7 Brightening Masks That Give Instant Results (We Tried Them)
Face masks are having a major moment—and so is having radiant skin (hi, strobing!). While it’s possible to achieve a glowing complexion sans makeup, some of us need a little boost to get there. That’s where brightening masks come in. These masks are packed with antioxidants and other good-for-you ingredients that nourish and hydrate skin, all while reducing redness, inflammation, and dark spots. Below we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite brightening masks that give you a luxurious, spa-like experience from the comfort of your couch—and instantly make your skin look brighter. Keep scrolling to see our picks!
Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask ($60)
A cult fave in Switzerland, this creamy mask is packed with botanicals and rich antioxidants that soothe, protect, and rejuvenate skin. Your complexion will immediately look brighter after just 15 minutes, and any redness and irritation will be reduced (we can attest). Plus, this product is so gentle that anyone can use it—even those who have just had a professional procedure, like microdermabrasion.
Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask ($70)
Clay masks are known to draw out impurities, but they can sometimes leave skin feeling a little dry—but not this product. Spanish clay removes impurities and tightens pores without being overly drying, while rosehip oil and sweet almond oil nourish and hydrate the skin and delay the signs of aging. Plus, the BioNymph peptides promise to boost collagen and improve elasticity. We use this mask as an instant pick-me-up any time our skin is looking dull or tired.
Skin Inc. Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask ($65)
This award-winning Japanese mask is made with vitamin C, licorice, and ginseng extract—all ingredients that tackle dark spots and inflammation. The rich, creamy formula brightens your skin while minimizing the appearance of pores. Over time, your skin will glow and look brighter and more refined. Plus, it’s fragrance-free, so even those with the most sensitive of skin can indulge.
Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Brightening Mask ($130)
Fermenting each individual sheet mask in white ginseng for two weeks means that the results from this Korean sheet mask are well worth it. Because of the fermentation process, your skin is immediately brightened and circulation is boosted, leaving you with glowing skin. This mask also lightens age spots and protects skin from losing collagen.
Want to hide that hangover? This sheet mask has you covered. Each mask is packed with an entire bottle of serum to hydrate and refresh your skin. Artemisia and ginseng extracts soothe and revitalize, leaving you with a radiant, dewy complexion.
Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask ($36)
This much-loved mask from Clinique restores radiance and moisture to skin. Its thick, lotion-like texture makes it a great option for all skin types. Sweet almond oil, cucumber, and chamomile are some of the few ingredients that will leave your skin hydrated, soft, and smooth.
Tatcha Deep Hydration Lifting Mask ($28)
Inspired by geishas’ silken masks, Tatcha’s deeply hydrating mask plumps up your skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines. Traditional Japanese ingredients like red algae, rice bran oil, and green tea work together to fight free radical damage and moisturize. Our skin is left smoother, toned, and more radiant after each use.
In a rush? Try a five-minute face mask.