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The Best Face Masks for Dry Skin
A hydrating facial mask can be a great addition to your skincare routine—particularly during drying seasonal changes, or anytime your skin needs an extra boost of moisture, radiance, calming, and smoothing. But dry skin can have varied concerns, which is one reason our masks are formulated with different results in mind. So, whether your skin is dull, flaky, reddened, uneven, or dehydrated, our masks (quite literally) have you covered.
Best Masks for Dry, Dehydrated Skin
SKIN RECOVERY Hydrating Treatment Mask and Rehydrating Moisture Mask—both hydrating masks for dry skin—have rich, creamy textures that drench skin in replenishing moisture without feeling greasy. These hydrating masks are packed with antioxidant-laden plant oils and essential lipids, which replenish and soothe dehydrated skin. And, they quickly reverse the visible effects of dehydration (dullness, redness, flakiness, and/or uneven texture), leaving you with a smoother, more radiant, firmer-feeling complexion. But what’s the difference between them?
While both can be used as rinse-off or leave-on masks for dry, uneven skin, people may prefer the slightly lighter SKIN RECOVERY Hydrating Treatment Mask as an overnight hydrator—one that instantly banishes signs of redness and works with your usual moisturizer to restore a dewy complexion while you rest. Think of it as beauty sleep in a tube.
The super-emollient, thicker-textured Rehydrating Moisture Mask is packed with many of the ingredients mentioned above, plus nourishing amino acids, which quickly relieve dry, tight, distressed skin and prevent moisture loss. While this mask does soak into skin without leaving a greasy or waxy feel, it will leave a noticeable cushion on skin’s surface. This more traditional texture will appeal to those who like a rinse-off mask, and the luxury of softer, more youthful-looking skin in as few as 30 minutes. Leave it on overnight when your skin is so dry your usual night cream isn’t enough.
Best Masks for Dry, Dull-Looking Skin
RADIANCE Renewal Mask is an all-skin-types mask with a silky, cream-gel texture for use when your skin needs an overnight, skin-brightening pick-me-up—you’ll wake to luminous, supple skin, intensified hydration, and less-noticeable fine lines and wrinkles. Use this luxe mask as often as desired, when you’re craving a youthful, radiant complexion.
Bonus: This mask can be layered under either of our moisturizing masks for a double dose of lasting hydration, and brightening that lasts well into the next day.
Best Eye Mask for Dry Skin
Moisturizing masks for dry skin can also be helpful around the eyes, where your skin has few oil glands and naturally tends to be drier. The best eye masks for dry skin—like our RESIST Anti-Aging Eye Cream—will have a rich, balm-like texture to hydrate dry skin around the eyes. That extra bit of moisture can visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, undereye shadows, and puffiness. Pat it on (don’t rub) as an overnight mask, or as part of your daily routine. Follow with sun protection each morning.
Best Lip Mask for Dry, Cracked Lips
Our LIP & BODY Treatment Balm is one of the best solutions for dry, cracked lips, and can be used as a nightly overnight lip mask. Unlike many lip products that contain fragrance or irritants that end up exacerbating dryness, our lip balm is formulated with non-irritating plant oils and smoothing emollients that offer long-lasting hydration without a thick, waxy feel.
References for this information:
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, February 2017, ePublication
International Journal of Dermatology, July 2016, pages 386–391
Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, April 2016, pages 95–105
Phytotherapy Research, August 2015, volume 29, issue 8, pages 1117–1122
European Journal of Dermatology, May-June 2013, pages 303–307
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
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