04 Apr Get Your Skin Winter Ready with These Hydrating Masks
Intensely hydrating masks are a year-round must-have whether you suffer from dry skin or just need that extra boost after a long flight or busy weekend. They’re particularly essential though, as we head into the cooler months and both atmospheric and lifestyle changes start to play havoc with our skin.
Warm and humid Summer days tend to cause our skins’ oil production to go into overdrive. Some experience extra oily skin while others are taken back to a stable state and get to enjoy plump and balmy skin. Due to the extra oil, Summer skincare routines tend to sit on the more drying side of the spectrum; think AHAs to control oil and keep skin clean, physical exfoliants, spot treatments and even powdered makeup to minimise shine. This is all well and good while humidity is still in play, but as the seasons transition, it’s not uncommon for that dryness to begin to catch up with your skin and you may find your skincare routine is doing you more harm than good.
That’s why it’s so important to begin to double down on hydrating ingredients before Winter, which is notorious for drying out skin thanks to chilly air, heaters and windier weather, really hits.
Intensive masks are one of the best ways to hydrate your skin (other than drinking a tonne of water), as they’re designed to stay on your skin that little bit longer to both hydrate and repair the protective layers of your skin that keep the moisture in.
It’s a good idea to dedicate one night a week to using your hydrating mask but if you feel like your skin needs a boost, don’t be afraid to add in an extra night here and there – the good ones won’t clog your pores, promise!
If you’re looking for a new deeply hydrating mask, here’s some to try…
The technology that has gone into formulating this mask is second to none. The texture of the mask is really thick, almost like a paste you have to work into your hands a little before massaging into your face. Then, once it’s had a chance to soak in, the action starts. Inspired by Hungarian spa treatments, contact with water activates a flash of heat that helps to increase the hydrating benefits for your skin and draw out toxins. Ingredients such as sunflower, evening primrose and sea buckthorn moisturise and repair dry skin and it really leaves you feeling like you’ve just had an expensive spa treatment.
This intensely hydrating mask has long been a favourite and a staple in my skincare routine. The rich formula is packed full of probiotics to deeply nourish and repair dry and tired skin overnight. It’s the consistency of a moisturiser so sits comfortably on your skin and won’t destroy your pillowcase. You can either apply a thin layer and wash off after ten minutes or leave it on overnight if you don’t experience too much oil production when you sleep. It’s great at repairing dry and cracked skin without causing any irritation.
Another favourite cosmeceutical skincare brand, Skinstitut’s products are great for a wide range of skin types and concerns. The hydrating mask is packed full of vitamins and shea butter that simultaneously hydrates and repairs your protective barrier for softer, smoother and more hydrated skin. It’s a nice consistency that doesn’t feel too heavy on your skin but I prefer to use it as a pre-makeup mask when I need extra hydration as it washes off to leave behind zero residue.