Masks for the Morning After

I'm not a big party-er, but my skin has certainly been feeling the effects of the festive period. Long days, late nights, rich food, and not enough water have left my skin looking less-than-great, so I've been sifting through my favorite face masks to find a solution. 

If you're forward-thinking enough, I'd definitely recommend popping on a sleep mask before going to bed to kickstart the rehydration process. I recently bought the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask and it's been such a great addition to my skincare collection - it's lightweight, so it won't smear all over your pillow as you sleep, and it leaves the skin feeling so plump and hydrated. I've also used this during the day if I'm just lounging around, so that's always an option, too.

The Belif Anti-Hangover Soothing Mask has hangover in the name, so it really shines here. It's a cooling gel mask that feels so nice on overheated, dehydrated skin. I pop this one on in the morning when I wake up feeling dehydrated and just leave it on for awhile to let it sink in. A similarly cooling and soothing gel mask is The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask.* This is definitely a dupe for the Fresh Rose Face Mask, and it feels like you're spreading rose jam on your face. It's so cooling due to aloe vera, and the rose really hydrates and soothes the skin. The Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask actually feels quite similar to these two, but is more of a cream than a gel. It also feels ultra-hydrating and soothing on the skin, and it's another one I like to just let sink in for an hour or two. This one also has some brightening ingredients in it to help combat the dullness that comes along with dehydrated skin.

If you're needing something super nourishing and your skin is feeling a little spotty or irritated, I'd really recommend the I'm From Honey Mask. I've only used this one a few times, and it's quickly become my favorite face mask. It's a creamy honey consistency that spreads over the skin evenly and immediately feels like it's feeding the skin. Honey is a natural antimicrobial, so it works well on acne while it's nourishing the skin. If you're not sure what kind of mask your skin needs, go for a honey mask - chances are, you'll be covered by one of its many benefits.

If you're not feeling too dehydrated but dullness is still an issue, look no further than the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. This jelly-like mask sloughs away dead skin with fruit enzymes and AHAs and immediately leaves you with bright, plump skin that looks like you've just come from a facial. This one doesn't leave any redness so it's a good one to use in the morning if you've got things to do that day.

What are your favorite masks to use when your skin's feeling less-than-perfect?