best hyaluronic acid face mask

best hyaluronic acid face mask

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best hyaluronic acid face mask

ometimes it seems like no matter how much moisturizer you slather onto your face, your skin still feels parched. What you really need is a product that will deeply penetrate the skin to heal, hydrate, and restore its luminous glow. But navigating the overcrowded sea of moisturizers that promise to do everything for your skin—short of beaming down and giving you a completely new face—can be daunting, to say the least.

Enter your new best friend: the hydrating face mask.

Whether you choose to saturate your thirsty complexion with a paper, gel, or fiber sheet doused in moisture-boosting collagen, brush on a rich, emollient cream, or apply a skin-nourishing overnight mask before getting some shuteye, rest assured there’s definitely a moisturizing mask out there that’s perfect for your unique skin type and your lifestyle.

So, if your face is feeling tight, or you’re experiencing more serious symptoms of extreme dryness, like redness, acne flareups, flaking, cracked skin, fine lines, and rough patches, it’s high time to rebuild your skin’s natural moisture barrier, says the New York-based dermatologic surgeon, Dendy Engelman, MD.

With Engelman’s help, we’ve cracked the code on the best hydrating face masks for dry skin to find out just exactly what makes them so great—and how to get the best results for your skin type, whether it’s sensitive, dry, normal, oily, acne-prone, or combination. Here we break down the three types of masks for dry skin and drop 15 of Engelman’s top picks for the best hydrating face masks that plump, nourish, and soothe parched skin.



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The Lowdown on Sheet Masks
Generally, sheet masks are composed of either paper, cotton, nonwoven fiber, cellulose, pulp (from rayon to wood and coconut), or even a combination of these materials. «Hydrating sheet masks contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which binds more water molecules to restore moisture to the skin,» says Engelman. Paper masks tend to be thin and don’t actually contain enough moisture to effectively hydrate skin—even if their labels promise they will. Engelman suggests using a hydrating mask made with bio-cellulose or hydro-gel, which tightly adhere to the face and don’t dry out.

Both act as occlusive mechanisms (they close off the skin to the air) that force product penetration and enable active ingredients to stay on the skin longer.

Targeted Masks
If you’re looking to be proactive in developing an anti-aging regimen while solving dry skin problems, use masks (they can be a combination of sheet masks, overnight, or rinse-off versions) specifically targeted to those concerns (fine lines, deep wrinkles, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, etc.) instead of one conventional hydrating mask, says Engelman. «If you use a hydrating mask or targeted treatment every day, you don’t need anything too potent,» she adds. «I mix-and-match my hydrating treatments to include an in-shower mask, rinse-off hydrating mask, sheet mask, and overnight mask.»

Overnight Masks
According to Engelman, overnight masks can actually be the holy grail for people with dry skin. They work while you’re asleep, which is when the body naturally rebalances hydration. «When the body is in a deep, restful sleep, the skin’s metabolism increases and cell-turnover and -renewal escalate,» she says. Skin is, therefore, able to recover moisture while excess water in the body is processed for removal. Since skin can lose water while you’re sleeping, the application of overnight serums and creams creates an impermeable seal on the skin’s surface (again, an occlusive layer) that locks in the mask’s hydrating ingredients so that they penetrate more deeply into the skin.

Trust us, there’s a mask out there for you, no matter your budget or skin type.
This hydrating, antiaging gel mask targets skin dryness, dullness, uneven texture, and loss of firmness and elasticity—in all skin types. It’s packed with moisture-boosting sodium hyaluronate, which also helps prevent future dryness, and vitamin E for its skin-firming properties. For best results, slather this over your face, neck, and décolletage and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. And there’s no need to rinse it off, either—just rub in the excess gel once you’re done. It also works great as a leave-on overnight mask.