Mar 3, 2020

6 Hydrating Masks That My Oily Skin Can’t Get Enough Of

In a skin care review I wrote back in June, I divulged what is possibly my biggest skin sin: For virtually all of my teenage life, I didn't moisturize. Granted, it's by no means the end of the world, but when you factor in all of the benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid I was blasting my face with. Shockingly, my acne didn't start to clear up until I hit my twenties.

Nowadays, moisturizing is a major part of my routine. And while teenage me would have never believed it, I've now hoarded quite the coterie of hydrating face masks. From milky creams to cushion-y water gels, the unthinkable (for me, at least) has been proven true a million times over: folks with oily, acne-prone skin can use hydrating masks, especially during the colder months. Here are six that I can't get enough of — and none of them break me out.

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Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial


I'm a big fan of Drunk Elephant's Babyfacial, so when the hydrating Waterfacial hit my desk, I was pretty stoked to test it out. While it has the word "water" in the name, the consistency of this hydrating mask is more of a fluid-y cream that my skin drinks up.

Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask, $, available at Sephora

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask


Did you forget that Glossier made masks? In case you need a refresher, Moon Mask is a dreamy mix of squalane, sweet almond oil, and hyaluronic acid, and is an amazing example of a universal hydrating formula that appeases even the most finicky of skin types. (i.e., me.)

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, $, available at Glossier

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask


Glow Recipe's viral Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is obviously a fan fave, but my personal go-to is actually the retinol-infused Avocado Melt. (I prefer to the non-retinol formula because of the extra brightening, smoothing benefits.) The texture is the thickest out of the bunch here, but it honestly feels so freakin' decadent that I can't help but love it.

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask, $, available at Glow Recipe

Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque


"Dehydration can affect all skin types, and may come and go based on lifestyle and environmental factors," Aesop As Innovation Director, Dr. Kate Forbes, tells Refinery29 of Aesop's new (and only) skin-care launch of 2020. "As the product has been designed to suit a range of skin types and to be worn on the skin for extended periods, the result is a light yet deceptively rich gel-cream with a soft, non-greasy finish that can be equally enjoyed by those with dry or oilier skin types."

Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque, $, available at Revolve

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask


You've seen it all over your Instagram feed, and the hype is real. Summer Fridays' first-ever product instantly hit cult status upon launching in 2018, and it's easy to see why. A thin veil of the creamy mask is all you need to wake up with bouncy, soft skin by morning.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, $, available at Sephora

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask


Overnight (aka "sleeping") masks are among the biggest K-beauty trends to make it big stateside, and Laneige's gel formula is a total OG. This was the first hydrating mask that I tried and loved because of its lightweight texture that readily absorbs and soothes acneic complexions like mine.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $, available at Sephora

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