Face masks for sensitive skin are so hard to find. Every time I try a new mask, my fingers and toes are crossed hoping when I peel it off, my skin isn’t tomato red and burnt.
Thankfully, there are friendly masks out there that are super gentle.
I found a few of the best face masks for sensitive skin. No more anxiety-inducing masks for me!
Side note: this list isn’t in any particular order.
Side note #2: you should still patch test the serum before applying it to your face. I’ll get more into that later.
Best Face Masks for Sensitive Skin
1. Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask
I think this is the best of the best face masks for sensitive skin. I absolutely love it.
It is a pure cotton sheet mask that leaves my skin feeling hydrated and happy.
But the ingredients will make you nervous if you aren’t into Asian or Korean beauty products.
The mask is soaked in snail mucin (a compound in the mucus snails leave behind). If you’ve never heard of it, you’re probably thinking “No way am I going to put snail stuff on my face!” But you should try it.
Patch test first, of course. But try it. There are tons and tons of people (myself included) that swear by the stuff and swear by this mask.
Besides mucin, the mask has extracts of bee venom, aloe leaf, tea, willow bark, elm, and lichen. Yes, you read that right … bee venom extract. It helps to even out your skin tone.
Altogether, the mask claims to moisturize, brighten, lift, and cool your skin and improve wrinkles. And it is free from parabens, artificial colors, oil and alcohol.
2. Tosowoong Masks
Tosowoong is a major Korean beauty brand. And its sheet masks are awesome.
You can choose from aloe, propolis, blueberry, green tea, snail and deep sea water masks. But I must warn you some of them have fragrance.
The aloe smells a bit like cucumber and the blueberry smells fruity. The green tea is subtle. But the deep sea water and snail smell like fake perfume. I don’t like the smell but you might be into it. Try them all!
The aloe and green tea are super cooling; the deep sea is hydrating and the snail is wonderful.
Get the 12 pack which gives you two of everything. You won’t regret it!
3. First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
The First Aid Beauty mask is another top face mask for sensitive skin.
It is super hydrating and is great for dry, red, uneven and dull skin. The mask claims to nurture, calm and rejuvenate sad, dry skin. And it really does just that. Plus it’s free from pesky parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
In fact, it has colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, cocoa butter and apricot kernel oil. It also has extracts of sea buckthorn, and licorice root.
But it contains cetyl alcohol, which can be irritating to some. So be sure to patch test the mask before lathering it on your face. Or if you have some tolerance, you can use it for less time like 5 minutes (instead of the recommended 10 minutes).
This is super important!
4. My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird’s Nest Mask
My Beauty Diary offers lots of sheet masks that are great for sensitive skin. But the imperial bird’s nest sheet mask is pretty awesome.
I am a big fan!
It is deeply hydrating and conditioning. And it has some unique ingredients.
It has swiftlet nest and extracts of oat, baobab, brown algae, aloe leaf, sugar maple and orange fruit. Yes the mask literally has bird’s nest in it. And it is the best!
This Amazon review pretty much sums it up.
5. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
This Clinique mask is oil-free, creamy, hydrating and deeply moisturizing.
It is recommended as a night, leave-on mask and boasts of giving you soft, dewy, glowing morning skin.
It can be used for all skin types and has shear butter, mango seed butter, and aloe leaf water. But it contains cetyl alcohol.
Nevertheless, it gets rave reviews from those with sensitive skin. Here’s a snippet from Sephora:
” Excellent for sensitive skin that is prone to both breakouts and dryness… Leaves skin feeling very soft… Puts some fancy over-hyped over-fragranced and over-priced creams I have tried to shame. “
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6. TonyMoly I’m Real Masks
This collection of face masks for sensitive skin is incredible.
You can get red wine, pomegranate, broccoli, seaweed, tomato, aloe, lemon, tea tree, rice, avocado, and makgeolli masks.
There are also pumpkin, orange, pearl, cactus, rose, lotus, calendula, lavender, cherry blossom, peach, honey, charcoal, olive and ginseng.
Seriously, TonyMoly has a lot of face masks for sensitive skin!
And here is one review for the tea tree mask from Influenster.com:
“ It [calms] my skin down and also helps clear up my acne breakouts. It also hydrates my face. Other face mask[s] would break out my face but this one hydrate and clears my acne up. This sheet mask is very affordable...”
7. Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask
Say yes to Yes to Tomatoes!
This is one of the few mud masks on this list.
It has bentonite, charcoal and salicylic acid which control acne and breakouts. Plus it has extracts of tomato, aloe, watermelon, pumpkin and chamomile. And no it’s not like putting vegetables on your face! It does well to calm skin and reduce breakouts.
8. Innisfree It’s real squeeze mask – Green tea
Innisfree has some great masks. But the green tea squeeze mask is pretty special.
It has green tea extracts that are soothing; and you’ll find extracts of white lotus, tangerine, grapefruit, orchid, bergamot and orange in there too. Everything works in harmony to reduce the appearance of large pores.
The only downside to this mask is it contains a couple irritating chemicals. Alcohol, fragrance, citric acid, ascorbic acid and lots of citrus extracts are in there. So be sure to patch test this mask before applying it. According to this review, you won’t be sorry you did!
Before Using Face Masks for Sensitive Skin
Always patch test your mask before applying it to your face.
For sheet masks, cut a little slit in the packaging and squeeze some serum onto your fingers. Apply it to the inside of your elbows and behind your ears. You can reseal your mask packaging and stick it in the fridge.
For hydrogels and other mud masks, you can apply a little on the same spots. Behind your ears and your inner elbow are sensitive area.
Monitor your skin. If it starts burning, wash it off immediately. If it’s fine, then wash the area after the ten minutes. Check it. You will expect a little redness that goes away quickly. If that does not happen then you should not use the mask. You may be too sensitive for it.
What other face masks for sensitive skin do you use? Let me know in the comments below.
First posted: August-2018
Last updated: May-2019
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