With so much attention given to sebum-absorbing clay and activated charcoal masks, it sometimes seems like hydrating face masks for dry skin play second fiddle. But here's the reality: there's a vast universe of skin masks out there for all skin types and concerns and those of us who have dry complexions can totally benefit from cream, sheet, and even sleeping masks designed to soothe, calm, and provide an intense boost of moisture to parched skin.
Some of the best dry skin masks are those rich in ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen and elastin, Vitamin E, avocado, oatmeal (which is heaven on sensitive skin with inflammation), and botanicals and essential oils such as calendula, aloe, argan, and jojoba oil (which helps balance your skin's natural oils). Always read labels and the list of ingredients and avoid any product that contains alcohol or synthetic fragrances (especially if you have sensitive skin).
Used a few times a week, the right mask for dry skin can help prevent flakes and dry spots, alleviate redness, and actually lock moisture in so that your skin looks and feels smooth and radiant. And these 11 moisturizing face masks for dry skin are chock-full of nourishing ingredients that'll help your skin feel plump and comfortable.
1. A Sheet Mask Infused With Collagen & Elastin
Collagen Impact Essential Mask
This Korean sheet mask is infused with hydrolyzed collagen and elastin, both of which help improve your skin's texture, make it appear more radiant, and soften dry patches. Apply a sheet mask, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, and then remove it and gently pat the remaining essence into your skin. Reviewers say this mask helps them wake up with more moisturized, smoother skin.
2. A Nourishing Oatmeal Mask For Sensitive, Dry Skin
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
Few ingredients can nourish and repair dry, sensitive, and irritated skin like the colloidal oatmeal found in this hydrating mask. Leave it on for 10 minutes, wash with warm water, and follow up with moisturizer — botanical antioxidants and Avena sativa oat bran round out the list of incredible ingredients you'll find in this dry skin savior.
3. A Skin Softening Sleeping Mask With Snow Water
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
There's a perfectly good reason why this Korean sleeping mask continues to enjoy cult favorite status: after just one night of use, its unique cocktail of beta-glucan, ceramides, Snow Water, and a proprietary blend of essences will soften and moisturize dry skin, providing the perfect prep work for your morning skincare and makeup routine. Reviewers say they wake up looking like they just spent money for a professional facial.
4. A Gentle Fruit Enzyme Mask To Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells
Andalou Naturals Fruit Enzyme Mask
When you have dry skin, you have to be exceptionally careful when it comes to the products you use to exfoliate dead skin cells, particularly if you have sensitive skin. This fruit enzyme mask gently removes surface dullness by using bioactive berry enzymes to shed dead skin and antioxidants like resveratrol to rejuvenate your complexion. This mask is gluten and cruelty free and non-GMO.
5. A Sheet Mask With Hyaluronic Acid & Papaya Enzyme You Can Afford To Use Everyday
LuLuLun Blue Rich Moisture Face Masks
These Japanese sheet masks are a favorite among beauty bloggers worldwide, and that's because they pack a major punch of hydration for a great price: It's not everyday you see a 32 pack of sheet masks. These are filled with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic and polyglutamic acids, along with brightening ingredients like papaya enzymes and EGF, which help encourage skin cell turnover. The packaging is a bit less luxurious than other sheet masks, since they are individually wrapped and are on the thin side, but for the price these are super worth it.
6. A Mask For Redness, Rosacea, & Sensitive Dry Skin
Paula's Choice SKIN RECOVERY Hydrating Treatment Mask
No matter how sensitive and dry your skin — and even if you suffer from rosacea — this soothing mask can help without irritating highly reactive skin. It's made from antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, and E and evening primrose oil, as well as olive and apricot oils that deliver intense hydration. You won't find fragrances or alcohol in this mask and it gives you options: Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it off or, if you crave the most moisture possible, treat it the way you would a sleeping mask and let it work its magic while you snooze.
7. A Botanical Non-Hardening Mask That Heals Acne
Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask
If you have both dry or sensitive skin and acne, this wash-off mask, which contains soothing balsam peru, is designed to curb inflammation and help heal acne without drying out your skin. The formula will stay creamy and won't harden on your skin (hurray for that) and will even aid in reducing redness that can result from dry skin and blemishes.
8. A Cocoa Butter & Ceramide Mask That Provides Two Levels Of Hydration
Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask
This dry skin mask tackles two skin levels to provide ultimate hydration: Glycerin, cocoa butter, and emollients provide deeper levels of moisture, while essential lips, ceramides, and cholesterol help smooth and strengthen the surface of skin. Add a dose of Vitamins C and E and you've got the perfect dry skin mask — one that can be removed with a tissue instead of water.
9. A Sleeping Mask With Hyaluronic Acid & Nine Essential Oils
Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask
A leave-on sleeping mask like this gel formula packed with hyaluronic acid, olive leaf, cranberry, and nine essential oils works wonders on dry skin because it allows nourishing ingredients to slowly seep in and form a protective barrier. You'll wake up with smoother, softer, and more hydrated skin — and you can feel good knowing this Korean beauty fave is free of alcohol, artificial fragrance, mineral oil, and colorants.
10. Individual Dry Skin Mask Pods Made With Spirulina Extract
nügg Deep Hydration Face Mask
These individually packed face mask pods contain everything that dry, dehydrated skin needs to feel its silky best — with camellia seed oil, spirulina extract, and aloe juice leading its list of impressive ingredients. The gel formula goes on smoothly, can be left on skin anywhere from 5-15 minutes, and is then removed with a warm washcloth. Reviewers who say they have really dry and sensitive skin, and even one reviewer who lives in the desert, sweat by this mask for hydration.
11. A Vitamin-Packed Sleeping Mask With An Absorbent Gel-Like Texture
Shiseido IBUKI Beauty Sleeping Mask
With so much goodness packed into this Japanese sleeping mask, it's difficult to know where to start, but these ingredients are as good as any: Vitamins C and E, PhytoTarget Complex for intense moisture, and Phytoplankton Extract to plump up skin and strengthen its protective barrier. If you aren't a fan of greasy textures, you'll love this gel-based formula, which contains mini vitamin capsules that quickly absorb into skin.
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