The 10 most popular sheet masks you can buy online
Whatever your skin woes are, there’s a face mask for it.
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Having a DIY spa day at home to pamper yourself is always a good idea, and a sheet mask is perfect for the occasion. Typically made of fabric material that’s coated with serums, you lay the sheet over your face, lining up the eyes, nose, and mouth holes. In as little as five minutes, you’re on your way to better skin. No matter your budget, skin type, or desired skin results, we have a face mask for you to try.
To hydrate dry skin
Budget: Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration
This mask drenches the face in egg extracts, coconut water, niacinamide (an anti-inflammatory form of vitamin B3) and other ingredients that soothe and replenish dry skin. Writes one Sephora reviewer: “I use this mask once a week as it does an amazing job at adding moisture back into my skin. It makes my skin feel super soft, hydrated, and plump.”
Splurge: SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
At about $17 each, the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is costlier than others but promises to immerse your skin in intense hydration. The standout ingredient in this product is pitera, a yeast-derived chemical that’s full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, and is thought to enhance skin cell renewal—it was discovered in Japan after the founders noticed that elderly workers at a sake brewery who handled the yeast daily had shockingly youthful-looking hands.
Because the manufacturer SK-II recommends using a sheet once or twice a week, a six-pack is the best deal, though you can try just one before you pony up. But if one Sephora reviewer is to be believed, you’ll want to order them by the truckload: “You will look 10 years younger, like you have slept the best sleep you have had in years, like you just came out of the womb. I emerge from this mask with most luminous, poreless, supple skin.”
To clarify blemished skin
Budget: Tony Moly I’m Real Rice Mask
If you want to keep your skin clear of acne and blemishes without drying it out, Tony Moly’s I’m Real Rice mask is a great option to try. Non-pore-clogging oils work to improve the skin’s brightness and elasticity, and avocado extract moisturizes the skin. One Ulta reviewer says, “The three times I have tried it, I have woken up with huge areas of red and purple post-acne spots completely gone. And no new breakouts.”
Splurge: Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask
This mask isn’t the most expensive, but a single-use item nearing a double-digit price is entering splurge territory. Sephora reviewers claim it’s worth the cash, though, because of its effectiveness at removing dirt, excess oil, and makeup buildup and its amusing application—the mask uses “oxygenating deep-cleanse charcoal,” which causes it to bubble up to a foam. One says, “You can feel it deep-cleaning your skin, but not in a way that is tingly or uncomfortable.”
To brighten dark spots and dull skin
Budget: Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Mask
Hyperpigmentation is troublesome to cover up. Saturday Skin’s Spotlight Brightening Mask uses saccharomyces ferment—a yeast-based ingredient that is high in minerals, amino acids, vitamins, and other nutrients—to hydrate the skin. Additional ingredients bilberry, licorice, and lotus extracts and antioxidants give skin a clearer, glowier appearance and fade dark spots. A Sephora reviewer writes, “My skin was so much brighter the next morning and my acne scars were significantly faded.”
Splurge: Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask
If you’re willing to spend more, consider the Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask, sold in six packs for the suggested weekly use. It’s designed with “Ion Force Technology,” which supposedly helps the ingredients absorb deeper into the skin. It claims to remove “melanin trapped in dark spots” and “slough off the surface cells that contain melanin” using an ingredient called 4MSK (which is a quasi-drug developed in Japan for treating hyperpigmentation). Reviewers agree, with one seeing results right away: “I have never found a product that worked so soon! My face was bright, clear, and my scars had lightened up quite a bit.”
To firm and smooth mature skin
Budget: No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask
No7’s Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask includes matrixyl 3000 plus (which claims to stimulate collagen growth), hyaluronic acid (which increases skin’s moisture), hibiscus (which allegedly reverses the signs of UV, pollution, and disease damage), and vitamin C to firm and brighten the complexion. One Walgreens reviewer reported, “My skin looked glowing and great the next day and there was a significant reduction in the fine lines around my eyes and forehead.”
Splurge: Skyn Iceland Hydro Cooling Firming Face Gels with Extensin and Peptides
When you spend extra for this one, you get four applications of a mask you apply in three parts, not one sheet. The forehead gels and smile-line gels are packed with peptides to fill in lines and creases. The mask uses hydrolyzed extensin to moisturize the skin, a hexapeptide to relax the facial muscle contractions that cause deep wrinkles, copper tripeptide to activate the skin’s renewal system to firm and tone, and stem cell extracts to improve collagen production to prevent damage. An Ulta reviewer says, “I didn't expect much, but after 10 minutes, I removed this and I could see a definite difference in very fine lines.”
To minimize pores
Budget: Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet
Drinking red wine won’t miraculously shrink your pores, but applying red wine extract on your face may trigger improvements, according to Tony Moly. The company’s I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet uses this as a key ingredient for reducing the appearance of enlarged pores and tightening the skin. One Ulta reviewer writes that the results are obvious: “My pores are visibly smaller, even around my nose, which is where I notice them the most.”
Splurge: Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask
This mask claims to detoxify and reduce the appearance of pores using charcoal from Korea (which may explain its slightly higher cost). It could be worth the price for you, though, if large pores are among your chief skin complaints. One Sephora reviewer claimed this mask tricked her into thinking she snatched someone else’s skin in the middle of the night. “My skin looks 10 years younger, fresher, revived. My pores are gone, my blemishes diminished.”
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.
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