Our skins get dried out and tight whenever we are stressed or after a heavy-duty session skin treatment. In those trying times, we turn towards hydrating masks that nourish and calm skin effectively and quickly. The skin’s like the rest of your body, it can never have too much moisture. Here are our pick of the 5 best hydrating masks that we swear by.
This handy masks works by hydrating and protecting skin using glycolic acid and 4 powerful antioxidants. The result is moisturized skin that feels softer, hydrated and more resilient at the same time. It aids in helping the skin rebuild its natural moisture barrier. This hard-working mask is a great treat after the end of a long day. Buy this MD Formulations Moisture Defense Treatment Masque 2.5 oz for US$26 at Skinstore.com.
We like how this innovative mask cools on contact with the skin and how its unique formula uses antioxidants and other potent age-fighters to combat the signs of weariness and fatigue. Skin looks refreshed, smoother with a healthy glow after each use. It’s perfect for after a day out in the sun. Store this in the fridge for an extra burst of refreshment. Buy this Cool Lychee Wa Hydrating Mask for US$90 at Sircuit Skin.
This cream mask is a real handy mask to have around. It quells redness and helps combat against the external signs of stress by hydrating, promoting healing and protecting skin. This is also great for reducing redness. We use this after intense extractions to help reduce visible redness and to help calm skin down. We also sometimes go to bed with a thin layer of this as an overnight soothing treatment. Buy this Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Skin-Calming Face Mask for US$35 at Beauty.com.
We dig this cream mask for its quick-acting, non-comedogenic action. It leaves stressed, dried out skin feeling nourished and better. It helps with sunburns and redness and sensitivity as well. You can either tissue this off or rinse this off making it rather ideal for when you don’t have access to water (say while you’re on a roadtrip). For an intensive treatment, sleep with a layer of this and wake up to soft, hydrated skin the morning after. Buy this Avene Soothing Moisture Mask for US$24 at Drugstore.com.
We swear by this tissue-sheet masks and we never leave on a trip without a couple of these. This mask is chock full of SK-II signature Pitera; a yeast-derivative that renews, hydrates and clears skin. We’ve been using this for years now and we’re currently using one every night. We embarked on the SK-II 28 Day Challenge a while back and it did great things for our skin so we’re doing it again. Buy this SK II Facial Treatment Mask (New Substrate) 6 Sheets for US$90 at Strawberrynet.com.