Thirst Quenchers: 4 Hydrating Face Masks To Love


Hydrating Face Masks

When it comes to products like face masks, these days, I look for different things than I did while still battling acne. Back when I struggled with an extremely oily skin I loved products that left my skin feeling dry and completely matte. Today, I’m all about hydrated, plumped skin.

Because that’s exactly what it needs.

Most of the time, since getting off Accutane, my skin feels dry and tight. Moisturizers and serums are no longer enough, which is why I love a good moisturizing treatment, like a face mask.

Here’s the thing about face masks though: when your skin feels extremely dry and sensitive, you sort of expect everything to burn and irritate it. This includes face masks. Fortunately, there is a nice selection of products that deliver.

These are the four that I currently have in rotation.


This mask* is a plump-master. I love the fact that it comes in a tube- it makes the application completely mess-free. Active ingredients include Rose Extract, Camellia Oil, and Hydra O2 Complex. It does have a delicate fragrance, but it doesn’t irritate my skin. I’ve been using this mask almost daily, over the last couple of weeks and I love the way it makes my skin feel- it’s great for rehydrating and plumping dull skin. Also works nicely as an overnight treatment.


This waterlock mask* has a fun, aqua-gel texture. It has a slight fragrance (formulated from essential oils) but just like the Rescue Mask, it doesn’t irritate my skin at all and it doesn’t linger on one bit. You can either apply a thick layer and wash it off after 10 minutes, or apply a thin layer and use as a leave-on treatment (this works especially well when done overnight). A great thing about this mask is that you only need a small amount as a little bit goes a very long way. After you wash it off you are left with skin that feels plump, smooth and hydrated.


Moisture Surge moisturizer from Clinique is a cult-favorite and one of my favorite moisturizers of all time. It’s probably one of the most lightweight, yet hydrating products I’ve ever tried. The Moisture Surge Overnight Mask has a texture and feel of a rich face cream. It’s heavier than the Moisture Surge Moisturizer, a bit richer but still, it doesn’t feel greasy. I absolutely loved using this during my Accutane treatment, but unlike the other three masks mentioned here, this doesn’t do much when it comes to plumping the skin. I also find that I really have to use a thick layer for this to work on my extremely dry skin, but I love that it comes in a tube and the fact that when used as an overnight treatment, it leaves my skin feeling very comfortable and hydrated and it doesn’t irritate it.


Whenever I talk about face masks, I almost always mention Complex Beauty and their Ocean Potion mask. Thirst Quencher is another solid favorite. The texture is very similar to that of the Erborian mask– very much gel-like. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, rosehip and jojoba oils, organic aloe, frankincense and organic oat. Thirst Quencher gives the skin that nice, cooling effect and once you wash it off, your skin will feel soft, smooth and plump. It’s the only out of these four masks that has an initial tingling/slight burning effect on days when my skin feels extremely sensitive, that disappears after about 20 seconds or so. I usually leave this mask on for about 20 minutes, wash it off and follow up with a hyaluronic acid serum and a balm, like The Balm from Soapwalla. This combo leaves my skin feeling extremely soft, plumped, smooth, soft and hydrated; it gives you that “OMG! I can’t stop touching my face” kind of feeling.

Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask  (top) and Complex Beauty Thirst Quencher (bottom). My only wish with these two is that they came in a tube packaging. Other than that, love them both.  

While I love using all four of these as overnight treatments or leave them on when I’m just staying in and going makeup-free, I wouldn’t recommend using these under your makeup. I love using them before applying makeup though, and washing them off. The Lierac mask is actually one of my favorites to use before applying makeup. I just apply a nice layer, leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash it off, following with a serum/moisturizer and a hydrating primer.


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    September 17, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I needed this post. My oily skin had decided it wants to be dry now. These all sound great to me right now. And not to be a pain but I believe you have a typo under the water lock mask section. It made me do a double read.😉

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      Paula @
      September 20, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Oh God, thank you SO much for catching that!! I don’t know how that got pass the spellcheck, lol. The Clinique one is a great option for oily/acne prone skin. x

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    September 18, 2017 at 1:17 am

    I usually only buy strong face masks intended to clear up blemishes and congestion but since I’m turning 25 this year (gasp!) I’ve been transitioning to more nourishing and moisturising skincare. Thanks for the recommendations, Paula!

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

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      Paula @
      September 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

      I used to reach for those on regular basis too, when I had acne. I still like a good deep-pore cleansing mask once in a while, but definitely reach for hydrating ones more often.

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    Linda Libra Loca
    September 18, 2017 at 2:09 am

    I still tend to go for other things than hydration in my face masks, but I have come to enjoy overnight hydrating treatments in the winter. Out of the ones you have mentioned I have not tried any, but I have a new one by Klairs that I realy enjoy.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    Natalie Redman
    September 18, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Great picks! I love the Clinique Moisture Surge. There’s also a Garnier Moisture Bomb which is the perfect dupe.

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    Demilade Aina
    September 18, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I’ve never tried a hydrating face mask, I usually go for detoxifying or brightening ones but I’ve been on the hunt for some really good hydrating one. The Lierac one sounds really good, will look into it. Thanks for sharing :)
    Coco Bella Blog

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    Elisabeth Hayes
    September 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I really want to try the Clinique mask!

    xo, Elisabeth

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    September 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    The Clinique Moisture Surge mask sounds incredible!

    Sara – Flemingo

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    Very Much Mia
    September 18, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I MUST try the Clinique Moisture Surge mask…my skin gets dry so easily, and I’ve heard great things about that mask. It’s nice that it’s not too heavy on the skin!

    Mia |

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    Dusti Marie
    September 18, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m noticing my skin is very dry right now, so I’ll have to try some of these out!

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    September 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I tried the Clinique Moisture Surge mask, and I must admit I love it so far! But I want to try some of these out as well.

    N, xoxo. /

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    Dagmara Klich
    September 19, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I have come to appreciate hydrating face masks much more these days as my skin is getting a bit drier with every passing year and nothing looks better then plumped up, glowing skin :) I love leaving hydrating masks overnight on my skin! xx

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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      Paula @
      September 20, 2017 at 10:44 am

      They work especially well when left overnight- I agree! Love waking up to hydrated, plump skin :)

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    Anu Ali-Raatikainen
    September 30, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Hydrating masks are my go to along with ones that give you a glow! I just a got a sample of the Clinique one and can’t wait to try it. The Bamboo Waterlock sounds amazing as well – I need to add it to my wishlist :)x

    Anu | Based On blog | Bloglovin

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