We've Found the Peel-Off Face Masks That Won't Make You Scream

Updated 10/26/17

Peel-off face masks remind me of being a preteen and wanting to be a grown-up. I'd sit with one on my face that my mum had helped me to apply while watching Blind Date and Gladiators (I'm showing my age here). Thing is, back then, there wasn't any need for my skin to use a mask. My skin was blemish-free (this was before my teenage years) and I didn't need anything in the way of anti-ageing (obvs). All I remember is how much I loved the feeling of peeling off the mask, as if it were a layer of my skin, revealing a newer, fresher, complexion underneath (even though it was already great to begin with).

Now I'm considerably older, the peel-off face mask is something that I love to incorporate into my skincare routine. But it's less about enjoying the addictive peeling factor (although that is a bonus) but more about the different skin-boosting treatments that they give our complexions. Firstly, these masks are a dab hand at helping to get rid of all our dead skin cells. This means that when we apply our other products, they skin much better in our skin. Secondly, there are so many different types on the market that offering an array of brilliant results.

So whether you're trying to shrink pores, anti-age or get an added glow, keep scrolling for our guide to the best peel-off face masks.

Best for Dark Spots

Best peel-off face masks: Caudalie Glycolic Peel
Caudalie Glycolic Peel $22

Thanks to key ingredient Viniferine, if you suffer with dark spots, this one is for you. Handily, this mask also helps with tightening pores and an overall glow.

Best for Reducing Pores

Best peel-off face masks: Urban Decay Rehab Pore Refining Peel
Urban Decay Rehab Pore Refining Peel $24

Looking to reduce your pores? Urban Decay's mask might be the one. Wonderfully described as a "vacuum for your pores," this helps to cleanse skin while shrinking pores. 

Best for Oily Skin

Best peel-off face masks: Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask
Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask $12

The charcoal in this shine-busting mask is what will help rid your complexion of excess oil. Natural-beauty lovers will also be pleased to know that this is free of all parabens.  

Best for Blackheads and Acne

Best peel-off face masks: Barber Pro Black Peel-Off Mask
Barber Pro Black Peel-Off Mask $5

Don't let the name put you off—just because it looks like it's for men doesn't mean you can't use it. Think about it: Men's razors always work better than ours...

Best for Brighter Skin

Best peel-off face masks: Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart
Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart $54

If your skin is dulled by city pollution and daily stress, this mask from Elizabeth Arden offers to brighten skin while removing impurities. 

Best for Skin Texture

Best peel-off face mask: Bliss Mask-a-Peel
Bliss Mask-a-Peel $20

Thanks to the vitamin C, bilberry and seaweed extract, this mask transforms into a rubbery layer that you can peel off leaving smoother skin behind.

Best for Sensitive Skin

Best peel-off face masks: Superdrug Purifying Cucumber Peel Off Mask
Superdrug Purifying Cucumber Peel Off Mask $3

I've been a longtime fan of this range from Superdrug, thanks to it catering for sensitive skin. Not only is it easy on the purse, but it also gently cleanses skin without leaving it red. 

Best for Anti-Ageing

Best peel-off face masks: Glamglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment
Glamglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment $39

While this one takes a little longer than most (you can wear it for up to half an hour), it will leave your skin looking more youthful. Quicker than a face-lift, eh? 

Best for Glowing Skin

Best peel-off face masks: Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask
Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask $25

Infused with coffee, this mask gives skin a welcome boost by ridding the complexion of dead skin cells and dirt. 

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