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6 of the best sheet masks

A great sheet mask is the quickest way to breathe life into tired, lackluster skin. SUZANNE SCOTT reveals the ones to buy now


The Korean beauty industry has irrevocably changed our skincare regimens over the past few years, introducing everything from BB and CC creams to essences and cushion makeup. Our favorite K-Beauty innovation? Sheet masks: they trap their ingredients against your skin for an intensely hydrating boost, plus they’re super-compact so can slot inside your wash bag when traveling. There are countless great ones to choose from, whether you like to use them every day or once a week – these are our picks…

BEST FOR SUN-PARCHED SKIN La Mer The Hydrating Facial Mask

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. It’s saturated in La Mer’s famous Miracle Broth, which is rich in sea kelp, magnesium, calcium and a range of vitamins, to ramp-up hydration levels and restore glow. Place it over clean skin and allow it to work for eight minutes.

BEST FOR A PRE-PARTY PICK-ME-UP Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

Constructed 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, even over a made-up face. It contains peptides, vitamins and skin-softening butters and oils so it certainly rivals a wet sheet mask in the treatment stakes. We love to wear it in a cab on our way to any kind of event (do a test run wearing it over your makeup before leaving the house); because it’s dry, it can be re-used up to three times.

BEST FOR FORMAL FUNCTIONS 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Mask

There’s a good reason why this mask is adored by A-listers during awards season: the neck and décolleté patches bring the same plumping and hydrating effects down onto areas of skin that are often neglected but on show when wearing a red-carpet gown. The face mask works to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, the neck mask uses a clever peptide to firm and lift skin, while the mask for the décolleté contains collagen stimulants to fill out crepey lines. Apply the three masks after showering and allow them to work their magic for 20 minutes.

BEST WEEKLY TREATMENT Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask

Fans of Estée Lauder’s cult Advanced Night Repair serum 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, 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 hectic day.

BEST FOR FIRMING Sarah Chapman Skinesis Chin and Jaw Mask

Many of us overlook our jawline when it comes to our skincare, only paying it the attention it deserves once the area has begun to slacken. However, it is absolutely worth pre-empting sagging and loss of definition before the skin becomes loose because keeping it hydrated, and treating the skin with actives, is the best way to keep things taut in the long run. With collagen-boosting vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and algae, this mask acts like a sling that you position over your chin, hook over your ears and smooth down onto your jaw and neck.

BEST FOR POST-PARTY Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Boost Skin Renewal Biocellulose Mask

Lack of sleep and one too many cocktails can leave skin dehydrated, blotchy and feeling sensitive. This 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 material, made from natural coconut water, so it’s soothing to stressed skin. To use, peel the mask away from its backing and drape over cleansed skin. Smooth the edges down around your face and down the sides of your nose for a snug fit.


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