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The Beauty Memo

9 of the best sheet masks

Whether you want to hydrate, illuminate or detoxify your skin, a great sheet mask is the quickest way to breathe life into a tired, lackluster complexion. By NEWBY HANDS


Where they used to be a once-a-week treat, the best sheet masks are now a staple of our regular – even daily – skincare routine, providing a way to fast-track to a brighter, fresher-looking complexion. Our tip is to keep a handful in the refrigerator, as anything chilled helps to firm up a tired, puffy face. Alternatively, drop a sealed sheet mask sachet into your bath water to warm it up before using, as the warm temperature will help to release tension and boost circulation for a beautiful, healthy glow. However you choose to use yours, here are our favorite sheet masks to try…

BEST SHEET MASK FOR AN INSTANT PICK-ME-UP Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

Made from an innovative dry-to-the-touch fabric that allows hydrating and brightening ingredients to penetrate the skin, this mask is ideal for a quick boost and can also be used over makeup for a beautiful, natural glow (just give it a test run first to see it works for your skin). Containing peptides, vitamins and skin-softening butters and oils, it certainly rivals a wet sheet mask in the treatment stakes. And because it’s dry, it can be re-used up to three times.

BEST SHEET MASK FOR REVIVING THE EYES Sarah Chapman Platinum Stem Cell Eye Mask

These smart masks treat the whole eye area, including above the brow (to lift), plus the upper eyelid and below the eye, giving a full-on ‘facial’ treatment where it’s often needed most. The skin around the eyes is the first part of the face to show signs of aging, but fine lines in this area are often more likely the result of tiredness and dehydration. Using a fast-acting mask can be the quickest way to plump up and iron out dull, crepey skin. Applying these Sarah Chapman ones chilled works particularly well for ‘morning-after’ puffy eyes.


Famous for her amazing facials, New York-based esthetician Joanna Vargas always seems to know exactly what products women want to add to their already-full bathroom cabinets. With hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate (our skin loses moisture overnight), plus mandelic acid to gently lift off dead skin cells, this the perfect at-home treatment to start your day or to quickly revive a washed-out complexion.

BEST SHEET MASK FOR BREAKOUT-PRONE SKIN 111Skin Anti Blemish Bio Cellulose Facial Mask

Cleverly made in two sections, this mask uses specifically targeted, active ingredients to treat the various types of breakouts that can present on different parts of the face. While the upper face mask focuses on treating and healing blemishes caused by diet and products, the mask for the lower face treats hormonal breakouts that often appear along the jawline. Both also work to calm, soothe and clear the complexion, because breakout-prone skin needs an extra-gentle, less-aggressive treatment.

BEST SHEET MASK FOR A WEEKLY TREATMENT Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask

Fans of Estée Lauder’s cult Advanced Night Repair range will love this weekly foil-backed sheet mask. It comes in two parts – for the upper and lower regions of the face – and feels positively Space Age when it’s on your skin. With a high dose of hyaluronic acid and anti-inflammatories, this is a brilliantly hydrating mask to be used as part of your regular evening skincare routine to calm skin and restore moisture levels after a busy day.

BEST SHEET MASK FOR DRY SKIN La Mer The Hydrating Facial

UV exposure doesn’t just cause premature aging and cellular changes in the skin – it also weakens its protective barrier and causes it to lose moisture. This is the best sheet mask to counteract those effects and treat skin whenever it’s feeling desert-dry, whether that’s from sun, travel or stress. It’s saturated in La Mer’s famous Miracle Broth, which is rich in sea kelp, magnesium, calcium and a range of vitamins, to boost hydration levels and restore your glow. Place it over clean skin and allow it to work for eight minutes.


This is the perfect sheet mask for when you feel like your face needs that extra shot of ‘glow’. Plus, you get to prep this one yourself by ‘injecting’ the ampoule of active ingredients into the clean sheet mask. You then leave it a minute or two to soak in before applying it to your face. But far more than just intriguing to use, this mask works to smooth flaking skin while counteracting the effects of pollution and sun exposure.

BEST SHEET MASK TO SOOTHE SKIN Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Boost Skin Renewal Biocellulose Mask

Stress, the wrong skincare, a lack of sleep and too many cocktails can leave skin dehydrated, blotchy and feeling sensitive. This Elizabeth Arden mask is the cure; it’s saturated with probiotics to boost the skin’s defense barrier and contains hyaluronic acid to restore moisture levels. The mask itself is a biocellulose fabric, made from natural coconut water, so it’s soothing to sensitive skin. To use, peel the mask away from its backing and drape over a cleansed face. Smooth the edges down around your chin, forehead and down the sides of your nose for a snug fit.


This is a truly genius idea: Nurse Jamie’s medical-grade silicon face mask can be used with any of your favorite moisturizers, cream masks or serums to make your own personalized sheet-mask treatment. The benefit of a sheet mask is its occlusive action of ‘pushing’ active ingredients into the skin (which is why it should lie snuggly on the face, not drape loosely over it), so using this re-usable sheet over a deeply nourishing cream or hydrating serums will increase their effectiveness. What’s more, it can be used up to 20 times.

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