These Face Masks Are Tall Glasses of Water for Your Dry, Tired Skin
Since we’ve been experiencing rather dry skin as of late (hello, winter), we thought it was about time to give a hydrating face mask or two a try. After all, a little extra moisture can only help, right? To find out which masks were worthy of trying, we reached out to dermatologists Dendy Engelman, MD, and Marisa Garshick, MD, for their favourite dry-skin face masks.
According to Engelman, the best masks for people experiencing dry, flaky skin are “sleeping packs and or overnight masks,” as she says our body rebalances hydration as we sleep. She further adds, “When the body is in a deep, restful sleep, the skin’s metabolism increases and cell turnover and renewal escalates.”
While Engelman notes the height for skin regeneration is “10 p.m. and 2 a.m,” Engelman and Garshick have recommended a variety of hydrating face masks that can be done at your convenience—be it while you sleep, while you’re taking a shower, or 20 minutes before work.
For the moisturising face masks that will up your glow-factor as told to us by dermatologists, keep on reading.
Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Blooming Vitamin Sleeping Mask ($76)
For those of you with extremely dry skin, Engelman recommends this overnight mask, which contains glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide, as well as the main ingredient, camellia japonica flower extract, which, according to studies, is a powerful antioxidant that firms and hydrates the skin.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask ($42)
A symptom of severely dry skin is itchy, irritated patches. If that just so happens to be your situation, Garshick recommends applying this calming face mask that contains shea butter for moisture and colloidal oatmeal, which she says soothes itchy and irritated skin.
Erno Laszlo Soothe and Calm Hydrogel Mask ($25)
For those of you who prefer sheet masks, Engelman says she “loves hydrogel masks as they are especially great for dry months.” Why hydrogel specifically? Engelman says that hydrogel delivery systems have been used in the medical field to treat wounds as well as heal and soothe burns, therefore, “when it comes to occlusive properties, hydrogel masks definitely top it,” Engelman says. Furthermore, she recommends using this hydrogel mask by Erno Laszlo that contains cellulose and antioxidants that help to “reduce puffiness and redness, while also protecting skin from free radical damage.”
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask ($115)
According to Garshick, ceramides are “a critical component of the skin barrier.” In order to lock in moisture as well as hyaluronic acid, she suggests this ceramide overnight mask from Elizabeth Arden. Not only will the ceramides work to prevent further moisture loss, but Garshick says that this mask’s many amino acids will also support collagen and elastin production.
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque ($119)
If your skin is feeling lackluster, Garshick recommends using this hyaluronic acid mask to replenish your skin’s natural moisture, as she says hyaluronic acid “is naturally found in our skin and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, and as a result, it leaves the skin feeling rehydrated and fresh.” For the best results, Garshick recommends using this mask one or twice a week.