10 Best Face Masks for Post-Workout


Exercise can do some amazing things to your body, but the effects it can have on your skin are not always so great. The mix of sweat, high temperatures and germy studio equipment can leave you battling breakouts, dryness, redness and, depending on whether you’re class is inside or outdoors, even sun damage. That’s why it’s so important to maintain a consistent, quality skincare routine that caters to your skin type and activity level. For example, if you’re an avid runner, you’re more likely to face dry skin that could lose elasticity over time, due to the up-and-down motion of running.

But no fear—whether you have greasy and oily or dry and chapped skin or your workout of choice is hot yoga or underwater Zumba, adding a little TLC to your face at the end of the day can work wonders. Here are 10 face masks that can hydrate, condition and return the glow back to your skin.

For oily skin

Sweating is a natural and healthy process for the body, but when it sits on your skin for a prolonged amount of time, it can lead to excess oil—especially if you have oil-prone skin to begin with. This mask works to absorb that excess oil while deeply cleansing your pores using clay, pomegranate and green tea extracts. Simply apply the clay paste straight from the tube and leave on for 15 minutes or more for fresh, vibrant and less oily skin.
Buy it now: Petal Fresh Age Defying Facial Clay Masque, $6, petalfresh.com

For congested skin

Most people think dirt is the culprit for clogged pores, but the real cause is often a buildup of skin cells made worse when you’re sweating it out. This all-natural mask is jam-packed with powerful, detoxifying clays—Kaolin, Rhassoul, sea and Bentonite—that help shrink and refine pores while providing a gentle exfoliation that’s great for all skin types. It comes in a powdered clay form, so all you have to do is add a few drops of water to create the smooth paste you then apply to your face!
Buy it now: Mullein & Sparrow Clay Face Mask, $18, mulleinandsparrow.com

For skin showing signs of aging

Infused with cranberries, sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil and sea salt, the ingredients in this mask contain essential lipids that provide aging skin with the hydration it needs. While removing dead skin cells and providing protection and nourishment with its vitamin-packed oils, it increases the skin’s natural production of collagen, a key benefit to halting early signs of aging.
Buy it now: Marie d’Argan’s Anti-Aging Face Scrub, $31, mariedarganusa.com

For acne-prone skin

This gentle, exfoliating mask helps loosen and extract whiteheads and blackheads while simultaneously absorbing excess oil. The combination of both salicylic and glycolic acid helps release the impurities found deep under the skin while the Japanese Eijitsu rose gently works to give you tighter-looking pores.
Buy it now: Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner, $47, sephora.com

For sensitive skin

It’s tricky to find the perfect match to sensitive skin that’s prone to breakouts, redness and inflammation. But this mask is a great find, using all-natural ingredients including cranberry enzymes and peptide-firming antioxidants. It gives you a smooth, healthy appearance with in a short time. Leave on for as little as 15 minutes, and then rinse off for a relaxed, radiant and polished glow.
Buy it now: Osmosis Polish Enzyme and Firming Mask, $50

For red, inflamed skin

Extreme temperatures, like going from that 105°F hot yoga class to the 30°F weather outside, can aggravate skin and exacerbate skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. To target and calm the redness, look for a vaso-constricting like this one. As blood vessels constrict, the appearance of broken or enlarged capillaries is visibly reduced with this mask that cools skin by an average of 4 degrees after just 15 minutes.
Buy it now: Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, $55, skinceuticals.com

For combination skin

A moisturizing mix of powerfully hydrating, all-natural ingredients work together to brighten and revitalize dry, dull skin for those with combination skin. It uses honey, a natural hydrator used since ancient times; propolis, an antiseptic found in beehives; and amino acid-rich royal jellies. It also infuses phytochemical cichoric acid, a potent, natural antioxidant that further enhances the benefits from honey. The best part? It creates a warming sensation when rubbed into the skin!
Buy it now: Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask, $56, sephora.com

For dull, tired skin

Lackluster, over-worked skin instantly benefits from this rich, creamy mask containing a high concentration of active brightening botanicals and reparative hydrators. While comforting and conditioning the skin, it also uses a plant called narcissus to slow down the synthesis of melanin, the pigment in the skin that leads to dark spots. It also uses red currant berries and calendula flowers to brighten the skin and protect it from collagen breakdown.
Buy it now: Amala Intensive Brightening Mask, $82, shopamala.com

For renewal while you sleep

Did you know that the height of skin-cell turnover and skin repair is between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.? In addition, the skin loses water while you sleep, so overnight masks like this one are a great way to support skin health. While you’re catching z’s, this mask works to rebuild collagen, the structural protein that keeps the skin looking firm, which smoothes the appearance. It’s also infused with essential amino acids and minerals and hyaluronic acid, locking in hydration through the night. Lastly, it has an exclusive fragrance that promotes a sense of calming relaxation so you wake up feeling refreshed and looking your best.
Buy it now: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask, $88, elizabetharden.com

For dry, dehydrated skin

No matter the time of year, it can be difficult maintaining moisture to your face, especially if you frequently sweat in class and wash your face multiple times a day. If this is you, look for masks with hyaluronic acid, which will help the skin retain water and improve elasticity. This mask is extremely hydrating, with the highest concentration of micro-encapsulation of polarized water that brings water deeper into the skin. Botanicals, red algae, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and shea butter help increase hydration and moisture. In addition, the antioxidants help protect from free radicals, which can be just as harmful in the winter months as summer.
Buy it now: DERM iNSTITUTE Antioxidant Hydration Masque, $120, diskincare.com

Jenn Sinrich is an editor in New York City, a self-proclaimed foodie always looking for the healthier version of all recipes, a passionate lover of all things cheese, a friendly New Yorker, Bostonian at heart and proud Red Sox fan. Love cats? Cheese? Mac n' Cheese? Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.