Best sheet masks: The ones to know for your skin type

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The craze for the Korean beauty staple has hit our shores and it's already making waves. Here are the ones you need to know about...

Looking for the best sheet mask? Well, no doubt your first question is: what actually is a sheet mask? For the uninitiated a sheet mask is a cloth or paper saturated in skin-loving ingredients that’s left over your face for 10-15 minutes so your skin can absorb its fill of the good stuff.

(Note: there are handy cutouts for your nose, eyes and mouth so you don’t feel as though your suffocating!)

So, why are we all searching for the best sheet mask over old faithful face masks? First of all, they’re prepared with exactly the right amount of product for your skin. And your face can do nothing but soak up the goodness while it’s resting under the fabric. The other thing is, you’ll find you won’t need to rinse your face afterwards. Just work in the excess product that’s remaining on your skin with the tips of your fingers. The whole routine really couldn’t be easier.

And lastly, there’s another oft-forgotten added benefit to the ol’ sheet mask. It’s a little more convenient to cart around when go on holiday compared to packing an arsenal of lotions and potions. They’re packaged very thinly so you can tuck one away in your bag. And they take up virtually no room at all.

So, where did these fabulous things first come from? Like a number of cult beauty products that have popped up on our Insta-feeds of late, the sheet mask originated in Asia where it has played a key role of the K-beauty phenomenon from Korea. Designed to help a huge range of different skin types and even treat problem skin, it’s not hard to see why sheet masks have taken off in such a big way in Asia. Plus, for those not able to see a facialist or dermatologist with ease, the no-fuss application of sheet masks have seen their popularity rise hugely in the last couple of years.

Everyone, and every face, can benefit from using a sheet mask – but which is right for you? Scroll through our list to find the best sheet mask for your needs, or for a personalised recommendation, try this face mask quiz.

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