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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.
After lots of testing, our editor put together a curated collection of face masks to treat four common skin issues: flaky skin, red skin, dull skin, and acne-prone 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.
Drunk Elephant Babyfacial
Available in mini and full size.
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.
Related reading: Drunk Elephant Brand Review
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.
Ceramidin Facial Mask
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.
One of my favorite masks for bright, luminous skin is the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. This mask is expensive but worth every penny. Just one use and you’ll be hooked.
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
Available in mini and full size.
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.
Related reading: Fresh Brand Review
Best for Acne
If you have the occasional breakout during the winter, you can use a clay mask to clear congestion or use it as a spot treatment. Just make sure you don’t use anything too drying.
For a clay mask that will treat your acne, try the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding. It helps remove impurities but it won’t dry out the skin.
Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding
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