Beauty ISH: 12 Skin Masks That Work Wonders During Winter

Now that cold weather has blown in, it’s time to think about protecting your visage from the drying and skin-changing effects. A step up from your serum and cream, a mask seals in much needed moisture while also targeting other top concerns—think clogged pores, dullness, and acne—so you can glow once again. To find your perfect match, consider our list of the top 12 must-have masks of the season.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask

Best For: Red, inflamed skin
How It Works: Although it might sound like a cousin to snake venom, this mask is actually made with healing red sap sourced from the sangre de drago tree in the Amazon to sooth irritated skin, plus high levels of wrinkle-disguising hyaluronic acid. For an extreme moisture burst, the mask can be worn overnight and washed off in the morning (since it’s clear it won’t rub off on sheets).
Rodial face mask, $45, beauty.com.


Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask

Best For: Mature skin
How It Works: This mask features the same advanced formula Dr. Marko Lens uses in his professional "Red Carpet" facials to encourage skin renewal with a unique complex of potent ingredients designed to rapidly hydrate, energize and revitalize the complexion. The single-dose vials contain enough for one mask, and according to devotees, this fix leaves your face looking smoother, velvety and noticeably youthful in just 15 minutes.
Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask, $195, zelens.com.



May Lindstrom The Problem Solver

Best For: Dull, clogged skin
How It Works: Model May Lindstrom’s new skincare collection checks every eco box—it’s organic, biodynamic, wild-crafted and sustainable. All products are hand mixed in her home studio, including this purifying mask composed of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, healing bamboo charcoal and warming spices to clear congested pores. The unique powder-to-mousse formula activates on contact with water, releasing the ingredient’s benefits with every fluffy application.
May Lindstrom The Problem Solver, $90, spiritbeautylounge.com.



Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask

Best For: Blackhead-prone skin
How It Works: Finely ground clay is blended with extracts of nasturtium and witch hazel to form this deep, purifying mask. Mix one heaping teaspoon of the powder to about one and a half teaspoons of water to create a soft paste that draws out impurities and visibly reduces blemishes and blackheads.
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask, $40, beauty.com.



NUXE Crème Fraîche

Best For: Sensitive, tingly skin
How It Works: The Parisian answer to clear skin, this new French mask contains eight active plant “milks” known to moisturize and soothe the skin for up to 24 hours without leaving your complexion overly greasy.
NUXE Crème Fraîche, $45, skinstore.com.



Aptiva Express Gold Royal Jelly

Best For: Travel-weary Skin
How It Works: Pack these handy to-go masks in your bag for plane rides and travel to high altitudes. Formulated with royal jelly, a buzz-worthy ingredient that increases skin elasticity, honey, wheat protein and neroli essential oil, each packet is your daily protection against the drying elements.
Aptiva Express Gold Royal Jelly, $10, aptiva.com.



Fresh Rose Face Mask

Best For: Pre-party skin
How It Works: A cult favorite for making skin glow before a big event, this mask is made with 60% pure rose floral water and crushed rose petals, along with cooling cucumber, chamomile, calendula and aloe vera gel, to leave skin refreshed and dewy.
Fresh Rose Face Mask, $55, barneys.com.



Chanel Sublimage Masque

Best For: Post-party skin
How It Works: When your skin need the equivalent of a cup of tea and massage, this luxury pick restores lost moisture and promotes “cell relaxation” with the fresh fruit of the vanilla planifolia plant, lotus, magnesium and a healthy dose of nourishing argan oil, known for its ability to make the skin look instantly smooth and plumped.
Chanel Sublimage Masque, $295, chanel.com.



SKII Facial Treatment Mask

Best For: All skin types
How It Works: SKII scored a major hit when it launched this mask in 1981. The 100% cotton surface is neatly designed to mold closely to the contours of your face to allow for maximum moisture absorption. (Studies show the mask delivers the equivalent of about 10 applications of SK-II’s famed Facial Treatment Essence). No wonder SKII ambassadors and complexion superstars Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth swear by this bestseller.
SKII Facial Treatment Mask, $195, nordstrom.com.



Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Mask

Best For: Sagging skin
How It Works: Like a body-builder trainer who tones you up, this firming mask helps skin defy gravity with a combo of black tourmaline, a charged mineral known for its energetic properties, advanced whey protein and anti-collagenase technology.
Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Mask, $100, esteelauder.com.



La Bella Figura Beauty The Bio Active Purifying Mask

Best For: Oily or acne-prone
How It Works: The complexion-clearing formula exfoliates dead skin and brings bacteria and dirt to the surface with Manuka Honey 15+, an ingredient known for its therapeutic enzymes and antibacterial properties. Other natural compounds, including Amazonian white clay, white willow bark powder and organic turmeric powder, help control sebum production, making this mask ideal to dab on trouble areas (like the t-zone) as a spot treatment.
La Bella Figura Beauty The Bio Active Purifying Mask, $60, labellafigurabeauty.com.




Nude Miracle Mask

Best For: All skin types
How It Works: Like the name implies, this exfoliating mask makes you feel like you’ve been given a new complexion. Natural alpha hydroxy acids and rice beads dissolve dead skin and debris, revealing baby smooth skin underneath.
Nude Miracle Mask, $48, sephora.com.





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