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During the cold winter months, your skin may go from glowy and hydrated to dull, dry, and red. But have no fear! With the right face masks, you can fix your winter skin.
Best for Dry Flaky Skin
I first noticed my ugly winter skin when I was applying my foundation. No matter what I did it would not go on smooth and it clung to my dry patches. Trust me when I say it was not cute.
If you find your skin dehydrated and flakey, you’ll want to say no to abrasive face scrubs and yes to an AHA based mask. During the winter months, my go-to is the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™. Because this has some serious power, make sure to follow up with a great facial oil or moisturizer.
If you want to save some money or find the Babyfacial to be too harsh, I would also suggest the Pixi Peel & Polish. It leaves the skin feeling smooth but not stripped.
Best Face Masks for Redness
With the cold air pulling moisture from your skin, you are much more likely to experience redness and even burning. If you are experiencing burning please refrain from applying any masks and stick to hydrating unscented moisturizers.
For redness, you’ll want to make sure the face mask is soothing and does not contain any harsh ingredients.
My hands-down favorite sheet mask for redness is the Ceramidin Facial Mask. These always sell out at Sephora so I make sure I buy a couple to keep in hand.
For a traditional mask, you can’t go wrong with the REN Evercalm™ Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask (They also have a calming balm that is amazing for dry red skin). REN is a clean beauty brand so you know they only include the best ingredients.
Best for Dullness
Another issue you might have during the winter is dull skin. If you want to bring back that glow, you’ll need to add back plenty of moisture and keep your skin hydrated.
A lot of people pass on sheet masks because they don’t feel they work as well as a traditional mask. And while I agree, for the most part, there are some really amazing sheet masks available. For example, the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask will give you a luminous dewy glow. It is a bit on the expensive side for a sheet mask, but it is worth every penny.
Another mask that I have raved about in a past review, is the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. This mask will leave your skin soft, hydrated, and luminous.
Related reading: Fresh Brand Review
Best for Acne
While I don’t typically have a lot of acne, I do break out occasionally. If you have the occasional breakout or large pores you can use a mud mask to help clear congestion. Of course, you don’t want to strip your skin and make it overly dry.
While it is called an intensive wash-off treatment, the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding is a great mask to use in the winter. It helps remove impurities but it leaves the skin soft and hydrated.
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