If you suffer from dryness, you need a moisturising face mask that can nourish your skin and pores through winter and beyond. But we know it can be tricky to find the right products for dry, sensitive, combination, or even acne-prone skin. So, if you're tired of not seeing results from homemade DIY face mask recipes, you'll love the hydrating, blackhead-clearing masks we've got lined up for you.
Would you like to know how to find the best mask for dry skin? Luckily for you, we've created this simple guide to teach you the tips and tricks for skincare shopping. After the guide, feel free to take a look at our 10 favourite masks that are popular on Amazon, eBay and Boots, including top-rated and drugstore brands like Origins, Nip+Fab, and K-beauty favourite Laneige.
To get you started on your virtual shopping spree, take a look at the best advice to get you through the intimidating ingredients and specifications that come hand in hand with any good skincare product.
Deciding what's best for you when it comes down to skincare can be a challenge. With so many different ingredients with such complicated names, it can be hard to understand what to look for and what to avoid. If you have dry skin, you should look for the following ingredients in your face mask to get the best results.
These three ingredients are extremely common in skincare masks and are beneficial for a number of reasons. Hydrolysed collagen and elastin restore your skin and can give you a plump, youthful glow, which is great for people with dry skin as the dead, dry skin cells can often cause damage to the skin's appearance.
Sodium hyaluronate penetrates the skin and latches on to moisture molecules, holding them down and trapping them in the skin. Sodium hyaluronate is essentially a lighter version of hyaluronic acid, that's used for the same purpose but on a deeper level of the skin.
Oats are the holy grail of natural skincare, with their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe and treat dry skin.
On top of this, they also contain compounds known as saponins that naturally cleanse the skin, removing dirt and oil and unclogging the pores – worth a look if you're prone to blackheads or spots alongside dryness.
Essential and plant-based oils can hydrate, nourish and soothe the dry, parched areas of your face. For example, apricot, avocado, and jojoba help to put back lost oils from tight, dehydrated skin, as well as shea and cocoa butters and glycerin.
With anti-inflammatory aids and a range of different vitamins, these butters and oils can repair damaged skin and bring back any lost moisture to help with damage control and prevention.
Next up, the style of mask. Nowadays you'll have the choice of several varieties, including the more traditional creams and clays and the latest sheet masks. You'll need to base your decision on your specific skin concerns, as well as how much time you want to dedicate.
Gels and creams are the most gentle options for face masks as they're light, and can be applied for overnight usage. Normally, gels are rich in collagen and antioxidants to help give your skin a youthful boost, while creams often contain hyaluronic acid to give your skin a surge of moisture.
Gel and cream masks are applied manually, bit by bit, and are a little bit messier. Because of this, we would recommend using a gel or cream mask if you don't mind dedicating some time in the evening to apply it, relax, and wash it off, as this will ensure you get the full benefits.
Sheet masks are face-shaped cloths that have holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. They cling to your face and weigh down the mask formula, giving you a more intense treatment in comparison to standard face masks that are painted or smeared on.
While gel and creams usually need washing off after using them, you can just pat and massage the excess of the sheet formula into your skin, which is much more effective. This also makes sheet masks much more convenient and mess-free, plus they're also great for travel or nights away from home.
Clay masks are a common choice for skincare lovers for their thick and deep cleansing benefits. This could be beneficial if you have blackheads or blockages, or just need a deep clean!
However, be aware that they are only a good idea for people with dry skin if they also contain moisturising oils and butters. This is because clays are known to dry and harden, which tightens the skin and strips it of natural oil build-ups, so unless you have combination or only slight dryness, it's crucial to look for moisturising elements, too.
Skincare formulas often include alcohols like ethanol and methanol as they lighten the weight of creams and gels, and are also used as hydrators when in fatty alcohol forms such as Cetearyl or cetyl alcohol. These are often referred to as 'good alcohols', which makes sense!
On the downside, some forms of alcohol, particularly benzyl alcohol, also have the ability to cause dryness, irritation, and even rashes for some people. This isn't the case for everyone, and it's mainly those with sensitive skin who struggle. All in all, we'd recommend that you opt for a mask that's alcohol-free if you are prone to irritation alongside dryness, just to be sure.
You've read all of the facts and advice, so now you're ready to buy your very own face mask. Say "goodbye" to dry skin and "hello" to your new favourite beauty product!
|Key Ingredients||Marula oil, creamed shea, cocoa butter|
|Key Ingredients||Glycerin, cocoa butter|
|Key Ingredients||Glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, avocado oil, vitamins A, D, E|
|Key Ingredients||Shea butter, avocado oil|
|Key Ingredients||Sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, oat extract, flower extract coconut water|
Pack of 10
|Key Ingredients||Hydrolysed collagen, hydrolysed elastin, vitamin C, glycerin|
Pack of 3
|Key Ingredients||Sodium hyaluronate, vitamin C, algae extract|
|Mask Type||Peel-off cream|
Pack of 12
|Key Ingredients||Hyaluronic acid, fruit extract, antioxidants, jojoba extract|
|Key Ingredients||Apricot extract, primrose root extract, glycerin|
|Key Ingredients||Collagen, elastin, vitamin E, aloe extract, berry extract, grapefruit extract|
BioActive-8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask
Water Sleeping Mask
Hydrating Face Mask
Arctic Hydration Rubberizing Mask
Collagen Impact Essential Mask
Retinol Fix Sheet Mask
Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask
Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Hydration Mask for Dry Skin
Pink Rose Clay Face Mask
Natural, Nourishing and Full of Berry-Rich Enzymes
A K-Beauty Hydro-Mask to Soothe Overnight
The Ultimate Dry Skincare Variety Pack
Make Your Own Rubberising Mask
Plumping South Korean Skin Care Sheets
An Oaty, Floral Face Mask with Retinol
Beauty Queen Charlotte Tilbury's Popular Sheet Mask
A Natural Cream to Cure Dry Skin Overnight
For Healthy, Bright and Beautiful Skin
Hard-Drying Clay for Complete Cleansing and Hydrating
|Key Ingredients||Collagen, elastin, vitamin E, aloe extract, berry extract, grapefruit extract||Apricot extract, primrose root extract, glycerin||Hyaluronic acid, fruit extract, antioxidants, jojoba extract||Sodium hyaluronate, vitamin C, algae extract||Hydrolysed collagen, hydrolysed elastin, vitamin C, glycerin||Sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, oat extract, flower extract coconut water||Shea butter, avocado oil||Glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, avocado oil, vitamins A, D, E||Glycerin, cocoa butter||Marula oil, creamed shea, cocoa butter|
|Mask Type||Gel||Gel||Sheet||Peel-off cream||Sheet||Sheet||Sheet||Cream||Gel||Clay|
|Volume||50 g||70 ml||12 masks||1 mask||10 sheets||1 mask||1 mask||75 ml||100 ml||15 g|
Constantly on the hunt for more ways to show some love to your dehydrated or dry skin? Find some of our other buying guides and product recommendations below!
Hopefully, you're now ready to buy your own face mask, or perhaps you've already put a few products in your online basket whilst reading through this buying guide! Whether you choose a clay, sheet, or gel mask, we hope that you love these products as much as we do.
Author: Annie Speight
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