Best Bet: Boscia’s Black Mask


Though this tarlike peel-off mask looks rather ominous oozing out of the tube, it works its black magic to draw out impurities and blackhead-causing gunk. Smooth a generous layer over your face (too thin and it won't peel properly), wait twenty minutes for the mask to dry, then strip it off in one piece, taking an unappealing layer of dead skin and New York grime with it. Concocted from clay, vitamin C, witch hazel, and pine bark and rosemary extracts, the preservative-free product exfoliates to leave behind brighter, softer skin.

Bascia Luminizing Black Mask, $34 at Sephora or onine.