How to Get a Facial Using One Product

Want your skin to feel totally fresh? Use one of these six masks that contain two key ingredients you need.

Chemical exfoliation sounds more like something from a beauty horror story than a skin-care routine game-changer. But as it turns out, it's the secret for getting glowy, post-facial skin—without ever seeing a facialist.

"Chemical exfoliants work to break down the cellular bonds so dead skin cells can be removed from the top layer of the skin," explains New York-based dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman. There are two special ingredients that make chemical exfoliation the miracle-worker that it is. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are used for dry, dull skin, and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are reserved for more acne-prone complexions.

AHAs and BHAs can be used together if you have combination skin, but you should take some precautions when adding them to your routine. "The biggest mistake you can make with exfoliants is to overuse them, and to use them with other ingredients that can cancel out their effects, like retinols and vitamin C," says Engelman.

Ready for some chemical exfoliation? Try one of the below masks a few times a week, and get ready to glow.

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Mask No. 1: The Two-in-One

Exfoliating Instant Facial, $125,

The Key Ingredient: AHAs, BHAs, and vitamin B5

The Effect: No need to book a pricey facial—this mask exfoliates skin using both AHAs and BHAs for a fresh face, while vitamin B5 keeps skin soft and soothed.

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Mask No. 2: The Sensitive-Skin Saver

Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask, $60,

The Key Ingredient: Fruit-based AHAs

The Effect: Using AHAs from pink pomelo, this mask works wonders on even the most sensitive skin to accelerate cell renewal for a brighter, clearer complexion.

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Mask No. 3: The Glow-Booster

Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask, $48,

The Key Ingredient: AHAs, BHAs, aloe leaf, and blue tansy oil

The Effect: This gel mask is gentle enough to use several times a week—so you can maintain soft, clear skin in the long-run.

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Mask No. 4: The Redness-Reducer

Clarifying Mask by Murad, $38,

The Key Ingredient: BHAs, clay, and zinc

The Effect: If your skin is especially acne prone, BHAs will quickly become your skin savior. The power combo of salicylic acid, clay, and zinc in this clarifying mask will eradicate blemishes for good.

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Mask No. 5: The Ultimate Exfoliator

T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial by Drunk Elephant, $80,

The Key Ingredient: AHAs, BHAs, and chickpea flou

The Effect: A mix of AHAs and BHAs give this mask major clarifying power to improve skin texture and tone, all the while clearing your pores of any excess oil.

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No. 6: The Affordable Treatment

Double Glow Peel Mask by Vichy, $20,

The Key Ingredient: AHAs and volcanic rocks

The Effect: This French pharmacy staple sloughs away dead cells to make your skin look fresh and clear. Plus, its delicate scent makes for an aromatic, spa-like treat.

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