With the changes our skin undergoes as we age, it’s important to find a beauty routine that can replenish mature skin — and masking is a great place to start. Using a face mask a few times a week will add a boost to what your skincare is already doing, help target your specific needs, and offer a relaxing respite from the day that we could all really use right about now.
Whether you are looking to plump or firm, have sensitive skin or rosacea, or just trying to minimize the appearance of fine lines, keep scrolling for our picks for the 13 best face masks for women over 50.
What ingredients should you look for when buying face masks?
But before we get to the masks, let’s talk about ingredients. Whether your skin is sensitive or not, it’s always important to understand exactly what you’re putting on your face. Generally, for women over 50, there are three skin concerns that are the most prevalent: hydration (or lack thereof), inflammation, and wrinkles. If one of these hits home for you, choose a face mask full of skin-saving ingredients that properly treat those conditions. So, what ingredients should you keep an eye out for? Check out our handy guide below!
- Hydration. If dry skin is your chief concern, look for a face mask filled with ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, different kinds of oils, aloe, and urea to ease the plight of dehydrated skin.
- Inflammation. Whether it’s rosacea or occasional redness, inflammation is never fun. So if you’re looking for a face mask to soothe your skin and ease your inflammation, reach for one containing ingredients like centella asiatica, green tea extract, chamomile, cucumber, niacinimide, vitamin E, and aloe.
- Wrinkles. For smooth, supple, and wrinkle-free skin, choose a mask containing ingredients like alpha lipoic acid, collagen, retinol, vitamin C, niacinimide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E.
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Where to buy: From $25, Sephora
While it varies for each woman, dry skin is one of the biggest skin concerns facing women over 50. So, if you’re looking for a face mask to put the bounce back in your skin, try Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. Formulated with a combination of ceramides, vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this mask will deliver the intense hydration you’re looking for, while also keeping redness and puffy skin at bay.
Where to buy: From $75, Sephora
If there’s one brand known for making exquisite skincare for mature skin, it’s La Mer. Thanks to their trademark “Miracle Broth,” made with a special blend of sea kelp and other nutrients, La Mer’s products are known for delivering on their promises. This mask is no exception. Made with maturing skin in mind, the Lifting and Firming Mask is made for skin experiencing wrinkles, dullness, and a loss of elasticity. A luxurious refreshment to the skin, if you’re looking for the best face mask for mature skin, you’ve found it.
Where to buy: $37, Sephora
One of the most prevalent skin issues among older women is rosacea. Primarily affecting the face, especially the cheek area, rosacea presents itself in the form of redness, pimples, and sometimes a swollen nose. While there’s no cure for rosacea, there are various ways of treating it — including this Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Face Mask from Dr. Weil for Origins. Creamy and soothing, this mask’s star ingredient is the reishi mushroom, known to reduce the appearance of redness. One of the most nutrient-rich masks on this list, in just 10 minutes flat, your skin will do a 180° from red and dry to supple and even.
Where to buy: $18, Amazon
When it comes to anti-aging products, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more popular ingredient than collagen. Collagen is a protein naturally produced in the skin, responsible for the elasticity and suppleness we all know and love. However, as we age, collagen production slows down, leading to a need for supplementation — and Mario Badescu’s Collagen Mask is a great place to start. Purifying and pore-refining, this mix of collagen and nourishing botanicals work together to smooth and hydrate, giving the skin a much-needed pick-me-up.
Where to buy: $53.95, Amazon
For a mask that’ll tighten up sagging skin, reach for natural skincare brand Farmacy’s Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm. Lightweight and infused with Echinacea GreenEnvy (their patented variant of echinacea purpurea that’s filled with cicoric acid known for its firming and anti-inflammatory properties), this balm tones, moisturizes, and firms the skin, restoring the look of elasticity and reducing fine lines and wrinkles for tighter, younger-looking skin.
Where to buy: $44, Sephora
Sometimes your skin just needs some extra pampering — and the Superfood Skin Reset Antioxidant Mask from Youth to the People is the perfect way to do it. A rejuvenating reset button for the skin, this mask is made with a combination of spirulina, bioactive microalgae, and a superfood blend of kale, spinach, and green tea for the antioxidant and phytonutrient support all skin types crave. And with an added dose of hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture, your skin will look fresh, firm, and radiant.
Where to buy: $55, Dermstore
Has your skin been looking a bit dull lately? Bring back its radiance with the Youth Glo Babyface mask by Supermood. Made with a mixture of powerhouse ingredients including vitamin C, sea buckthorn juice, and natural retinol alternative Moth bean, this mask penetrates deep to properly nourish while restoring a youthful glow to the skin.
Where to buy: $28.50, Ulta
Adult acne, blackheads, and clogged pores — there an array of skin problems that many of us face. While commonly thought of as a younger woman’s plight, the problematic skin has no age limit, but it does have solutions. Enter Clinique’s City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub. Made with a combination of natural bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay, this mask clears the skin of impurities and excess oils while also gently refining texture, leaving skin clearer and smoother.
Where to buy: $405, Nordstrom
Looking for a spa-grade anti-aging facial from the comfort of your own home? You’re going to love this set from iconic beauty brand Estée Lauder. Complete with a warming stone massager for a hot stone spa experience at the drop of a hat, the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Massage Mask is luxurious in every sense of the word. Formulated with Estée Lauder’s Black Diamond Truffle Extract, collagen, and other advanced hydrating ingredients, this mask restores skin’s bounce and luster while actively preventing loss of firmness, wrinkles and other signs of aging, leaving skin radiant and youthful.
Where to buy: From $7, Amazon
For the most sensitive skin, finding an anti-aging face mask that isn’t irritating can be a struggle — or, at least, it used to be. Looking for a fun and natural way to hydrate the skin while also actively preventing wrinkles? Infused with anti-inflammatory ingredients like calendula and sage oil, Florapy’s Anti-Aging Sheet Mask gets to the problem, treating and hydrating skin. Cool to the touch and made of 100 percent coconut fibers, this mask is the easiest (and most natural) way to show your skin a good time.
Where to buy: From $5.49, Amazon
Did you know that there are masks available specifically for your neck? For many women, necks are a sensitive subject. Years of neglecting moisturizer and sunscreen may leave sensitive skin vulnerable, wrinkled, and now, in need of some special attention. Enter the Intensive Crystal Collagen Neck Mask from Beauty Mask Works. This mask works wonders on the skin thanks to its powerful blend of collagen, amino-acids and natural plant essences. Working to help to lift the skin to tighten and create firmness, this mask set comes with three masks making it one of the best face mask deals around.
Where to buy: $23.04, Walmart
Looking for an easy way to soothe your sensitive skin, especially during a psoriasis flare-up? Reach for a face mask made with Dead Sea mud, like natural skincare powerhouse InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask. Research has shown that Dead Sea mud, known for its healing and detoxifying properties, can effectively help reduce symptoms associated with psoriasis, like redness and inflammation. Complete with organic shea butter, sunflower seed oil, and aloe vera, this mask will leave skin as supple as it is calm.
Where to buy: $29, Urban Outfitters
If you’re a fan of clay masks and natural skincare, then you’re going to love Asarai’s Earth Tones Face Mask. Using a selection of certified organic ingredients including vitamin C rich kakadu plum, soothing sunflower seed oil, aloe vera juice, rainforest lime fruit extract, and its star Australian red clay, this mask breathes new life into skin in as little as 10 minutes. Buttery and antioxidant-rich, for brighter skin, clear pores, and calmed skin that glows, trust this fan favorite straight from the Outback.
This story originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.