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 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. These Sarah Chapman ones works particularly well for ‘morning-after’ puffy eyes – just put them in the fridge a few hours or a day before applying them.
BEST SHEET MASK FOR BREAKOUTS AND ‘MASKNE’ 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. If your skin is experiencing a ‘maskne’ flare-up from wearing a face covering, just use the bottom part of the mask for a targeted treatment.
BEST SHEET MASK FOR CALMING SKIN AND MIND Angela Caglia Crystal Goddess Face Mask
OK, so this isn’t technically a sheet mask, but you do drape it over your face, so I’m including it. This one-of-a-kind mask has been crafted by hand using more than 500 rose-quartz beads. The cooling stone instantly calms and soothes inflamed skin, while encouraging lymphatic drainage and boosting blood flow. Use daily, if you can, to keep skin looking happy and healthy.
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 THE CHEST AND DÉCOLLETAGE The Light Salon Boost Hydrogel Décolletage Mask
The décolletage can often be overlooked in our skincare regimen, but it’s actually one of the areas that is most in need of intervention. Exposure to UV rays can cause sunspots, while movement can create lines over time, particularly if you have large breasts. The Light Salon’s mask is an excellent weekly one that helps to flood the skin with moisture, plumping out lines. Its antioxidant formula helps to brighten the skin and undo some of the damage caused by UV rays, while sodium hyaluronate and hydrolyzed collagen help to improve long-term hydration.
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. La Mer’s sheet mask is the best for counteracting those effects and treat skin whenever it’s feeling desert – whether that’s from sun, travel or stress. It’s saturated in the brand’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.
BEST SHEET MASK FOR CITY SKIN AND SUN EXPOSURE The Oozoo Face Energy Shot Mask
This is the perfect sheet mask for when you feel like your face needs that extra shot of ‘glow’. Plus, you get to prep The Oozoo’s version 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, it works to smooth flaking skin while counteracting the effects of pollution and sun exposure.
BEST SHEET MASK FOR A BRIGHTER COMPLEXION Nigma Talib ND Treatment Mask No.1 – Brightening
I’m a huge fan of biocellulose masks because they’re comfortable to wear, less drippy and sit snuggly around the contours of your face. Nigma Talib ND’s is my latest favorite: it’s saturated in calming and redness-reducing probiotics; marine collagen; and hyaluronic acid to plump up skin, leaving it feeling soft and well-moisturized. Its edelweiss and seaweed extracts are excellent at reducing inflammation, targeting fine lines and evening out skin tone so that skin appears brighter and more uniform. Apply it to cleansed skin for 20 minutes every few days, or before applying makeup if you need to perk up your complexion quickly.
BEST BESPOKE SHEET MASK Nurse Jamie Face Wrap
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 serum will increase its effectiveness. What’s more, it can be used up to 20 times.
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