If you’ve ever felt like your skin has been trapped within itself and needs to somehow be aired out, look no further—foaming masks are for you. Designed to deliver oxygen—among other hardworking ingredients—deep into pores to save skin and brighten things up, it’s no wonder why these frothy masks are taking over. Here, our favorite foaming wonders.
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A rich clay mousse disintegrates quickly in this millennial-focused mask, revealing a charcoal-, clay- and Brazilian caja extract–infused mask beneath it, which is designed to deeply detoxify and exfoliate skin. The coolest part? Even though it was once a foam, this mask peels off about 15 minutes later in a clean sweep for the best of both worlds.
You’ll feel the bubbles begin to foam the second you pull the sheet mask out of the package—you’ll also notice that this offering only covers the bottom half of your face to focus on usual problem areas—but the formula really gets to work when it hits your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes until you have an uncanny resemblance to Santa Clause, massage the remaining bubbles into skin and rinse with lukewarm water. Because it’s packed with charcoal, you’ll notice clearer, tighter pores immediately after use and less oil long-term.
It looks like a serum straight out of the bottle, but after smoothing a small amount over your face, the formula instantly turns white and begins to foam and energize tired skin. The foam (it might tickle!) will disintegrate in about 10 minutes and leave behind a white film; when this happens, wash off with warm water and moisturize with your usual hydrator for a tighter, brighter complexion.
Five minutes is all it takes for this foaming gel mask to transform a dull complexion and boring skin care routine. After cleansing as usual, apply the formula to damp skin (you’ll feel it tingling as it works). After five minutes, rinse thoroughly and stare at your now-clear pores in awe.
While most foaming masks have a brightening or detoxifying effect, this luxe option offers up the benefit of smoothing out fine lines and firming skin with continual use. To use, apply on face, neck and décolleté (you’ll want to wear a strapless shirt or have a towel on if you opt to use on your chest because the foam can get a bit messy if used in large quantities). Leave on for up to 15 minutes and cleanse to reveal a firmer look.
Crafted with Italian sparkling water enriched with calcium and potassium, this dual-phase mask works to brighten and refresh your complexion with bubble carbonation and carbon dioxide. Simply apply the CO2 Pore Gel all over clean skin and apply the mask over it to seal in and maximize its benefits. After 20 minutes, remove and cleanse with lukewarm water for ultra-purified skin.
Along with oxygen, grapeseed extract (to protect) and vitamins C and E (to hydrate and brighten) pack some serious skin-loving benefits into this super fun, energizing mask without you even knowing it. Because it’s self-activating, massage a generous amount onto skin and wait five minutes for its frothy texture to develop on its own. Then, rinse well. Use whenever you—or your mood—needs a little pick-me-up (because we’ve all been there).
Luminosity is restored and fine lines are blurred after one use of this oxygenating mask that deletes all signs of fatigue even after the longest of days. Apply a thin layer to clean, damp skin (either all over or wherever you’d like to boost radiance) until the oxygen spheres fully activate. They will disappear on their own; once they do, rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.
If your pores are looking (and feeling) more congested than ever, this foaming peel is the ultimate antidote. A one-two punch clears and energizes skin in two steps: The first uses charcoal and barley leaf to draw out impurities while the second delivers oxygen back into the skin before bubbling into a foam to plump and renew.
Inspired by green juices, this clay- and superfood-infused mask (we’re taking green tea, spirulina and spinach) draws out dirt, debris, pollutants and makeup without stripping or drying skin. Once the foam develops on the skin (this will happen on its own after application), wet your fingers and massage in circular motions to reactivate and soak in all of the benefits the formula has to offer before cleansing with warm water.
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