Winter? Dry skin. We are bombarded with frigid temperatures, blasting winds, and dry heat which are guaranteed to make it more difficult to maintain moisture in the most exposed skin – your face. Sure, you can try washing with more gentle cleansers or using more hydrating lotions, but sometimes all that hard work for a soft face just falls short of the lasting, intense moisture your skin is acting out for. This winter, it’s time to up your face game with an extra dose of the good stuff – straight up moisture.You know what always shows up alongside
Forget what you think you know about face masks for men. They’re not all muddy concoctions designed to suck your face clean, or goopy goo that shrink-wrap your pores in some Patrick Bateman a la American Psycho routine. Believe it or not, there are masks out there that are designed to deliver an intense dose of moisture deep into your dermis. Ingredients such as Vitamin E, Aloe, and Hyaluronic Acid (found naturally in skin and proven to hold 1,000 times it’s weight in water) deliver essential hydration to skin quickly and effectively to help quench your skin’s thirst. These are some of the best out there right now and each deliver on their promises.
Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask – $27
Overnight is when your skin works it’s hardest to repair and recharge. That makes it the ideal time to use a product you need to work and work well. This Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask from Origins uses Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils to reanimate tired skin. Throw this on after a long night and it’s like your face never went out.
Dr. Jart+ Hydration Lover Rubber Mask – $12
You can’t talk about hydrating masks without mentioning sheet masks, and you can’t talk about sheet masks without talking about the wonder that is Korean skincare. Dr. Jart+ was founded in Korea in 2004 and the latest innovation from the company – the Hydration Lover Rubber Mask – might look creepy on the package, but the two-step blue sheet mask wraps your skin and keeps all the active ingredients from evaporating while you wear it. 15 to 20 minutes later (up to 40 for maximum hydration) your skin is replenished and ready to go.
Mario Badescu Ginkgo Mask – $22
A perfect mask for those winter days that just seem to go all in on your facial skin, this Ginkgo Mask from Mario Badescu is rich and creamy. The Ginkgo wakes up skin, while Allantoin, Shea Butter, and Vitamin E work together to quickly revive and replenish skin that has taken a toll from Winter’s rough elements.
Kiehl’s Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque – $45
This Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque from Kiehl’s is a great match for any man’s skin. Calendula Flower extract is shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and everyone knows Aloe is a miracle plant when it comes to it’s ability to cool, heal, and hydrate parched skin. The best part? It’s only 5 minutes, so your on your way, and hydrated, in no time.
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque – $43
Cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid moisturizes deeply and over-time while lycopene-rich Tomato Seed lipids help to restore your skin’s natural barrier, allowing this Skin Hydrating Masque from Dermalogica to work rapidly (10 minutes, man) for way healthier skin.
Leaders Daily Wonders Bye Bye To Dry Mask – $5
Speaking of sheet masks – well, from way earlier – they are a very popular option for hydrating due to the more targeted application. They use serums which penetrate into deeper layers of the skin and by not rubbing them in right away, you are letting the skin absorb at a more gradual rate. The simple math would suggest that this will be the most beneficial delivery of a mask there is. Plus this Daily Wonders Bye Bye To Dry Mask from Leaders is an easy $5, so it’s well-worth the investment.
Avène Soothing Moisture Mask – $26
Avène’s unique Thermal Spring Water is safe enough to use on raw, burned, even post-surgical skin. Their products are often recommended by dermatologists and available in most drug stores which means this is going to be perfect for your tight, parched winter skin. This Soothing Moisture Mask also uses Safflower Oil to nourish skin in 15 minutes or less.
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Article originally published by Jennifer Jones on August 19, 2016. Last updated by Barrert Wertz on November 27, 2017.