It happens to everyone, even those of us with typically oily skin—suddenly your face is tight, itchy and crying out for hydration. Maybe the weather changed, or your hormones are fluctuating. Maybe your skin is being a jerk for no discernible reason! No matter why your face is being so fickle, moisturizing masks provide instant relief without breaking the bank. All you have to do is slap one on, sit back and say aah.
Catch ‘Em All
Each packet has its own specific infusion, from gold to vegetable placenta, but all of them contain vitamin E to promote a soft, moisturized complexion. Dermal
There’s a reason so many face masks feature collagen as a main ingredient. Collagen occurs naturally in our skin (it’s what makes it so strong and elastic), and we lose it as we age. When it’s part of a sheet mask, collagen helps to lock in moisture, making it perfect to combat that tight, dry feeling. For an extra-refreshing kick, try refrigerating your masks!
This hydrating sampler features natural ingredients (charcoal to purify, cucumber to soothe), so it’s a good bet if you’re prone to irritation. Celavi Cosmetics
The Korean-beauty boom means there’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to sheet masks—which can make choosing the right one overwhelming! If you don’t know exactly why your skin is acting out, grab a pack with multiple options. Ingredients to look for include antioxidants, which have antiaging properties; collagen, which plumps skin and adds radiance; and gentle botanicals, like avocado, honey and tea tree oil, which won’t irritate sensitive skin.
We know what you’re thinking: Escargots…on my body? Zut alors! But the slippery little suckers have a mucin that energizes and refreshes skin—and it actually feels really nice when it’s applied! Skederm
Hands up if you never thought snail secretions would be part of your skin ritual. Turns out the wonder ingredient is packed with proteins, peptides, hyaluronic acid and other good stuff that not only hydrate skin, but also promote collagen production and healing. Plus, it’s good for all skin types! Just make sure to look for the “cruelty-free” label on snail-jelly products.