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.
Pure liquid retinol (a derivative of vitamin A) penetrates the skin and works to re-plump it from the inside out. With regular use you’ll see softened lines, well moisturised, vibrant and smooth skin. It also comes in two pieces, so you can use it over cleansed skin with ease once a week and leave on for 15-minutes.
Katie Holmes told us once that she wears these SK-II masks to bed. They’re drenched in Pitera a natural extract which re-hydrates parched skin, balances pH, regulates sebum and smoothes the surface of the skin. This mask is great if you suffer from oily skin and blocked pores.
Skin loves Niacinamide also known as Vitamin B3 and thankfully you’ll find it here. It helps to reinforce the skin’s own natural protective barrier and that’s one of the best things you can do for your face. There’s also Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin. Think of this as your 5-a-day for your face.
Each mask is soaked in 33ml of serum design to help strengthen skin. If you’re beginning to notice an undefined jaw line or jowls, this is the one for you. Leave it on your skin for 10-15 minutes.
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Chapman originally developed this mask for use in her facials. Her clients loved it so much that it’s available to all of us now. It is indeed pretty special. The mask itself is 440 times finer than fabric masks so you can be sure you’re getting the max out of the ingredients. It re-hydrates, plumps and smoothes – which is music to our ears.
An uneven skin tone is said to be more ageing than wrinkles. This mask uses dark spot reducing technology which is ideal for skin muddled with patches of pigmentation. Use it twice a week for five minutes at a time for more luminous skin.
Invest in the power of plants with Origins Plantscription sheet masks. In just 10 minutes the appearance of fine lines is visibly reduced and skin looks restored.
This is your heavy duty, results-driven anti-ageing sheet mask. If you’re concerned about your skin losing definition; maybe your jaw line is a little more elusive these days or your cheekbones are looking less than perky, then you should treat your skin to this mask. It harnesses the regenerating properties of the nectar of Rose de Granville.
Suffering with dull and tired skin? This cooling mask will help to de-puff your eyes and invigorate your skin overnight.
Your skin will love you for treating it to this. Crème de la Mer’s celebrated Miracle Broth is super-rich in nutrients and so tackles dryness, firmness and texture. This mask comes in two parts – one for the top half of your face and one for the lower – just leave it on your skin for eight minutes to work its magic and then massage the residual product into your skin.
Not only does this mask smell incredible but it hits skin with Peony Tamarix Extracts and Vitamin C to fade dark spots, and Saxifrage Extra to halt the formation of new pigmentation patches. If you have sun damage and pigmentation, this is the one for you.
Wei’s sheet mask offering is saturated in hyaluronic acid and gingko; two things the skin loves. Hyaluronic acid gives skin a boost of hydration while gingko will leave your face looking super radiant.
Another overnight wonder mask, Estee Lauder’s foil masks will deeply moisturise your skin.
Need a summery glow stat? This bronzing sheet mask will have you sorted – the longer you leave it, the darker the tan.
Dive into the bubble mask trend with this fun option from Sanctuary Spa. After a minute or two, the mask foams up with bubbles which help reduce the appearance of pores.