We're masking more than ever, so what's so great about this K-beauty trend?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another overnight wonder mask, Estee Lauder’s foil masks will deeply moisturise your skin.