The Best Face Masks for Dry Skin

The Best Face Masks for Dry Skin

A hydrating face mask for dry skin can be a great addition to your skin care routine—particularly during drying seasonal changes, or anytime your skin needs an extra boost of moisture, radiance, calming, and smoothing. But dry skin can have varied concerns, which is why you should see out masks formulated with different results in mind. Whether your skin is dull, flaky, reddened, uneven, or dehydrated, we have you covered.

Best Masks for Dry, Dehydrated Skin  

When trying to soothe parched skin, it's best to look for a moisturising face mask for dry skin or a hydrating face mask for dry skin that have rich, creamy textures that drench skin in replenishing moisture without feeling greasy. Bonus points if they're packed with antioxidant-laden plant oils and essential lipids, which replenish and soothe dehydrated skin. If that is the case, you can quickly reverse the visible effects of dehydration (dullness, redness, flakiness, and/or uneven texture), leaving you with a smoother, more radiant, firmer-feeling complexion.

In some cases, a slightly lighter-textured mask can be used as an overnight hydrator, one that instantly banishes signs of redness and works with your usual moisturiser to restore a dewy complexion while you rest. Think of it as beauty sleep in a tube.

A super-emollient, thicker-textured mask packed with many of the ingredients mentioned above, plus nourishing amino acids, will quickly relieve dry, tight, distressed skin and prevent moisture loss. While a mask like this does soak into skin without leaving a greasy or waxy feel, it will leave a noticeable cushion on skin’s surface. This more traditional texture will appeal to those who like a rinse-off mask, and the luxury of softer, more youthful-looking skin in as few as 30 minutes. Leave it on overnight when your skin is so dry your usual night cream isn’t enough.

Best Masks for Dry, Dull-Looking Skin

Looking to restore a bright glow as well as hydrate skin? Look for a dry skin face mask with a silky, cream-gel texture for use when your skin needs an overnight, skin-brightening pick-me-up—you’ll wake to luminous, supple skin, intensified hydration, and less-noticeable fine lines and wrinkles. You can use this type of mask as often as desired, when you’re craving a youthful, radiant complexion. Bonus: This mask can be layered under either of our moisturising masks for a double dose of lasting hydration, and brightening that lasts well into the next day.

References for this information:
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, February 2017, ePublication
International Journal of Dermatology, July 2016, pages 386–391
Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, April 2016, pages 95–105
Phytotherapy Research, August 2015, volume 29, issue 8, pages 1117–1122
European Journal of Dermatology, May-June 2013, pages 303–307
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
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Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80


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