Sometimes your face needs a little bit of TLC. And while we would love to visit a beauty salon on the reg, unfortunately we’re often thwarted due to lack of cash or time. Thankfully, there is a more convenient and thrifty saviour. And that, my friends, is the sheet mask—the perfect accompaniment to your Netflix binge sessions.
What exactly are sheet masks?
These are not just a soft (somewhat wet) blanket for your face. Sheet masks are single-use cloths loaded with goodies for your skin. According to Mecca’s skincare specialist Fiona Giovenco, “the greatest advantage that sheet masks have are their ability to deliver concentrated actives deep into the skin.” They come pre-packaged, making them super convenient to travel with and can be used once or twice per week (which make them a perfect excuse to whack one on your face and chill for 10 to 15 minutes).
How do they work?
Giovenco recommends when choosing a sheet mask, look for powerful ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to moisturise, collagen to lift and firm, and caffeine to de-puff. Other beneficial ingredients to look out for include Vitamin A, C, E and B3 niacinamide to increase levels of fatty acid in skin, which prevents it from losing moisture. If minimising fine lines and wrinkles is your jam, pick ingredients such as peptides, or antioxidants like green tea, tomatoes and sea kelp.
How do I use them?
For the best results, cleanse, tone and exfoliate your face prior to application (this maximises your skin’s ability to absorb ingredients). Unfold the mask, place it onto your face and remove any excess packaging such as backing paper. Let the mask do its thing and try to forget that you look like Zachary Quinto à la American Horror Story: Asylum. Also, they tend to drip so keep a towel nearby.
Leave the mask on for about 10 - 20 minutes, or as directed on the packaging. After removing the mask just rub excess into your skin and voila! Check out your softer, smoother, hydrated, and radiant skin.
Sheet yeah, sign me up!
Here are a few sheetmasks we've tried (and loved).
Karuna Exfoliating Sheet Masks
This non-abrasive sheet mask deeply cleanses pores and sloughs off dead cells with lemon, pineapple extract, aloe vera and salicylic acid (all in a 100% all natural biodegradable cloth). The Karuna Exfoliating Sheet Mask’s oil-free formula contains hyaluronic acid and peptides to hydrate and regenerate, and Vitamin B to detoxify.
La Mer Hydrating Facial
Also known as the Queen Bey of sheet masks, the La Mer Hydrating Facial is super luxurious. This two-piece cotton mask is saturated with potent, nutrient-rich ‘Miracle Broth’ sea kelp ferment which reduces visible signs of aging,diminishes dryness and leaves your skin amazingly smooth.
skyn Hydra Cool Firming Face Gels
Have you ever seen a Nordic person with skin that isn’t simply glowing? To achieve a youthful glow, look straight to Icelandic glacial water. The skyn Hydra Cool Firming Face Gels are peptide-packed patches which are infused with line-plumping ingredients that encourage collagen production. This sheet mask contains pollution-free Icelandic glacial water with essential minerals to hydrate and detoxify. It is rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins, tomato and ginseng.
Magicstripes Hyaluronic Facial Treatment Mask
If you’re looking to smooth out those pesky fine lines and give your skin a burst of hydration, these Magicstripes face masks are for you. Loaded with hyaluronic acid, your skin’s ability to deal with the changing weather is improved (winter, you ain’t got nothing on us!).
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