Sheet masks have come a long way since the days of boiled water and a sheet of silk. Tracing their heritage back to the flawless faces of Asian women, who have one of the most regimented skincare routines around, sheet masks have since been adopted – and adored – by all types of women with a types of skin concerns worldwide. Yes, sheet masks are a treatment, but a necessary one to achieve that coveted complexion.
“Asian women, specifically Korean women, love layering highly concentrated treatments on their skin and are always looking for efficient, visible anti-aging and skin-glowing results,” explains Sarah Lee, co-founder of Glow Recipe. “Sheet masks were one of the easy and efficient solutions for this demand which was actually in the Korean market over a decade ago.”
What exactly is a sheet mask? Sarah explains it like this: “Korean women have also moved from fabric and cotton sheet masks to newer textures such as hydro-gel and biocellulose. These types of sheets hold more ‘juice’ (the industry term for the essence/ serum that the sheet mask is soaked in), and adhere more closely to the skin for instant results.”
So, basically, sheet masks are a way to get serums filled with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-aging ingredients to penetrate into the skin more effectively. Like a spa treatment, but in the comfort of your own home. Once you remove the heat mask, which wraps the skin in all of its goodness, tap the remaining product onto the face and allow your skin to soak it all in.
Here, a few of our favorite sheet masks on the market today:
Yes to Grapefruit Pore Minimizing Facial Mask Treatment ($14 for set of 5) – To brighten, refine pores, and even out skin tone without stripping or over-drying. Best for combination, oily, and acne-prone skin types.
BioRepublic Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask ($15 for set of 3) – To remove excess oil, clear up breakouts, and heal combination to oily and acne-prone skin types.
Hada Labo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask ($15 for set of 4)- To smooth, firm, and inject instant hydration (thanks to hyaluronic acid) into the skin. Suitable for all skin types.
Radial Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Face Mask ($90 for set of 8) – To instantly lift, tighten, and brighten the complexion. Ideal for use prior to a big event or special occasion, as the formula is infused wth diamond powder.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($95 for set of 6) – Perhaps the most famous of sheet masks, this formula works on normal, combination, dry, and sensitive skin types (acne-prone, sadly not for you). It intensely hydrates and replenishes for instantaneous youthful results. The ultimate at-home anti-aging treatment.
Cle de Peau Intensive Brightening Mask ($125 for set of 6) – To brighten and moisturize the skin, especially beneficial for dull, lackluster, and tired complexions. Best used on normal, dry, and combination skin types.