The New Masks: 8 Next-Gen Face Masks That Will Up Your Beauty Game

BY Janeca Racho · September 5, 2018

high tech face masks

We get it. Not everyone is tripping over themselves to hop on the latest beauty trend. But take it from us, ladies. If there’s one craze you won’t regret obsessing about, it’s face masks. They’re quick, easy and if done the right way, can give you glorious-looking skin without having to book a facial.

“Face masks work to hydrate your skin mainly by occlusion,” says dermatology resident Dr. Joyce Park, author of the health-and-beauty blog Tea with MD. “By applying a mask pre-soaked with serum onto your face, you are allowing for more penetration into the skin,” she explains.

“Masks are the heart of the facial treatment. They help to correct and repair a particular skin condition,” adds master esthetician Shelley Birnbaum. “Aside from absorbing dirt and impurities from the skin, other benefits include hydrating, balancing oil production, firming and tightening skin, improving texture and clarity, increasing circulation and detoxifying,” she notes.

Now embraced by legions of women (and men!) everywhere, it’s safe to say that today’s at-home face masks have definitely evolved. And while “high tech” isn’t often the first thing that comes to mind when you think of masks, a quick look at these new face masks’ unique formulations and innovative delivery systems will tell you that masking is now at a whole other level. In other words, the art of masking has certainly come a long way since the time you first began taking bathroom selfies with your sheet masks.

More sophisticated yet still just as easy to use, this new generation of masks are no longer just about giving you glowing skin overnight. We’re talking about masks for your every skin and hair drama—whether it’s dull and lifeless hair, tired and puffy eyes or a sagging jawline that’s giving you grief.

Curious to know more? Read below to discover the wonders of this new breed of face masks!

1. Magnetic Masks: Lancer Skincare Younger® Revealing Mask Intense

With its exclusive anti-aging formula, this innovative treatment mask features hydroxypinacolone retinoate—a next-generation retinoid that delivers the same anti-aging benefits of retinol without the possibility of sensitivity and irritation. It also comes with a handy magnetic removal tool that thoroughly rids your skin of dead skin cells, debris and mask residue.

2. Point Masks: UpYours ChinUp Starter Set

You may adore babies with double chins but on yourself? Probably, not so much. This point mask—infused with the brand’s patented SkintronicsTM Serum, hyaluronic acid, Q10 and vitamin E—is formulated to refine and contour your jawline and promote loss of chin fat while boosting cell regeneration and protection from free radical damage. Simply apply the mask under your chin, keep it in place with the slimming band and remove after 30 minutes.

Want to know how well this works? Here’s what happened when we tried the ChinUp Mask.

3. LED Light Therapy Masks: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro

Light therapy is one of the most popular in-office procedures because it’s pain-free, non-invasive and effectively speeds up the healing process of post-surgery scars, acne and other blemishes. Thanks to the SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro, reaping the benefits of photo-regeneration can now be done right at your own home. Using 162 blue and red LED lights, this light therapy device stimulates collagen production to smooth out fine lines and strengthen sagging skin, reduces the appearance of sun damage and hyperpigmentation, calms breakouts and inflammation and destroys acne-causing bacteria—with just three minutes of daily use.

4. Silicone Masks: Nurse Jamie FaceWrap

Whether you’re battling dryness and dehydration or beginning to see hints of time’s effects on your skin, this reusable (up to 20 times) silicone FaceWrap works hard to restore your complexion by locking in moisture for intense hydration. Ultra-thin, stretchy and non-adhesive, it hugs the curves and contours of your face without pulling or tugging your skin. For best results, use with your favorite moisturizer or hydrating mask.

5. Hydrogel Masks: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

This alcohol-free eye patch will make sure you show up to that big meeting without looking like you haven’t slept for a week (even if you did pull several all-nighters finishing your presentation). Featuring hyaluronic acid, caffeine and a blend of ceramide NP, collagen and marshmallow root extract, it plumps and hydrates the delicate area under your eyes while reducing dark circles, fine lines and crow’s feet.

6. Hair Masks: Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System

Gearing up for fall isn’t just about shopping for new cashmere sweaters or switching to wine-hued lippies. It also means repairing all the damage your hair endured under the scorching summer sun. This hair-care duo—infused with panthenol, algae extract and micronized argan oil—features Briogeo’s award-winning hair mask and essence-infused cap that work together to nourish, repair damage and allow for better nutrient absorption. In fact, it’s been clinically proven to reduce hair breakage and boost hydration by as much as 80 percent!

7. Rubber/Peel-Off Masks: Erno Laszlo Firmarine Lift Face Mask

Whether it’s due to aging or weight loss, sagging skin is one skin concern that leaves many stumped and frustrated. Fortunately, this face mask is specifically designed to lift and tone loose skin and restore its strength and elasticity. The dual-phase formula features spirulina maxima to promote collagen production, panthenol and diatomaceous earth to prevent moisture loss and help retain natural oils along with peppermint oil to cleanse and purify pores.

See what happened when we tried this for ourselves.

8. Lip Plumping Masks: 111SKIN Meso Infusion Lip Mask and Plumping Duo

Want that full, luscious pout but not too keen on fillers and surgery? Then this plumping lip treatment is for you. Infused with a potent lip-loving blend of X Stylenol and Volulip, it strengthens and improves elasticity, increases your kissers’ volume for a fuller effect and hydrates and nourishes your pout. It also features Neodermyl, a “needle-free” collagen that acts as a filler to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.

Janeca Racho

With over 10 years of writing and editing experience, Janeca Racho has worked with clients in the fashion, entertainment, food, health and travel industries. An adventurer at heart, she will gladly trade her heels for ... Read More >

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