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Last Updated Sunday March 18 2018 06:20 PM IST

Quench your thirsty skin with these super-hydrating masks

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For dry, flaky and parched skin, the right face masks can help add and lock in moisture. Indulge yourself in overnight masks with superfood and sheet masks, suggest experts.

Anirudh Ringe, education manager at Kiehl's India and Sargam Dhawan, director at Paul Penders Botanicals, India, have shared the best ones they have tried.

1. Overnight masks


These work while you sleep and give an extra boost of hydration to the skin. Such masks fight with the dry skin, which is mainly caused by wind and the cold weather. Overnight masks do wonders if the same is applied in the right steps. Use them after cleansing your face thoroughly and then apply a generous layer of the mask for 5-10 minutes. In case of any excess tissue, one must pat gently to allow the product to work overnight.

2. Masks with superfoods

Face pack

Superfoods like cranberry, turmeric and avocados are great for nourishing the skin during winter months. These are rich in essential elements of the skin. Masks that contain superfoods are excellent to provide the skin the glow that lacks due to the dry winter weather.

3. Stock up on sheet masks


Sheet masks are a recent trend in the beauty industry and are increasingly gaining a lot of popularity. Sheet Masks are easy and quick moisturizing elements. They are great for a quick glow, right before one has to step out for a night out in the cold winter weather.

4. Concentrate on texture


The skin is always exposed to the harmful elements all around and winter leaves our face feeling raw and parched. This causes the skin to crackle and leads to breakouts. Opt for face masks that are rich and feel creamy on the skin, so the skin can retrieve as much essential oils from the product as possible.

5. Curate your own masks

Papaya and honey

The easiest solution is to step into the kitchen and experiment with fruits such as papaya, tomatoes and bananas along with honey and gram flour to provide the skin with the right balance of moisture.

Do away with the pores

Face mask

A lot of Indian women end up getting enlarged pores during the winter months due to the sudden change in temperature. One of the many benefits of using face masks is that it helps refine pores on the face by deep cleansing. It also removes dead skin cells, adds moisture and gives the skin elasticity leading to firmer skin.

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