Peel-off masks may seem like some weird—yet oddly satisfying—marketing ploy, but we’re fully on board. Why? Because these formulas actually work. Once you peel off the mask (in a single layer, if you’re lucky), you’ll be left with brighter, smoother skin and clearer pores. Scroll on for the 9 peel-off mask formulas we use over and over again.
Part mask and part peel, this peel-off formula uses glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and brighten skin in minutes.
This clay charcoal mask gets bonus points for essentially being two-in-one. First it bubbles up on contact with your skin, then it dries so you can peel it off for an extra clean, purified complexion.
This is one of the OG charcoal masks that started the trend. It is packed with antioxidants, like activated charcoal and vitamin C, to clarify congested skin and leave it more radiant.
Leave this mask on for 20-30 minutes and watch the color change from white to chrome before completely drying. Once peeled off, you’ll notice firmer skin; it’s like contour in a jar.
Made with acai, goji berry, and green tea extracts, use this mask to draw out impurities and minimize the appearance of pores. Plus, it comes in the prettiest berry color that you’ll enjoy smearing all over your face.
Be warned: this formula does have a strong scent when you first put it on. But once you get over it, you’ll come out the other side with brighter and smoother skin thanks to ingredients likes ginseng and coffee beans.
This mask looks like a lot of work—but trust us. Mix together the hyaluronic cushion gel and activating powder like a mad scientist, then slather it on to infuse damaged skin with much-needed moisture.
At less than the cost of an oat milk latte, this no-frills mask relies on skincare basics like aloe vera and cucumber extract to soothe and hydrate skin.
For when you need to look more awake than you actually feel, use this vitamin C-infused rubber mask for instant hydration and a visible plumping effect.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.