There’s nothing quite like a face mask to step up your skin care routine. The right mask is not just an indulgent treat — it can also tackle key skin concerns and conditions ranging from dryness and dehydration to large pores and acne. Today, we’re diving deep into the best masks for dry skin. Dry skin typically means that you’re suffering from dry, flaky patches, itchiness and cracked, scaly or parchment-like skin. Depending on certain factors, some masks may be more beneficial than others. So, let’s talk about the different types of face masks, how to apply and how to choose the right one for your age range and unique complexion.
Dry skin can be triggered by a variety of factors, including genetics, cold weather and harsh soaps, making it crucial to add hydration to your daily routine. With so many options out there, you may be wondering how to choose the right facial masks for you.
Consider the mask’s texture when narrowing down your selection. Cream-based face masks provide dry skin with a nourishing boost to help deliver hydration, almost like that of a rich moisturizer. Exfoliating masks can also be helpful for dry skin. Masks with gentle exfoliating agents remove a layer of buildup and dead skin cells from dry skin to reveal the fresh, youthful-looking complexion beneath.
When dealing with dry skin, you might also want to consider clay masks. Usually, clay masks are renowned for absorbing excess oil, but they can also help reduce the look of dry skin. As Healthline states: “According to a 2016 study, when the clay hardens, it creates a film that may help your skin retain moisture.” However, you don’t want to overuse clay masks: “If you already have dry skin, you may want to limit your use of clay masks to a maximum of once per week.”
Some of the key moisturizing ingredients to look for in facial masks include rich shea butter or a hydrating oil such as argan oil, rosehip oil, seabuckthorn oil or jojoba oil. Shea butter is a moisturizer high in triglycerides and fatty acids. It’s an excellent emollient that helps soften the look of the skin and replenish the skin moisture barrier. Oils like the ones listed above nourish the look of dry skin and promote long-lasting hydration by helping the skin restore and maintain moisture.
Some masks also contain Vitamin C or Vitamin E, which boast a combination of supportive antioxidants. For example, a quality, potent Vitamin C mask, rich in antioxidants, can help increase firmness in the skin, reduce the look of sun damage and dark age spots and provide a radiant, youthful glow.
How Often Should You Use A Face Mask For Dry Skin?
You can use a face mask one to two times a week. Follow the product instructions for the length of time to leave a face mask on. But, when in doubt, you can typically leave a face mask on for 10 minutes.
What Are The Benefits Of Face Masks?
Face masks deliver highly concentrated actives, vitamins and nutrients to the skin to improve its overall health. They’re designed to be used intermittently to give your skin an instant boost.
What Kind Of Face Mask Is Best For Dry Skin?
Face masks formulated with hydrating ingredients are best for those with dry skin. Hydrating ingredients include shea butter, birch water, hyaluronic acid and snow mushroom, to start. For product recommendations, watch Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar discuss which hydrating face masks are best for dry skin below.
Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque
The Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque is a clay mask formulated with an array of moisturizing ingredients. Snow mushroom is an ultra-hydrating, antioxidant-rich fungus that improves the look of elasticity in the skin and strengthens your skin barrier. Known as a “super-humectant,” it functions similarly to hyaluronic acid. This mushroom holds 500 times its weight in water and penetrates the skin easily, providing potent hydration. This mask also contains reishi mushroom and birch water, both of which hydrate the skin to leave your complexion looking toned and tightened. Together, these ingredients deliver intense hydration while minimizing the look of puffiness.
Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
The Strawberry Rhubarb Masque is a gently exfoliating face mask that calms and plumps the skin for a refreshed appearance. The natural salicylic acid and astringency of strawberries and rhubarb in this mask gently exfoliate dead skin cells and remove impurities. Shea butter and grape seed oil work to nourish the look of dry skin, while a Botanical Hyaluronic Acid Complex soothes and plumps to reveal a smoother, youthful-looking complexion. A-lister Busy Philipps reveals she can’t get enough of it: “... it smells like a strawberry milkshake and I’m totally obsessed.”
Bamboo Age Corrective Masque
The Bamboo Age Corrective Masque will leave your skin visibly lifted and toned as it contains a Natural Retinol Alternative that firms the look of your skin. More importantly, the Bamboo Age Corrective Masque nourishes mature, dry and normal skin types. Shea butter and argan oil lock in hydration, while PhytoCellTec™ Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells pairs with the aforementioned Natural Retinol Alternative to support the look of skin firming and elasticity, visibly reducing lines and wrinkles. This formula also contains Vitamin E to supply antioxidants that shield and protect the skin from daily stress like pollution or the sun’s UV rays. The result? Parched skin is infused with moisture, revealing a softer, supple complexion.
Which face mask are you going to try for your dry skin? Find the best mask for your unique skin type by visiting your nearest authorized Eminence Organics spa.