There is no feeling more luxurious than relaxing with a pair of cucumber slices over your eyes and a rejuvenating facial mask soaking deeply into your skin. Using a facial mask once a week can help keep your pores clean and your skin firm. It also sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal the beautiful new skin beneath. So, why don’t we do this more often? Well, other than the fact that we are occasionally mistaken for swamp monsters, they are very messy! But now there’s a better option. Here are our 3 sheet masks choices.
1. TonyMoly I Am Real
This line of sheet masks are some of the most affordable on the market. They get bonus points for having several different flavors to choose from:
- Lemon for brightening.
- Tea Tree for soothing.
- Tomato for radiance.
- Aloe for moisturizing.
- Pomegranate for elasticity.
- Red Wine for pore care.
- Seaweeds for cleaning.
- Broccoli for vitality.
- Rice for clarity.
- Avocado for nourishment.
- Makgeoli for purification.
You can find different flavors of these pulp style sheet masks at Ulta Beauty for about $4, but you can also find them for as little as a dollar online. This sheet mask is made in South Korea, so you’ll be paying a bit extra for shipping if you buy them online, but it’s worth it if you want to buy them in bulk.
2. Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask by Peter Thomas Roth
Ok, this one is very expensive, but users swear by it’s ability to re-hydrate skin and smooth out the texture of fine wrinkles. Made from all natural pure cotton, the mask is soaked in 18 skin smoothing peptides, hyaluronic acid and – yes – pure 24k gold.
Why would someone put gold in a face mask? Because gold provides anti-inflammatory action to help further reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Over time, the mask is designed to reduce even deep wrinkles with continued use. They cost between $10 and $15 per mask, so it’s probably not a good idea for daily use.
3. Biobelle #IWokeUpLikeThis
This fiber sheet mask will probably get you the best results for the price. It’s only about $5 per mask and contains wild rose and Vitamin C to provide much needed anti oxidants to help fight daily damage. Over time, it can help to decrease dark spots and uneven skin tones too. Best of all, this sheet mask is free of irritating phthalate, GMO’s and parabens. It’s even gluten free. For now, you still have to buy this mask on the internet as most major beauty retailers only sell it online, but it can be found very easily.
Benefits of Sheet Masks
The best benefit of sheet masks is that they help us get the most out of the vitamins and serums that we apply to our skin. Let’s face it, skin treatments aren’t cheap, so just letting them evaporate away before they can do their full work is a waste of precious time and money.
If you use a skin exfoliant such as hyaluronic acid, it penetrate much more deeply into the skin and provide its skin brightening benefits much faster with a sheet mask than with straight application alone. This means a quicker path to your desired results.
Disadvantages of Sheet Masks
There are a few small disadvantages to sheet masks:
- You can’t decide where you want your treatment to go. Some of us like to put up our hair and spread our mask treatment on our necks as well. Sheet masks don’t usually extend down past the jawline.
- A sheet mask isn’t as effective for exfoliation as a traditional mud type mask. This is because there isn’t any scrubbing in the process. But this can also be a good thing for certain skin conditions like acne because scrubbing and exfoliation tends to exacerbate breakouts.
- They can get pricey if you want to use them more than a couple times a week. Sheet masks range in price from a couple dollars for lower quality products to as much as $20 for very good masks.
Always remember though, when you are adding something new to your routine, it’s best to check with your doctor or dermatologist first. This just to be sure you aren’t likely to have an allergic reaction or irritate a preexisting skin condition. Nonetheless, this is very rare, and as you can see, using a sheet mask once a week can have amazing beauty benefits. And now that you’ve done your research, you can try out a few different types until you find the very best sheet mask for you.