The Best Face Masks To Try For Clear And Glowing Skin

Plus, try Cosmopolitan's 30-day mask challenge!
ILLUSTRATION: Mixi Ignacio

Using face masks is the easiest way to take your skincare regimen to the next level. Made with potent and active ingredients, most face masks are like facials you can do in the comfort of your home. If only we could use a face mask every day, right? LOL who are we kidding, of course we can! In fact, we tried it out for a week and saw huge improvements in our complexions.

For one month, we're challenging you to use a face maskwhether it's a clay mask, a sheet mask, a sleeping pack, or a splash maskeach day to see how it will change your complexion for the better. See our mask recommendations below:

(Eds' Note: There's no one mask set for each day, so feel free to mix and match them depending on your skin's needs!)

WEEK 1: PORE-CLEARING

First things first, let's tackle deep-seated dirt and heal pimples. Look for masks with charcoal, tea tree oil, salicylic acid, and clay to thoroughly cleanse your skin! Not only will they dislodge bacteria and oil from the pores, but they can aid in tightening (aka reducing) their appearance, too.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask

Jumpstart your pore-clearing journey with The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask. It has tea tree oil, which is a fantastic zit-zapping ingredient, and clay that absorbs excess sebum like a pro. Expect to have clearer skin when you use this once a week.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask, P995, Lazada

Mediheal W.H.P White Hydrating Black Mask

This sheet mask contains charcoal to draw out impurities hiding beneath your pores. It leaves your face clean, refreshed, and hydrated.

Mediheal W.H.P White Hydrating Black Mask, P149, SM Beauty

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Leaders Mediu Amino Pore-Tight Mask

Aside from tightening, refining, and unclogging your pores, the Amino Pore Tight Mask helps to control sebum production, too!

Leaders Mediu Amino Pore-Tight Mask, P94, Watsons

Goodal Tea Tree Water Mild Sheet Mask

If you want to get the pimple-clearing benefits of tea tree in a gentler formulation, this sheet mask is for you! It also contains calming ingredients to help flatten your skin breakouts.

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Goodal Tea Tree Water Mild Sheet Mask, P60, Robinsons Galleria

Garnier Serum Face Mask Pure Charcoal Pore-Tightening Tissue Mask

Garnier's charcoal sheet mask unclogs your pores to leave your skin looking baby-smooth and matte.

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Garnier Serum Face Mask Pure Charcoal Pore-Tightening Tissue Mask, P69, Lazada

Naruko Tea Tree Shine Control and Blemish Clear Mask

Formulated with tea tree oil, charcoal, salicylic acid, and witch hazel extract, Naruko's mask leaves the skin balanced, refreshed, and rejuvenated!

Naruko Tea Tree Shine Control and Blemish Clear Mask, P799/8 pieces, Zalora

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Yadah Pore Care Mask Pack

Finish off the week with a detoxifying and brightening mask to get a complexion that's clearer and more evenly-toned.

Yadah Pore Care Mask Pack, P99, BeautyMNL

WEEK 2: SOOTHING

After healing pimples, using soothing masks is the next step. Ingredients such as aloe vera and Centella Asiatica work well to calm angry, inflamed, and sensitive complexions. Soothing masks are also perfect to use when you're feeling tense or stressed out. ;)

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Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

This multi-use gel is the perfect mask to start off your week! It revives dull complexions, minimizes rough texture, and cools down inflamed or dry patches on the skin. This multi-purpose product can act as a wash-off mask, sleeping pack, leave-in hair conditioner, and body lotion. A sulit purchase, indeed!

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Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel, P245, SM Megamall

Innisfree Capsule Potato Wash Off Pack

Potatoes to soothe skin? Absolutely. Potato extract is actually an amazing ingredient to use in calming and nourishing the skin. Simply slather this all over your face after your cleansing routine and wash it off after a few minutes!

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Innisfree Capsule Potato Wash Off Pack, P135, SM Megamall

Kiehl's Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask

This gel mask provides a refreshing boost of hydration, but won't clog the pores. Calendula and aloe calm down redness and pimples, so expect glowing skin after one use!

Kiehl's Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, Greenbelt 5

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SKIN INC Soothe-N-Purify Black Gold Mask

Infused with vitamin C, charcoal, plant extracts, and ~*gold*~, this hydrogel sheet mask instantly reduces redness and irritation after 15 to 20 minutes!

SKIN INC Soothe-N-Purify Black Gold Mask, P700, Sephora.ph

Jumiso Whoa Whoa Soothing Sheet Mask

The ceramides, honey, and shea butter in this sheet mask will deliver a potent soothing essence to your skin that minimizes pimples and target dry patches.

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Jumiso Whoa Whoa Soothing Sheet Mask, P150, Go Bloom and Glow

Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask

Not only does this mask calm the skin down, as the name suggests, but clarifies and hydrates it, too! Ingredients such as charcoal, Centella Asiatica, tea tree oil, and willow bark extract work together to soothe and treat the skin.

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Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask, P160, Go Bloom and Glow

Yadah Soothing Jelly Pack

This pack is infused with prickly pear extract, which is known for its ability to soothe tired skin. We recommend using this after you've been exposed to the sun for a prolonged period, like after a beach trip!

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Yadah Soothing Jelly Pack, P95, Beauty Bar

WEEK 3: BRIGHTENING

If your skin's main concerns are dullness, dark marks, and hyperpigmentation, turn to these face masks. The key to getting a Korean celeb-worthy complexion is using products with actives such as AHAs, BHAs, and vitamin C to help your skin quickly renew itself. With these, you'll score the radiant glow you've always wanted.

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Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask

This powerful clay-to-cream mask contains AHAs, BHAs, milk protein extract, and kaolin to whisk away dead skin cells while injecting skin with a ton of moisture. The result? A bright, plump, and clear complexion!

Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask, P490, Althea

Saturday Skin Cotton Cloud Probiotic Power Mask

Continue your skin-brightening game with this natural microfiber mask loaded with prebiotics and probiotics to keep your skin healthy. It's also loaded with niacinamide to restore your complexion's radiance.

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Saturday Skin Cotton Cloud Probiotic Power Mask, P380, Sephora.ph

23.5 N Red Pearl Barley Brightening Ultra Feather Mask

Rich in vitamins B1 and B2, this sheet mask works to effectively reduce the look of dark marks and hyperpigmentation.

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23.5 N Red Pearl Barley Brightening Ultra Feather Mask, P845/5 pieces, Beauty Bar

Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost Brightening Infusion Sheet Mask

Pixi's sheet mask contains glycolic acid to slough off dead skin cells and go deep in your pores to get rid of unwanted oil and bacteria!

Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost Brightening Infusion Sheet Mask, P745/3 pieces, Sephora.ph

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Kracie Hadabisei All In One Brightening For Smooth and Glowing Skin

With vitamin C as one of its main ingredients, you know this pack of masks will be enough to clarify and even out your complexion.

Kracie Hadabisei All In One Brightening For Smooth and Glowing Skin, P895/31 pieces, Beauty Bar

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Dr. Jart Dermask Brightening Solution

Infused with fruit oils and niacinamide, Brightening Solution nourishes and gently brightens the complexion to bring you one step closer to achieving "glass skin!"

Dr. Jart Dermask Brightening Solution, P407/piece, Sephora.ph

The Face Shop The Solution Brightening Face Mask

Pearl is the hero ingredient in this sheet mask which acts as an aid in bringing out your complexion's luminosity. It also contains ceramides to ensure your skin never becomes dry or dehydrated!

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The Face Shop The Solution Brightening Face Mask, P150/piece, Lazada

WEEK 4: ANTI-AGING

It's never too early to prevent skin aging. Ahead, our curated list of masks that will keep your skin youthful and firm. Oh and don't worry, none of these will cause acne breakouts. ;)

Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask

Aside from smelling amazinggggg, you only need a little bit of this overnight mask for your whole face to smoothen out fine lines and improve your skin's elasticity. You won't have to worry about it clogging your pores because it has a lightweight, velvety, air-whipped texture.

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Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, P3,550, Greenbelt 5

Lululun Plus Rose Aroma Oil Mask

Damask rose extract not only prevents wrinkles from forming on your skin, but also restores and nourishes your complexion to bring it back to its original, healthy state.

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Lululun Rose Aroma Oil Mask, P160, Beauty Bar

Pixi Plump Collagen Boost Volumizing Infusion Sheet Mask

A combination of collagen and peptides will improve your skin's elasticity, leaving your face looking dewy and fresh!

Pixi Plump Collagen Boost Volumizing Infusion Sheet Mask, P745/3 pieces, Sephora.ph

Huxley Secret of Sahara Sleep Mask; Good Night

Help your skin repair itself by layering this overnight mask which is loaded with hyaluronic acid and cactus extract. It's also filled with antioxidants that reverse the effects of stress and pollution.

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Huxley Secret of Sahara Sleep Mask; Good Night, P1,350, Freyja

Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Probiotic Boost Skin Renewal Bio-Cellulose Mask

A cooling mask that contains hyaluronic acid and powerful probiotics which will leave your skin smooth, radiant, and more youthful-looking.

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Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Probiotic Boost Skin Renewal Bio-Cellulose Mask, P3,150/5 pieces, Zalora

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mask

Made with mineral-rich spring water and botanicals, this mask promises to keep your face supple, refine skin texture, and improve its elasticity. It releases a heating sensation upon contact with your skin to open up the pores and allow proper absorption of nutrients.

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Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mask, P3,500, Freyja

Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Overnight Mask

This luxurious gel-cream mask beautifully hugs your complexion with a red algae and sweet almond extract-infused formula. It works to visibly plump and lift your skin, and restore it to its original youthful appearance.

Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Overnight Mask, P3,700, Lazada

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BONUS FACE MASKS

Since the masks mentioned above only cover 28 days, here are two more tried-and-tested sleeping packs to complete the month. Tip: The best way to apply a sleeping pack is over your moisturizer. Doing so will seal in all those good and nourishing ingredients, and help repair the skin's barrier.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

This cult favorite is always so hard to get a hold of for a few good reasons: It works for all skin types, doesn't clog pores, revitalizes your complexion, seals in moisture, soothes skin and acne flare-ups, and makes your complexion look well-rested in the morning.

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Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, P1,550, Lazada

Make P:rem Radiance Peeling Sleeping Pack

This exfoliating mask is so gentle, it's safe for everyday use. Its active ingredient, PHA, gently peels the skin's surface without irritating the skin. The gel texture of this sleeping pack makes your complexion plump and soft the next morning.

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Make P:rem Radiance Peeling Sleeping Pack, P1,940, Freyja

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