Cleansing Masks You Need In Your Skin-Care Routine

There's a lot to consider when test-driving a new cleanser (like skin type, texture, and ingredients). Sadly, most of the cleansers I've tried leave my skin feeling tight and dry, which is not what you want for your face first thing in the morning.

So when cleansing masks started hitting the market left and right, I decided to give one a try and was blown away by the results. Most tout the ability to effectively cleanse the skin without stripping or irritating it — a winning combination. Plus, one tube, tub, or bottle of a cleansing mask means you can tote around two products in one. This can mean the difference between easily zipping up your makeup bag and having to jam in an extra product.

Cleansing masks aren't entirely new to the market. In fact, some brands have had versions of the product in their arsenals for years. But lately, a host of new hybrids has hit the shelves — and it has me very excited. Although the majority contain ingredients like kaolin clay, which is ideal for oily or acne-prone skin, many other versions offer intense hydration and even brightening effects. So, if my gushing hasn't sold you on these multitasking marvels, check out the slides ahead, where I break down a few favorites.
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This bright-green mask and cleanser combines the frivolity of bubble masks with the nondrying qualities of an A+ cleanser. After you apply a layer of the liquid over your skin, the product will transform into a foam. Relax for a few minutes while the foam develops, and then wash it off. The result is clean, clear skin that doesn't feel the slightest bit parched.

Origins By All Greens Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask, $36, available at Sephora.
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Unlike most cleansing masks, this one is extremely hydrating. When rubbed on the skin, it turns into an oil, which is ideal for removing stubborn makeup. Once your skin is clean, you can apply an extra layer of the balm as an overnight treatment.

Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Mask & Balm For Baby Soft Skin, $60, available at Charlotte Tilbury.
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I'm a fan of double-cleansing, so after I remove my makeup with a cleansing oil, I'll smooth a layer of this clay-based face wash over my skin and let it dry for a few minutes before washing it off. The green French clay and tea-tree oils in its formula make it ideal for oily or acne-prone skin.

Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-foam Clay Green, $15, available at Sephora.
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You can use this product as a cleanser, spot treatment, or full-face mask to keep acne at bay.

Clearasil Acne + Marks Wash and Mask, $8.05, available at Walmart.
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After smoothing this gel cleanser-slash-mask onto your face and leaving it on for a couple of minutes, add water and watch it take on a lotion-like consistency. It's super soothing and hydrating, thanks to grape-seed and jojoba oils.

Milk Makeup Urban Defense Mask, $36, available at Milk Makeup.
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This mask is definitely the most pore-purging of the bunch. It's packed full of Hungarian moor mud and French clay, which work together to draw out excess oil and any dirt that may be lingering on your visage. Plus, it creates a slight tingling sensation on the skin, which is strangely refreshing.

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask, $120, available at Sephora.
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