Last week, I forgot to refill my humidifier before I went to bed, and when I woke up, my face had basically turned into a Victorian orphan begging for a cup of water. There were little rough patches on my forehead. I was not pleased.
Every winter, my skin becomes extremely needy. Of course, that’s not really my skin’s fault—I always expect it to behave the same way it does when it’s perfect out, even when it’s literally freezing outside while being super dry (and often insanely hot) indoors.
One extremely good way to combat this problem: soothing sheet masks. While there are masks on the market for skin-brightening and acne-busting and scar-lightening and whatever else, in the winter, an ultra-hydrating mask is going to be your best friend. These are my current favorites in the “under $10” category (including one that’s $1.30/per mask!).
(Note: If you have allergies, please check the ingredients—some of these contain potential allergens, like nuts, so be careful out there.)
One of my absolute favorites to just lounge around the house in. In addition to protein-packed Greek yogurt, this Orgaid mask has a ton of skin-nurturing ingredients, like moisturizing aloe vera, soothing lavender, and scar-minimizing rosehip. ($22 for 4; amazon.com)
Korean skin care continues to be amazing. If you’re a huge beauty nerd like I am, you saw this product blow up all over r/AsianBeauty and decided that you had to try it for yourself. For me, this mask was a moisture bomb. It smelled incredible, and it left my skin soft and smooth, and it even reduced some redness. ($20.90 for 10; amazon.com)
The material this mask is made from is pretty remarkable: It’s made of 95 percent organic aloe water and 5 percent plant cellulose. If that sounds like it would be extremely hydrating, that’s because it feels that way on your skin—and the anti-inflammatory green tea is super nice too. I did this “water bomb” right before going out one night and loved the effects so much I didn’t even wear foundation, just a little concealer under my eyes. ($7; 100percentpure.com)
Refreshing, moisturizing, cooling, great-smelling (thanks to hydrating fruit extracts)… the Hydrolock bamboo mask is pretty excellent. And I love that it’s made from bamboo yarn, a much more sustainable fiber than cotton. ($7; amazon.com)
This Scandi based company uses a bunch of wacky-sounding ingredients like “pure omega oil found in the deep and clear waters of Scandinavia’s fjords,” which, maybe. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I can tell you it contains cacao seed butter, and the Hydrate Mask left my skin extremely soft and, yes, hydrated. ($9; amazon.com)
This Japanese mask did exactly nothing for the size of my pores (the package claims it’ll shrink them), but it did make my skin feel extremely healthy, even kind of… plumped? Like when you stick a wilted stalk of celery into a glass of water for a few hours to re-crunchify it? (Which, if you’ve never done this to celery before, try it, totally works). And yeah, the price can’t be beat. ($13 for 10; amazon.com)
Lip masks are all the rage right now, and I’m generally pretty meh about them. I’m not going to say I think this mask is completely revolutionary, but I lost my normal balm for a couple of days and then kind of doubled down by continuing to apply lipstick until my lips were kind of a peeling mess (… I should know better). Anyway, I used this mask to rehab my lips, and I have to say, it was pretty excellent. I exfoliated first (just a combo of regular sugar and coconut oil I mixed up in the palm of my hand) and then slapped this on. It smells faintly of sweet almond oil, and it absolutely helped bring my mouth back to life, for which I am grateful.($15 for 6; amazon.com)
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