* Pamper your skin with a refreshing and moisturizing sheet mask
* Soaked in powerful ingredients to nourish quickly and effectively
* Hydrate, brighten and relieve irritants instantly
Although sheet masks have been part of the Korean beauty skin care routine for ages, they are relatively new stateside. Sheet masks (also known as face masks) are simply face-shaped sheet fabrics soaked in any number of powerful ingredients and/or nutrition-packed solutions or serums that you place on your face for a specified amount of time.
Sheet masks are beneficial in many ways. For starters, they are fast. Just as you would a regular mask you slather on with your fingers, sheet masks are meant to be left on for a certain amount of time and removed for instantaneous results.
Secondly, they are convenient. Since sheet masks are individually packaged and sealed, they travel well, can be thrown in your bag for a mid-afternoon pick up and come in many budget-friendly options.
They are easy to use too. Simply open the packet, carefully unfold the mask, place on your face – matching the holes in the masks to your eyes, nose and mouth – and discard when time is up (typically around 20 minutes or so).
It is important to note that when your face mask treatment is complete, do not throw away the package. There is probably enough of that powerful serum left in the packet for to you gently massage the excess into your neck, decolletage and hands, allowing them to reap the benefits as well. Other users wrap the sheet mask around their neck for a cooling, hydrating sensation.
Sheet masks are also ideal for most skin types and are great for both men and women. It should go without saying that men need to care for their skin just as much as women and face masks could be a great option since they are fast, inexpensive and function as great skin preps prior to shaving, or after a particular raucous night out.
Keep reading to see why these four sheet masks are great starter options for those who are new to “masking,” and find out how these individually-wrapped miracle workers will deliver a smoother, more glowing complexion, and healthier skin.
1. Karuna Brightening Sheet Mask
The Karuna Brightening Face Mask is a natural fiber sheet mask that will help even out your skin tone and the appearance of age spots all in one treatment. With ingredients such as essence of grapefruit seed extract and rare Asian plant extracts combined with salicylic acid, your skin will be brighter, age spots will be reduced and you will experience gentle exfoliation of dead skin cells. For an even more refreshing experience, Karuna recommends placing your mask in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before applying to your face.
2. Garnier Hydrating Sheet Mask
If your skin is feeling dry and parched, then a hydrating sheet mask is your best bet. The Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask by Garnier in the super hydrating and soothing formula contains hyaluronic acid and chamomile extract to instantly hydrate and calm skin in just 15 minutes. This mask essentially “floods” the skin with intense weightless hydration and after just one use your skin will feel softer, fresher and look more radiant.
3. Skin Republic Collagen Infusion Sheet Mask
Need another facial product to add to your anti-aging arsenal? Well the Collagen Infusion Face Mask Sheet by Skin Republic is the one to get. Collagen is a key ingredient to the anti-aging process as it maintains skin elasticity and strength by stimulating the synthesis of new collagen, thus minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Along with other anti-aging properties like elastin and vitamin C, this mask will target the signs of aging for healthy, younger looking skin in just 20 minutes.
4. Dr.Jart+ Hydrogel Expansion Sheet Mask
The All That Contours Hydrogel Expansion Stretch Mask from Dr.Jart+ is great for those who want a mini face-lift while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This specially designed, two-piece mask clings to your skin and fits your facial contours easier than most masks, to give your face that coveted “lifted” appearance. It contains caffeine, safflower acid and aloe leaf juice to reduce large pores and sagging, leaving you with a more youthful appearance.