These are stressful times indeed, so it’s now more important than every to take some time to relax. The good news is, there are spa treatments you can do at home, one of the most notable being beauty masks.
The sheet mask craze has officially taken over the U.S. beauty markets, with these unique-looking facial treatments popping up on social media feeds and earning praise from our favorite celebrities. You’ll find entire shelves in beauty stores dedicated to sheet masks, all of which promise to fix every potential skin problem you’ve ever had (and a few you didn’t even know existed!)
Originally made popular in Japan and South Korea, the masks are designed to infuse skin with moisture, nutrients, and other healing properties. Easier to apply than traditional cream facial masks, they make for a quick, on-the-go treatment that travels well and has none of the usual messy clean up or residue. And while it might be hard to imagine that applying what looks like a piece of fabric or jelly-like substance to your face is going to do anything, some of the masks are actually quite effective.
Whether you’re looking for intense rejuvenation or a simple pick-me-up for tired skin, sheet masks can be a great way to treat yourself to some spa-level relaxation at home. Check out these best-selling masks and see which one is right for you:
Sephora Collection Pearl Perfecting & Brightening Mask
Sephora offers a collection of several different sheet masks, and their Pearl Perfecting & Brightening Mask is one of their most popular. Made from lyocell fiber and featuring natural Mother of Pearl extract, this mask brings immediate brightening to dull, tired skin. Simply apply to a clean face and leave on for 15 minutes, then remove and massage residue into the skin for extra moisture.
111SKIN Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask
Using a hydrogel formula, 111SKIN’s Rose Gold mask adheres tightly, making for optimum absorption. With Colloidal Gold and Damask Rose, both of which contain powerful antioxidants, it enhances skin tone, as well as calming redness and irritation. The masks also contain hexapeptide, a peptide compound that is known for toning and tightening the skin.
As slimy as it may sound, snail jelly is considered the epitome of ingredients in the Korean beauty industry. With benefits such as anti-aging, skin repair and intense moisturizing, this hydrogel sheet is a top pick in the mask market. Each mask contains 5,000ppm snail secretion filtrate, as well as extracts from licorice, chamomile and sesame.
La Mer The Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask
New from La Mer, The Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask combines their best-selling facial cream within a convenient sheet mask. Each mask contains almost a full ounce of lotion, which contains La Mer’s own “Miracle Broth Revitalizing Ferment,” a formula specifically created to deliver deep hydration and softer skin. The mask only has to be applied for five minutes, making it a great option when you don’t have time for a lengthy treatment.
BeautyGARDE Hangover Hero Charcoal Facial Sheet Mask
If you had one too many cocktails reading the news last night and it left you and your skin with some serious morning-after blues, BeautyGARDE’s Hangover Hero mask is the perfect way to get back on track. Infused with charcoal, black tea and spinach, the mask is made from viscose polyester, giving it a cooling, gel-like texture. It should be applied to clean skin and left on for 20 minutes for hydration, brightening and a boost of rich nutrients that include vitamins A, C and E, as well as antioxidant polyphenols.
Jody Ellis is a freelance writer who specializes in beauty, health, travel, fashion and style. Her work has appeared in publications such as LennyLetter, Huffington Post, BBC Future Planet, Civil Eats and Eater.