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13 Peel-Off Masks That Will Look Amazing in Your Snapchat Story

Move over, sheet masks: We found the most social-media-worthy new skin care around
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In the age of Instagram, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories, a beauty product is only as good as its ability to make people double-tap. Take, for example, the popularity of sheet masks: They may be a dime a dozen now, but the 4-for-$10 favorite was only a niche Korean novelty until models started appearing on social media wearing them like an accessory. See what we mean?

There's nothing wrong with being popular, but when you scroll through your feed to find one sheet mask after another, you may start to wonder if there's something a little more interesting out there. Something ... different. Bonus points if it's alien-looking enough to spark a long comments thread about what the hell it is.

The oft-ignored peel-off mask fits the bill -- and then some. Smooth on one of these antioxidant-rich, oil-absorbing, wrinkle-reducing formulas, let it dry, and then peel it off your face like you would Elmer's glue from your hands as a kid, and you've got the making of a great Boomerang. Film yourself tearing it off abruptly in front of your easily startled roommate, and you're a viral YouTube sensation.

Oh, and did we mention that they're all kinds of amazing for your skin, too? Sheet masks, step back: Peel-off masks are here, and they're giving you a run for your inherently Instagrammable money. Just don't get any in your eyebrows.

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For a Multitasking Mask
Try: Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Peel and Reveal Revitalizing Mask, $36

Good for: Tightening, brightening, softening and pore minimizing -- basically, this spa-inspired mask is a one-stop shop for all of your skin-improving needs.

Standout quality: Packed with healing aloe vera, natural exfoliating (and blemish-fighting) acids and a potent botanical blend, this formula leaves no complexion woe unaccounted for. If you don't know where to start with peel-off masks, start here.

Ouch factor: 1/5

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For a Soothing & Brightening Mask
Try: Clé de Peau Beauté Translucency Mask, $125

Good for: Anyone who wants a clearer, more youthful, better-hydrated complexion. Your skin will be so bright, your friends will have to wear shades. (Har har.)

Standout quality: Even the most sensitive skin types won't take issue with this gentle exfoliating formula, which contains soothing rosehip and moisturizing lecithin but leaves out harsh, drying alcohol-based ingredients.

Ouch factor: 2/5

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For Banishing Pimples and Pores
Try: Belif First Aid Transforming Peel-Off Mask, $34

Good for: Clogged pores and breakouts don't stand a chance against this powerhouse formula, which contains star ingredients like lemon balm and willow bark to naturally detoxify and soothe without drying.

Standout quality: This mask has a unique -- and very enjoyable -- removal process that gives new meaning to the phrase "just add water."

Ouch factor: 0/5

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For a Gentle Skin Detox
Try: Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask, $41

Good for: This rich, luxurious mask isn't your everyday grab-and-go solution -- in fact, with its soothing properties and thick, honey-like texture, it's practically engineered to feel like a major indulgence. It's like the skin care equivalent of taking a long, rejuvenating nap.

Standout quality: The close resemblance to honey isn't just for fun -- rather, the sweet treat plays a starring role in the ingredient list alongside honeysuckle and Japanese medicinal herbs to purify and purge the skin without drying.

Ouch factor: 2/5

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BY RACHEL KRAUSE | OCT 21, 2016 | SHARES
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