Is there anything more frustrating than a face mask that doesn't seem to do anything to improve your skin? I like to call these Instagram masks — skin care concoctions that only exist because they look cool in pictures. They don't include any active ingredients and your skin looks no better after you've rinsed them off. Those masks are garbage. If you're anything like me, you're only interested in using the most effective face masks, and nothing less.
Let's get right down to business: if performance is your first priority when shopping for a new face mask, it's all about active ingredients — ingredients that are scientifically proven to be effective at treating specific skin conditions. If your skin is severely dehydrated, look for a mask that contains hyaluronic acid or shea butter. Are you after a brightening effect? Try a formula with papaya extract or BHAs. And if you want to purge clogged pores, you can never go wrong with clay.
Ahead, I've rounded up six of the most effective face masks on the market. Each one targets a specific concern and suits a different budget. They may not be the most Instagram-worthy while they're on, but they leave behind photo-ready skin once you rinse them off.