The 11 Best Hydrating Face Masks For Dry Skin
With so much attention given to sebum-absorbing clay and activated charcoal masks, it sometimes seems like the best 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.
What ingredients should you look for in a moisturizing mask?
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). If you've experience irritation in the past, look for a hypoallergenic mask. These are less likely to cause skin inflammation or irritation.
I've gathered up the top face masks for dry skin to help you prevent flakes and dry spots, alleviate redness, and actually lock moisture in so that your skin looks and feels smooth and radiant. Keep scrolling, these are the 11 best hydrating face masks for dry skin, chock-full of nourishing ingredients that'll help your skin feel plump and comfortable.
1. A Collagen-Rich Face Mask From The Leading Sheet Mask Experts: Mediheal Collagen Impact Essential Mask
This sheet mask, from iconic Korean brand, Mediheal, 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 the mask, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove it and gently pat the remaining essence into your skin. As a major bonus, it comes in a pack of 10, so you'll be stocked for ages.
What people with dry skin say: "These masks fit my face really well and stay 'wet' for a very long time once I've put them on. They leave my skin feeling super moisturized and there really isn't a better option financially for sheet masks if you want to use them regularly. I highly recommend these!"
2. A Nourishing Mask For Sensitive 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.
What people with dry skin say: "I’ve been using this product for years and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever used for my skin. I have very dry, sensitive skin and this mask is the only thing that calms the redness and flakiness that strikes in the winter."
3. A French Pharmacy Cream And Face Mask In One: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa Cream And Face Mask
Think of this French pharmacy sleeping mask as a cream and face mask in one. After just one night of use, its cocktail of hyaluronic acid and mineral-packed thermal water promises to soften and moisturize dry skin. And since you don't have to wash this one off after a few minutes, the moisturizers have all night to work their magic.
What people with dry skin say: "I absolutely love this product. [...] Not only is it refreshing but I can definitely feel a difference in hydration."
4. A Natural Mask That Exfoliates As It Hydrates Your Skin: Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic 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 honey and pumpkin mask gently exfoliates with glycolic acid and vitamin C brightens to rejuvenate your complexion. This mask is gluten and cruelty free and non-GMO. While some exfoliators can be drying, this is packed with aloe and honey to moisturize and soothe.
What people with dry skin say: "I put it on and it zinged, warmed, tingled, then went calm. I gently rinsed it off after 20 mins with a cool wash cloth. My skin tone was so even, soft and hydrated. Also the milia, bumps and rosacea on my cheeks is finally going away. My skin was so dry, but this facial truly adds moisture and penetrates into the skin. I have used this facial a few times a week, It’s very gentle."
5. A Cheap Set Of Sheet Masks With Hyaluronic Acid: LuLuLun Blue 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.
What people with dry skin say: "It fits perfectly on my face, and each sheet is loaded with hydrating serum. I’ve tried the different types of Lululun, but this one feels extra hydrating."
6. A Soothing Mask For Redness: Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Moisture Mask
No matter how sensitive or dry your skin — and even if you suffer from redness — this soothing mask can help without irritating highly reactive skin. It's made with safflower oil to deliver intense hydration, and there's also thermal water to further soothe and soften. Just put it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wipe it off. However, it does have fragrance so it might not be the best choice if that's a sensitivity.
What people with dry skin say: "I love this stuff. It moisturizes amazingly. I have Graves’ disease and several other auto immune disorders, so my skin is really dry and flaky. This stuff helps so much."
7. A Calming Mask For Acne-Prone Skin That's Dry And/Or Sensitive : 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.
What people with dry skin say: "This mask is something very very special. It says it's soothing and healing but it is so much more. In one use my complexion was gorgeous and I chose that word on purpose. It minimized my pores, it evened out my skin tone, and it left me absolutely radiant. It is the best mask on the planet and I've decided I can never be without it. For $20, it is the best kept secret of the beauty world. Seriously astonishing stuff!!!"
8. A Brightening & Hydrating Mask With Vitamin C: OZ Naturals Vitamin C & Sea Hydration Mask
This hydrating face mask features hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, and vitamin C to moisturize and soothe the surface of your skin. Made without petrochemicals, this hypoallergenic face mask is also a great pick if your skin is sensitive to a lot of other products out there. To top it all off, this is cruelty-free and vegan, so you can feel great about slathering this mask on your face. Reviewers use it a few times a week and have noticed a huge difference in their dry skin.
What people with dry skin say: "Love this face mask! I have extremely dry, sensitive skin. Living in a cold climate during the winter season makes melt skin so much worse. I use this mask about twice a week as a way to replenish that much needed moisture. Has worked like a dream so far, this is my second time buying this product."
9. A Hydrating Mask From A Derm-Favorite Brand: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Hyaluronic Acid Face Mask
From a best-selling brand, La Roche-Posay, this hyaluronic acid face mask soothes and moisturizes dry skin leaving your face looking fresh. It's also formulated with Thermal Spring Water that will soak deep into your skin to restore natural moisture to your complexion. Even better, this is paraben-free and comes from a brand recommended by thousands of dermatologists, so you can rest assured this is a particularly safe choice if you skin tends to get irritated easily.
What people with dry skin say: "I have a very dry skin that keeps peeling off during cold months. A lady who does my facials once a month recommended this mask. I apply it twice a week and love the results: skin looks amazing: no more peeling, no dry skin, and girls at work noticed that my face looks brighter and younger. I would recommend it to anyone."
10. A Five-Pack Of Hydrating Masks That Are Perfect For Travel: 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.
What people with dry skin say: "This is face mask is AMAZING! I've been struggling with super dehydrated and flaky skin for a long time. I started using this at night, by applying a thin layer before heading to bed, and it's done wonders for my skin... This mask makes a HUGE difference and I will definitely be keeping this as nightly or bi-nightly routine to keep my skin soft, hydrated, and lovely!"
11. A Luxury Face Mask Made With Decadent Ingredients: ELEMIS Peptide4 Plumping Pillow Facial
This mask is definitely a splurge — so you'll want to reserve it for when your skin is most in need of a decadent, heavy-duty treatment (or for luxurious at-home spa evenings). From prestige skin care brand Elemis, a favorite of dermatologists and beauty editors alike, the Plumping Pillow Facial Mask is packed with several unique botanical ingredients that are proven to be effective at rehydrating dry skin (like star avensis and Indian night jasmine). Leave it on overnight and wake up to a well-rested, hydrated complexion in the morning.
What people with dry skin say: "Magical. Buy it. Use it. Love it. [...] This is probably the best skincare item I’ve ever purchased."
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This post was originally published on July 14th, 2017. It was updated and republished on June 18th, 2019. Additional reporting by Amy Biggart.
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