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The Best Face Masks For Sensitive Skin

By Carly Cochrane - 11 months ago | Updated
Best face masks for sensitive skin

Those of us with sensitive skin know that slapping on a spontaneous face mask is simply a no-go.

Whilst those glitter infused, peel-off formulas that smell like candy-floss are tempting, we know our skin will undoubtedly pay the price. So, we reach for that bland old tub of E45 once more and are left feeling nothing but totally unsatisfied with our skin care routine.

It doesn't have to all be doom and gloom, though. There are indulgent options out there, you just have to look in the right place. The right place being *drum roll* Cosmetify.

Keep scrolling as we round up the best face masks for sensitive skin, and don't forget to visit our guide to face masks if there's anything more you want to know.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

If it's good enough for Kim Kardashian West and Jessica Alba, then it's good enough for us. The Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask is a best-seller and cult-favourite amongst the skin care-obsessed as it drenches skin with a nourishing mix of vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants and gently exfoliating extracts. Although it was made to soothe and revive post-flight complexions, it can be used any time your skin needs a pick-me-up.

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Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

Blue tansy is the up and coming ingredient that you need in your skin care routine. Derived from a native European plant, it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that are great for those with sensitive skin. This face mask from Herbivore is brimming with the stuff. Make it your go-to for when your complexion is a little on the angry side!

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Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask

Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask

Give the term 'beauty sleep' a whole new meaning with this powerful and innovative mask that's great for sensitive skin. Kora Organics have created a gel mask that works around the clock to hydrate skin. Using all organic ingredients, like silver ear mushroom, caviar lime and coconut milk, you can rest assured that your skin is in good hands and that you'll wake up to a vibrant, fresh face.

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La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque

La Roche-Posay is one of our favourites at Cosmetify HQ and you’ll soon understand why. This intense mask is formulated without fragrance and parabens (always good for irritable skin) but still packs a punch when it comes to soothing and re-hydrating, making it one of the best face masks for sensitive skin.

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Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Hydrating Mask

Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Hydrating Mask

Drunk Elephant are all the rage right now. With the 'suspicious six' (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, fragrance/dye and SLS) banned from all of their formulas, you can sit back and relax knowing that this face mask will leave your skin nothing but soft, smooth and soothed.

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Ole Henriksen PHAT Glow Facial

Ole Henriksen PHAT Glow Facial

Indulge in a PHAT glow as Ole Henriksen serves up a spa-like facial from the comfort of your own home. Nordic birch sap, pink clay and softening cotton extract come together to exfoliate, nourish and hydrate your skin. With the formula packed with PHAs (the most gentle exfoliants), you can plump skin and correct uneven tone and texture. The result? A super glowy, super illuminated complexion.

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Simple Water Boost Hydrogel Reset Sheet Mask

Simple Water Boost Hydrogel Reset Sheet Mask

Their slogan 'kind to skin' stands for a reason. We always turn to Simple when our skin is throwing a wobbly, as they ensure that their formulas are free from nasties and harsh chemicals, like perfume, colourants and soap.

This Water Boost Hydrogel Reset Sheet Mask is all you need to put your skin back on track as it offers 40 days' worth of moisturiser in just five minutes!

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

You have to try this award-winning, Instagram-approved formula. With a pretty pink, jelly-like texture and a watermelon scent, it's the closest you're going to get to a fun face mask that doesn't irritate your skin. In fact, this overnight mask works overtime to soothe aggravated skin types, provide long-lasting hydration and ignite an unmatched glow - all while you sleep. Great stuff!

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Avène Tolerance Extreme Mask

Avène Tolerance Extreme Mask

Avene has taken into consideration all levels of sensitivity, including hypersensitive skin, and formulated the ultimate face mask. Seven good-to-skin ingredients are packed into this formula in order to target irritation, redness and dehydration. Skin is provided with long-lasting relief, plus moisture and nourishment.

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Fresh Rose Face Mask

Fresh Rose Face Mask

We adore the Fresh Rose Face Mask for its ability to hydrate and tone without upsetting skin. Infused with pure rosewater (and real rose petals) it’s all you need for a smooth, soft and calmed complexion.

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Kiehl's Calendula Petal-infused Calming Mask

Kiehl's Calendula Petal-infused Calming Mask

It might not smell like candyfloss but it still boasts a sumptuous scent – and looks pretty. This lightweight gel mask is the ultra big drink of water that your skin craves. Apply and enjoy instant, cooling hydration.

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Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Mask

Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Mask

Sensitive skin doesn't just mean redness and irritation, it can also mean breakouts. This mask from Aesop utilises super calming ingredients, such as chamomile, tea tree leaf and rosemary, in order to keep skin soothed and stress-free. The formula not only quickly combats spots, but reduces inflammation in the surrounding area.

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Ila Spa Face Mask For Renewed Recovery

Ila Spa Face Mask For Renewed Recovery

This luxurious treatment has been specially designed for sensitive, oily and unbalanced complexions. Boasting a blend of Marajo River white clay and marapuama, it eliminates impurities without causing irritation and, instead, leaves you with radiant, restored skin.

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yes to Cucumbers Calming Paper Mask

yes to Cucumbers Calming Paper Mask

Cucumbers are the OG ingredient when it comes to facials, so it’s no surprise that this sheet mask provides quality results. Cucumber and aloe vera extracts give sensitive skin all the TLC it needs so you can reveal a refreshed and hydrated face.

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Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask - 150ml

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask

Cucumber is so good, we had to include it twice. If you're not a fan of the sheet mask then check out this cucumber-packed gel mask from Peter Thomas Roth. This formula is ultra gentle, ultra effective and vows to never irritate your skin. Once applied, it supplies a cooling, soothing effect that feels especially good after a long, tiresome day.

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SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque

Struggling with sensitive prone skin? It's all cool, as SkinCeuticals have the perfect solution.

The Phyto Corrective Masque is a stellar soothing treatment for the face, neck and chest. Whenever you're experiencing a bad flareup, you can trust this formula to provide a much-needed burst of hydration that minimises the appearance of redness and irritation.

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Caudalie Moisturising Mask

Caudalie Moisturising Mask

Looking for a mask that leaves skin silky smooth, soothed and strengthened? We've found a winner!

The Caudalie Moisturising Mask packs the ability to do all three, as it contains grape seed oil, hyaluronic acid and vinolevure. Expect intense hydration, a plumped appearance and a stronger skin barrier, all within one application.

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Chantecaille Jasmine & Lily Healing Mask

Chantecaille Jasmine & Lily Healing Mask

Chantecaille to the rescue. Whether it's sun exposure, pollution, cold weather or everyday stress, this healing mask provides skin with everything it needs to stay cool, calm and collected. The formula is bursting with soothing botanical extracts, like lily bulb, jasmine and evening primrose oil, which work together to replenish, relieve and protect your complexion.  

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Guinot Masque Hydra Sensitive Face Mask

Guinot Masque Hydra Sensitive Face Mask

Wave goodbye to irritation, redness and uncomfortable skin as Guinot supply just the remedy. This calming face mask soothes sensitive skin and boosts natural defences to prevent future irritation.

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SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

Sensitive skin types can often fall victim to dryness and uneven skin tone. But this Facial Treatment Mask from SK-II is here to correct all of that. With every sheet mask saturated with a vitamin, mineral and amino acid blend, the look and feel of your skin is instantly and visibly improved. No more irritation, inflammation or redness, just soft, clear and rejuvenated skin.

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So there we have it: a bunch of new and exciting face masks that will make your Sunday pamper sessions extra appealing. Sit back, relax and let your sensitive skin savour every luxurious moment. Want to discover more options? Check out our guide to The Best Face Masks For Every Skin Type.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.