June 15, 2024


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14 Best Face Masks for Dry Skin of 2021

All manner of things can leave you with dry, flaky skin on your face. The weather, aging, and showering in nearly scalding hot water can all turn your plump, hydrated skin into a parched dermal desert.

And, while a regular moisturizer can help combat your skin troubles, it’s way more fun to don a face mask.

Enjoy a night of self-care and facial pampering with one of these 14 hydrating face masks.

Here’s how we determined our top face masks for dry skin:

  • Positive reviews. We looked for masks that are well-liked by reviewers and have consistently high ratings from customers.
  • Hydrating ingredients. The masks listed below all contain some form of hydrating or moisturizing ingredient, whether that’s glycerin, honey, aloe, hyaluronic acid, or oils and butters.
  • Natural components. We prioritized masks that contain natural ingredients over those with long lists of synthetic components.
  • Cruelty-free. Whenever possible, we opted for masks that aren’t tested on animals.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $25
  • $$ = $25–$50
  • $$$ = over $50

Best antioxidant face mask for dry skin

Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask

  • Price: $$$
  • Pros: contains both brightening and moisturizing ingredients
  • Cons: scent isn’t for everyone

Wear this superfruit concoction overnight to rehydrate and revive your moisture-sapped skin. The antioxidant-rich maqui fruit and prickly pear help soothe your skin while vitamin C brightens.

The moisturizing ingredients include squalane, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin.

Reviewers say the formula is non-greasy and excellent for extremely dry skin. A few people complain that the mask doesn’t absorb well, though.

Youth to the People products are cruelty-free and packaged in a glass jar with a recyclable plastic cap.

The company also supports various social justice initiatives, and there’s even a limited-edition Pride version of this mask, with 100 percent of profits going to nonprofits that support LGBTQIA+ communities.

Best overnight hydrating mask for dry skin

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

  • Price: $$
  • Pros: works while you sleep
  • Cons: not ideal for people with very sensitive skin

This overnight mask from Origins contains several moisturizing ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and avocado butter.

Reviewers say they love the light scent and the ultra-hydrating formula.

However, some reviewers with super sensitive skin found that the product caused redness. The formula contains citrus oils, limonene, and linalool, all of which are frequent skin sensitizers.

If you have hyper-reactive skin or a condition, like rosacea, you might want to opt for a different product — like our next pick.

Best face mask for dry, sensitive skin

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

  • Price: $
  • Pros: calming, non-irritating formula
  • Cons: might not be appropriate for people with certain skin conditions, like severe eczema

This inexpensive, cruelty-free face mask contains soothing colloidal oatmeal, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The 10-minute, dermatologist-tested mask is also free of harsh additives, alcohol, and fragrances that are likely to irritate the skin.

Reviewers say the mask effectively moisturizes and helps soothe damaged skin, adding that it’s especially great to apply after a sunburn. A Healthline copy editor who has rosacea also vouches for this mask, describing it as her “go-to.”

Best redness reducing face mask for dry skin

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask

  • Price: $$$
  • Pros: helps even out skin tone and minimize redness
  • Cons: expensive

This fancy mask is packed with hyaluronic acid and helps with both dryness and dehydration.

A combination of vitamins and minerals helps combat redness and even out skin tone. Additionally, more than half of the ingredients are sourced from organic farms.

The company recommends leaving it on for up to 20 minutes before rinsing it off.

Reviewers with sensitive skin love the mask and describe it as gentle and hydrating. Still, we recommend patch testing new skin care products before applying them to your whole face or body.

Tata Harper products, including this mask, are cruelty-free. They’re also sold in recyclable glass containers and cartons.

Best two-step face mask for dry skin

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

  • Price: $$
  • Pros: hydrates and locks in moisture overnight
  • Cons: some reviewers say it doesn’t smell like roses and has an odd scent

This rose-infused mask is a two-step product that you apply before bed.

First, you apply the amber-colored gel formula, letting it absorb before applying the water-cream mask. Thanks to ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and rose extract, the two masks hydrate and lock in moisture throughout the night.

Reviewers say the product feels great on the skin. According to customers, the formula’s cooling sensation feels refreshing on their skin.

However, a few people note that the product has a less-than-pleasant dill pickle smell, but it seems to dissipate when applied to the skin.

The brand doesn’t test products, or the ingredients used to make the products, on animals.

Best overnight brightening mask for dry skin

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

  • Price: $$
  • Pros: works for all skin types
  • Cons: might not work as well as other products if you have ultra-dry skin

This popular overnight mask is suitable for all skin types. In addition to hydrating the skin, it helps with dull and uneven skin tone.

The gel-based formula contains mineral water, plant extracts, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and brighten skin.

The mask is also dermatologist tested and noncomedogenic.

Reviewers love the gel’s smooth finish and appreciate that a little goes a long way. As for the scent, people give it mixed reviews. Some people like the floral tones, while others describe it as overwhelming.

Best spa-like face mask for dry skin

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask

  • Price: $$$
  • Pros: soothing warming sensation
  • Cons: not for sensitive skin types

When you think of honey, you probably don’t instantly think of hydration. But research suggests that honey may be good for dry skin.

Give yourself an at-home spa treatment with this honey-based mask from Farmacy. As you massage it into your skin, the formula warms and feels like a luxurious facial.

In addition to honey, the mask contains cichoric acid, which helps protect your skin barrier. Glycerin and B vitamins help hydrate, smooth, and revive your skin.

Reviewers say they like the warming feel of this mask and that the formula is light yet very hydrating.

It’s probably a bad pick if you have reactive skin, though. Some people complain that the mask made them break out.

Farmacy is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.

Best hydrating sheet mask for dry skin

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating 100% Hydrogel Mask

  • Price: $
  • Pros: super affordable
  • Cons: not environmentally friendly

Fancy creams and masks can be fun to splurge on occasionally, but this widely available, budget-friendly sheet mask is perfect for everyday skin pampering.

The hydrogel mask contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and smooth out the skin. Just put it on for 30 minutes, and toss it when you’re done.

Reviewers say the gel formula absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave a greasy feeling, and moisturizes well. One Healthline copy editor who loves this mask says it’s great for plane rides, where the dry air can leave skin feeling zapped.

The downsides? It’s not as hydrating as some of our other picks, and some reviewers say the smell isn’t for everyone.

Best collagen boosting face mask for dry skin

Alder New York Smoothing Face Mask

  • Price: $
  • Pros: contains exfoliating ingredients
  • Cons: probably not a good choice for people with sensitive skin

Hydrate and firm up your skin simultaneously with this smoothing face mask from Alder New York.

The fragrance-fee and alcohol-free formula contains collagen boosting kelp and hyaluronic acid to help moisturize and even out skin tone. The mud-like mask also contains kaolin clay to help exfoliate and smooth out the skin.

Another bonus: Alder New York uses recycled components in the packaging to help create an eco-friendly product. The brand is also cruelty-free.

There are only a handful of reviews for this mask, but so far, all of them are highly positive.

Best purifying face mask for dry skin

Golde Clean Greens Purifying Face Mask

  • Price: $$
  • Pros: organic ingredients
  • Cons: some say the smell is too pungent

Drinking fruit-filled smoothies won’t cleanse your body of impurities, but this superfood face mask can help cleanse your skin of all the gunk it encounters throughout the day.

The unique powder formula turns into a gel-like substance when mixed with water.

The superfood ingredients like mango juice, marshmallow root extract, chlorella, and spirulina (all certified organic, by the way) help clear the skin of nasty residue.

Reviewers say the mask leaves their skin feeling refreshed and clean. Even the people who can’t stand the smell seem to agree that the formula improved their skin’s appearance.

Golde products are vegan, cruelty-free, and organic.

Best wrinkle reducing face mask for dry skin

Farmhouse Fresh Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask with CoQ10

  • Price: $$
  • Pros: almost 100 percent natural and smells like chocolate cake
  • Cons: not for people with rosacea

The dryer your skin, the more obvious wrinkles may appear.

This cruelty-free, hydrating face mask smells like a tasty dessert and includes natural skin-soothing ingredients, like cocoa, coconut milk, and honey. Enzymes, like CoQ10, help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

If you have a nut allergy, though, skip this face mask.

Reviewers say the mask smells great and makes their skin feel soft. However, customers with acne warn that it’s not a good pick for acne-prone skin. Additionally, if you have rosacea, Farmhouse Fresh recommends opting for a different mask.

Best face and body mask for dry skin

Pacifica Guacamole Whip Face and Body Mask

  • Price: $
  • Pros: natural ingredients and inexpensive
  • Cons: not suitable for sensitive skin

We’ve all had the urge to dunk our faces into a fresh bowl of guacamole, right? Well, while slathering your face in the yummy dip is far from socially acceptable, it’s OK to slather this mask all over your face and body.

The formula contains aloe, avocado oil, spirulina, and lime oil. It’s also 100 percent vegan, and the packaging is made from 100 percent recycled plastic.

Reviewers say the formula moisturizes, smells great, and has a soothing, cooling sensation. This isn’t a good choice for people with sensitive skin, though.

Like all Pacifica products, the mask is vegan and cruelty-free. The brand also does some work to limit new plastic production — you can send back your empties to be turned into razors or toothbrushes. In return, Pacifica will give you points to use on a future purchase.

Best zero-waste face mask for dry skin

Fat and the Moon Mermaid Mask

  • Price: $
  • Pros: eco-friendly, small-batch product with no preservatives
  • Cons: pungent smell

Save the planet and your skin with this zero-waste face mask from Fat and the Moon. Batches are made to order, and the glass bottles are reusable or recyclable.

The formula is made with seaweed harvested off the coast of California. To use it, mix the paste-like concentrate with water and wear it for up to 20 minutes.

One note: The formula is organic and doesn’t contain preservatives like many other skin care products, so you should use it up within 6 months of purchase.

Reviewers rave about the gentle formula and sea-like scent. If you’re sensitive to fragrances, though, keep in mind that the scent may be strong.

Best moisturizing sheet mask for dry skin

TONYMOLY I’m Real Aloe Sheet Mask

  • Price: $
  • Pros: inexpensive
  • Cons: has a sticky feel and isn’t ideal for sensitive skin types

Here’s another low-cost sheet mask option. Different from our Neutrogena pick, this one is made with aloe vera to help hydrate and soothe parched skin. Wear the mask for up to 20 minutes for a burst of hydration.

Reviewers say the mask helps moisturize and soften skin. But a few people complain that the mask leaves behind a sticky residue and causes skin irritation.