If Snapchat doesn’t already have a beauty mask filter, surely it will soon. #hashtagtrademark.
While the trend of snapping selfies wearing a cloth or sheet mask is relatively new (and let’s be honest, reaaaally fun), these particular face masks have long been a staple in Asian skin care regimens and with excellent reason, too.
To the uninitiated, a sheet mask is exactly that; cloth or paper saturated in skin-loving ingredients that’s left over your face for 10-15 minutes so your skin can absorb its fill of the good stuff. Giving your skin a good dose of hydration, Phantom of the Opera-style, these magic masks feature handy cutouts for your nose, eyes and mouth so you don’t feel as though your suffocating.
Designed to brighten, rehydrate, and refresh every part of the face (including eye lids) like nothing else, they also come in a dizzying variety of prices. Some with fancy ingredients; others with funny prints. Panda face, anyone? Shrek? Hello Kitty? Oh, this could be fun.
These are our favorite beauty-editor approved picks for every budget. Go ahead, slap one on and peel off to reveal glowing, radiant skin.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
Consider this THE cult cloth mask of all face masks. Adored by beauty editors, celebrities, models and makeup artists alike, and available individually or in a pack of six, this version is the only one packed with Pitera. Literally dripping in over 55 skin-loving nutrients, it’s best used while flying or before a special event. We recommend popping it into the fridge to cool before application. The cooling effect will instantly reduce any puffiness. Winning.
Dior Prestige Satin Revitalising Firming Mask
This sheet mask is so luxurious it damn right feels like silk on the skin. Designed to drain the skin of icky toxins, this firming technique which is exclusive to the brand, can be used up to twice a week for visibly more youthful skin. Warning: doing this mask on the couch watching Nextflix’s Making of a Murderer might – we said might – scare your boyfriend or house mate. At least your skin will be delicious and glow afterwards, right?!
Bioxidea Miracle 24 Hand Mask
Meet the cloth mask for your mits. Your hands – not just your face – can be one of the first places to show signs of ageing, which is why it’s important not to neglect them. This particular treatment provides a supply of highly nutritious molecules to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also flowing with marine collagen and soothing aloe vera to moisturise and calm tired skin.
Sephora White Pearl Therapy Mask
Because of the $4 price tag, don’t assume this mask doesn’t deliver. On the contrary, this sheet mask which comfortably hugs the contours of your face, is wet with white pearl extract and works to boost collagen production. The result? Your face will feel firm, toned and really radiant.
NIVEOLA 3D Cat Mask Pack
Look extra cute – as a cat – (what?! come again?) with this Korean beauty mask. Worried the colour will transfer? Don’t be. “We’ve made sure that the colouring does not irritate or colour the skin. We use advanced printing methods with a topological image, so that the printed color does not mix with the cosmetic formula,” says Tae Seok Ha, Niveola Brand Director. Full of moisturising ingredients like collagen, glycerin, and panthenol, these masks (which come in generous packs of 10) plump skin silly. For hours of entertainment, check out #soko7daychallenge on Instagram. Trust us…
Peter Thomas Roth Un-wrinkle 24 Gold Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask
At Gritty Pretty, we are all for ageing gracefully but a few preventative measures – that are more of a luxurious treatment than anything else – get our tick. This cotton sheet mask is pre-soaked with peptides to reduce fine lines, 24-karat gold for anti-inflammatory properties (and a little luxury) and hyaluronic acid helps boost hydration. Leave on for 10 minutes and bare witness to the results.
Tell us, have you tried a sheet mask? Which one do you love?