Some beauty fans collect eyeshadow palettes. Others, glossy rows of pretty, bottled skin care, carefully organized amongst diptyque tumblers. If I could — bathroom shelf space being the limiting factor here — I'd invest in a collection of the best moisturizing face masks. And I'd only break into it when it starts to snow (OK, well, maybe before that).
It's a basic equation known by anyone who's interested in skin care and lives in a place where they routinely need to de-ice their windshield. Cold air plus your fragile face equals sensitive, flaky skin. Your skin gets dry in the winter for a variety of reasons: A lack of naturally hydrating humidity may be the most well known — and certainly plays a major role — but little details contribute to the phenomenon, too. Even taking cozy, toasty showers can lead to dry skin.
Luckily, there is a way to strike back against the season. Hydrating face masks, available in multi-use packages or as travel-friendly sheet masks, let you reinforce your everyday skincare routine with an extra boost of much-needed moisture. And plenty fan favorites include benefits that go beyond the scope of saving dehydrated skin, like Go-To's glowy Transformazing sheet mask or Glossier's softening Moisturizing Moon Mask.
Ahead, nine moisturizing masks to stock up on before the worst of winter truly arrives — because now is the perfect time to begin your very own collection.