We firmly believe that there's never a bad time to enjoy a face mask. But the transitional season is an especially perfect time to sit back and slather one on thick, since your skin is confused by the changing temperatures and in need of a little extra TLC. As the weather changes and continues to get cooler, "the humidity drops making the outside air drier," explains Morgan Rabach, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of LM Medical. "The air indoors also becomes drier from heaters and radiators," she says, which then leads to the outer layer of skin becoming drier and its natural barrier compromised.
The solution? Applying a moisturizing mask. "This can help repair the outer layer of skin and seal in moisture," says Dr. Rabach. One of her favorite ingredients to look for is good old hyaluronic acid, which is featured in just about every face mask we've rounded up here. "Hyaluronic acids are sugar molecules that help pull water into the skin, hydrating and plumping it in the process," Dr. Rabach explains. Other good ingredients to look for in a cold weather face mask include: healing honey, calming colloidal oatmeal, and nutrient-rich plant oils like almond and jojoba. Now's also the time to trade in your favorite sheet mask for a creamy treatment that sinks moisture deep into skin.
So, to help you find a face mask for your skin's needs this season, we've rounded up the best of the bunch below. Oh, and another bonus? Not one on this list is a messy pain to wash off; most, if you prefer, can just be wiped away or even massaged in. Peak lazy self-care, here we come. So, nestle in on the couch with a good book and indulge your skin with one of these cold weather face masks.
Honey is not only a gift to our taste buds, but also to our skin since it has natural healing and anti-inflammatory properties. And the nourishing honey itself isn't the only gift our skin gets from this stuff either. This mask also includes propolis (aka the glue inside hives) to soothe skin. Pop this balmy mask on for 15 minutes while you enjoy the soothing scent of lavender, and rinse off to reveal dewy and hydrated skin.
A quick fix for dry and sensitized skin, this 10-minute mask feels so good on. Colloidal oatmeal and avena sativa oat bran calm irritation and redness (oatmeal is the only over-the-counter FDA approved ingredient to help eczema) while shea butter nourishes and deeply hydrates skin. Think of this one like a Xanax for your face.
This nourishing mask is another option we reach for when were having a skin emergency because it's equal parts calming and hydrating. It features ingredients like emollient sweet almond oil (which smells like dessert) and a calming botanical complex called Syricalm, which works to reduce redness and ease inflammation. It's ideal when skin feels chapped or if you're experiencing windburn after being outdoors.
This creamy mask is like a warm sweater for skin. It uses rich ingredients like beeswax, hazelnut oil, and pansy extract to leave skin nourished and supple. It's particularly nice to use after a peel or exfoliating mask, too, to restore skin to a calm, hydrated state.
This ultra-refreshing gel mask cools on contact, so it's an extremely relaxing sensorial experience. It's made by derm-beloved iS Clinical and has a seriously impressive slate of skin-loving ingredients. There's soothing centella asiatica (aka cica), antioxidant-rich resveratrol, anti-inflammatory aloe vera, and 5 percent botanically-sourced hyaluronic acid. Skin is left calm, hydrated, and luminous.
This luxe mask instantly hydrates, of course, but it does a lot more than just replenish moisture. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals to protect skin from environmental stessors, which helps cut chronic inflammation. The brand's signature, highly-concentrated royal fern complex, hyaluronic acid, and chlorophyll work together to plump, firm, soothe, and brighten.
This creamy mask uses Caudalie's signature grape/wine-derived ingredients to give tired, dry complexions a serious moisture boost. Namely, it uses vinolevure, a special ingredient extracted from the cell walls of wine yeast that is right in beta-glucan and strengthens the skin's immune system. The result? Soothed, less reactive skin. Grapeseed oil is rich in omega-6, which helps repair the skin barrier, and hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates. Apply a generous amount, chill, and simply tissue off any excess.
This beautiful blue formula has more than just a (very) pretty face. It's filled with rare (and seriously impressive) botanical ingredients — think sea holly stem cells to revitalize and boost luminosity and cherry blossom stem cells (hand-harvested in Provence) to soothe and replenish dehydration. It's great for wind-chapped skin, post-sunburn skin, and everything in between.
This mask works wonders on all skin types, but it's especially ideal for oilier types, who btw still need an extra dose of moisture during colder months. It works to replenish skin with Vitamin B5, hyaluronic acid, and a special moisture complex chock full of hydrating ingredients like glycerin and sodium PCA to name a few.
This oily blue balm is an intensely moisturizing mask. The hero ingredient is Indian senna seed, which is prized as a natural equivalent to hyaluronic acid; it locks in moisture, conditions, and improves circulation. Aloe calms and heals, jojoba oil moisturizes but also balances oil, and turmeric is anti-inflammatory, helps acne, and brightens. Plus, this mask was specially designed to not require any rinsing, to avoid any possible loss of skin's water reserves. After 15-25 minutes, you can wipe any excess off with a dry towel and follow up with moisturizer.
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