The best sheet masks for your skin goals
Sure, they make you look like a serial killer, but hey, gorgeous skin!
As we head into winter, you may find yourself needing to switch out products to keep your skin properly hydrated. Sheet masks, or face masks, can be a wonderful addition to your winter skincare routine. They are cheap, fantastic for delivering an instant dose of moisture to your skin, and so fun to use!
After a long, stressful day at work, why not treat yourself to a nice cup of herbal tea, put on a sheet mask, and enjoy a wonderful soak in the tub? It’s an easy way to improve your mood without spending the beaucoup bucks at the spa.
Due to the ubiquitous nature of sheet masks in the Asian Beauty routine, there are literal hundreds of brands out there, with many different types of sheet masks such as: microfiber, hydro-gel, foil, and more. It’s no wonder that sheet masks are often referred to as the gateway drug to Asian Beauty products. Here are some of the most popular face masks from Korean and Taiwanese brands to get you started:
Best sheet mask for brightening: LoveMore Pearl Barley & Milk Smoothing Mask
Lovemore is a Taiwanese brand that specializes in making sheet masks from silk. Compared to microfiber or cellulose masks, silk masks are much better at retaining and locking in moisture for your skin. These masks feel positively luxurious on your face, and surprisingly, are quite affordable.
Pearl barley (pearled barley) is barley that has been removed of its hull and bran. Barley is packed with vitamin B-6, antioxidants, and niacin, all of which are excellent for nourishing, fading pigmentation, and brightening your skin.
Best sheet mask for dry skin: My Beauty Diary My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask
The OG Holy Grail sheet mask of the Asian Beauty world. My Beauty Diary is popular Taiwanese skincare brand known for their sheet mask series that have been circulating the Asian Beauty community since the 2000s. (You may have seen their famous Black Pearl Brightening mask).
This Hyaluronic Acid mask in particular contains aloe extract, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin, all of which are humectants. Humectants are hygroscopic, or water-attracting, substances that bind water molecules to the skin when used in skincare products. More moisture equals healthier, plumper, and smoother skin.
Best sheet mask for acne-prone skin: Innisfree Tea Tree It’s real squeeze mask
Acne sucks. Having dry skin from topical acne treatments (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid) sucks even more. When you’re treating acne, it’s tricky to find a balanced product that keeps your skin moisturized AND fight breakouts at the same time.
This Innisfree mask can do just that. It contains tea tree oil, which is a natural extract commonly used to treat acne. It does NOT contain any alcohol, parabens, mineral oil, or animal byproducts that can cause skin irritation and dryness. Win-win for your skin.
Best sheet mask for repairing skin damage: Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Mask
If your skin suffer from pollution and/or long term damage, try this mask out. It contains snail filtrate, which is commonly used in skincare products to boost collagen production and cell renewal rate.
The Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail mask is made of hydro gel, which is one step above most sheet masks (commonly made of cellulose) in terms of transferring moisture and nutrients. It is heat activated, so when the sheet mask is placed on your face, the heat from your skin breaks down the barrier between the skin and the mask, allowing the serum in the mask to seep into your skin much more effectively than cellulose masks. You can leave this mask on up to 40 minutes without your face drying out (as with cellulose masks). So good.
Best mask for acne AND wrinkles: Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack
Another snail mask! Not quite. The Benton Snail Bee mask also contains bee venom, which is currently trending in the skincare realm for its awesome anti-inflammatory benefits in treating cystic acne (much like another bee product we all love–honey) and making skin tighter, firmer, naturally.
Bee venom became hot a few years when it was reported being used in facials by British royalty (e.g. Kate Middleton). With this mask, you also get the bonus of arbutin and adenosine, which are known for their skin brightening properties.
How to use sheet masks for optimal effect
- Wash your face with your favorite cleanser. A clean face can absorb the essence from the mask much better than a dirty one
- Apply toner over your face to prep the skin. We recommend alcohol-free toners like these.
- Unfold mask
- Apply mask to face
- Chill out for 15-20 minutes. Don’t leave the mask on for too long, because once the mask dries out, it will start absorbing the moisture from your face.
- Remove the mask and massage the excess essence into your skin. Follow up with your usual moisturizer (optional).