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The best sheet masks that’ll give you an instant skin boost

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We're masking more than ever, so what's so great about this K-beauty trend?

By now, most people have heard of the best sheet masks, another Korean beauty craze we welcomed with open arms along with essences and the best BB cream.

But for the uninitiated, no doubt your first question is: what actually is a sheet mask?

Made from cloth or paper saturated in skin-loving ingredients, the best sheet masks are prepared with exactly the right amount of ingredients for your skin, and left over your face for 10-15 minutes so it can absorb its fill of the good stuff. (There are handy cutouts for your nose, eyes and mouth so you don’t feel as though your suffocating!)

The other big draw 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.

Lastly, there’s another oft-forgotten added benefit to the ol’ sheet mask: it’s a little more convenient to cart around when you go on holiday compared to packing an absolute arsenal of lotions and potions for the trip. They’re packaged so thinly that you can tuck one away in your bag, taking up virtually no room at all. Beauty bliss.

For the more adventurous beauty lover, there are slightly wackier sheet mask options, from the ever Instagrammable bubble masks to fruity slice masks.

Looking for the best sheet masks for hydration? Keep an eye out for water-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid, known for being able to hold 1,000 times its own weight in H2O. Meanwhile the best sheet masks for acne will contain skin-soothing ingredients like tea tree and witch hazel.

Everyone – and every face – can benefit from using a sheet mask, but which is right for you? Keep scrolling to find the best sheet masks for your skin type and needs.

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