We firmly believe that there’s never a bad time to enjoy a face mask. But the transitional season is an especially perfect time to sit back and slather one on thick, since your skin is confused by the changing temperatures and in need of a little extra TLC. As the weather changes and continues to get cooler, “the humidity drops making the outside air drier,” explains Morgan Rabach, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of LM Medical. “The air indoors also becomes drier from heaters and radiators,” she says, which then leads to the outer layer of skin becoming drier and its natural barrier compromised.
The solution? Applying a moisturizing mask. “This can help repair the outer layer of skin and seal in moisture,” says Dr. Rabach. One of her favorite ingredients to look for is good old hyaluronic acid, which is featured in just about every face mask we’ve rounded up here. “Hyaluronic acids are sugar molecules that help pull water into the skin, hydrating and plumping it in the process,” Dr. Rabach explains. Other good ingredients to look for in a cold weather face mask include: healing honey, calming colloidal oatmeal, and nutrient-rich plant oils like almond and jojoba. Now’s also the time to trade in your favorite sheet mask for a creamy treatment that sinks moisture deep into skin.
So, to help you find a face mask for your skin’s needs this season, we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch below. Oh, and another bonus? Not one on this list is a messy pain to wash off; most, if you prefer, can just be wiped away or even massaged in. Peak lazy self-care, here we come. So, nestle in on the couch with a good book and indulge your skin with one of these cold weather face masks.