You’re going to want to plan a self-care Sunday (or any day) ASAP.
The elements can wreak havoc on your complexion. Until spring, cold winter air and dry heat indoors can leave skin parched, but in the summer, hot sun and wind off the water can result in irritated dry skin, too. A soothing face mask can work wonders on thirsty skin — and it’s a great excuse for taking some time for self care to chill and reset.
Traditional cream-based, rinse-off masks are great, but there are new kinds of masks on the market that are ideal for hydrating skin. Here’s the lowdown:
Overnight masks: As the name suggests, overnight masks are applied before bed. Instead of rinsing them off, you sleep in them and wake up with dewy, hydrated skin. Most formulations are thinner, lighter, and easily absorbed, so you don’t have to worry about them transferring to your pillowcases in the middle of the night. As far as moisturization, it’s serious: Our Beauty Lab tests found some overnight masks were even more hydrating than past night cream winners.
Sheet masks: Sheet masks might look silly, but they’re highly effective. They’re made of pieces of paper, cloth, or gel-like substrates that are saturated in single-use packets with serum-like active ingredients. Fit them over your face and just chill for anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. For extra soothing power, pop one in the fridge for a few minutes before you use it.
We tested face masks in Good Housekeeping Beauty Lab for moisturization ability, and consulted experts and beauty editors for the best masks on the market. Below are our top-tested picks, as well as expert and editors picks for the best face masks for dry skin.
Amorepacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque
Amorepacific’s overnight mask won the Beauty Lab’s test, upping skin moisture level by a whopping 49%. The no-rinse mask is like a super-strength night cream. Swap it for your go-to product before bed whenever you need an extra hydration boost.
Skin Laundry Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask
A great fast-fix for moisturizing and plumping skin in minutes, Skin Laundry’s mask boosted hydration 25% — the best in our Lab’s sheet mask tests! We also like that it has just the right amount of serum in the package so it’s not too messy.
Bliss In The Honey Mega Moisturizing Lavender Honey Mask
GH beauty director, April Franzino, recommends this bargain pick if you’re looking for a mask with moisturizing honey. Also formulated with soothing lavender oil, this is a great before-bed mask. Use it up to three times a week!
Fresh Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask
Yes, it’s pricey, but this Fresh pick is one of the best face masks GH beauty director, April Franzino has ever tried. It’s super-rich and indulgent, made of real honey and shea butter, and full of botanical oils (meadowfoam, jojoba, sunflower seed). “I have super dry, flaky skin all year long, and always apply a face mask in the shower for extra nourishment,” she says. “This feels soothing and pampering, like a mini spa treatment, and never irritates my skin.”
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
This is associate beauty editor, Pia Velasco’s go-to mask. No need to rinse it off: “It doubles as a primer in case your skin is really dry, so whenever I feel like I need an extra hydration boost I just apply a thin layer before putting on my makeup,” she says.
A richer version of night cream, this no-rinse night mask (formulated with a mix of shea butter and natural oils) raised skin’s hydration levels by a near-record 43% in Lab tests. Our experts liked it so much they gave it a 2018 GH Beauty Award!
Another GH beauty editor favorite is this one from Clark’s Botanicals. “On days when my skin feels extra dry, I leave it on overnight, and my skin is super-soft by morning,” says assistant beauty editor, Paige Stables.
This overnight mask from Paula’s Choice is a light, gel formula. It goes on silky smooth and leaves skin super-soft when you wake up. Great for all skin types, use it once a week or swap it for your night cream every day.