10 best hydrating face masks

Restore suppleness and give dehydrated skin a moisture boost with a hardworking treatment

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Lying out in the sun may leave you with a golden tan but it zaps skin of moisture. The skin is made up largely of water and when it lacks an adequate supply it loses suppleness and elasticity, leading to those dreaded signs of ageing. Quench thirsty skin in need of a little pick-me-up with a big dose of moisture thanks to these super-hydrating masks.

1. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Mask, £20, John Lewis

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Clary Sage is the magic ingredient in this face mask; a plant famous for being able to survive even the driest of weather conditions due to its unique ability to retain moisture. The clever chaps at Burt’s Bees have worked out how to harness those properties and put them into this fragrant face mask to help skin fight dehydration.

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2. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, £23, John Lewis


Putting skin to work at night is not only a very sensible use of time but also makes the most of the period when skin is most permeable and able to absorb products. This pleasantly scented mask from the natural skincare brand contains apricot oil, orange peel wax and mango butters, which help to replenish and protect the skin’s moisture levels. 

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3. Sisley Paris Express Flower Gel, £80, John Lewis


Three minutes is all you need to see an instant improvement in your skin with this mask from the luxury French skincare brand. Ideal for those who want something a little lighter, it comes in a gel formula that hydrates as well as tones and firms the face. It gets its name from the trio of flowers lily, rose and iris, all utilised here for their water retaining capacity.

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4. Decleor Hydra Floral Expert Mask, £30, John Lewis


Hydra Floral is the famous skincare range from Decleor that harnesses the power of plant oil to deliver hydration and protection. The Expert Mask is an intensive version, which has the texture of cream but transforms into oil on application. Apply twice a week to the skin and leave for 10 minutes for an instantly plumped complexion.

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5. Lancome Hydra Intense Mask, £33, John Lewis


Lancome’s Hydra-Intense uses a sub-tropical plant called Imperata Cylindrica, which is known for its ability to hold moisture. To make the most of its soothing and moisturising properties, apply in a thick layer, leave for 5 minutes and wipe off with cotton pads. 

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6. Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, £17, amazon

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A slightly different format to usual masks, this comes as a sheet, which is placed on the face for 15 minutes. The mask contains a pure form of hyaluronic acid, a substance that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. A cult ingredient in the beauty world, it penetrates the skin for prolonged retention of moisture.

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7. The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask, £14, The Body Shop

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Suitable for even the driest of skins, this mask comes in an ultra-thick texture which is ideal for when you feel the need to slather your skin. It contains Vitamin E, which is well known for its moisturising properties, as well as soya and wheat germ oil. Slap it onto skin to benefit from an instant cooling effect and leave for 10 minutes to allow the active ingredients to get to work. 

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8. Ole Henriksen Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask, £36, John Lewis

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Despite its name there’s no sign of a blue or black berry in this lightweight mask, which comes in a far more appealing clear gel formula. It contains berry extracts for their oxygenating and refining benefits as well as lavender to repair, but the real star ingredient is sodium hyaluronate, which binds moisture to the skin.

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9. Crème de la Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask, £110, John Lewis

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Luxury skincare brand Crème de la Mer is famous for harnessing the rarest ingredients sourced from the ocean. This mask contains Glacial Kelp, which is known for its ability to survive in the iciest of waters, thus giving the skin protection against fatigue, stress and pollution. A little goes a long way with this pricy potion; massage into the face and leave for 8 minutes.

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10. Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask: £16, John Lewis

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Natural skincare expert Liz Earle has harnessed the power of St John’s Wort, shea butter and geranium oil, which work together to tone and rebalance skin leave it feeling calmed and deeply nourished. It can be left to work for 10-15 minutes or, for times when that extra intensity is needed, left on overnight.

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Our standout product is Decleor’s Hydra Floral mask — there’s a reason this is the iconic skincare range from the aromatherapy skincare specialists. Thanks to the innovative ingredients that mimic hydration in plants, you get instant results, with skin looking more radiant and plumped. Coming in a close second is Origins’ Drink It Up Mask, which, in addition to its thirst quenching effects, also smells good enough to eat.


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