8 Best Face Masks for Dry Skin, According to Beauty Experts

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.



Top Lab Performer

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.


Top Sheet Mask

Skin Laundry Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask

skin laundry


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.


Best Value

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!


Best Splurge

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.”


Daytime Formula

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

summer fridays


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.

6 Julep Night Shift Sleeping Mask



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!

7 Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask

clark’s botanicals


$36.00 (50% off)

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.

8 Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Night Mask

paula’s choice


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.




The 10 Best Setting Powders for Oily Skin

Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you: You apply your makeup in the morning and you’re feeling yourself. Then, around noon, you catch a glimpse of your reflection in the mirror and your forehead has basically become a mirror itself.

If you’ve ever been hit by the grease train, it’s time to start using a setting powder for your oily skin ASAP. Don’t get scared by the word ‘powder’ though. The best setting powders for oily skin will not, I repeat, will not make you look caked-on, the way older generation powders can.

The key to applying them: Use a large, fluffy brush to lightly dust your whole face after you’re done applying your foundation and concealer. Not only will you see less shine throughout the day, but you’ll notice your makeup lasting longer too. Double win!


IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powdersephora.com


Oily skin and large pores tend to go hand in hand. This translucent formula helps blur the size of pores, leaving behind an airbrushed finish. This baby is also packed with anti-aging antioxidants and peptides so your skin is actually getting healthier as you use it.


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powdersephora.com


Leave it to Rihanna to come out with the most flattering (read: not chalky) line of inclusive setting powders. This loose formula comes in eight sheer shades that reduce shine and blur pores.


Supergoop! 100% Mineral Invincible SPF 45 Setting Powderamazon.com

You’re constantly multitasking, so shouldn’t your products work just as hard as you? This brush-on formula (amazing for on-the-go touch-ups) not only sets makeup and sops up oiliness, but it also gives you broad-spectrum mineral UV protection.


L’Oréal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Matte Setting Face Powderamazon.com


$6.89 (23% off)

Nixing shine doesn’t need to break the bank. This translucent formula (so it works for all skin tones) is super lightweight and sheer, but still has serious oil-nixing and setting power.


W3ll People Natural Bio Brightener Invisible Powderamazon.com


Made from only five ingredients, this clean powder is free of chemical nasties like parabens, phthalates, and fragrance. You’ll love how lightweight it feels, and how it leaves skin looking radiant, but not greasy.


CliniqueFIT Post-Workout Neutralizing Face Powdernordstrom.com


Meet your new gym buddy. This yellow-tinted powder works to get rid of post-workout shine and that dreaded all-over flush. Think back to the old-school color wheel from art class: Yellow is across from red, so it helps to cancel out those ruddy tones.

Benefit The POREfessional License to Blot Oil Blotting Sticknordstrom.com


How genius is this stick? The triangular shape helps it get into those oily areas around your nose. You can apply this at any time of day when you feel like you’re getting a little shiny.


ILIA Flow-Through Soft Focus Finishing Powdernordstrom.com


Talk about bang for your buck. You get an amazing clean setting powder (no parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrance), plus a really nice application brush in one. This is the ultimate travel-friendly find.


NYX High Definition Finishing Powderamazon.com


$5.79 (42% off)

All about that selfie life? Then you’re going to love this formula specially made to avoid bounce back and look natural with HD cameras.

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spraysephora.com


Technically, this isn’t a powder, but it’s an awesome keep-in-your-bag option to spray on throughout the day without needing to pile on extra powder — we’re trying to avoid cake-y here, people.

Just spray on this weightless mist for an instant hit of mattification. As a bonus, it makes all of your makeup last for hours, which is perfect if you work out with makeup.