’ve absolutely taken the main stage within the last year. From a variety of formulations and textures—think bubbling masks and even dry masks to sheets masks and overnight offerings—choosing just one can be overwhelming. To make the decision process a little bit easier, we reached out to some of the top dermatologists in the country and asked what their must-have is, which in our book, is the ultimate seal of approval.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask ($3)
“Hyaluronic acid is the active ingredient in this mask, which is great for hydrating, and the price is right,” says Beverly Hills, CA dermatologist Rhonda Rand, MD. “I get samples of a lot of hydrating products, but when it comes to masks, this one leaves my skin incredibly dewy, moist and soft.”
Glowbiotics Calm After the Storm Probiotic Soothing Gel Mask ($50)
“Although I usually rely on my own probiotic DIY mask recipes (using fermented ingredients like yogurt and kefir) this mask is a nice alternative for nights when I’m short on time,” says New York dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD. “It’s infused with probiotic-derived bioactives, or PDBs, which are molecules secreted by probiotics that promote healthy skin.” She also notes that they work to enhance the skin’s innate immune function, calm inflammation and encourage the skin to go into repair mode. “I’m all about nurturing my ‘good bug,’” and I like using this mask because it brightens my skin and soothes it at the same time.”