10 must-have hydrating masks to quench dry skin in winter
We've rounded up a list of the best skin savers from around the world.
Does the winter wind and cold and lack of indoor humidity make your face chapped, dry and in dire need of some TLC? What you need is an emollient-rich hydrating mask to replace the moisture your skin craves, especially at this time of year, and the good news is there are plenty to choose from. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque
A rich blend of exotic botanicals and moisture-absorbing glycerin, this mask instantly boosts your skin’s ability to absorb and hold moisture for long-lasting hydration. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes, towel off excess and leave a thin layer on overnight once or twice a week, and your skin will feel the difference.
Founded as an apothecary in New York’s East Village 160 years ago, Kiehl’s is committed to purity in its products – they’re free of silicone, paraben, fragrance and colorant.
Ahava Hydration Cream Mask
Creamy, soothing and free of harsh chemicals that can irritate skin, this mask is enriched with minerals found in the Dead Sea. Massage it into skin one of two times a week and rinse off, or leave it on overnight for more intense hydration.
All Ahava products are free of allergens, GMOs and not tested on animals. The company is eco-friendly too: based in Israel, it blends its products with Dead Sea water, purifies it and recycles it to reuse.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
This ultra-rich mask combines avocado and apricot kernel oils to provide quenching relief with Japanese seaweed to prevent further dehydration and nip signs of premature aging in the bud. This product from the natural Origins line will plump your skin as you sleep. Use it on clean skin at bedtime twice a week.
Origins' all-natural line is now owned by American cosmetics giant Estée Lauder. Origins uses sustainable, renewable and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and was the first company to recycle its containers.
Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque
Blending aloe, kelp, lavender and rosewater in an ultra-hydrating formula that soothes, smoothes and calms the skin, this once-a-week botanical, oil-free mask uses pure essential oils to replenish the moisture winter takes away.
Founded in Minnesota, but inspired by the holistic Ayurveda therapies of India, the Earth-conscious line emphasizes natural ingredients and sustainable harvesting and manufacturing practices.
Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask
Nourishing glycerin, cocoa butter, essential oils and vitamins E and C combine with emollients to make this mask the perfect antidote to super dry, parched skin. Apply it for three to 10 minutes and rinse, or leave a thin layer on overnight and allow it to work its magic.
Originally a Nottingham, England, pharmacy, Boots has been a favorite of British women for years. And now that Walgreens owns a major stake in it, the line is widely available in the U.S.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial
Want to wake with softer, smoother, moisturized skin? Apply this mask at bedtime, leave it on overnight and let the creamy blend of Greek yogurt, proteins, minerals and vitamins go to work. Hyaluronic acid and imperata cylindrica extract are the ingredients that make for fast-acting, long lasting results.
Based in Athens, Greece, the company takes care to use the best Greek yogurt in its products and leaves out the stuff you don’t want on your skin, like paraben, sulfate and phthalate.
Decléor Hydra Floral Ultra-Hydrating Plumping Expert Mask
In nature, thirsty lilies, roses and irises love to drink in water. They combine with essential oils, botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid in a gel formula that makes for a light mask that hydrates, tones and firms the face. Massage into the skin once or twice a week, and in 10 minutes you’ll feel effects that last 24 hours.
This aromatherapy-based French line, established in 1974 and now a favorite at spas and resorts worldwide, uses pure and natural ingredients that are responsibly sourced in formulas that are free of parabens and artificial colors.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
How does this luxurious mask instantly boost the skin, making it more supple, moisturized and glowing? A secret ingredient called Pitera, a yeast produced in sake fermentation that maximizes moisture delivery and retention. Use this award-winning product once or twice a week for up to 15 minutes for dramatic results.
SK-II is now a global brand owned by Procter & Gamble, but it was founded in Japan in the 1970s. Scientists discovered that workers in a sake brewery had soft and smooth hands because of the fermented yeast they worked in, and the chemists isolated the strain of Pitera to use in the products.
TonyMoly Real Coconut Face Mask Sheet (Hydrating)
Korean sheet masks are all the rage, and retailers like Sephora and Ulta are scrambling to stock brands like TonyMoly, which translates, appropriately, to “nice and trendy.” The product, a three-layer cloth sheet infused with detoxifying coconut extract, protective sweet almond extract, glycerin and allamtoin, is formulated to penetrate and moisturize the skin when applied for 20-30 minutes. No rinsing necessary – you massage any remaining serum into the skin for maximum effect.
Imported from South Korea, the product is free of talc, benzophenone, triethanolamine, parabens and color additives.
Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
This ultra-moisturizing, oil-free mask leaves skin refreshed and replenished and is gentle enough to use every night, even around the eyes, and on all types of skin. The rich, creamy formula is a mix of emollients, antioxidants and plant extracts that help skin absorb moisture and retain it so you wake feeling refreshed and hydrated.
New York-based Clinique has been a favorite of the skin sensitive since 1968. All its products are allergy-tested and 100% fragrance-free.
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