When endless celebrities started posting Instagram pics of themselves wearing face masks, people weren’t exactly convinced that they what they were actually wearing was the next big skincare trend. But this Korean beauty trick has finally caught on and the sheet mask selfie was officially born!
Literally a sheet (bio-cellulose is the 2017 super material of the moment) soaked in potent serums and active skincare ingredients, just place it on your face, massage it a little bit and you’re good to go. For the uninitiated, (and where have you been) a sheet mask is a cloth or bio-cellulose (preferably) 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.
So, why are we all searching for the best sheet mask over the old faithful face mask? First of all, they’re prepared with exactly the right amount of product for your skin. And your face can do nothing but soak up the goodness while it’s resting under the fabric. The other thing is, you’ll find you won’t need to rinse your face afterwards. Just work in the excess product that’s remaining on your skin with the tips of your fingers. The whole routine really couldn’t be easier.
Sheet masks are officially having a moment, they are great for travel (take up no room at all), and for those not able to see a facialist or dermatologist regularly, the no-fuss application of sheet masks have seen their popularity rise hugely in the last couple of years.
Check out our edit of the best sheet masks that deliver fuss-free super smooth skin….
Pure liquid retinol (a derivative of vitamin A) penetrates the skin and works to re-plump it from the inside out. With regular use you’ll see softened lines, well moisturised, vibrant and smooth skin. It also comes in two pieces, so you can use it over cleansed skin with ease once a week and leave on for 15-minutes.
They’re drenched in Pitera a natural extract which re-hydrates parched skin, balances pH, regulates sebum and smoothes the surface of the skin. This mask is great if you suffer from oily skin and blocked pores.
Each one of these sheet masks is souped up by 24K gold, moisture-imparting hyaluronic acid and peptides to erase wrinkles, expression lines and dryness into submission, which is exactly why they have a cult following! Make them a staple in your skincare regime and you’ll notice that your skin becomes more supple and a whole lot healthier looking.
Supercharged with a high dose of hyaluronic acid (parched skin’s best friend) Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Mask provides a surge of moisture which leaves skin feeling firmer, plumper and much softer. After you’ve whipped it off, massage in the remaining serum to feel the full benefits.
The second skin-like nature of this sheet mask means the added hyaluronic acid instantly diffuses on the skin to reach and nourish the driest of patches. As the watery texture veils the skin’s surface and eventually penetrates deeper, it feels as though your face has been blanketed in cashmere – so soft and soothing. It’s best used before applying make-up for a seamless finish.
The mask itself is 440 times finer than fabric masks so you can be sure you’re getting the max out of the ingredients. It re-hydrates, plumps and smoothes – which is music to our ears.
An uneven skin tone is said to be more ageing than wrinkles. This mask uses dark spot reducing technology which is ideal for skin muddled with patches of pigmentation. Use it twice a week for 10 minutes at a time for more luminous skin.
Your skin will love you for treating it to this. Crème de la Mer’s celebrated Miracle Broth is super-rich in nutrients and so tackles dryness, firmness and texture. This mask comes in two parts – one for the top half of your face and one for the lower – just leave it on your skin for eight minutes to work its magic and then massage the residual product into your skin.