My Favorite Face Masks for Winter.

My Favorite Face Masks for Winter.

Let’s talk about FACE MASKS! I am always masking. Especially in the winter when my skin tends to get dry, tight, and rough. So my skincare routine becomes ALL ABOUT exfoliation and hydration and the best way to do that is with a mask (or a double mask!) Today I’m highlighting five masks that leave my skin smooth, soft, and glowy.

My Favorite Face Masks for Winter

Two Great Detox Masks.

I like to do one of these, followed by one of the hydrating masks I talk about below.

Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask

I love this mask. Love it. I had a friend try it and find it very drying (which I was shocked by as I found it to be one of the more hydrating detox masks I’ve tried). It smells a little like green juice and is packed with the sort of ingredients you eat when you want to give yourself a detox (wheatgrass, avocado, chia seeds). It tingles and purifies, but also softens and hydrates. I like it because it’s one of the few masks I’ve tried that manages to deep clean and brighten while also soften.

Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask

This mask is one of my absolute favorites right now. I love how it tingles and puffs up (it oxygenates on the skin and fizzes up and gets all bubbly), which I love. That being said it is still super gentle. It gets skin nice and clean without stripping.

Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask

Three Fantastic Moisturizing Masks.

Three of my favorite hydrating masks. They’re great on their own or after a detoxifying mask. These are in order of hydration benefits; I personally find the Tata Harper mask to be the most hydrating although the other two are also super hydrating. 

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

This mask is another all time favorite/holy grail. I wrote a more thorough review of it here. My favorite way to use this one is on the airplane or after a more detoxifying/clarifying treatment (either of the two above). This one is different from the others as you can just wipe it off with a tissue; no need to rinse!

Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask

I have been talking about Clark’s Botanicals forever but also love this mask so much. It’s super hydrating and leaves my skin ultra soft. I leave this one on for as long as possible (like an entire episode of The Bachelor) for extremely soft, hydrated skin. My favorite time to use this is when I’ve been traveling a lot; or when I get home after a long flight. It’s the best way to quench dehydrated skin.

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask

I looooove this mask. It’s definitely a “special occasion” mask as it’s pretty expensive. I wrote a more thorough review of this mask; what makes this one special is that it’s packed with skin plumping hyaluronic acid. For a really indulgent experience, do Tata’s resurfacing mask and then this one afterward.

Face Masks for Winter by Grace Atwood Best Face Masks for Winter by Grace Atwood

photography by Carter Fish.


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  1. I’ve got moisturising all covered but I’m still looking for my ultimate detoxing mask! I tend to avoid too much detox and exfoliation in the winter because my skin’s quite dry during this time, but I might try your recommendations out. They sound really good! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  2. I’ve heard such great things about the Elemis and Summer Friday masks! Giving your skin a detox is so nice in the winter.

    Kendal / Life With Kendal

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  3. Lisa Autumn:

    Oh I need to try all of them!

    x Lisa |

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  4. I love a good face mask too. Making + Goetz one, it sounds so cool! My go to face mask is the Glossier Galaxy Greens, it leaves my fave so soft!

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  5. dana mannarino:

    Getting that Elemis mask now! I’m also so upset that the Jet Lag mask doesn’t work for me. my skin was super sensitive to it (which is weird because I don’t typically have this reaction).

    I’ve also never thought to do 2 masks in one period — definitely trying this!

    The Champagne Edit

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  6. MarciaMarciaMarcia:

    Always love good skincare recommendations! My favorite detox mask is still Origins charcoal mask – I’ve used it for years and it never fails me. My favorite moisturizing ask is one from Aveda that I’ve been using for over 20 years. Sadly, I’ve heard they changed the formula which is so disappointing, so I’m definitely in the market for another great mask that is moisturizing, cooling, soothing, etc.
    And one question (sorry is this isn’t the right place for it) … did you find that your skin needed to adjust when you started using Augustinus Bader? I got the small duo, and I find even the rich cream seems to leave my skin tight and dehydrated within a few hours. It’s fine as long as I use other products with it, but of course that’s not the point in using it. I’m wondering if I need to give it more time or if it’s just not for me.

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    • I looooove the Origins charcoal- it’s such a classic!!!!

      That’s really interesting re: Dr. Bader. I did not, and I find my skin is super hydrated all day when I use it. One small thing that MIGHT make a difference could be using a toner before you use it – it helps the product sink in better (and toner is considered the final step of cleansing; not a conflicting product like serum). Let me know if that’s any help!

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  7. Kelli:

    Thanks for the recommendations! Really looking at the Elemis mask now!
    How often do you mask?

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    • It’s really as my skin needs it – but usually every other day! (Also depends on what my social life is looking like, haha)

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  8. Caitlin:

    Is there a reason you didn’t include the bliss marshmellow mask you’ve recommended in the past in this round up? Thank you!

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    • No specific reason, it just didn’t make the cut for this roundup. I do like that one, though!

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  9. Those seem like great masks. I love detoxifying maks because I feel like my skin isn’t very good at making this come out by themselves so I definitely need to do a detox sometimes to get it all out and get rid of pimples faster. Because I have combination skin, I always prefer refreshing masks over hydrating ones because I feel like those might make me a bit oily and refreshing masks still make my skin glowy and healthy. Do you feel like those hydrating masks might make me oily or should I still give them a try?

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    • Hi Marta,
      I have very dry skin so hydrating masks are best for me! I think you can probably skip those and stick to detoxifying masks. A great one for you to try would be the origins’ charcoal mask!

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    • Jen K:

      My skin is combo/oily (although as I get older it gets drier and also during the winter I can get dry spots) and I LOVE to use both the Tata Harper Purifying Mask and the Tata Harper Clarifying mask. Particularly the Clarifying Mask right now as it can take my skin that is acting up and correct it within hours, I feel like. If I’m feeling like my skin is getting dry, I will do one of those and follow after with the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask to soften and moisturize. I’ve been using the Clarifying Mask twice a week (an expensive habit, but it’s doing such good things to my skin that it’s worth it) and its making a huge difference.

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  10. Masking is one of my love languages. Last night I triple masked my heart out (pre-Bachelor) with all Summer Fridays (Overtime, then R+R, and then Jet Lag) and the results were amaaazing. A great detoxing mask that’s also hydrating is the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask. It’s a take on their super effective Clear Improvements but SOOO much more hydrating. Highly recommend!!

    Great post as always!!
    xoxo Logan

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    • Oh my gosh – triple masking – I bow down!! Haha. I need to try that Origins one!

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  11. I LOVE that Malin + Goetz one! When I first tried it several years ago, it was mind blowing for me!

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  12. Jen K:

    Always interested in your mask recommendations. Tata Harper’s Clarifying mask and Purifying mask are also really great detox options. I’ve been using the Clarifying Mask twice a week these days and it’s making such a huge difference for me. Once a week I also follow it up with the Floral Hydrating Mask. So good!

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  13. Sharon Lee:

    What are your favorite sheet masks? Any recommendations besides the Sk-II that you referenced in another post?

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    • I don’t do a lot of sheet masks! We actually talked about this on the podcast in tomorrow’s episode. THey’re so hard to multi-task with because they slide down if you try and mask while working. That being said, SK-II is my gold standard favorite and I just tried one from Night and LOVED it (this one: – I swear my skin looked completely line free and perfect after using it.

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